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Language and Communication sounds syllables rhyme meaning of new words  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To think explicitly about the sounds, syllables, rhyme and meaning of new words learnt.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1a
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
TAP level:TAP60
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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Word Webs

Word web template

Example word web for same first sounds:

Use these for key vocabulary or for words the child finds difficult to remember.

Spend time thinking about the first and last sounds, words that rhyme with the target word, and the number of syllables.

Pre-teach key vocabulary

Agree as a class team what is the core vocabulary for weekly topics. Spend some time with the child to learn these words and to think about the sounds, syllables, and rhyme before the child learns them in class.

Word Web prompt card

Laminated copy of a word web

1. Give the child a laminated copy of the word web they are used to. They can keep this on their table in class.

2. Help them use the word web to prompt themselves when they cannot remember a word they want to use. They can also use it to think of descriptions of items.

You may need to shrink the word web down on the photocopier to make it smaller.

See also the TAP sheet "use word webs to think through new words" which you can find on

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