At Hartpury, we feel strongly about supporting children to be brave spellers. We understand the importance of children learning to spell correctly but we also want to engage and inspire children with a love of words. This is why we have implemented the Jane Considine approach to spelling which puts the children's love of words at the heart of learning to spell.
This means that classes will no longer have weekly spelling lists to bring home, practise and be tested on. Instead the children will have lessons which encourage them to look deeply at words, draw and build upon their knowledge of phonics from KS1 and make connections with spellings or letter patterns that they may already know.
Starting in Year 2 and into all our KS2 classes, the children will complete spellings on a two-week timetable.
During Week 1 the children will have one 50-minute session. This session will be broken into two parts. The first part is the Investigation where the children explore proving or disproving a spelling hypothesis followed by Go Grapheme Grafters which focuses on using phonics and their own learning to unpick words and come up with strategies to help.
During Week 2, the children will have five 10-minute sessions that will work on children practising and applying spellings under time pressure to support their ability to spell more accurately in lessons and other real-life writing scenarios.
This approach is about helping children make plausible spelling choices in their writing that make sense and, even if not correct, have phonetical reasoning at the heart of the letter choices being made. We strive to inspire and promote our pupils to brave spellers who are 'practically perfect' in every way.