Review: Creative approach to teaching spelling by Kate Robinson

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A Creative Approach to Teaching Spelling: The what, why and how of teaching spelling, starting with phonics








Practical Ideas





  • A great mix of games and activities for practical learning of spelling.
  • Clear and straightforward guidance for teachers.
  • Tips on encouraging spelling development at home.

Becoming proficiently strong at spelling is one of those challenges that faces most individuals throughout our life. As more and more of us share our lives daily, it is important to make sure there is no embarrassment when you misspell something which is then published. Therefore, establishing a good grounding to spelling strategies is vital, as even the best computer spell checker is prone to misunderstanding the context of a misspelled word (checks back through the previous paragraph for any errors!).

In her new book, Kate Robinson offers strategies, activities (27), and resources to help pupils become more confident spellers, going beyond the popular phonic strategies that are now evident in most primary schools. Exploring some of the current key approaches to word analysis for spelling, Kate also explains the need for assessment and self-assessing before embarking on the games which can be used with pupils to help their confidence with spelling.

This book is great for student-teachers, NQT’s, or primary school teachers who wish to expand their repertoire of strategies for supporting spelling with their pupils.

What the publishers say…

A Creative Approach to Teaching Spelling will help teachers address the spelling targets of the new English curriculum and can also be used to support and enhance the growing range of phonic based spelling programmes currently used within schools. It provides a basic summary of the major developments in the teaching of spelling over the last 40 years and outlines current research and approaches. The renewed emphasis on phonic knowledge as a key element of all reading and spelling programmes is highlighted, as are those additional complimentary approaches to teaching spelling that are supported by current research. The games and activities will help to develop and embed children’s phonological awareness, phonic knowledge and auditory memory.

Reader-friendly, accessible format and content, allowing teachers to either dip in to find fresh, engaging ideas for teaching spelling or to read in more detail for a broad range of knowledge, skills and ideas for developing spelling programmes in their school.

About the author…

Kate Robinson has been working in education for over 25 years. In that time, she has gained extensive experience as a writer, consultant, manager, teacher trainer and teacher. She has specialised in the areas of English, Maths and Family Learning. Her key aim is to make learning fun through practical, multi-sensory games and activities that capture the imagination and inspire learning. Kate has also worked as a consultant supporting educational providers to improve their practice and as a teacher trainer for prospective teachers and Learning Support Assistants.

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