We use the 'No-nonsense spelling' programme throughout the whole school: from Reception to Year 6. This spelling programme was devised to offer a comprehensive yet accessible progression in the teaching of spelling.
The focus of the programme is on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.
Please click here to see a short PowerPoint about 'No-nonsense spelling'
Alongside this, we also teach the common exception words for each year group as stated in the National Curriculum 2014.
At Marsh Lane we have extremely high expectations of presentation. From the earliest age we foster the correct posture, seating positions and pencil grips. We use hand and finger strengthening activities to promote fine motor development.
In Reception and Year 1 children are taught correct letter shapes and formations through our cursive crusaders programme.
From Year 2 onwards, we begin to explicitly teach correct joins and a stronger awareness of ascenders and descenders. These skills are developed through weekly handwriting lessons and practise as well as ongoing application in all of their writing. It is closely monitored and additional support is given to those that require it.
As they develop through Key Stage Two, a pen licence is awarded to children demonstrating consistency in their handwriting. This enables them to use handwriting pens and further develop fluency and their own style.
We celebrate writing in our classrooms, on washing lines, celebration walls and in Year 2 we have a writing royalty crown!
We currently have a school club, called the 'Writing Warriors' who have a passion for writing and want to inspire other children in school. It is made up of children in each year group and they will be working together to think of ways to make writing fun through school!