This year to continue the positive start the children make when learning phonics in Reception and Year 1, we are introducing a new spelling programme from Year 2 to Year 6 called ‘No Nonsense Spelling’. The focus of the spelling programme is on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules as well as the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exception words and personal spellings.
To raise the profile we will be launching our very own ‘Air Balloon Hill Spelling Bee.’ Every term Years 1 to 6 will participate in a spelling competition. The spellings used will consist of spellings from the common exception words (Year 1 & Year 2) and the Statutory Word Lists for Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6. These will be complemented by other words/spelling patterns that your child will be learning in class.
At the beginning of every term, your child will be presented with the relevant Spelling Bee list as part of their Spelling homework. Your child will need to practice these spellings. Then in the last week of each term our ‘Air Balloon Hill Spelling Bee’ will take place. The expectation is all children will take part in a spelling assessment. Then the children will take part in a class competition and the winner from each class will take part in the final! The final will take place in Phase Assemblies and there will be a winner from each Year Group. The winners will be celebrated in our school newsletter, receive a certificate (to keep) and a special trophy for the term.
In addition, children will be bringing home weekly spelling activities linked to their class learning of spelling. These activities will include practising spelling strategies, completing word searches, finding out the meaning of words and writing sentences.
Please look out for our ‘Spelling at Air Balloon Hill’ help sheet which will be coming home shortly. It will contain lots of spelling strategies to help your child practise and learn spellings which will support the learning going on in class.
Here’s hoping the children get ‘BUZZY’ learning!