sPELLING & handwriting worsbrough Common Primary

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and i remember. involve me and i learn!"

At WCPS we have a balanced and consistent approach to the planning and teaching of spelling. We aim for children to be able to apply a range of phonemic, morphological, lexical and etymological approaches to spelling.

At WCPS we teach spelling by following key National Curriculum objectives, which take children through statutory and non-statutory spelling lists in each age phase. As a school we follow the Spelling Shed approach, which gives 100% coverage of the National curriculum.

We ensure that children are exposed to weekly taught spelling lessons with opportunities to practise and apply these skills built in throughout the week in a variety of ways.

Some activity examples are: scrambled words, spot the error, hidden spellings, investigating rules and patterns, crosswords/word-search and exploring letter patterns, etymology and morphology.

Weekly spellings are sent home to practise which can be done on paper or using the Spelling Shed app, these are also available on the children’s seesaw accounts.

Teachers set 'assignments' using Spelling Shed so pupils can practice rules and patterns in interactive games either in school or at home. They all receive a login for the website and use this at their leisure at home.

Spellings quizzes occur weekly after which children are given verbal feedback. Spellings scores are sent home to parents.


At WCPS we use the 'Letter join' scheme to teach handwriting.

A fully interactive programme of study purchased by the school to ensure consistency throughout handwriting. All teachers have access to this programme and follow it from EYFS-Y6. It begins with pattern forming for pupils to learn the correct pencil grip and form certain shapes and patterns. These are then applied to individual letters and numbers. Children learn simple letters first (a,d,c,i,l,t) then numerals 0-9. They learn to start on the line in order to develop cursive script eventually.