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Phonics and Spelling

Spelling Support

To help your child with spelling at home, you might like to try practising the ‘Common exception words’  to be learnt in your child’s year group. You may also want to have a discussion with your child’s class teacher to find out if there are any words in particular your child is having difficulty with.

Year 1

! spellings year 1

Year 2 

! spellings year 2

Year 3 and 4 

! spellings year 3 and 4

Year 5 and 6

! spellings year 5 and 6


Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and KS1 at Woodmansterne using the Letters and Sounds programme. It is used as a tool for teaching early spelling and reading. At the end of Year 1, children are assessed through the compulsory Phonics Screening Check.

Here are the different sounds your child will be learning as they move through the different phonics phases. It can be useful for your child to have this when they are writing to remind them of the correct sound to use.

Phase 2:

phonics mat phase 2

Phase 3:

phonics mat phase 3

Phase 5:

phonics mat phase 5


Children from years 1-6 are given weekly spelling lists to practise as a home learning task, in line with your child’s ability. Years 3-6 will have a weekly spelling lesson to learn spelling rules and patterns from their year curriculum.

Years 1 and 2 – Children will be given 10 spellings from the sounds/rules they have learnt in their phonics lessons.

Years 3 and 4 – Children will have 12 spellings to learn

Years 5 and 6 – – Children will have 15 spellings to learn (This may change in year 6 during in preparation for SATs




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