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English - Spelling

At Southville, we follow the principles of the Jane Considine Spelling Book programme from Y2 onwards. Teaching consists of a combination of investigations and short activities that explore and revisit both the spelling rules and the statutory spellings for each phase. There is no spelling weekly test, however teachers will ask children to quick write the GGG words from the previous week where time permits.

In class, teachers teach spelling for 50 minutes a week:

Week 1:

  • Investigation (30 minutes) Children have a hypothesis to test – they sort words into a table in their books and prove or disprove the hypothesis. Children are expected to write a sentence to conclude their investigation.

Investigations:

  • Go Grapheme Grafters (GGG) Teachers share 15 words (taken from the National Curriculum spelling rules and statutory spelling words for the phase) with the class. They sound them out reinforcing the phonics teaching from Key Stage 1. Children identify the sound that has the trickiest grapheme e.g. s = ce or n = gn and together the class identify up to 4 words with the same sound = grapheme combination.

Go Grapheme Grafters:

Week 2:

Children are given 5 x 10 minute daily activities that revisit a wide range of strategies / patterns / rules that enable children to make connections between words. Children complete these activities at the back of the book.

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