My ds is in yr 2,and when they moved up they started having spellings tests,they have to write down the words on a Friday afternoon and they have a week to learn them for a test the following Friday morning. So far the words have been what you would expect,however recently they have gotten more tricky,for eg conspire,bonfire. So he came home yesterday with his new list,words including congratulations,suspicious. Is this the norm? I'm not bragging or showing off,ds is just a normal,average little boy. What spellings do your dc get at this age?
DD2 is in Y5. She is getting lists of words home which I think she should be able to spell without thinking about them. So I'm not having her practise at all - she can either spell them or she can't, and if she can't her teachers (they job share) and I will get our heads together to see how we can work on that between us.
So far she's been scoring 100%, but she does read and write a heck of a lot. I couldn't care less about spellings, I want my children to be able to spell in their everyday work.
Thanks everyone,there are some interesting points here for me to read over with more care later. The yr is split into different groups according to their ability,ds is in the top group,they have a phonics session every Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday morning with a spelling test on Friday. We have been looking over his spellings and he seems to know them,he enjoys writing them out and I have been getting him to make up sentences with the words in them,so he knows the meaning of the word.