Our aim at Sherwood is to teach the children to develop a range of personal strategies for learning spellings, and for checking and proofreading spellings in their own writing.  Building on the phonics they begin to learn in Foundation, the children are taught how to write and spell words correctly. From Year 2, spelling is taught using the 'Revise, Teach, Practise and Apply' teaching and learning sequence.

We teach spelling to the National Curriculum requirements which enable pupils to:
  • develop a range of personal strategies for learning new and irregular words.
  • develop a range of personal strategies for spelling at the point of writing composition.
  • develop a range of strategies for checking and proofreading spellings after writing.
  • use further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them.
  • spell some words with ‘silent’ letters.
  • continue to distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused.
  • use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling and understand that the spelling of some words needs to be learnt specifically.
  • use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words.
  • use the first three or four letters of a word to check spelling, meaning or both of these in a dictionary.
  • use a thesaurus.
  • proofread for spelling errors.

Spelling Homework

In Key Stage 2, spelling activities will be sent home on a regular basis as an extension of the work completed in school, and will involve exploring a particular spelling rule or pattern. The children will complete regular spelling tests in school to assess their understanding.

Please see the statutory word lists and spelling strategies (below) that can be used to support learning spellings at home.


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Contact Us

Sherwood Primary School, Sherwood Way, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9GA

Tel: 01772 719093 | Email: admin@sherwood.lancs.sch.uk

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Enquiries | Mrs K Hobson
Email: k.hobson@sherwood.lancs.sch.uk