In Reception and Year 1 children are taught to spell using the ‘Read, Write Inc. Get Spelling’ programme. The scheme teaches children a method for working out how to spell any words which have regular patterns. There is also a weekly focus on an irregular spelling pattern which need to be memorised.
In Years 2-6 emphasis is placed on correcting common errors, expanding vocabulary and developing spelling strategies. At the editing stage in their writing, children are encouraged to focus upon their own spellings and, making use of word banks or dictionaries, to make corrections with teacher support. They are also taught to check their punctuation and grammar and to develop their use of vocabulary through the use of thesauruses or class displays. Conferencing, sharing work with the teacher or others and discussing it enables them to look at ways to improve the style and structure of their work at the editing stage.
From Year 2 children are expected to practise spellings and letter patterns at home using the ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check method; these lists form the basis of weekly spelling tests.