Spelling and Phonics

Spelling and Phonics

Spelling  Statement Of Intent

At Whittonstall and Broomley First Schools we ensure that a high quality spelling education engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to spell confidently.  Pupils are taught to use the elements of spelling, grammar and punctuation.  As pupils progress they will learn the correct grammatical terms in spelling and the spelling rules that will equipped them to spell confidently and accurately.

We follow Letter's and Sounds for our phonics teaching.


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Can spell confidently and accurately.
  • Use the correct grammatical terms when discussing words and word patterns.
  • Know the spelling rules and can use them affectively to spell accurately.

Subject Content

Year  1

Pupils are taught:

  • All letters of the alphabet and the sounds which they most commonly represent.
  • Consonant digraphs and the sounds which they represent.
  • Vowel digraphs and the sounds which they represent.
  • The process of segmenting words into sounds before choosing graphemes to represent the sounds.
  • Words with adjacent consonants.
  • The spellings rules for using vowels in words. 
  • The grammatical terms for spelling. 

Year 2.

Pupils are taught:

  • Different spelling rules for the end of words.
  • Different spelling rules for the beginning of words.
  • Different spellings rules when adding sounds to root words.
  • To use the suffixes correctly.
  • To use apostrophes correctly.
  • To know the difference between homophones.
  • The grammatical terms for spelling.

Year 3&4

Pupils are taught:

  • How to add suffixes beginning with a vowel to words of more than one syllable.
  • How to spell the I sound spelt y elsewhere than at the end of words.
  • How to use prefixes correctly when spelling.
  • How to add suffixes correctly when spelling.
  • The spelling rules for the end of words.
  • The grammatical terms for spelling.
  • Whittonstall First School, Main Road,
    Whittonstall, Northumberland DH8 9JN
  • 01207 560325
  • admin@whittonstall.northumberland.sch.uk
  • Broomley First School, Main Road, Stocksfield
    Northumberland NE43 7NN
  • 01661 842271
  • admin@broomley.northumberland.sch.uk