Spelling Tests, Spelling Lists, Keywords, High Frequency Words – These are all phrases used in Primary schools.
Your child may be given a set of words to learn each week and then tested on their ability to spell them. The National Curriculum has set out spelling rules, common letters strings, prefixes, suffixes, keywords etc that children must know by the end of certain year groups. It is important to keep on top of the suggestions made by the Primary National Curriculum to make sure children make progress and are using the new words learnt to improve their vocabulary and writing.
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Improving Spelling, Learning New Vocabulary
How do you help your child learn to spell new words? How do you get them to remember the spelling, use it in their writing and remember what the word means?
There are many ways to help children improve their spelling. The key is to not only help them learn strategies to remember the spelling, but to also use the word in a sentence. Learning to read and learning to spell words go hand in hand. Reading both fiction and non-fiction texts on a regular basis is essential. Reading helps you reinforce the spelling of words without you even realizing.
How to Spell Words
Children can learn to spell words in different ways:
- by sounding out the word
- breaking the word up into syllables
- learning to spell the word by sight
Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check
This is a method commonly use to help children learn and remember how to spell words.
Look: Look at how the word is spelt.
Say: Look at the word and say it. Break the word into smaller chunks, e.g. ‘she’ to sh / e
Cover: Look at the word and say it. Cover the word, try and see it in your mind.
Write: Look at the word, say it, cover it and say it. Write the word without looking
Check: Cover the word and see if you can write it.
You can test your child on the spellings they have learnt.
You can check to see if your child understands the meaning of a word by asking them to say a sentence using the word, or by writing a sentence.
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