Part 5: Tricky words

Techniques for teaching spelling - look, copy cover, write check

This is the principal method of teaching the spelling of tricky words. The children first look at the word and identify the tricky parts. For instance, the word ‘said’ has an ‘e’ sound in the middle which is spelt with an ‘ai’. The ‘s’ and ‘d’ are regular. They say the letter names (not the letter sounds) several times. Then they copy the word saying the letter names as they write them.

The word is then covered, and they write the word again from memory, saying the letter names. Then they check to see if they are correct. This is repeated until the line has been used up. The paper can then go home for revision. Regular testing keeps a check on the spelling.