Year 7 and 8 students are all involved in our new spelling scheme which revolves around the use of key words across all curriculum areas. These words can be found in the booklet (link below) and will feature in our end of year test held in tutor groups. Prizes will be awarded to winning tutor groups and individuals.
Why are we focusing on spelling?Poor spelling creates a bad impression – it’s one of the first things a reader notices
Examiners, teachers, prospective employers, place a lot of weight on spelling
Anxiety about spelling inhibits a child’s writing, especially their choice of words
Even in these days of word processors there are still times when we need to write
For the vast majority of your child’s GCSE exams, there is a written exam or written coursework
To improve and develop their spelling children need to:Develop an interest in words
Feel safe about trying new words, not just words they’re sure about
Learn about, the way words are built up using syllables
Know about the basic spelling patterns of English
Have a range of memorizing strategies
Explore the meanings of words
Understand prefixes and suffixes
Write for their own enjoyment, without the fear that they will be criticized
Read for pleasure
Practise, practise, practise!!