Spellings

Ideas for Teaching Spelling
Rainbow writing

Write the word once in yellow pen/pencil & the learner picks 5 or 6 colours and goes over your word, naming the letters as they do so.

Mnemonics

Useful for irregular words. It works best if the first word id the word to be learned.

E.g. Police – Police Only Let Invisible Criminals Escape

Magical spelling

Find a word, look at it, chunk it, choose a colour for each chunk, look at the word (take a photo), look away and remember, remember the word backwards, write it forwards.  

Visual Approaches

Words within words

Look at the words and see if they can spot any smaller words hiding in longer words. E.g. there’s a ‘hen’ in ‘when’, there’s here’ in ‘where’ ‘there’s an ache in every teacher’

Pictures in words

Visual patterns in words
Look for patterns in words, e.g. remember 

Shapes of words

Syllabification

Useful for longer words. Rehearse and clap the syllables, spell each syllable separately, then put the syllables together. For example, con-tin-ent, for-got-ten

Auditory

·         Spelling pronunciation

Scissors – skissors, friend – fry-end, bicycle – bee eye see why see elly

·         Sing song letters

Mrs D, Mrs I, Mrs FFI, Mrs C, Mrs U, Mrs LTY

·         Own voice

Pupils tape themselves reading word aloud saying the letters, saying the word again. Play back and write whilst listening.

Pronunciation

Exaggerate the pronunciation of words.

·         Beginnings – knight

·         Endings – climb

·         Add missing syllables – lib/rair/y

·         Words within words – veg/e/table

·         Parts of words – February

·         Silent letters – write

Air spelling

With your index finger, magic (imaginary) pencil or whilst holding a real pencil, write the spelling word in the air slowly, saying the letters aloud as you write. Encourage the child to ‘see’ the letters in the air. What was the first letter? What was the last letter? How many letters are there?

Spelling with letters/Anagrams

Use Spell Magic, cannellini beans, small pebbles, pieces of card/paper or wooden/magnetic letters.

Water wash

Use a paintbrush and water to write your words or phonemes outside on a patio or pavement.  

Finger tracing

Write the word or phoneme on a white board and then rub it out with a finger, tracing the letters and naming them out loud as you do it.


Ideas for Teaching Spelling

Rainbow writing

Write the word once in yellow pen/pencil & the learner picks 5 or 6 colours and goes over your word, naming the letters as they do so.
 
Mnemonics
Useful for irregular words. It works best if the first word id the word to be learned.
E.g. Police – Police Only Let Invisible Criminals Escape

Magical spelling
Find a word, look at it, chunk it, choose a colour for each chunk, look at the word (take a photo), look away and remember, remember the word backwards, write it forwards.

Visual Approaches
Words within word
Look at the words and see if they can spot any smaller words hiding in longer words. E.g. there’s a ‘hen’ in ‘when’, there’s here’ in ‘where’ ‘there’s an ache in every teacher’