Teachers and Schools

Literacy achievement in spelling still remains a big concern for schools. The Department for Education (DoE), National Strategies, Support for Spelling[i], offers support for teachers who want their pupils to become fluent and effective writers.

The DoE recommends that competent spellers need to spend less time and energy in thinking about spelling to enable them to channel their time and energy into the skills of composition, sentence structure and precise word choice. Accurate spelling is a means to becoming an effective writer:

“Children need strategies to help them attempt spellings they are not sure of as they are writing, without interrupting the flow of their composition. Aim to build up routines where the children will try different strategies … identifying specific words that they need to continue to work on. These could be words exemplifying a particular pattern or convention or high-frequency words.” [ii]

Children with spelling difficulties need to experience success in spelling essential words. “I CAN SPELL High Frequency Words” is a structured, individualised spelling approach suitable for all school children especially those with dyslexia, dyspraxia, specific learning difficulties and EAL (English as an Additional Language).

 ‘I CAN SPELL High and Medium Frequency Words’ workbooks are based on Dolch’s list of basic sight words and Fry’s list of most essential words.

The workbooks are appealing, multisensory learning tools for children to have fun learning how to spell High Frequency Words. I CAN SPELL draws on an improved version of ‘Look-Say-Cover-Write-Check’, by tracing over the word (helping with fine motor control) and spelling the word using NLP visualisation, which focuses on kinaesthetic action and visualisation of a word. The workbooks encourage the use of tactile methods to reinforce learning, such as modelling the spellings using clay, Plasticine™, colourful pipe cleaners, writing in the air, sand or using paint.

Children are able to learn at their own pace, learning a small set of spellings or just 2 or 3 at a time. The workbooks have a section at the back to record and monitor each child’s spelling progress.

The workbooks are A5 in size and easy to fit into school bags. They are printed in a dyslexia-friendly font, on cream coloured paper to reduce glare and assist learners with visual perception difficulties. They are easy to use, effective spelling resources for teachers and teaching assistants to use in the classroom.

I CAN SPELL workbooks are designed to be used on their own or may be used to compliment the popular Wordshark™ computer program used by many schools and parents to reinforce literacy skills in an interactive way. Each spelling set is linked to High Frequency spelling and reading games in Wordshark™, which makes IEP teaching really SMART!

Children are generally taught how to spell HFW in the following years at school, (guideline depends on child’s level and ability):

My Spelling Book 1: High Frequency Words (age 5 years onwards):

  • Reception – the first 45 HFW
  • Years 1 and 2 – approximately 105 HFW
  • Year 3 – revise the first 150 HFW again

My Spelling Book 2: Medium Frequency Words (age 8 years onwards):

  • Year 4 and Year 5 – 120 (MFW)

British English and American English words are spelled the same.





[i] http://nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/node/183127

[ii] http://downloads.nationalstrategies.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/pdf/c9275388873dcd6c647ff6cf9d1a2841.pdf

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