Dictionary of the British English Spelling System

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If you love etymonline.com for exploring the history of words, here’s another rich resource, a dictionary of British English spelling (one dialect only) arranged by phonemes with their corresponding graphemes (for spelling) and graphemes with their corresponding phonemes (for reading). It’s not a lightweight book and, like etymonline, contains more information than … Read More

Adding the -ly suffix

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This is going to be a short post but it’s accompanied by a four page pdf to get you started. It’s another chance to stress three important things about teaching spelling. 1. You can avoid potentially confusing rules if you have consistent spelling conversations about syllables sounds graphemes endings suffixes 2. Don’t … Read More

Spelling List Advice for Teachers

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This is the second post looking at spelling lists generated by teachers.* This one comes from the Outwood Grange Academies Trust which has coined the phrase the “Dirty Thirty” spelling list. It includes many commonly misspelt words that come up regularly in TST workshops and Post-16 Phonics trainings. The list as it … Read More

Spelling is Rocket Fuel to Reading

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This is a guest post by Georgina Mavor, an experienced literacy tutor who works with children, young people and adults who often come with significant barriers to learning, particularly dyslexia. When people ask if TRT and TST work for dyslexics, my answer is, ‘Yes but more slowly than for those without’. This … Read More

tion sion ssion cion cian

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Whenever I get talking to a teacher about spelling, I offer them my brilliant idea that every school should, in the first couple of weeks of the first term, have a “-tion Day” when each first year student and teacher will adopt a useful word ending in -tion. By the end of … Read More

Creating a culture of spelling in your classroom

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There are two reasons for teaching spelling through a consistent approach like TST. The first is obviously to make sure students are spelling accurately but the second is equally important if not as obvious. It helps to create a culture of spelling in your classroom. It becomes a conversation rather than a … Read More

Spelling Test Advice for Parents and Teachers

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This post is based on a long twitter post @spelling_thing. If your child has a teacher who is sending home illogical or overwhelming spelling lists, please point them here. I’m happy to answer their questions and yours! ***************** A parent has asked me for some advice on what to do with a … Read More

Spelling Photosynthesis

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Over on Twitter @ChrisHallsEd says: Of course #syntheticphonics is vital, but does it help a child spell photosynthesis in Yr. 5? We need to equip ALL children with ALL the tools to succeed. #syllables The only reason phonics doesn’t currently help a year 5 child to spell photosynthesis is that year 5 … Read More

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