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Reading and Spelling: - You write a word without your child seeing, then ask them “to whisper the sounds quietly to themselves and listen out for the word they make.” They then tell you the word they’ve heard. You both point to the sounds’ saying the sounds and reading the word’.

Now hide your word and ask your child to write it, stretching the word so they can hear all of the sounds. If they make a mistake, you say the sounds and read the word they’ve made and ask them if it matches your word. Then ask them to have another go. If they cannot write the word, show them your word and repeat saying the sounds and reading the word together.

Use the following words: bath, depth, gash, cash, chess, itch.

(You will need to explain that a southerner would say barth, however someone living in the north of the country pronounces it bath! I always explain that I don’t know why, I believe it is another trick the letters like to play!)


Writing - use these words in as few as sentences as possible