Repeated exposure to tricky words is needed for your child to spell the common exception words. These words cannot be sounded out, children find this difficult as their learning of spelling words in school is based on Read Write Inc methods such as Fred fingers (the children sound out and blend the word). 'Fred talk' is for words children can sound out i.e. pat,sun, car etc. When it is not possible to sound out the word, we call these 'tricky words', this is where repeated exposure at home and at school is necessary for children to remember how to spell those words.
Some more information about how we teach spelling of common words can be found on www.oxfordowl.co.uk, www.ruthmiskin.com
Children will be given weekly spelling homework each Wednesday, these words will contain 5 Common Year 1 exception words as well as 5 spellings from your child's phonics teacher.
Children must revise these spellings daily in preparation for their weekly test and more importantly in order to accurately apply these words in their independent writing.
Children will be asked to choose 3 words from the list of 10, writing their own sentences in their Homework books. We would expect Year 1 children to create sentences that include rich but appropriate vocabulary as well as creative grammar techniques taught e.g. adjectives and conjunctions.
What day is the spelling test? How will you be able to support?
The spelling test will take place every Monday which has been incorporated in their phonics lesson. The test will be taken at the back of their homework books and a clear score will be given. We actively encourage parent participation. If your child has incorrectly written one of the spellings we ask that you revise the correct spelling at home as we will be doing in school.
(Common exception words - words that children cannot use with their phonetic knowledge e.g. the).