The Story of GPS at Repton Manor Primary School

In Early Year, GPS is not taught as a discrete lesson but is covered in Read, Write Inc lessons and through writing. Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways that match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

GPS in Key Stage One becomes more of a focus, especially towards the end of Year 1 and especially in Year 2. The children begin to learn about word classes; adjectives, nouns and verbs and will know how to categorise them so they are able to use them in their writing. The use of capital letters and full stops in the children’s writing is also a particular focus in Year 1 so that the children are able to write a sentence. The children are also taught Read, Write Inc which not only allows them to read, but also focuses on using sounds in spelling words. Both year groups learn the Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words to use in their writing. Weekly spelling rules are taught discretely now and children are tested on these words each week. As a school, we use Spelling Shed which allows parents to practise words with their children at home but the website also has games for children to play using their weekly words. 

In Key Stage 2, GPS is taught discretely but also included in writing and reading starters. This allows the children to learn a grammatical focus but to also know how to use it in their writing.  Similarly to Key Stage 1, spellings are handed out each week to learn and tested the following week. The spelling rules are taught weekly to the children so they are able to apply the rules to new words they encounter. Key Stage 2 children also learn their year groups common exception words and their meanings to apply to writing.