Spelling tests are no longer scary!
Pathways to Spell is an inspiring programme that provides clear progression in the teaching of spelling from year 1 to year 6. It develops pupils’ confidence with spelling across the curriculum and enables teachers to identify and address common spelling issues.
With this programme, we will help you create a school of spellers who are equipped with a series of strategies to draw upon both in lessons and in their independent writing. Unlike other spelling programmes, there is a cycle of review objectives covering the whole curriculum to ensure gaps in learning are constantly revisited. This is another high-quality product from The Literacy Company which comes fully resourced with PowerPoints, supports teachers’ subject knowledge and workload, and engages pupils of all abilities.
Pathways to Spell is our progressive spelling programme for schools which covers the whole national curriculum for year 1 to year 6. Based on research and pedagogically sound, it follows a Review, Explain, Practise, Apply and Reflect model.
Spelling tests are no longer scary!
Pathways To Spell has provided staff with a multi sensory approach to the teaching of spelling. The range of independent spelling strategies has given our pupils a new found confidence in their application of spelling across the curriculum… Insightful and inspiring as always.
The resources available from Pathways to Spell provide purposeful contexts to spelling. Demonstrating how the taught rule can be applied in context. We have noticed that these taught spelling patterns are now visible within our independent writing. Our recent Estyn inspection comments included ‘Progress in literacy skills, particularly the development of writing skills, is very successful with most pupils writing exceptionally well by the time they leave the school.’
Pathways to Spell is designed for whole-class teaching of the primary national curriculum objectives for spelling from year 1 to year 6. It is a comprehensive and progressive programme with a clear, research-based teaching sequence.
Covers the whole national curriculum from year 1 - year 6
Pedagogically sound and evidence based
Uses a multi-sensory approach
Fully resourced to support within lessons and to ease teachers' workload
Builds phonemic, orthographic, morphological and etymological knowledge
Builds teachers' and pupils' confidence
Develops a range of independent spelling strategies to apply beyond spelling lessons
Develops a school of spellers
Games and activities handbook included
Pathways to Spell sequences learning into five stages:
Revisit previously taught spelling objectives
Explore and investigate new words and spellings
Practise using new rules or patterns through a variety of multi-sensory activities
Apply the rules with greater independence within sentences
Think about strategies that helped new learning stick
A ‘Pathways School’ is defined as a school with a whole package of either Pathways to Read, Pathways to Write or Pathways to Progress.
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|Full package (year 1 - year 6)||£395|
|KS1 package (year 1 - year 2)||£180|
|KS2 package (year 3 - year 6)||£315|
|Single year group package||£115|
Although Pathways to Spell can be used as a stand-alone programme, it can also link to pupils’ writing in Pathways to Write. Where applicable, example words and sentences in Pathways to Spell have been chosen to link to the texts in Pathways to Write. By doing this, pupils get to practise the words and rules in context and can then use these in their writing. In KS2, the focus word list words have also be arranged so that each half term matches with Pathways to Write.
Yes, the year 3/4 and year 5/6 would be fairly straightforward for mixed age, as the spelling curriculum is designed as a 3/4 and 5/6 curriculum. Therefore, you could deliver year 3 one year and then use the year 4 resources the following year making adaptations as needed with the hierarchy sheets. Regarding year 1/2, the best way would be to teach in groups as you would with phonics, as you really need to teach matched with where the pupils are at. Some pupils will still be doing their phonics anyway and Pathways to Spell spends time going over many of the phase 6 principles.
When Pathways to Spell was written, we listed all the year 3/4 and year 5/6 spelling patterns and divided them in two. We gave what we felt were the harder patterns to year 4 and year 6 and the more straightforward ones to year 3 and year 5. However, there wasn’t much between them. Both the year 3 and the year 4 units build on year 2 teaching so the prior knowledge required is year 2. Both the year 5 and the year 6 units build on year 3/4 teaching so the prior knowledge required is year 3/4. You can be reassured for the lower year groups in the mixed age class that they will cover some review objectives – your teachers may feel that the lower year group pupils spend more time focusing on the review section.
This is to allow schools to focus on the reading elements of their chosen SSP programme during the autumn term. We will then pick up the national curriculum statements for spelling which you can continue to teach alongside your chosen SSP programme. In year 2, we will then continue with the national curriculum statements but will continue to build on phonics teaching and strategies.
We would suggest that year 1 start in spring 1 with a short 10 minute session (possibly as a starter to your English lesson). This allows the SSP programme to focus on the reading skills in the autumn and then Pathways to Spell will ensure the spelling objectives are being taught discretely. These can then link and be applied further in your writing sessions. Depending on the SSP programme you are following, you could look at any spelling being taught and cross reference with Pathways to Spell. If you feel there is a crossover, you could skip these bits or use for further application/revision.
The programme is designed to be launched in school with the minimum of additional support. The introductory video and the methodology provide a good overview of the programme. However, if you would like additional training to answer any staff queries and explain some of the subtleties of the programme please contact us here. This can be arranged at an additional cost.
Most schools do a separate spelling session. We would suggest 3 times a week for 20-25 minutes (5 times a week in KS1 but for a shorter length of time). Some schools do it at the same time as phonics e.g. 9.00-9.30 or just before/straight after lunch. The key to making progress in spelling is to deliver it regularly in a ‘protected time’ like you would with phonics.
A spelling journal works best as you want pupils to have a bit more freedom to ‘play’ with words and not have to do best work.