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We provide regular opportunities to practise spelling at school and in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children use phonic strategies to learn how to spell words. They are also taught tricky words that do not conform to spelling patterns. Children practise the words regularly as part of their handwriting lessons. 

In Key Stage 2, children use the No Nonsense Spelling scheme to learn spelling patterns and rules. They are taught a range of strategies in class that can be used to support their spellings at home. Children are also given spelling words to correct as part of their English lessons. We frequently discuss the meaning of the words given and understand the importance of using the words in context to develop children's vocabulary.

Spellings are often sent home to be learnt and children are tested at school to check that they are improving their spelling. Making spelling fun is important; writing letters in different colours, practising writing in flour or glitter, finding words within words and using bubble writing.  

In Year 6, children sit a spelling test as part of their SPaG SATs paper. The words on this paper could use spelling rules from any year group in Key Stage 2, which is why it is so important for children to learn the different rules each year. 

The documents at the bottom of the page show the spelling expectations for each year group. 

A fun game for children in KS1 to practise their spellings. Click on the icon to play.

Choose a phoneme. A word containing a gap will appear in the sand. Listen to Colin the Clam say the complete word then click on the sandpie with the right spelling for the missing phoneme. Each word you get right will add a sandpie to the sandcastle you are building. Click on the icon to play.


Look, cover, write, check. A great game to practise the most common words. Click on the icon to play.

A fun game to practise word endings (suffixes). Click on the icon to play.

Phonics game. Click on the icon to play.

A fantastic website with lots of interactive games .