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Spelling Programme for KS3/4 English

Discussion in 'English' started by thequillguy, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. thequillguy

    thequillguy New commenter

    Hello all,

    I've never felt that I've managed the teaching of spellings as well as I could do. Needless to say, I have students who produce A grade work who can article rules for the use of it's/its, complete contextual work, but still make the same mistake. I've taught them to focus on one rule at once, but (perhaps with laziness/lack of reflection) the same mistakes are still being made.

    I've thought, with another colleague, about going into a primary school to see how they roll out their spelling policy. But while I think there is every chance they have more focussed strategies (and trained expertise) I wonder how applicable that would be to the secondary school classroom in practice.

    Therefore, does anyone have any thoughts/resources/links about spelling in KS3/4? And do you live in Yorkshire? :-D

    Apologies if there are threads answering this already - I couldn't find any for KS3/4 using the forum search.
     
  2. thequillguy

    thequillguy New commenter

    Hello all,

    I've never felt that I've managed the teaching of spellings as well as I could do. Needless to say, I have students who produce A grade work who can article rules for the use of it's/its, complete contextual work, but still make the same mistake. I've taught them to focus on one rule at once, but (perhaps with laziness/lack of reflection) the same mistakes are still being made.

    I've thought, with another colleague, about going into a primary school to see how they roll out their spelling policy. But while I think there is every chance they have more focussed strategies (and trained expertise) I wonder how applicable that would be to the secondary school classroom in practice.

    Therefore, does anyone have any thoughts/resources/links about spelling in KS3/4? And do you live in Yorkshire? :-D

    Apologies if there are threads answering this already - I couldn't find any for KS3/4 using the forum search.
     
  3. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    There's the KS3 Year 7 Spelling Bank materials:
    http://www.schools.bedfordshire.gov.uk/studyplus/English/Key%20Objectives%20Banks/Yr7%20Spelling%20Bank.pdf
    and the KS3 subject spelling lists:
    http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/dick/tta/spelling/ks3list.htm
    Most primary schools base their spelling work around the Support for Spelling document which you may find useful:
    http://wsassets.s3.amazonaws.com/ws/nso/pdf/590d8ffb0ca50a3a2d1e36d9da6a1c1b.pdf
    and may also use the Spelling Bank materials for KS2. You can download this here:
    http://www.teachfind.com/national-strategies/spelling-bank-key-stage-2-spelling-objectives
     
  4. I don't think any teacher of English ever does.
    This is mainly because learning to spell English correctly is predominantly a matter of visual imprinting of what looks right for the minimum of 3695 common English words which contain one or more unpredictable letters
    <font color="#0000ff">http://englishspellingproblems.blogspot.com/2010/11/english-spelling-rules.html</font>
    Heterographs like its/it's are especially tricky.
    Pupils vary enormously in their ability to learn to spell 'correctly', as enshrined in dictionaries.
    What and how much they read also has a huge impact. So it's impossible to devise a strategy that works for all. Pupils need to identify their particular worst weaknesses and try to devise strategies for reducing them.
    Some spell terribly badly, while others spell amazingly well.
     
  5. thequillguy

    thequillguy New commenter

    Thanks for taking the time to post the resources M&M. If anything, it's a great promotion for reading as a way of improving spelling. I still wonder what an effective secondary school spelling programme looks like, though, as I don't have the time/training to deliver phonics and suchlike. Perhaps some sort of spellathon is in order...
     

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