Each Friday I will upload a new spelling list to our Teams page. Initially, this will focus on the Year 2 common exception words while also consolidating the Year 1 common exception words. These are words that either do not sound out or follow a spelling pattern that your Kingfisher has learnt yet. As the year progresses, we will move on to learning words that follow the spelling patterns we are learning and practising in school.
The following Friday we will have a short spelling test.
Tips for helping your child to learn the words on their spelling list!
The children will be introduced to the words on their spelling list at school. We will also show them various ways in which to practise them. Below are some ideas for ways in which your Kingfisher could learn the words on their spelling list at home. One of the strategies we will be teaching them is to: ‘Look, cover, write, check’.
LOOK – look closely at the word and picture it in your head.
COVER – hide the word so you can’t copy it and have to recall the word shape and letters used.
WRITE – write the word, recalling it as best as you can from memory.
CHECK – let your child do this so they can compare what they have written to the original, this helps to commit it to their memory.
This strategy can be used in a variety of ways – the key to being successful is keeping it fun and multi-sensory!
Below are a few additional ideas you could use.
Cover the bottom of a baking tray with a thin layer of flour. Look at your first word, hide the word then write it in the flour.
Don’t forget to check if you got it right!
Make your words using magnetic letters.
Once you’ve made them, ask someone to mix them up – can you make them again?
Choose one of your words. Look through an old magazine and see if you can find all the letters in it. Cut them out and stick them back together to make the word!
Choose a word. Get a newspaper and put a circle around it each time you find it. How many can you find?
Make your words out of play dough
Write your words outside in chalk.
Paint your words!
Write each of your spelling words in a different colour.
Make your words in string!
Can you make you words using squirty cream or shaving foam?
Write each letter in your word in a different colour.
Get someone to time you for a minute – how many times can you write your word?
Make up a silly sentence to help you remember the order of the letters. For example:
Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants
Get a friend to write one of your words with their finger on your back. Can you guess which one they have written? Now you try writing one on their back!
Once your Kingfisher is confident writing the words on their spelling list, they could try writing them in an exciting sentence!
The key to learning to spell is to keep activities fun and practise regularly!