“Spelling is the clothing of words, their outward visible sign, and even those who favour sweatpants in everyday life like to make a bella figura, as the Italians say – a good impression – in their prose.”
Here is the part two of the key stage 2 statutory spellings broken down into sounds and syllables: this time the year 5/6 spellings
Please visit my previous blog post to read the guide before using the PowerPoint, and to download the year 3/4 spelling version of the PowerPoint.
4 Step Teaching Strategy
Here is a quick four step strategy for teaching the words on the list.
Step 1: Pronunciation
Good pronunciation is the bedrock of good spelling. Pronounce the word clearly, with over-enunciation using a spelling voice rather than natural speech, so vej|uh|tuh|bul not vej|tuh|bul. Ensure that children can pronounce the word clearly.
Step 2: Syllables
Identify the number of syllables. Tap them out and say them clearly at the say time. I prefer children to tap them out on their desk rather than clap them out. I want children to use strategies that work for them when they are writing independently. And I don’t need quiet writing times punctuated with random bouts of clapping. A quiet tap on the table disturbs no-one and gets the job done just as well. Draw vertical lines to separate the syllables (you’ll need one fewer lines than the number of syllables.
Tap in between the lines and say the syllables again to check you have the correct number of vertical lines.
Step 3: Sounds
Focus on each syllable in turn, starting with. Clearly say the sound of the first syllable, drawing horizontal sound buttons. Now say the sounds once more, this time writing the spelling of each sound about the button.
Repeat the process for each syllable.
Step 4: Tricky Parts
There’s no need to memorise whole words to teach spelling. Simply identify the trickier spellings. These are the parts we will need to think most carefully about hen spelling the word. In vegetable, for example the second ‘e’ is elided and will likely to be missed by some spellers.
Sounds & Syllables Training
The Sounds & Syllables INSET or sequence of staff meetings teaches you how to teach any spelling this way in much more detail, unpicking common areas of difficulty and how to correct them, and also how to have children practice spellings and try out spellings when writing. If you are interested in the approach, do visit Sounds & Syllables page, and get in touch using the Contact Form.
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