Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar at Wickersley Northfield Primary
We want pupils to acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn throughout their time in primary school.
SPAG is taught throughout school in accordance with the National Curriculum. We aspire to provide all children with a secure understanding of the technical features and vocabulary of English.
Knowledge and skills are taught explicitly through daily SPAG sessions but teachers also plan to teach the required skills through the writing text types being taught. We ensure that SPAG rules are taught in a fun and memorable way that enables all children to make progress.
We believe it is important to embed SPAG into all English teaching and the wider curriculum and adults ensure that SPAG features are also highlighted within texts and in all other areas of learning. Adults also correctly model correct spoken and written English at all times.
WOW - Word of the Week
Vocabulary is a vital part of the curriculum and each classroom promotes a high level of language and use of specific words throughout all subjects. These carefully chosen words follow a tiered system approach and are taught systematically throughout the year in all year groups.
Tier 3 words are ‘Subject specific’ words that children will learn during each of their topics. They are taught within the context of a lesson or subject matter.
Each class will also have a new word to focus on every week (WOW - Word of the Week). These words are classed as Tier 2 and introduce new vocabulary to the children. These words are used by mature language users and are important to allow deeper understanding and enhanced comprehension skills. Tier 2 words are taught explicitly each week and children are supported to understand the definition of each and its use in a sentence. All words are displayed in the classroom and shared on Google Classroom.
Spelling is a statutory element of the National Curriculum and spelling rules, word families and exceptions should all be taught. As a result, spelling is taught through a consistent and systematic approach at WNP with spelling lists following the rules and words contained in Appendix 1 of the English National Curriculum. Teachers also use the ‘Rising Stars’ Spelling Scheme to support their teaching and to provide activities that link to weekly spellings.
We ensure that children are exposed to weekly taught spelling lessons with opportunities to practise and apply these skills built in throughout the week in a variety of ways.
Children are given set spellings to learn each week and are given a spelling test the following week.
In addition, when marking work, teachers identify words that children have spelt incorrectly and children are then encouraged to identify these incorrect spellings in their own writing and correct them.
Weekly spellings are sent home to practise which can be done on paper or using ‘Spelling Frame’. Year group spellings are also included on Google Classroom.
We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both grammar, spelling and composition skills, and so we want to encourage a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills being taught in school.