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Step 6

The concentration in Step 6 is on spelling. The unusual alternative spellings are gradually introduced. Sets of words that use them have been provided. Worksheets of the last group of tricky words can also be downloaded.

Step 6

 

The phonic knowledge and skills taught in Steps 1 to 5 are usually sufficient for learning to read. When the children know the letter sounds in Steps 1 to 5 and are confident readers who can fluently blend new words that have not been read before, they rarely have problems with reading more complicated words with unusual alternative spellings, especially if the words are in their vocabulary.

 

In Step 6, the concentration is mainly on spelling. It works well, usually once a week, to introduce a new alternative spelling with a set of words that have that spelling in them [demonstration], such as ‹wh› with the /w/ sound, as in wheel, whale, whisper, white, whip, wheat, whistle, while, whine and whatever. It is worth remembering that in some accents the /h/ in ‹wh› is actually pronounced [demonstration]. For these children the spelling is not a problem as they can hear the difference in ‹w› words and ‹wh› words.

 

The children then learn to associate the spelling pattern with the group of words that use it. Many examples of alternative spellings and sets of words that use these spellings are available to download, either by scrolling down to the bottom of the screen in Step 6 or going to the Resources section on the home page. I hope you find them useful. The last set of tricky words is also provided, which can be taught in a similar way to the previous steps.

 

And that concludes Step 6.

 

 

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    The Step 6 tricky words are frequently used words that need to be learnt. It works well to teach them in a similar way to those in the previous steps.

  • Step 6 - Tricky Words - reading - colour

    The Step 6 tricky words are frequently used words that that the children need to learn for reading. It works well to teach them in a similar way to those in the previous steps.

  • Step 6 - Tricky Words - reading - b&w - print

    The Step 6 tricky words are frequently used words that that the children need to learn for reading. It works well to teach them in a similar way to those in the previous steps.

  • Step 6 - Tricky Words - reading - color - print

    The Step 6 tricky words are frequently used words that the children need to learn for reading. It works well to teach them in a similar way to those in the previous steps.

  • Step 6 - Tricky Words - writing - b&w

    The Step 6 tricky words are frequently used words that the children need to learn how to write and spell correctly. It works well to teach them in a similar way to those in the previous steps. The worksheet provides the necessary practice.

  • Step 6 - Tricky Words - writing - colour

    The Step 6 tricky words are frequently used words that the children need to learn how to write and spell correctly. It works well to teach them in a similar way to those in the previous steps. The worksheet provides the necessary practice.

  • Step 6 - Tricky Words - writing - b&w - print

    The Step 6 tricky words are frequently used words that the children need to learn how to write and spell correctly. It works well to teach them in a similar way to those in the previous steps. The worksheet provides the necessary practice.

  • Step 6 - Tricky Words - writing - color - print

    The Step 6 tricky words are frequently used words that the children need to learn how to write and spell correctly. It works well to teach them in a similar way to those in the previous steps. The worksheet provides the necessary practice.

  • Spelling Patterns

    As there are not so many words that use the next alternative spellings it is easier for the children to learn them in groups of words. There are ten words provided for each alternative spelling.

  • Spelling Patterns - print

    As there are not so many words that use the next alternative spellings it is easier for the children to learn them in groups of words. There are ten words provided for each alternative spelling.