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Reading and Spelling

Helping with Reading

  • Try to keep sessions short, light and happy
  • Start with short sessions and build up gradually
  • Be prepared to stop reading if a book is boring and change to another
  • Explore a wide range of books and authors
  • Even teenagers who can read sometimes need a helping “voice”
  • Find ways to keep the place on the page
  • Re-read favourite stories
  • Use story tapes as well as books

Helping with spelling


  • This may help with regular words. Say the word aloud, count the number of syllables. Work on each syllable in turn e.g. Lem/on

Little words in big words

  • The word that has the word hat in it
  • There is a rat in the word separate

Family groups / Rhyming Chunks

  • Choose a word that is known for lesser known ones. E.g. If your child can spell like then bike, strike etc can also be spelt


  • Using silly sentences to learn tricky words
  • Fascinate – fred and sam came in and ate

Look, say, cover, write, check

  • The pupil looks at the word, says the letters aloud, covers the word, writes the word whilst saying the letters aloud, then finally checks the word

Pronouncing for spelling

  • e.g. wed/nes/day s/chool