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Part 3 – Decodable readers and writing skills

The tricky words 41-60 are taught. This prepares the children for the next level of decodable readers. For the most confident readers the code is cracked and they can then read anything that is suitable for their age.

Part 3: Decodable readers and writing skills

 

In Step 5, there are 20 more tricky words for the children to learn to read and write:

 

any              many            more            before             other

were           because        want               saw                put

could           should          would            right               two

four               goes            does             made             their

 

They do this in the same way as the tricky words in Steps 3 and 4, trying to blend the words and then looking for the awkward bit [demonstration].

 

Now with knowledge of the new 20 tricky words and the alternative spellings, the children are ready to read the Blue Level of Jolly Phonics Readers. As in earlier levels, the first page tells us what the children need to know: the 42 letter sounds, ‹y› with an /ee/ sound, the hop-over-‹e› digraphs, and the digraphs and tricky words taught in Step 5 [demonstration]. Now the emphasis, as often quoted, is moving from learning to read to reading to learn, and in this case [book shown] the children are learning about the River Nile [story summarised].

 

As you can see, the content level of these books is quite advanced. If these books are too hard for some of the children to understand, then choose simpler decodable books, such as those described on the home page in the section Phonic knowledge, under the heading Decodable readers. The children can always enjoy reading the Blue Level at a later date, when their comprehension skills have sufficiently improved.

 

Writing and spelling should continue to be a major focus and be encouraged as much as possible, using many different approaches, such as the children writing messages to each other, writing a shopping list, re-telling a story, writing their news, creating a story of their own, or even writing a diary. The more the children write the easier it becomes, and the easier it becomes the more they enjoy doing it. Not all the children will be at this stage, which is why it is important to continue with dictation.

 

For some of the time, the children will be learning to spell the new tricky words in Step 5, a few at a time. A little instruction and revision most days work well. The tricky word spelling sheets are useful and can be used in the same way as in Steps 3 and 4. (They can be downloaded either by scrolling down to the bottom of the screen in the relevant Step, or by going to the Resources section on the home page.) The children could also work in pairs and test each other: one child dictates three or four words while the partner writes them on a board or on paper [demonstration]. Then they both check the words and swap over. The aim is for both children to learn how to spell these new tricky words. It makes a change to dictation always being given by the teacher. There are, however, times when the children should continue to write on lined paper and be encouraged to use their neatest handwriting. A variety of approaches helps to keep the children focused and interested in their writing.

 

  • Step 5 - Tricky Words - reading - b&w

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. They can be blended but give the wrong pronunciation. The children have to remember the correct pronunciation and learn the unusual letter-sound correspondences.

  • Step 5 - Tricky Words - reading - colour

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. They can be blended but give the wrong pronunciation. The children have to remember the correct pronunciation and learn the unusual letter-sound correspondences.

  • Step 5 -TW_reading_b&w_print letters

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. They can be blended but give the wrong pronunciation. The children have to remember the correct pronunciation and learn the unusual letter-sound correspondences.

  • Step 5 -TW_reading_color - print letters

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. They can be blended but give the wrong pronunciation. The children have to remember the correct pronunciation and learn the unusual letter-sound correspondences.

  • Step 5 - Tricky Words - writing - b&w

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. The children have to learn the awkward part for spelling. These sheets allow the children to practise writing the tricky words, using the Look, Cover, Write & Check method.

  • Step 5 - Tricky Words - writing - colour

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. The children have to learn the awkward part for spelling. These sheets allow the children to practise writing the tricky words, using the Look, Cover, Write & Check method.

  • Step 5 - Tricky Words - writing - b&w - print letters

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. The children have to learn the awkward part for spelling. These sheets allow the children to practise writing the tricky words, using the Look, Cover, Write & Check method.

  • Step 5 - Tricky Words - writing - color - print letters

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. The children have to learn the awkward part for spelling. These sheets allow the children to practise writing the tricky words, using the Look, Cover, Write & Check method.

  • Step 5 - Letter Sounds

    The letter sounds taught in Step 5 are provided. They can be used as flash cards to help the children remember the sounds linked to the letters.

  • Step 5 - Letter Sounds - print letters

    The letter sounds taught in Step 5 are provided. They can be used as flash cards to help the children remember the sounds linked to the letters.

  • Step 5 - Word Bank

    The words from the 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 5 - Word Bank - print letters

    The words from the 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 5 - Tricky Words - reading - b&w

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. They can be blended but give the wrong pronunciation. The children have to remember the correct pronunciation and learn the unusual letter-sound correspondences.

  • Step 5 - Tricky Words - reading - colour

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. They can be blended but give the wrong pronunciation. The children have to remember the correct pronunciation and learn the unusual letter-sound correspondences.

  • Step 5 -TW_reading_b&w_print letters

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. They can be blended but give the wrong pronunciation. The children have to remember the correct pronunciation and learn the unusual letter-sound correspondences.

  • Step 5 -TW_reading_color - print letters

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. They can be blended but give the wrong pronunciation. The children have to remember the correct pronunciation and learn the unusual letter-sound correspondences.

  • Step 5 - Tricky Words - writing - b&w

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. The children have to learn the awkward part for spelling. These sheets allow the children to practise writing the tricky words, using the Look, Cover, Write & Check method.

  • Step 5 - Tricky Words - writing - colour

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. The children have to learn the awkward part for spelling. These sheets allow the children to practise writing the tricky words, using the Look, Cover, Write & Check method.

  • Step 5 - Tricky Words - writing - b&w - print letters

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. The children have to learn the awkward part for spelling. These sheets allow the children to practise writing the tricky words, using the Look, Cover, Write & Check method.

  • Step 5 - Tricky Words - writing - color - print letters

    Tricky Words are frequently used words that either use alternative spellings that have not been taught yet or they are irregular. The children have to learn the awkward part for spelling. These sheets allow the children to practise writing the tricky words, using the Look, Cover, Write & Check method.

  • Step 5 - Sentences

    These sentences only use the letter sounds taught in Steps 1- 5 and the tricky words 1 - 60. At this stage they are particularly useful for the children who need extra practice reading sentences that use the letter sounds and tricky words taught in Step 5.

  • Step 5 - Sentences - printed letters

    These sentences only use the letter sounds taught in Steps 1- 5 and the tricky words 1 - 60. At this stage they are particularly useful for the children who need extra practice reading sentences that use the letter sounds and tricky words taught in Step 5.