Part 1: Learning the letter sounds
 

Alternative spellings of vowels

Once the children have learnt the 42 letter sounds in the initial programme, they need to be made aware of the alternative ways that some of the vowels can be written. A list of these alternative spellings can be seen on this page, and a set of photocopiable worksheets in Photocopy Section 14, Alternative Spellings of Vowels.

Alternative Spellings of Vowels

Long a

ai ……….. rain, waist, drain

a-e ……….. date, plate, flame

ay ……….. day, stay, play

Long e

ee ……….. seed, bleed, street

ea ……….. seat, cream, read

Long ie

ie ……….. pie, tie, die

i-e ……….. pipe, line, shine

igh ……….. night, fight, bright

y ……….. my, fly, cry

Long o

oa ……….. boat, goat, float

o-e ……….. bone, close, smoke

ow ……….. snow, slow, pillow

Long u

ue ……….. Tuesday, due, cue

u-e ……….. cube, tube, duke

ew ……….. few, stew, new

Little oo

oo ……….. book, foot, shook

u ……….. put, push, pudding

Long oo

oo ……….. moon, fool, shoot

ue ………. glue, blue, true

ew ………. blew, flew, brew

u-e ………. June, rude

The ‘er’ sound

e ………. supper, sister, blister

ir ………. bird, shirt, third

ur ………. turn, burn, purse

The ‘or’ sound

or ……….. fork, port, storm

au ……….. August, pause, fraud

aw ……….. claw, saw, shawl

al ……….. talk, walk, chalk

The ‘oi’ sound

oi ……….. oil, coin, spoil

oy ……….. boy, toy, enjoy

The ‘ou’ sound

ou ……….. loud, mouse, cloud

ow ……….. cow, clown, brown