What is Cued Spelling and how do we do it in St Killian’s?
- Cued Spelling is a method of teaching a pupil how to spell a set of words using specific cues, how to learn and retain spellings and how to become a more independent learner. This gives the speller the opportunity to focus on the difficult spelling patterns and master them over a period of time.
- Pupils meet with their mentor in a dedicated learning space in the school library.
- Cued Spelling is carried out in a one to one setting, with a partner. At St Killian’s we believe in fostering peer to peer relationships, empowering pupils at all levels, and encouraging them to contribute to their school community. As a result our Sixth Form mentors have become an intregal part of the success of the Cued Spelling Programme. They have received training from the Education Authority and work closely with the school librarian and Literacy Co Ordinator.
- Cued Spelling relies on ‘overlearning’, as a strategy, and research findings have shown improvements in progress that continue up to 6 months after the program has ceased. Findings have also demonstrated that pupils who have participated in a Cued Spelling program show improvements in other curricular areas. This adds further weight to our whole school literacy approach. The pupils are given key terms from each subject in order to equip them with the correct terminology and the skills needed to spell them.