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Teaching Year 1 Spelling
As part of the national curriculum pupils are expected to learn “Standard English” and be able to understand spoken and written language and the difference between word relationships.
Teachers should be able to express ways of teaching Standard English and spelling through their own reading and writing. As vocabulary and knowledge increases pupils should be able to understand and demonstrate the relationships between words and how to develop their ability of using figurative language.
In the instance of spelling, it is imperative that children learn to identify letters in the alphabet both capital and lower case, the significance of certain words such as capitalisation, proper nouns and how they fit within and construct a sentence.
Year 1 Spelling out Loud
Spelling out loud is a great interactive way to get the whole class to learn new words together. Which in turn can help students recall the letters of the alphabet as well as learning how to say and pronounce difficult words.
You can use the PowerPoint down below and present the children with different words to spell out loud, gaining confidence in their spelling.
We also, recommend to, make each spelling into a rhyme or song to enforce the spelling and make it exciting for your pupils.
Year 1 Spelling & Vocab Bingo
As you probably already know KIDS LOVE BINGO! So, why not create your own?
Using our customisable blank bingo cards write down different words that you find your class struggles with on the different cards. Hand them out and prepare to read out the different definitions of each word. When a pupil has completed a line or got full-house they can shout BINGO!
This challenges your pupils cognitive thinking into interpreting the definition and associating it with the correct word on their bingo card. Not only this but as they see the correct word spelt this should help them remember the word and reiterate and practice where they are struggling.
BONUS: You can use the spelling words for the week as part of the bingo to get your class familiar with them in a fun and engaging activity.
Year 1 Spelling- Arts & Crafts
Arts and Crafts provides a platform for children’s individuality and creativity and is something that children can engage in.
Letter Hunt- This is a fun way to get your pupils to recognise words in real word contexts. Gather magazines and newspapers and explain to your pupils that they need to search/hunt for the letters that make up the words they are learning that specific week. They can cut out the letters that make up the different words and assemble them on a piece of paper with glue.
Jump On It Spelling– This works well with one or two children working on a one-to-one basis (or adapt this activity for a larger size class). Write each letter of the alphabet on a small blank sheet of card. Spread all 26 cards on the floor. You can call out different spelling words and the aim is for them to jump, hop or even skip to each letter as they spell the word.
If you are working with younger children, it may be too overwhelming for all 26 letters to be on the floor at one given time, try only 10 letters making sure that the letters on the floor contain the ones specific to their given words. Slowly add more letters as they become more confident.
Year 1 Spelling Train
Have students spell out words on small cards and assemble them together based on certain rules. A couple you can try:
- Form a sentence: Each follow-on word must help build a sentence
- Matching letters: The first letter of the next word must match the last letter of the previous word
Year 1 Active Spelling- Homework
What is Active Spelling?
Active spelling is based on the principle that pupils learn letters and phonemes (sounds that letters make when together) that will help spell many different words as opposed to just having the words that they have to spell and learn that particular week. Pupils are building on their early exploration of single words and sounds.
Emile is perfect for setting active spelling homework for your class. Pupils can explore the Viking planet of Heim with Emile and Aimme and learn how to spell with their Runes. It’s simple to use with uploading your spelling lists and our smart system can allocate the right work set for each child’s knowledge and difficulty.
Which is of course aligned to the curriculum, our games feature all the lists found in the appendices in national curriculum for key stage 1 and for key stage 2.
– adding er, ing and ed to verbs
– vowel digraphs
– vowel trigraphs
– common exception words
– homophones & homonyms
– and many more!
Plus, you can see how they are progressing with a click of a button. Saying goodbye to manual marking and hello to automatic reports upon pupils completing homework!