Therfield First School

“Bringing Learning to Life”



When pupils are secure in all of the phonic phases, they no longer take part in daily phonics sessions.  Instead, they have a daily spelling session, focusing on age-appropriate spelling patterns and rules.  At Therfield First School, we use the Essential Spellings programme for these sessions.  


Pupils in Years 1-4 take home weekly spellings to learn ready for their weekly test.  For Year 1 pupils, or where pupils are still taking part in daily phonics lessons, these are based on the sounds/patterns/words being looked during their phonic sessions that week.  For Year 2-4 pupils, these are taken from the Essential Spellings programme, based on the in-class weekly focus.