DDs spelling test.(19 Posts)
YANBU and I think some posters either didn't read your OP properly or are rather missing the point of what you actually asked. If she stuggles with spelling, then it is a complete waste of time and effort to try and learn how to spell words that she (or any other children for that matter) is unlikely to use. If she has difficulty with phonics and patterns then she she already has to make far more effort than other children to learn how to spell and that effort would be better used to focus on learning everyday words that she is going to use a lot in her own writing.
Ok, well I'm only saying that your typical nt child would have better spelling at her age. I don't know how it would work with literacy help, but if she is meant to do spellings that the rest of the class do rather than a separate set for herself, then i think the words given are fine.
Spelling isn't about learning how individual words are spelled at all, so it doesn't matter if the words are used much. It's about learning patterns of spelling, rules, common letters that make sounds etc, so that you can spell any word regardless of knowing the word in advance.
What's her school's idea of basic vocab? Antidisestablishmentarianism?
Why are they teaching y6 children words like the one's you've quoted?
I don't know what age yr 6 is but unless its very young I'd be worried about that spelling, in the bit you copied thats really very poor. Is she getting some particular help with literacy?
She spells much better than I did at her age. I have a degree and have had interesting jobs, my crap spelling isn't a problem
apart from when pedantic people on mumsnet feel tge need to correct my spelling or disregard my opinion because I am clearly not worth listening to if I can't spell
My advice is to try learning spellings through touch or rhymes. Rhymes are great, "big elephants can accidentally upset small elephants" is a good way of remembering how to spell because, I have an image in my mind of a big elephant stepping on a little elephant's toe, I still think about that when I write because now. You could try to use textured letters, if you stick tge letters to a tray and encourage your dd to feel tge letters with her eyes closed it is another good way of helping her remember
stupid unusual spellings ( does, like etc)
Yanbu to expect her teacher to give her appropriate words to learn, you could work through ( I think it is called tge dolch list) the 200 most commonly used words. It would be a great confidence booster as there are lots of words like at, it,and but also harder more obscure spellings but all tge words are useful.
Just realised your dd is in year 6 so 10/11. In my dd Grammar school they stopped doing spelling tests in year 6 and told us parents to get them a small spell checker. This is because they cant be bothered to wade through a dictionary and need to do a lot of proof reading in their essays. They are very small and they keep them in their blazers. My dd is brilliant at English but dreadful speller (I cant either). I was surprised to find out that that don't teach them in year 6 on and the teacher said their were just too many variable and daily reading should familiarise them with correct and challenging words. They did keep their own interesting vocabulary books they had to add a word to each day.
If she can learn them from the tests and get a decent pass, that might be a confidence boost.
Perhaps that's why her teacher thinks she should do them?
Oh I'm sorry, I though she was aged 6.
But what I said still applies.
She can work on those misspelt words with you at home.
In my experience (and it's only limited to having 3 non SEN kids) that looks quite normal.
My DS's could master a spelling test because they had good memories but as you say, it all goes out the window when writing a story/essay.
Your DD will still be constantly learning the smaller basic words that are commonly misspelt, all through Primary.
As long as the teacher can understand the content (and from what your DD has written, it seems quite clear), the spelling will be a work in progress.
as she is year six, I failed my 11+ I managed 6 grammar schoolers, I suddenly got reading at 9, Spelling after I moved to the USA at 38, spell it like you say it...spelling is hard
she is fine, it is phonic, she will get there, I have a 8 year old who can't read or spell...his writing is a work of art, beautiful he copies like no other, he will get there, but told he is very imaginative they told me he has a great imagination "some stories" I had great delight in saying actually it is true his great grandad did invent that, Oh and that, yes my Mum did live next door to a Doctor Who and Brucie Bonus, aws a child, but the story of the world biggest lolly Pop we built when we live in America, that is a lie, but a funny story,
i have another 8 year old who I was told last week has a reading age of 11/12 is a joy to teach and the teacher said, "it's like talking to an adult on his science...however" his writing is a scrawl,
let your 6 year old learn in their won time.
This week's spellings for my ds 8 yr 4 at Grammar school are: already, musical, electrical, natural, arrival, baby, balloon, before, being, below.
He is the bottom group of 3 and usually gets them right. I'm not even sure I recognised the words on your list!
Those spellings do not reflect her needs.
When I taught Y5 / Y6 I had 3 different spelling groups, and children who had additional needs had their own daily spelling / phonics practice based on their individual needs and progress.
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