Children in Early Years are taught early spelling skills through the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. Through structured daily sessions, children are introduced to new sounds which they then use in reading and writing.
Every daily phonics session includes modelled and independent writing with a focus on correct spelling from the very beginning.
This approach to spelling continues through Key Stage 1 until children graduate from the phonics programme to our spelling scheme, No Nonsense Spelling.
The No Nonsense Spelling Programme was devised to offer a comprehensive yet accessible progression in the teaching of spelling. Guidance is provided on how to teach the strategies, knowledge and skills pupils need to learn. By integrating activities for handwriting, the benefit of making a spelling activity kinaesthetic is secured. Children acquire the physical memory of the spelling pattern as well as the visual. Integral to the process is the scope to encourage pupils to learn spellings.
The focus of the programme is on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions, patterns and rules but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.
The programme consists of the following elements:
Pupils’ learning is assessed throughout the programme. The ‘Apply’ part of the sequence regularly includes assessment activities to identify if pupils have learnt the key concept taught. These activities include: