Part 4: Identifying the sounds in words

Independent writing

Independent writing is the desired outcome. When the children have learnt the letter sounds, can identify the sounds in words and have done some dictation, they are well on the way to being able to write independently.

As soon as a child can hear the sounds in words and knows one way of writing each sound, they can write anything they want to say. It will not be conventional spelling, but it can be read by others, e.g. ‘mie mumi poot mie book in mie scool bag’. Accurate spelling comes through reading and following a systematic spelling programme.

Young writers will often join up some of the digraphs (ch, ee). However they need to listen more carefully to some words, so that they can hear the ‘t’ in ‘lots’, and that ‘had’ does not have a ‘n’ in it for example.