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Approach to Spelling in KS1

In EYFS and Year 1 our pupils follow a high-quality, systematic programme of phonics following the Read Write Inc teaching programme. Our phonics teaching makes strong links between blending for reading, segmenting for spelling and handwriting. We encourage all our pupils to apply their phonic knowledge when spelling. By the end of Year one it is our expectation that the vast majority of our pupils will be secure at spelling Set 3 words. Pupils who are not secure are given additional support and intervention. The National Curriculum spelling objectives for Year 2 will be taught to the children from January using whole class Spelling Shed for 30 minutes a day.

Spelling Shed


Once children have completed the Read Write Inc programme, they are introduced to Spelling Shed. As with our previous Word Study approach, Spelling Shed involves the relationship between sounds and written symbols, using morphology to help spell through meaning. The lessons incorporate phonics, morphology, and etymology elements and include a variety of instruction and activities that engage and challenge students while they learn.

The carefully selected word lists and engaging activities provide opportunities to incorporate phonics and meaning to strengthen spelling skills and build vocabulary acquisition.

Regular spelling practise helps children to build their vocabulary and feel more confident with their writing, allowing them to write more freely and imaginatively.   With your help and encouragement, your child can understand the importance of practising their spellings. 

In addition to weekly set spellings, the more children use the program to revise previously learned spelling patterns, the more confident they will feel in continuing to use these words in their everyday writing. 



Spelling Shed Long Term Plan