Martin Primary School’s Spelling Policy
This policy gives guidance on the teaching and presentation of statutory and non-statutory word-lists, as presented in the 2014 Primary National Curriculum. This guidance is intended to support the teaching of spelling in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Years 1 and 2.
The word-lists for years 1 and 2 are non-statutory. They occur frequently in pupil’s writing and it is therefore important that children are familiar with the correct spelling. Common exception words should be displayed around the classroom (these are in bold below the word-lists in the Appendix). All words must be sent home so that parents can practise with their children. Parents can be advised that learning two sets of words a week is a manageable amount.
Statutory spelling rules must be taught in Years 1 and 2 during Guided Reading, Phonics and English. These are provided in the Appendix.
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
The 2014 Primary National Curriculum presents word-lists for years 3, 4, 5 and 6 which are statutory. These words are a mixture of frequently used words and words which are often misspelled. They must explicitly be taught at school during Guided Reading, Phonics and English lessons. Words must be displayed in each classroom. All word-lists must be sent home for parents to support in the practise of learning them.
Also, presented in this policy are ‘extension’ word-lists which are non-statutory and should be taught alongside the statutory lists. Parents must also be given these word-lists to support their children with learning them at home.
Statutory spelling rules must be taught in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 during Guided Reading, Phonics and English. These are provided in the Appendix.