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20 October 2014
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KS1 English - A catTo spell a range of words correctly.

National Curriculum

En3, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4h, 4i.


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Teaching activities


  1. Watch Learning Zone Class Clips - A cartoon cat introduces 'ai' words, which shows how to spell a series of 'ai' words.
  2. Pause the clip before each word is shown and ask the children to have a go at spelling each word.
  3. Discuss a range of spelling strategies with the children, including - sounding out the word; listening to the initial and end sounds; using words they already know to help with new words; and learning the new words by using the look/cover/write/check strategy.
  4. Arrange the children in pairs. Ask them to spell their own name and then to try to spell their partner's name.


Medium - Play the Pirate Spelling game.
Extension - Ask the children to have a go at the Spelling worksheet (PDF 100KB).

Hard - Arrange the children in small groups. Give each group a pot containing the spelling words. Ask them to take turns to pick a word from the pot. They must not look at the word but give it to another member of the team who reads out the word; the player then spells it.
Extension - Give the children a ten-second limit for each word so that the activity resembles a game show.

Really hard - Play the Words and Pictures Whirlyword Machine game, spinning the reel and making words that fit a specific description.
Extension - Play the Words and Pictures Sandcastle quiz game, selecting the grapheme that fits into the middle of the word.


Play the Words and Pictures Drag and Spell game as a class, dragging a vowel sound into the spot to spell a word correctly.

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