At Harrold Primary Academy, children follow the No Nonsense Spelling programme from Year 2 to Year 6, once children have completed the Read Write inc. phonics scheme. No Nonsense Spelling supports children in learning spelling patterns and rules, statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings. Children are taught in a 'Little-but-often' structure which allows them to revisit and review, learn new strategies and apply.
A variety of strategies are suggested so that children with different learning styles can find out what works well for them. Handwriting activities are also included, to develop muscle memory of the spelling pattern.
The series has clear progression through each year, and is helpful because it splits the work for Years 3 and 4, 5 and 6 into single year groups, building on previous learning.
Suggestions for homework are adapted for children to use range of strategies, and regular tests are built in to children's lessons.
Kingfisher Class spelling tests are on a Monday morning, and children bring new spellings to learn home in their spelling journals on a Tuesday.