Upton Primary School

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Waggon Lane, Upton, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 1JS


01977 650820


At Upton Primary School we firmly believe that good spelling is an essential skill which allows the children to communicate their understanding in all curriculum subjects. In order for pupils to develop into effective and confident writers they need to develop and use a range of effective spelling strategies. By providing the children with a range of strategies we equip them with the independence to attempt spellings before asking for adult help.

We particularly want the children to develop a love of language and the confidence to spell more challenging and ambitious words. In allowing them opportunities to develop a rich and exciting vocabulary, we are enabling them to become effective communicators.



  • Develop and teach the children to use a range of effective spelling strategies
  • Encourage creativity and the use of more ambitious vocabulary in their writing
  • Enable children to write independently
  • Enhance proof reading and editing skills
  • Encourage children to identify patterns in words and spellings.
  • Promote a positive and confident attitude towards spelling
  •  Help children recognise that spelling is a lifelong skill
  • Provide equal opportunities for all pupils to achieve success in spelling

Spelling in context

The most useful way to practise spelling is in the context of a sentence.  For example, when we teach children the word 'there' in phonics lessons we might get them to write in a sentence with this word in:  I want to go there for my holiday. 

However, we also know that repeatedly doing the same action helps children to learn it so alongside this we also play games in lessons to help them memorise these spellings. Below are some fun examples you may wish to use at home to support your child’s spelling.


How to support your child with spelling.

The details of the spelling curriculum for children at Upton Primary School can be found in their specific year groups. These can be accessed from the drop down tabs in the spelling section of the parent hub.