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Spelling & Phonics at Bolsover

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The National Curriculum Aims

The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that:


At lower key stages 2 - years 3 and 4:

Pupils’ spelling of common words should be correct, including common exception words and other words that they have learnt (see English Appendix 1). Pupils should spell words as accurately as possible using their phonic knowledge and other knowledge of spelling, such as morphology and etymology.


At upper key stages 2 - years 5 and 6:

Pupils apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (morphology and etymology), as listed in English Appendix 1, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that they meet


You can find Appendix 1 from the programmes of study from the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum regarding spelling by clicking here.


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In school, we teach spellings and/or phonics daily. To enable us to ensure we cover all aspects of the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum we use Read Write Inc. spellings to support staff in their delivery of spelling lessons. Further information about Read Write Inc. spelling can be found here: Read Write Inc. Spelling - Ruth Miskin Phonics Training 

Click on the following links to find out how each of the spelling books we use in school link with Programmes of Study and Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum.

Book 2 (Year 2)

Books 3 and 4 (Year 3 and 4)

Books 5 and 6 (Year 5 and 6) 



 While pupils are in Key Stage 1 (at their previous school), they will be taught discrete phonics lessons. In Year 1 (and 2 if required), pupils will complete the phonics screening check to assess their understanding of the key sounds. Please click the following to find out more information about the Phonics Screen Check.


If a child does not pass their phonics screen check at Key Stage 1, when they start our school in Year 3, they will continue with their phonics learning as part of their daily spelling and reading sessions using Read Write Inc. We also carry out our own assessments on the Year 3 pupils to determine if any other pupils require this intervention.


The sounds that our pupils need to know can be found here: Spelling Sound Chart


We use Read Write Inc. to support phonics learning within school. Please click on the link for more information about Read Write Inc, and ways in which you can support your child's learning.  

Parent guide to Read Write Inc. Phonics | Oxford Owl


Subject Policies & Guidance

English Policy

National Curriculum - English - Appendix 1 - Spelling


Useful links and websites for Spellings

Spelling Frame


Useful links and websites links for Phonics

If you would like to find out more about phonics, visit the phonics section of the Department for Education Website (Click Here)

Read Write Inc – phonics guide for parents

The Letters and Sounds programme can be found here
Phonics Play – Phonics activities and games. There are some free games that can be played or a subscription can be paid to access the full site.
Phonics Bloom– Phonics activities and games

Other websites to support practice phonic skills

Letters and Sounds