The question of ‘Spelling’ or ‘Word Study’ comes up every now and then. We don’t see a huge amount of value in learning words in isolation; this doesn’t add much to a child’s ability to communicate in writing.
If you wish to spend time supporting your child with ‘Spelling’ we do provide a series of Essential Spelling Lists for your child to learn at home. We suggest that you:
When you are satisfied that your child is familiar with the words on the Essential List, sign and date the list and return it to school. Your child’s teacher will acknowledge this achievement, and approve their promotion to the next list.