‘The wrdos can be a total mses and yuo can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.’
Wondering why you are able to read the above paragraph when it is clearly misspelled? It is because you are fluent readers; and the path to fluent reading includes a firm foundation in the following areas:
● Phoneme knowledge represented by letters and their spelling.
● An awareness of the familiar letter sequences and repeated patterns in the writing system.
● Knowledge of word structure and spelling.
At the Primary Campus your child will participate in a range of meaningful and fun spelling lessons. Children learn to spell in a variety of different ways and at Alice Smith it is our aim to teach the children a range of strategies to learn phonics, spelling patterns and set word lists. Every week, all children from Year 1 to Year 6 will receive spelling homework and we ask that you please support your child with these tasks. You can do this by:
● Getting your child to practise their weekly spellings.
● Making games out of finding words with the particular phoneme or pattern that your child is currently learning.
● Using Apps on iPads and other tablets to enthuse and encourage the practising of word lists such as:
- Move and Match
- The Spelling Bee
As always if you have any questions please speak directly to your child’s class teacher.