Part 5: Tricky words

Techniques for teaching spelling - word families or patterns

When one word is taught, it is helpful to show others in the same family. For example, the word ‘like’ could be linked to ‘bike’, trike, hike, pike, Mike’.

It can also be linked to a wider group, e.g. ‘i-e’ words such as ‘hive, pine, pipe, shine, line, mine, time, rice’, etc.

Later more sophisticated patterns can be taught, including the worst letter combination of all, the ‘ough’. When these are known we are all happy! – so these become our ‘oh you get happy’ words