Your child’s confidence will have grown slowly and as your child approaches this age they will draw on a range of strategies for spelling.
Your 9-10 year old is continuing to develop visual memory
Children never stop using their visual memory when spelling. As they grow they strengthen their visual memory and continue to use strategies such as 'Look, say, cover, write, check'.
Your 9-10 year olds spelling is getting increasingly accurate
You will notice that your child is making far less mistakes and becoming increasingly automatic. This improvement in spelling can be linked to improved reading and a growth in their vocabulary.
Your 9-10 year old is learning how to form compound words
When two smaller words are joined together, e.g. something, they are known as compound words. This forming of compound skills is a developmental milestone which must be mastered before moving on to learning about how words change form.
9-10 year olds is spell words made of many syllables
Now that your child is comfortable identifying the syllables in words, they will become more confident in spelling complex words. They will continue to break words down into sections and will spell by syllable comparing how letters sound to how combined letters look in their visual memory.
Your 9-10 year old will develop personal spelling lists for their writing
Your child at this age will be able to identify ‘tricky’ words and know what topics might require them to spell this word. In this way, they will develop their own personal list of words that they find easy and words that confuse them.
Your 9-10 year old will learn spelling rules
Your child at this age will learn spelling rules which apply for tenses and also plural forms of words.. He will know when to change ‘y’ to ‘l’ and add ‘es’ (e.g. family – families). He should also know when to double the consonants after a vowel, e.g. when adding ing ‘swim- swimming’.