Part 1: Revisit, explain, use
You can use these approaches and activities to support children’s understanding of unstressed vowels and illustrate how breaking these words down can help with spelling.
Show examples of words with unstressed vowels. Invite children to work out what these words have in common and why they may present difficulties for spelling. For example, Wednesday, poisonous, and interested.
Beat the syllables
- Children break words down. For example, Wed-nes-day, and in-ter-es-ted.
- Revise counting the syllables from the Year 3 programme.
- Invite the children to lead with other examples.
Explain the teaching focus for this unit and tell children they will learn strategies for remembering and spelling the unstressed vowels in polysyllabic words.