Spelling is a vital skill.

At Woodside, we understand that children learn to spell at varying rates and need to be taught accordingly.

We have developed an approach to teaching spelling which we believe will support children with their long-term learning of spelling structures and patterns.

Whilst spelling lists will be sent home, they will not be tested in the traditional way as we believe this does not constitute ‘teaching.'  What we have found, over the years, is that children who learn to spell with ease will always do well in a spelling test and others who find spelling difficult, will not; therefore reinforcing their perception as a learner as being a 'bad speller'. The majority of children who learn spellings for a weekly test will not commit those spellings to their long term memory.

The teaching of spelling at Woodside then, encourages children to explore word origins and spelling patterns in order to apply these skills when reading and writing new and unknown words.

There is also an emphasis on the teaching of 'High Frequency Words' which are used most often in everyday writing and learning the spelling lists for specified year groups in the National Curriculum.

  • There will be a weekly focus on spelling patterns –children will have opportunities to apply their spelling skills throughout the week.
  • Children will be tested ½ termly in order to measure progress.
  • A list of expected words is given to parents.