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Unstressed vowels??

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Tiny3, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. Hi
    I am having a complete mental block trying to plan from the new literacy strategy for Y5, one of the things I am trying to incorporate is spelling unstressed vowels. As an NQT I am still learning many of these things myself (when I went to school we did not learn such things!!) and cannot get to grips with what an unstressed vowel is - I have spent ages hunting on the net and the definitions I find are really not helping - ideally I would like something in child friendly speak. Even on the Literacy site or strategy there does not appear to be a clear explanation. Anyone help explain this to me in plain english please???
    Thank you
     
  2. Hi
    I am having a complete mental block trying to plan from the new literacy strategy for Y5, one of the things I am trying to incorporate is spelling unstressed vowels. As an NQT I am still learning many of these things myself (when I went to school we did not learn such things!!) and cannot get to grips with what an unstressed vowel is - I have spent ages hunting on the net and the definitions I find are really not helping - ideally I would like something in child friendly speak. Even on the Literacy site or strategy there does not appear to be a clear explanation. Anyone help explain this to me in plain english please???
    Thank you
     
  3. A word with an unstressed vowel is spelt with a vowel that we don't pronounce normally e.g. DiffErence - we actually say "diffrance" or
    LibrAry - we usually pronounce this "librey"

    Not sure how much this helps you. Does this help?

    There was a useful publication from the old Literacy Strategy which listed loads of examples. Racking my brains to think what it's called - should still be a few copies around in school - Spelling Bank?? perahps someone else will remember the proper name for you.
     
  4. Thank you both.
    That is what I thought they were but was still struggling to get my head around it, that does help. thanks again.
     

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