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Alternative spellings

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by modgepodge, May 6, 2012.

  1. modgepodge

    modgepodge Established commenter

    I am teaching my year 1s phase 5 phonics. We have now covered all the alternative pronunciations, and are now moving on to alternative spellings. Thing is, I'm an NQT and on placement only taught alt pronunciations, so I've yet to plan /teach the spelling part. Any advice? How is it different to the pronunciation part? Any good activities/games?

    I always think with alternative pronunciations they can keep trying different ones in an unfamiliar word til they get the right one. This doesn't really work with spelling. Is it worth trying to teach them some rules or is it too complex? Eg this week we are looking at ways of spelling /k/. To my mind, the general ru,es are:

    Usually /ck/ following a vowel sound, eg duck, sick, sack

    usually /k/ following a consonant or double vowel eg. Look, speak, week, Think, link

    Words rarely end in /c/ but this is usually how word start

    /x/ is rare and actually makes /ks/, never at the start of the word

    /q/ is rare and usually in the middle of words eg marquee

    This just seems like a hell of a lot for 5/6 year olds to remember!! But then most of them know all these letters make /k/ but use them randomly with no idea when to use each one. Plus some of these rules rely on knowledge of vowels and consonants that I'm not sure they've got. And that's quite a tricky concept right? Not something I can introduce in a review part of the lesson!
  2. modgepodge

    modgepodge Established commenter

    ****, wrong forum, many apologies!!,

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