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The Intent, implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – Spelling


At Mill Lane Primary School, English and the teaching of English is the foundation of our curriculum. Our main aim is to ensure every single child becomes primary literate and progresses in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

ith regards to Spelling, teachers will show pupils how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language. They will also teach pupils how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning. Pupils will be taught to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English.


 The importance of the effective teaching of spelling is vital in our English Curriculum.

Most people read words more accurately than they spell them. The younger pupils are, the truer this is. All children from Year 1 – Year 6 partake in a discrete whole class spelling session at the beginning of the week. Children are taught rules from English Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum. Every child is then given a set of spellings, taken from the statutory word lists for their relevant year group, to take home and learn in preparation for a spelling test at the end of the week. Children’s progress is monitored closely by class teachers and reported half termly to our schools spelling lead.

Children in EYFS are being taught spelling through our phonics scheme.


As the implementation of spelling across both key stages is becoming firmly embedded our children are becoming more confident in their own abilities and are striving to become accomplished writers.