Spelling and Phonics
In order for children to be confident readers and competent writers they need to refine their skills in phonics and spelling respectively.
At Vigo Primary School we teach synthetic phonics using cued articulation. This approach identifies each of the pure sounds within words and uses a kinaesthetic approach to not only help the children learn these sounds but also recognise how to make these sounds correctly. This begins with the children listening to words, segmenting (or breaking down) words into the sounds needed to make it and learning the initial sounds formed by each letter. The sounds are taught in a sequence that reflects the frequency they are needed in early reading and writing, we call these phonic phases.
No Nonsense Spelling
From Years 2 - 6 children are taught spelling using the No Nonsense Spelling Programme. This scheme allows children to learn the statutory spelling patterns required for each year group as well as providing opportunities to learn and refine skills to learn to spell.
At Vigo we recognise that for children to become good spellers it is important to teach them the strategies and methods that help us spell, rather than simply rote learning of lists of words. For example, if the spelling focus of the week is using the spelling pattern 'able' at the end of words our spelling lessons for that week will focus on recognising words that contain this letter pattern and how to spell it. The list of spelling words sent home will provide some examples of words that use this pattern but not all.