The children are taught in groups by broad ability for English. Teacher Katie Clark has a Year 3 group with a small staff-to-pupil ratio to best meet the needs of the 22 children, many of whom have specific learning difficulties or additional educational needs, differentiation is absolutely crucial. Some will only manage five spellings, some can cope with ten, while others can have their own separate list.
Many of the children in this group are not yet fully confident with the 100 high frequency words for Year 1. These are essential and until they have mastered them they are unlikely to make good progress in their reading.
There are 18 MacBooks for the 22 children to use in class. Ideally the children would use Spellodrome for homework too, but some parents don’t have access to technology at home. Pupils can also access Spellodrome on iPads.