A question I’m often asked in regard to correcting spelling in pupils’ work usually runs along the lines of: My child is in Y3 and the teacher hasn’t corrected such and such a spelling mistake. Is the teacher right and if not, what should the teacher be correcting?
Well, as the writing system in English is complex, the answer too is complex. For example, in the first year of schooling, if a child has been taught all the one-to-ones and the double consonants [ ff ], [ ll ], [ ss ] and [ zz ] and the child spells the word ‘buzz’ as ‘buz’, I would correct it. What differs in the way we, at…
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