It’s Spell-tacular at Hartpury CofE Primary


Spelling has been given a much higher priority in recent years and with the launch of the national curriculum in 2014 and recent changes to assessment procedures and testing in primary schools the standards have been raised and expectations have never been higher. As a result we at Hartpury are endeavouring to ensure that every child meets their full potential in this area.

Firstly, we have introduced a new tried and tested whole school spelling scheme that involves a range of fun activities and games for the children to focus on, throughout the week, in dedicated daily thirty minute sessions.

The children absolutely love the scheme, and already we are seeing a marked improvement in their independent written work.

As a school we have revolutionised our marking policy to really raise the profile of spelling and the children are using peer-to-peer support to help eradicate errors in each other’s work.

On Wednesday 2nd November we hosted our first ever Parent/Child Spelling Evening. We wanted to share a whole variety of ways in which parents could bring spelling practice to life at home.

The school was packed with over 20 different spelling activities located all around the school. Children and parents made their way around the school engaging in various activities including: the gunge plunge, countdown, Kahoot, icing biscuits and many more. Once they had completed fifteen activities they were able to claim their sweetie spelling prize!

The children had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed scrabbling through shaving foam to make words, pitting their wits against their parents in computer challenges and even writing their spellings in icing on biscuits (and eating them as well!).

Many of the parents also felt the evening was a real success and provided them with some great ideas:

‘A big thank you to yourself and all the staff for running tonight’s Spelling Evening. We all really enjoyed ourselves and it gave us lots of fresh ideas for helping Daisy with her spelling.

Kahoot and Countdown were two of our favourites and Daisy loved the Gunge Plunge!

Thanks again for a fun and informative evening.’ (Y4 Parent)

 ‘We thought the spelling night was fantastic, thank you. ‘ (Y3 Parent)

‘The girls really enjoyed the spelling evening last night, especially Emily, thanks!’ (Y2 Parent)

‘Fab spelling evening – great to see Joe so enthused by all the brilliant activities.’ (Y3 Parent)

Who says spelling is dull!