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Spelling at ARE: Chopping, Changing and Doubling – one of the secrets to spelling success!

Penny Slater is Deputy lead adviser for Primary English at Herts for Learning.

Spelling remains a high stakes aspect of the ITAFs for 2017. As in 2016, children cannot be judged as ‘working at the expected standard’ if they have not first met ALL of the statements from the ‘working towards the expected standard’ list (with the exception of the statement relating to handwriting). One statement that I know has caused many Y6 teachers more than a moment of anxiety relates to the correct application of spelling knowledge learnt in previous year groups.

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Wading through the treacle: unpicking KS1 writing guidance.

Sabrina Wright is a Teaching and Learning Adviser for English at Herts for Learning

After reading my colleague’s recent blog (Writing at ARE might be Simpler than you thought!), I found myself tempted to unpick the KS1 ARE exemplification materials in the same way.

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Spelling Fever: have you caught it yet?

Penny Slater is Assistant Lead Adviser for Primary English at Herts for Learning

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There is no denying the fact that the National Curriculum 2014 has catapulted spelling at KS2 into the literacy limelight, and the latest interim assessment framework document, which states the importance of correct spelling, has further intensified the focus of attention on this somewhat contentious element of the English language. I for one am thrilled about this. For far too long, spelling has had to play second fiddle to its bolshie rivals, sneaking under the feedback radar in favour of a focus on sentence construction and grammatical accuracy. This side-lining has led to a skewed perception of spelling as an add-on to the process of becoming literate, rather than an integral part of it.

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Digging for spelling treasure with ‘The Pirate Cruncher’ by Jonny Duddle (KS1 / catch-up).

Kirsten Snook is an English Teaching and Learning Adviser for HfL

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What a treasure trove of writing opportunities unfurls from this book! The creator of the award-winning picture book ‘The Pirates Next Door’, weaves in so many print features and detailed artwork that there will be something to capture even the most reluctant readers, and to give them reasons to write. Continue reading “Digging for spelling treasure with ‘The Pirate Cruncher’ by Jonny Duddle (KS1 / catch-up).”

Making Meaning: Piece by Piece – Vocabulary Development through Morphemic Analysis

Sabrina Wright is an English Teaching and Learning Adviser for Herts for Learning

The National Curriculum recognises that ‘Pupils’ acquisition and command of vocabulary are key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum.’ Understanding is developed through language comprehension, and the exploration and explicit teaching of new vocabulary contributes to pupils’ developing comprehension.

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