Part 5: Tricky words

Techniques for teaching spelling - does it look right?

When children are uncertain about how a word is spelt, they can write it down on scrap paper, trying different ways of writing it. This is particularly useful for the vowel sounds which have more than one way of being written, e.g. ‘brown/broun’, ‘bird/berd/burd’. They can choose the one that looks right.