Read Write Inc. Spelling Programme
At Glen Park Primary, the Read Write Inc. Spelling Programme runs from Year 2 to 6 for the following reasons-:
- To enable to allow us meet the spelling expectations of the National Curriculum 2014
- To raise standards in spelling
- To provide consistency and progression in the teaching of spelling
- To help support children to enable them to be more confident at spelling.
How does this programme support your child in learning to spell?
RWInc Spelling is an interactive programme which teaches spellings in a fun and engaging way. Each unit is introduced with a short video. It helps children to learn spellings with common patterns and uses rules in order to help them recall spellings as well as teaching exceptions to these rules.
Individual workbooks allow children to practise their spellings and the teaching naturally follows on from the Spell Review part of the RWInc phonics programme taught as soon as the children enter preschool at Glen Park. Therefore the children are already proficient at using dots (for individual sounds) and dashes (for digraphs) and prefixes and suffixes can be added to root words to help them to spell with greater accuracy, understanding and confidence. Log books give children ownership of their spellings and further consolidation at home.
How the Log Books support your child to spell
All children have a log book and these are important in helping them to practise the spellings they need to learn from each unit. Each unit explains the rules and gives handy tips and rhymes for remembering these. During the week, the children will glue the spellings that they will need to learn for a spelling test into the log book. At the end of the unit, the children will then have a test on the unit words that they have been learning along with some of the ‘tricky’ words for their year group. The children will record their results in the Log book.
Handy Tips for supporting your child with spelling:
- Make sure that the log book is used to practise the tricky spellings regularly.
- Revisit spellings from previous units.
- Ask your child to explain the rule for the week and get them to give you example words with that spelling rule.
- When your child is writing in their learning log/at home remind them to use their dots and dashes and ‘fred fingers’ to spell.
- Encourage your child to edit their own writing for misspelt words using the sounds chart in the log books to choose the right grapheme.
- Always ensure that your child has their Log Book in school every day.
Supporting Your Child's Spelling at Home
To help you to support your children at home with their spellings, the children will be given 6 spellings from the unit they are currently on which will follow a set pattern (these are explained at the bottom of each page in their Spelling Log Books). In addition to these your child will also be given 2-6 red or orange words to learn from the National Curriculum word lists which are words the children are expected to know for their age range. These were included in the transition booklet and are also listed in the back of their Spelling Log Book so you can keep overlearning them throughout the year.