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Part 2 – Developing the skill of writing

The children are taught to write words that have digraphs and single letters in them. Guidance is provided for selecting words that are suitable for dictation.

Part 2: Developing the skill of writing

 

Writing words that have digraphs in them is relatively easy for the children who can already write words with single letter sounds. They still have to listen for the sounds and – if it is a digraph – they have to write two letters for that sound instead of one. So, in dictation the children will have to listen for the sounds in a word, /n-ai-l/ for example, and write nail [demonstration].

 

Naturally, the children would only be asked to write words which use the ‹ai› spelling of the /ai/ sound, along with letter sounds that have already been taught. In this way, the children can spell the words correctly just by identifying the sounds and writing the letters for those sounds.

 

Although words like name and day have an /ai/ sound in them, they would not be used in dictation at this stage because the children have not yet been taught these spellings. That comes later in Steps 4 and 5.

 

Many suitable words for blending and dictation are provided. As in Step 1, the blending words can be downloaded by scrolling to the bottom of the screen in Step 2, and both word banks are available in the Resources section on the home page.

  • Step 2 - Dictation Words - b&w

    These words have been carefully selected. The children should be able to spell the dictated words correctly by listening for the sounds in the words and writing letters to represent the sounds. The words build up progressively until all 12 letter sounds are used.

  • Step 2 - Dictation Words - colour

    These words have been carefully selected. The children should be able to spell the dictated words correctly by listening for the sounds in the words and writing letters to represent the sounds. The words build up progressively until all 12 letter sounds are used.

  • Step 2 - Dictation Words - b&w - print letters

    These words have been carefully selected. The children should be able to spell the dictated words correctly by listening for the sounds in the words and writing letters to represent the sounds. The words build up progressively until all 12 letter sounds are used

  • Step 2 - Dictation Words - color - print letters

    These words have been carefully selected. The children should be able to spell the dictated words correctly by listening for the sounds in the words and writing letters to represent the sounds. The words build up progressively until all 12 letter sounds are used.

  • Step 2 - Letter Sounds

    The next 12 letter sounds taught in Step 2 are provided. They can be used as flash cards to help the children remember the sounds linked to the letters or for word building.

  • Step 2 - Letter Sounds - print letters

    The next 12 letter sounds taught in Step 2 are provided. They can be used as flash cards to help the children remember the sounds linked to the letters or for word building.

  • Step 2 - Letter Formation - b&w

    On these sheets the children are able to practise forming the next 12 letters correctly by following the dots.

  • Step 2 - Letter Formation - colour

    On these sheets the children are able to practise forming the next 12 letters correctly by following the dots.

  • Step 2 - Letter Formation - b&w - print letters

    On these sheets the children are able to practice forming the next 12 letters correctly by following the dots.

  • Step 2 - Letter Formation - color - print letters

    On these sheets the children are able to practice forming the next 12 letters correctly by following the dots.

  • Step 2 - Word Bank

    The words from the Step 2 Word Bank can be printed on coloured card, cut up and used for blending practice. As each new letter sound is taught then more words become available for blending.

  • Step 2 - Word Bank - print letters

    The words from the Step 2 Word Bank can be printed on colored card, cut up and used for blending practice. As each new letter sound is taught then more words become available for blending.

  • Step 2 - Phrases - b&w

    The Step 2 phrases can be printed on card, cut up and used for reading practice. This is a little more challenging than reading single words. It helps to prepare the children for reading sentences.

  • Step 2 - Phrases - colour

    The Step 2 phrases can be printed on card, cut up and used for reading practice. This is a little more challenging than reading single words. It helps to prepare the children for reading sentences.

  • Step 2 - Phrases - b&w - print letters

    The Step 2 phrases can be printed on card, cut up and used for reading practice. This is a little more challenging than reading single words. It helps to prepare the children for reading sentences

  • Step 2 - Phrases - color - print letters

    The Step 2 phrases can be printed on card, cut up and used for reading practice. This is a little more challenging than reading single words. It helps to prepare the children for reading sentences.

  • Step 2 - Dictation Words - b&w

    These words have been carefully selected. The children should be able to spell the dictated words correctly by listening for the sounds in the words and writing letters to represent the sounds. The words build up progressively until all 12 letter sounds are used.

  • Step 2 - Dictation Words - colour

    These words have been carefully selected. The children should be able to spell the dictated words correctly by listening for the sounds in the words and writing letters to represent the sounds. The words build up progressively until all 12 letter sounds are used.

  • Step 2 - Dictation Words - b&w - print letters

    These words have been carefully selected. The children should be able to spell the dictated words correctly by listening for the sounds in the words and writing letters to represent the sounds. The words build up progressively until all 12 letter sounds are used

  • Step 2 - Dictation Words - color - print letters

    These words have been carefully selected. The children should be able to spell the dictated words correctly by listening for the sounds in the words and writing letters to represent the sounds. The words build up progressively until all 12 letter sounds are used.