After Phase 6, children move on to learn spelling patterns as defined in the National curriculum. Spelling is an important part of children’s writing and quick recall of patterns, or consistent use of phonic skills, will enable children to focus more on the content and technical aspects of their writing. Through daily teaching, a range of spelling strategies and activities are used to enable children to learn spelling patterns. Children are also given opportunities to investigate definitions in order to expand their vocabulary skills.

In addition to teaching spelling patterns through a structured approach, there are a number of words to learn to read by sight and spell quickly without use of phonics. These words are shared with parents at the beginning of the year and children are encouraged to practice these at home. More information about these words can be found on the links below.