Key Stage 1 – Spellings

Spelling is taught throughout Key Stage 1 primarily through the use and application of phonics. Children are given a weekly list of words to take home and learn. These words are then tested in class the following week to assess how well children have learned them. They are taught in ability sets across their year group. The number of words a child is given varies according to the set they are placed in. Children will have between 6 and 12 words each week to learn.

Spelling in Key Stage 1 is taught through a variety of strategies including the use of the Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check method, mnemonics and rhymes. Children are encouraged to look closely at the word in order to spot any recurring phonic patterns and try and remember these patterns. They then say the word, cover it and write the word in order to aid their ability to remember the word. They are then encouraged to apply the word by writing it in a sentence in order to further consolidate their learning.