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Encouraging a child to use their phonic knowledge in their spellings

Discussion in 'Primary' started by mystery10, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. mystery10

    mystery10 Occasional commenter

    I've been asked to help a child use their phonic knowledge in their spellings when doing "free writing". The child is in year 2 and has done most Letters and Sounds phase 3 GPCs and a small number of Phase 5GPCs. I haven't seen a sample of their writing yet.
    Any ideas please how best to go about this? I volunteer one to one. My hesitation is how best to tackle the issue of starting to write in a phonically plausible fashion, but also how best to cope with the fact that the child does not yet have the phonic knowledge of the possible spelling choices. I want to encourage the child to work out phonically plausible spellings but I don't want, unwittingly, to confirm incorrect spellings in the child's mind when we can't as yet together make the correct choice for most sounds (e.g. "ir" "ur" or "er").
     
  2. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Do lots of work at phase 4. Ideally the child will then be able to use the phonemes/graphemes they do know well from phase 3 and get used to reading and spelling the phase 4 words as well as lots of words made form phase 2 and 3 graphemes.
     

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