Spelling in Year 1 and Year 2


Children first learn to spell by listening to the sounds in words and writing the letters that represent those sounds.  We ask children to say the word, then use their segmenting fingers to break up the word into sounds, for example went – w-en-t.  The alternative vowel spellings are what makes English spelling difficult, therefore children need to learn which vowel sound to use for each word.  An example would be ai/ay/a_e,/a/ey all make the same sound but are represented differently in the words rain, play, cake, table, they.  By introducing groups of spelling words that use each of the spelling patterns encourages the children to think analogically.  A focus on revising alternative spellings of vowel sounds and learning new ones helps children to extend and consolidate their learning.   

Each week there will be a list of words for your child to sort into groups.  They can write them, cut and stick them, colour code them or even verbally talk about which group they belong in. This will focus on the alternative spelling patterns.  There will also be a list of ten spellings to learn.  It would be helpful for the children to read the word first, looking at it carefully and noting the alternative spelling pattern, then segmenting the sounds and copying it in the next column.  Then they need to cover it up, write it again (segmenting the sounds before writing them down), then check it is right. Finally, they can have another go.  (If children are keen, they can always practise writing the words out separately as many times as they want to.)

On a Friday there will be a spelling test of the ten words and one other word that follows the same spelling pattern or a word from the previous weeks.  This will show how the children can apply/ remember spellings of words.

Please ensure spelling folders are in school every Friday.  Thank you for your continued support.