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Statutory Spellings & Expectations

  • Expectations across the School for Spelling including tests.


From year 3 onwards, each year group has a list of statutory spellings which children must learn. At the start of each academic year in September, children are tested on these spellings in order to get a baseline score which helps to monitor their progress throughout the year.


To support children with learning the statutory spellings, teachers break down the spellings into groups for the children to learn at home each week. At the end of each week, children are tested on these spellings. There is an expectation that children will achieve 80% in these spelling tests. If this is not the case, children may be asked to attend a lunch time spelling club, which is a fun and creative club, for extra support with learning the statutory spellings. Children can also choose to attend this club on a voluntary basis.


At the end of each term, the children are tested on all of the statutory spellings for their year group in order to keep track of their progress. This process is repeated in a cycle each term so children have the chance to retain spellings learnt previously and re-visit any spellings which they are still struggling with.


  • Statutory Spellings



Statutory Spellings are split into groups. These are handed out at the start of the year and are available as a PDF below too.

In Key Stage One, your child will not be bringing home weekly spellings on a regular basis. However, some weeks your child’s class teacher will send a list for your child to learn which you will find in their reading logs.


These spellings will be tailored to your child’s needs and will help to support their learning in school.


See below the full list of common exception words that your child is expected to know by the end of their year.