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hillian Sat 14-Sep-13 06:48:15

DS ( who is in year 5) has comes home with 10 words to learn to spell. All of them far too easy but the one that bothers me is KNIFES.

This is spelling homework FGS!

The words were written out in her handwriting. And she's a NQT.
what would you tell DS to do in the test to check he's learned the words?

prissyenglisharriviste Sat 14-Sep-13 06:56:16

I would red pen it and send it back on Monday, asking the teacher to ensure that all pupils receive a corrected list to learn.

But I'm a beeatch. (Sp)

I always correct spelling mistakes on spelling lists. They wind me right up.

As for Ds, I would tell him it's wrong. Why doesn't he know it's wrong already? He should have told you....

hillian Sat 14-Sep-13 07:02:40

He didn't look at the list.

When i pointed it out he made excuses for her. According to DS, she specialised in teaching maths at college so its not her fault!!! He can only have got that view from her.

I find my confidence in her is shaken. Plus she seems to have a temper that's on display already!shock

burberryqueen Sat 14-Sep-13 07:12:43

red pen it and write a pedantic little reminder about F becoming V for plural.
just not good enough IMO

Dwinhofficoffi Sat 14-Sep-13 07:24:01

I am a TA my spelling is terrible! (I have strategies I use in class which ensure that I spell correctly.) This has made me go shock. It is really not good enough. I would highlight it and take to the head to draw his/her attention to it.

hillian Sat 14-Sep-13 07:30:39

Not everyone is good at spelling but if you aren't and you are setting spelling homework, you would use a dictionary to check, wouldn't you?

What I really want to say to her is that its ok if she decides that DS can spell anyway so she doesn't need to worry about imparting her knowledge to him!

Periwinkle007 Sat 14-Sep-13 11:19:38

yes IMO if a teacher can't spell then they should be extra careful that anything like that is checked. mistakes happen, she could indeed be dyslexic or something but she needs to be aware of it as that isn't acceptable in spelling homework.

clam Sat 14-Sep-13 11:30:15

I think you have to draw her attention to it - otherwise, if you teach him the correct way to spell it, won't she mark it wrong in the test?

Feenie Sat 14-Sep-13 11:47:37

Er....knife can be used as a [ verb]], so it may not be an error - knifes is acceptable.

Not amazingly appropriate for Year 5 though. Are the rest of them plurals?

Feenie Sat 14-Sep-13 11:48:03

Try again: verb

burberryqueen Sat 14-Sep-13 11:50:13

oh right hadn't thought of that....
but i have never seen morphed verb forms in spelling lists.
also how would it fit into a suitable sentence?
the boy knifes the......? complete as appropriate

juniper9 Sat 14-Sep-13 12:25:24

Feenie it's like glass, I suppose. A typical Friday night back home...

"The boy knifes the old man whilst the girl glasses the unconscious woman."

clam Sat 14-Sep-13 12:28:46

<<wonders where feenie's from>>

Feenie Sat 14-Sep-13 12:46:19

grin grin

Burberryqueen - look at the link I posted. You could say 'The ship knifes through the water'. Apparently.

<Can't be bothered to think up an amazing sentence>

Feenie Sat 14-Sep-13 12:47:41

Fwiw it's probably an error. But the OP could look daft if she complains and the class teacher has a frantic google.

burberryqueen Sat 14-Sep-13 12:48:14

grin funny feenie

spanieleyes Sat 14-Sep-13 12:51:58

Next weeks spelling list


Pachacuti Sat 14-Sep-13 12:52:43

I'd like to see their example sentences for "knifes" as a verb form... "Johnny walks into the bank and knifes the security guard" ?

What kind of school is it -- would this be valuable vocational training grin , or is it more likely to be a cock-up on the basic grammar and spelling front?

hillian Sat 14-Sep-13 13:30:55

its a state primary in a lowermiddle class area.

Once the children have progressed from the verb" to knife", I believe there will be a class assembly on the theme of the song Blurred Lines.
The teacher doesn't seem very stable (has been losing her temper a lot - even once with a parent who didn't jump to her command!). She has only been teaching for a week so its quite a dramatic start.
On reflection, I think I will just quietly tell Ds to just spell it accurately on the test.

clam Sat 14-Sep-13 13:41:36

Was it part of a theme on the list? Were there similar words or all just random?

<<acknowledges bad grammar there but cba to re-phrase>>

hillian Sat 14-Sep-13 13:58:06

they were all 6/7 letter words. i think prefect was another one.

actually it was just a fairly odd assortment.

DS has a spelling age of 15 (he was privately assessed this summer) so the words are all a bit basic for him.

I am not worried about him learning to spell, so luckily I am not relying on her. Its just i was hoping she'd improve his English generally.

eddiemairswife Sat 14-Sep-13 14:15:35

Just a query. Why would anyone have their child's spelling privately assessed?

clam Sat 14-Sep-13 14:19:15

Is anyone else wondering what the educational value is of random 6/7 letter words?

hillian Sat 14-Sep-13 15:48:39

eddimairswife because a learning disability was suspected. They do a whole range of tests, looking at every aspect of the child's learning including types of memory etc so that the disability stands out (if it exists).

hillian Sat 14-Sep-13 15:59:43

Clam ... looking at the list again I think the theme was they all have a silent letter (or at least if you say them fast).

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