Spelling rules from previous years
At the start of the autumn term, we test the children on the Year 1, 2 ,3 and 4 spelling rules to see which ones we need to revisit. These rules are very important and are in many words which we all use on a daily basis, so the children really need to know them and how to apply them. These skills will enable the children to extend their vocabulary as they will be able to both read and write more words. We do explain to the children that although the rules help with most words, it is the fact that there are always exceptions, and these need to be learnt as well.
In future assessments, we may not use the actual words in the original test as we are looking to see that your child can apply the rule to similar or even harder words - only then do we know that they have understood the work and that will help them in their future lives. In class, we have been revisiting the rules which most children found hard during spelling sessions and other lessons.
Please could you help your child to learn these rules and patterns by looking for more words. You could:
1. Look in their reading book to find words following the same rule/pattern.
2. Collect words on a poster in the house.
3. Use coloured pencils to highlight the rule/pattern in the words.
4. Circle words with the rule/pattern in a suitable newspaper or magazine article.
5. Write the root word in the middle column and then add prefixes and suffixes ie
port is the root word
then you could add re as a prefix or -ing as a suffix to make new words.
We have talked about how to use the reading record books as a place to record the book your child is reading, to write down any recommendations, to record new vocabulary and write down the meaning of the word, or phrase, and to write book reviews. There are also two help sheets glued in their books to help you as an adult when you discuss a book with them. At this stage, your child is aiming to read fluently with expression. They also need to check that they comprehend the text, so that is why discussing it is so important. Within the text, there should be are a few words they do not know , otherwise the book is probably too easy for them.
Ideally, your child is reading daily. This can include their book, instructions, newspapers, magazines etc.
We will provide a reading text, or text with comprehension questions, for your child and we might then refer to it the following week in lessons. There may be questions to answer, which you can discuss or record, as you wish.
The class have been working very hard to ensure that their handwriting is more even in size with correct letter formation and joins. We are trying to remember to always rest our non-writing hand on the paper so that our writing hand can move more freely. We have also talked about the need to write digits in maths correctly so that our work can be read by others and ourselves - this helps us to avoid making silly errors when we have misread our own work.
Our next focus will be speed.