This year we are introducing the RWI Spelling Programme at St John’s Highbury Vale from Year 2 to 6 for the following reasons-: To enable to allow us meet the…
This year we are introducing the RWI Spelling Programme at St John’s Highbury Vale from Year 2 to 6 for the following reasons-:
To enable to allow us meet the spelling expectations of the National Curriculum 2014
To raise standards in spelling
To provide consistency and progression in the teaching of spelling
To help support children to enable them to be more confident at spelling.
How does this programme support your child in learning to spell?
RWI Spelling is an interactive programme which teaches spellings in a fun and engaging way. Each unit is introduced with a short video. It helps children to learn spellings with common patterns and uses rules in order to help them recall spellings as well as teaching exceptions to these rules.
Individual workbooks allow children to practise their spellings and the teaching naturally follows on from the Spell Review part of the RWI phonics programme taught as soon as the children enter Reception at St John’s Highbury Vale. Therefore the children are already proficient at using dots (for individual sounds) and dashes (for digraphs) and prefixes and suffixes can be added to root words to help them to spell with greater accuracy, understanding and confidence. Log books give children ownership of their spellings and further consolidation at home.
How the Log Books support your child to spell
All children now have log books and these are important in helping them to practise the spellings they need to learn from each unit. Each unit explains the rules and gives handy tips and rhymes for remembering these. During the week the children will log the spellings they found tricky. At the beginning of the next unit they will do speed spell which will assess their ability to spell words with the previous weeks spelling pattern correctly. Again they will log any words that were misspelt from this activity.
Handy Tips for supporting your child with spelling
Ask your child to explain the rule for the week and get them to give you example words so that you can build up a word bank that can be referred to frequently.
When your child is writing in their learning log remind them to use their dots and dashes and ‘Fred fingers’ to spell.
Encourage your child to edit their own writing for misspelt words using the sounds chart in the log books to choose the right grapheme.
Use the Log Book to log high frequency words which you notice your child is spelling wrong (remember that these are quite often RED WORDS and that you ‘Can’t fred a red!’)
Play homophone games where you give them a word like right/write and they write you both spellings and show you on the sounds chart which graphemes they would choose to spell them right! Make sure they know which one is which!
Play hold a sentence dictation where you give the child a short sentence with one of their spellings in which will help them to understand the meaning of the word and spell and punctuate correctly
Always ensure that your child has their Log Book in school every day.
Giving children weekly spellings to be tested (even when they do score 10/10!) does not mean that they will apply these in their own written work. With this new approach to the teaching of spellings, we hope to support and encourage your child to become both more confident and independent spellers which will help them become better writers. Revisiting spelling patterns and rules regularly is key to them becoming successful spellers.
Remember that the Spelling Programme is there to help them to become better at spelling with positive praise and encouragement and that, like everything, this will take practice.
Supporting Your Child’s Spelling at Home
To help you to support your children at home with their spellings on a weekly basis, the children will be given 6-8 spellings from the unit they are currently on which will follow a set pattern (these are explained at the bottom of each page in their Spelling Log Books). They will be tested on these the following week. In addition to these your child will also be given 6 red or orange words to learn from the National Curriculum word lists which are words the children are expected to know for their age range. These were included in the transition booklet and are also listed in the back of their Spelling Log Book so you can keep overlearning them throughout the year. To access a copy of the National Curriculum word list for each year group click on this link. If your child is still on the RWI phonics programme they will be focussing on green and red words from their reading books.