Spellings to be tested on Friday 25th June
Spelling for 25h June 2021 Revision of recurring errors
Walliams Wilson/Lewis Christie
Spellings for Summer 2 2021
As you are aware, the children receive their spellings each week and are tested the following week.
Although these are all spellings they need to learn as set out by the Dfe, we also have our bronze, silver and gold spellings taken from the Y3 and 4 statutory spellings. They are tested on these half-termly and if successful, are awarded their badges.
Unfortunately, a large number of children who scored well in the Autumn term, are now spellings words they spelled correctly then, incorrectly now.
This indicates that the children are learning for the test rather than to learn the spelling and know it by heart.
It has been proven that we need to learn something twelve times for it to remain in our long-term memory.
Please encourage your child to learn their spellings regularly and not just for the test as this forms a short-term memory message sent to the brain. The brain then deletes this knowledge once the test has been taken. This is something that happens to everyone.
Your child need to regularly revisit the words they have already 'learnt' to ensure it moves into their long-term memory.
They also need to spell these words correctly in independent writing which many are not doing.
It is fabulous to achieve 10/10 each week but if your child is not retaining these spellings, their effort has been of little use to them.
I will, therefore, be setting spellings that your child will have already had. This is to ensure they can spell the statutory words.
Thank you so much for your support in this.
We want the best for all our children.
There are many children who still use an 's' for the soft 'c' sound in centre, decide and exercise, forget it is 2 ps in oppostite, miss out the 'r' in natural and leave the 'i' out of special.
I do hope this guides you with supporting your child.
Common errors in these words are as follows;
Mixing up the 'e' and 'a' in calendar, spelling minute as 'minit' despite having used it regularly last half-term in maths. Using an 's' rather than 'c' for century, missing out the 'i' in ordinary and the 'e' in potatoes. Many of these errors stem from not pronouncing the words correctly and spelling them as they would say them.
Common errors are;
not using 'ie' in believe, just one or the other, pronouncing probably as 'probly' and therefore missing out the letters 'a & b', not adding the 'r' in quarter, say 'spose' instead of suppose & consequently missing out letters.
Some children forget the 'e' on the end of therefore and mix up the 'i' and the 'e' in weight.
I do hope that by working together, we can overcome these errors and move the children forward.
Your child will receive weekly spellings that will be given out in their yellow spelling books.
Spelling tests will be every Friday.
Children are expected to practise their spellings each week. We will be working hard on developing and securing our spellings over the year; therefore, it is important for all children to practise their spellings daily over each week and to revise words that they may not be secure in.
Children will be working hard to achieve their spelling badge awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold in their Spelling Passports. Please find below the documents showing you what these words are as well as a copy of the spellings for each week for Autumn 1.
The Year 3 and 4 statutory spellings can also be found on the front cover of your child's homework book.
For further information on how to support your child in learning their spellings, please visit our English page under our Curriculum icon at the top of the website page.
There are also fun spelling ideas in your child's homework book, along with tables and reading aids.