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Spelling programmes and teaching sequences

Support for Spelling provides a suggested spelling programme for each year group. You can find out how these programmes are structured, what they contain and how you can use them to plan your own spelling programme.

The key to supporting pupils to become confident spellers lies in teaching spelling strategies, rules and conventions systematically and explicitly, and helping pupils recognise which strategies they can use to improve their own spelling.

A balanced spelling programme includes:

  • understanding the principles underpinning word construction (phonemic, morphemic and etymological);
  • recognising how (and how far) these principles apply to each word, in order to learn to spell words;
  • practising and assessing spelling;
  • applying spelling strategies and proofreading;
  • building pupils’ self-images as spellers.

A programme also focuses on a series of learning objectives.