In 2014, 24% of children failed to leave primary school with level 4 or above in their KS2 assessments in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Performance in this area lags significantly behind that in reading, where only 11% fail to achieve level 4. In light of this, teachers are looking for solutions to improve standards of spelling at KS2.
No Nonsense Spelling meets this need. It was developed by the Babcock LDP Literacy team in response to Devon teachers’ concerns over implementing the New Curriculum. The team, made up of experienced KS1-2 teachers and advisers, saw great results in Devon and collaborated with Raintree Publishers to offer the programme to the whole country.
No Nonsense Spelling organises the National Curriculum into strands and breaks them down into termly overviews. It maps these termly overviews across weeks as half termly plans, and provides daily lesson plans for each session, with Supporting Resources, including word lists and guidance on conventions.
An introductory video by the lead adviser on the team behind the product, as well as an interview with a teacher who has been using it are available to watch here:
• Meets the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for England and Wales
• Has a clear progression through blocks of teaching units across the year
• Explains how to teach spelling effectively
• Contains editable resources and video guidance from Babcock LDP, with a teacher’s book for each year, Years 2-6.
“No Nonsense Spelling has helped me, first and foremost, to up my game in spelling. It’s very clear on the rules and patterns you have to follow, but then also makes clear activities you can use to help teach that spelling pattern.”
“The children are now obsessed with spelling!”
—Martin Evely, Year 3 Teacher and Literacy Subject Leader
“The fact that it’s easy to follow and quick to resource makes this scheme both useable and great value for money.”
—Jayne - Literacy Subject Leader, Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue