Our first full week of school and already the term feels as though it is gathering momentum very quickly. The Gala is on our radar at the moment and I urge you to read the Gala newsletters, check in on Facebook and look on our website for information about adopting stalls, dropping off goods and other ways you can help.
At the Meet the Teachers evening I touched on the spelling programmes we have introduced this year, after a year of trialling them and evaluating whether these programmes meet the needs of the VAS learners.
Years 0 – 2 Primary Phonics, Yolanda Soryl
Year 3 Switch Onto Spelling, Joy Allcock
Years 4 – 6 Spelling Under Scrutiny, Joy Allcock
VAS Spelling Expectations & Guidelines Example
(NB Guidelines are the same for all year groups, the home learning is different for each year group)
||Primary Phonics – Yolanda Soryl
||15 minutes per day – 1 hour per week
|Planning – weekly & long term
||· Long term planning – will contain an overview of skills and processes that will be covered for the term for each ability group. Long term plans are evaluated based on the learning intentions and contain specific next steps
· Weekly planning – will contain learning intentions that relate to the ability needs of the students & explicit lesson detail that follows the stages of the Yolanda Soryl programme.
||· Teachers assess individual students based on the learning intentions contained in the planning and use this information to inform their future planning.
· Teachers assess individual/ groups students based on the assessment as stated in the Yolanda Soryl’s phonics programme.
||· In Year 1 there is no spelling home learning. Spelling lessons are completed within the class programme.
· In Year 2 word lists are based on weekly sounds from the phonics programme and according to individual needs.
In Year 2, word lists are based on weekly sounds from the phonics programme and according to individual needs.
In Year 3, word lists are based on weekly sound patterns from Switch on to Spelling, plus errors from children’s writing.
In Years 1, 4, 5, 6, there is no spelling home learning. Spelling lessons are completed within the class programme.
I look forward to sharing the 2017 spelling achievement with you at the Meet the Teacher meeting in 2018. We are expecting to see a good improvement in student achievement in this learning area.