The level of words that children are expected to learn to spell has increased significantly since the introduction of the 2014 primary curriculum. Research has shown that children do not all learn to spell in the same way and that a range of approaches, tailored to each individual child’s learning style, is most effective. We do not aim to teach spelling through weekly spelling tests (using look, cover, write, check as a strategy) as research shows this has limited impact on how children remember and apply spelling in their writing.
No Nonsense Spelling Programme
At Timu Academy, we use a variety of resources including No Nonsense Spelling. This scheme teaches spelling in a ‘Little-but-often’ structure which allows children to revisit and review, learn new strategies and apply. The focus of the programme is on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings. Children will also engage with the etymology of words, thinking about root words and word families. A variety of strategies are suggested so that children with different learning styles can find out what works well for them.
As part of this new approach to teaching spellings, the children will not be tested on a weekly basis as they had been previously as research has shown that weekly tests of a set list of words are not conducive for secure spelling that can be applied within their writing.
To support your children, please use the range of spelling strategies we are practising in school. Your children will know which approach best suits them from work we have done in class. The strategies to use are:
We have also purchased a licence for Spelling Shed. This scheme has been created following key National Curriculum objectives and will take children through the statutory and non-statutory spelling lists in each age phase. The scheme is broken up into a weekly progression with a Spelling Shed list for each week plus printable activities and resources to aid teaching. Teachers can set assignments and pupils are provided with targeted practice through the app / online game. The pupils are given a personal login so they can access this site at home to practise their spellings in a fun and engaging way.