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Does your child bring home spellings to learn ? (primary schooll)

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Ladyemem Tue 30-Apr-13 14:39:35

wondered what other schools do.

Our school dont and i think they should be.

DeafLeopard Tue 30-Apr-13 14:41:01

Yes and have done since YR (in Y4 now)

OldBeanbagz Tue 30-Apr-13 14:42:37

Y3 - brings home 15 speeling a week.
Y6 - generally 10-20 spelling a week

really wish they didn't bring them home though sad

OldBeanbagz Tue 30-Apr-13 14:43:27


need to go back to school myself!

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 30-Apr-13 15:26:04

No from everything I've read it doesn't help them to learn long term. If it's of any relevance it's a fairly academic private school.

simpson Tue 30-Apr-13 15:44:02

DD (reception) has 10 a week

DS (yr3) very rarely has any.

mimbleandlittlemy Tue 30-Apr-13 15:53:22

Yes, all the way through. DS now in Y6 and currently has two sides of A4 of the most common spellings to occur in SATs with the ones that have come up regularly in the last three years highlighted in bold.

learnandsay Tue 30-Apr-13 16:06:01

We were promised spellings at the end of Reception. I'm not sure how endy the end had to be because there's no sign of them yet. I'll be interested to see what they are.

Ladyemem Tue 30-Apr-13 16:06:14

really mimble. would love to see a copy of that. going to try and find them on the internet.

mimbleandlittlemy Tue 30-Apr-13 16:32:11

It's rather a good sheet, lady, broken down in to various groups. It's definitely been printed off from somewhere, I'll try and see if it says where on it when I get home this evening.

LyonsDemesne Tue 30-Apr-13 16:48:49

In yr6 10 spellings in English and Irish arghhh!

wheresthebeach Tue 30-Apr-13 17:27:15

12 a week since reception and will continue through y6.

wheredidiputit Tue 30-Apr-13 17:30:49

DD1 (yr 4) has groups of (same phonic sound) words and a wordsearch containing the same words.

DD2 (reception) has 5 words on a sheet which she has to write each day.

flakjacket Tue 30-Apr-13 17:33:30

Y5 - List of 20, of which they pick 10 to use in a sentence. Randomly tested on 10 of the twenty.

Y1 - List of 10 which they have to 'look, say, cover, write, check' 5 times. According to DS they aren't tested but "Mr X reads them out and we have to write them down" each week. Bless!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 30-Apr-13 17:37:12

DS1 is in reception and just started having spellings before Easter. We have 15 words per week.

So far he can do them with his hands tied behind his back so I'm wondering whether he will just plod through a list or whether his teacher will jump him through the 'levels' so to speak as they do with reading.

I don't really mind either way, it is good handwriting practise for him if nothing else and he enjoys doing it.

turkeyboots Tue 30-Apr-13 17:39:49

Y1 has 5 words a week with spelling test weekly. Odd words though, some on whatever the terms theme is, some v easy and some hard for the age (i think anyway).

Hulababy Tue 30-Apr-13 17:51:39

DD used to in Y1-3 but they have stopped since. She's in Y6 and never has spellings to learn, though they do have large spelling assessments every so often, based on their general learning.

I work in an infant school and we used to send home spellings with Y2. Stopped earlier this academic year and decided they were a waste of time and not actually teaching children to spell.

TBH I agree with my school. They don't really have much academic benefit ime. Children, DD included, learn spellings short term and get full marks in tests - then promptly forget them and still spell them wrong in independent writing.

Far better to just include spelling (sounding out and checking, etc) in your normal phonics and literacy work, day in day out.

fuzzpig Tue 30-Apr-13 17:58:25

DD in yr1 and hasn't had any. The school hasn't mentioned any particular reason for not doing them (and I remember having spellings right from the start in 1990s, and DSDs' school did them too) but I have read that spellings aren't actually helpful in real writing (ie you learn them for the test but then forget them) so I guess that is why they don't do it?

KindleMum Tue 30-Apr-13 19:23:22

DS is in Reception and has never had spellings sent home - so I was a bit surprised when we got a paper sent home this week on how to make spelling practice at home fun. There's been no prior mention of doing spelling at home and we've not been doing any.

noramum Tue 30-Apr-13 19:41:33

No, DD is in Y1 and we never had any. Strangely enough she spells very good.

I don't believe in random spelling, I think learning the words in contest while reading brings a lot more.

SwishSwoshSwoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 19:45:13

Mine did, but we didn't do them after discussion with teachers.

Spellings are pointless.

StuffezLaYoni Tue 30-Apr-13 19:46:18

I don't send spellings home, as frankly, I don't have time to test them. We have a weekly spelling lesson (and mini top-up activities) focussing on a particular rule, for example "shun" words, past tense verbs, etc. When I mark their work if I see an error that relates to our current focus, I underline it and write Sp! They then re-write this five times on the left hand page, which we use exclusively for corrections.
Works for us and I've been pleased with parents' reactions, as I thought they might be unhappy at lack of spellings.

WeAreEternal Tue 30-Apr-13 19:48:18

Yes. DS is 6, he brings home 10 spellings a week to learn.
They have a test in a Friday.

WildlingPrincess Tue 30-Apr-13 19:48:49

My daughter is 6 and has 6 or 7 to learn a week.

ChewingOnLifesGristle Tue 30-Apr-13 19:50:12

Yes lists and lists and lists ad infinitum of ever more bizarre and crazy words in unusable tenses. And they have to out the words into sentences.

My dc have the knack of spelling, but ask them what any one of those words are in two weeks time and they wouldn't know. It's work for works sake. Dull uninspiring homework.

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