We aim to do a 15-minute session every day, adhering to the easy-to-follow instructions, which is great as it is easy to find a time slot of this duration within the school day. Having their own book allows the student ownership of the programme and they can easily see the progress that they are making. The introduction and, more importantly, the explanation of spelling and phonic rules really helps the student feel in control of their learning.
My students have shown amazing progress. They feel able to tackle new words encountered when reading and will have an informed attempt at new spellings instead of guessing. In addition to this, they will read their own spelling back to themselves and can often identify their own mistakes and then be in a position to rectify them.
The confidence this has given them has been transferred across to other subjects (they have moved up two sets in maths) as they now feel to be on a more equal footing with their peers.
My students have really enjoyed this programme, often reminding me when it is time for their Word Wasp session, and I in turn have enjoyed delivering it and seeing the ongoing success that each student is now experiencing.