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Language and Communication spell phonically regular words  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Learn to spell phonically regular words and recognise patterns

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Writing
P-scales/Curriculum level:L2c
TAP skill:Writing
TAP level:TAP64
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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The activities on this sheet can be used at other levels to support spellings.

Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Play four in a row


Sheet of paper, filled in as a 'board'

A dice

Different coloured pens

Preparing the board

Create a landscape page with 6 columns and 7 rows.

On the first row number each column from 1-6.

Select the short vowels (e.g. a, e, i, o, u, y) or vowel digraphs (e.g. ay, ai, ee, ea, oi, oy) that the children need to reinforce.

Next to each number write a different vowel or vowel digraph that the children need to reinforce.

1. Establish the sound of each vowel (or vowel digraph) with the players.

2. Give each player a different coloured pen.

3. The first player rolls the dice and chooses any of the empty boxes in the column that corresponds to the number on the dice.

4. They write a word containing whichever short vowel or vowel digraph is at the head of that column. For example, if they throw a 3 and the 3 column is 'ee' they could write the word see. They write it in their own colour, underline the vowel or vowel digraph and read the word out loud.

5. No one else can now use that box.

6. Each player has one throw per turn.

7. If one of the columns becomes full and the player throws that number they are allowed one more throw. If it's still the same number they cannot write a word during that go.

8. The winner is the first person to get 4 words in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

9. If there is a time issue it can be 2 or 3 in a row.

Children need to learn the phonic spelling patterns to enable them to read and write fluently.

At the beginning of the game it is important to establish what happens when they can't think of a word or they get it wrong.

Do you give them a word?
Do you correct their mistake?

Do they forfeit their turn?

Sensitivity is required depending on the pupils' needs.

The aim is to have fun whist learning!

A list of the phonic spelling patterns can be obtained from "Letters and Sounds" available free at:

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