The national curriculum in England: English Appendix 1: Spelling

"The national curriculum for England is now more specific about what pupils should learn in the areas of spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. In all year groups the new programme of study for spelling consists of learning the spelling rules given in the English Appendix 1: Spelling, learning to spell the words in the word lists, and performing dictation. An additional requirement in Key Stage 2 is using dictionaries to check spellings and meanings, and in upper Key Stage 2 pupils are also expected to use thesauruses. Whilst the UK National Curriculum sets these standards as being the desired outcome for each year from age 5 to 11, teachers of older learners will be aware that many will still need help at these levels in later years."

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