At Midfield we use a variety of strategies to learning spellings. Teachers pick up on frequently misspelled words from the previous week. This is then practised during week using a variety of strategies, including Read Write Inc spelling games.
Session One - Information check
Children practice spelling 88 red words (common words with unusual spellings) using techniques such as mnemonics, raps, words-in -words and ‘naughty letters’.
Homophones are also introduced at the start of each unit.
Session Two - Dot, dash and count
Children are taught the alternative spelling for the same sound in single and multi-syllable words.
Sesssion Three - Write the root
Children are taught the impact of suffixes on key root words.
Session Four - Word Fill
Children practise spelling the homophones in the context of sentences.
Session Five - Circle the right one
Children select the correct spelling form other incorrect spellings of the same word, and begin to assess their knowledge of words learnt so far.
Session Six - Four-in- a-row game
Partners take turns in assessing each other’s knowledge of the week’s words.
Session Six - Dictation
Partner’s asses each other’s spelling knowledge using dictation sentences.
Session Eight - Spelling Log
Children identify the words they would like to review in subsequent weeks.