Ds1 and DD learned to read with a system called phonographix. They are top group in literacy but in my opinion, average spellers. Ds2 learned to read and write with Sounds Write. (Not mrz's school) He's an average reader for his age and writes as little as possible but his spelling is much more accurate than his older siblings at the same age who were on higher bands.
Are they meant to learn words and do spelling tests? Or do they learn spelling rules?
DD'school doesn't do spelling lists and tests which is how I thought spelling is taught these days, but they've started doing spelling rules at school (year 3) which seems to be quite effective, for her anyway.
Just wondering if there is a standard teaching method.