However, it is just one skill out of many which we use when we are writing. When we write we have to consider a number of different aspects:
- We need to know what the purpose of our writing is and for whom we are writing
- We need to think about the content and what form our writing will take, for example, is it a shopping list, a report, a letter to a friend, an email?
- We then need to think about the structure appropriate to the purpose and form of our writing, the use of sentences, paragraphs and punctuation.
- We then select the vocabulary that will best convey our meaning.
- Finally we think about how to spell the words we write.
At Oakhill Primary School we are using the Support for Spelling programme to take your child through the early stages of learning to spell. Your child will learn the rules and conventions of the system and the spelling strategies needed to become a confident speller. Each half term children will focus on one spelling rule and will be sent home a set of words to practise weekly. We would be grateful if you could please spend five to ten minutes a few times each week practicing these spellings with your child. There are some suggestions about how to do this on the reverse of this letter.
To reinforce the teaching in school, your child will also bring home a parental spelling leaflet each term which outlines the objectives that will be covered and a suggestion of activities to support your children’s development.
We very much appreciate all the support you give at home to help your child to learn their spellings. Practising at home is hugely beneficial, not only in that it helps to improve your child’s spelling skills, but also their ability to express themselves in writing and their self confidence in this subject. If you need any further guidance or have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.