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soph252 Tue 11-Oct-11 16:39:28

Hi there, just wondering if anyone can advise me. My child has just gone into year 2 and is doing well going by his year one end of year report. He has a new found enthusiasm for writing, which I am pleased about, but I am concerned about his spelling. Below is a story/ re-telling of story he wrote recently. I was wondering if someone could tell me if this spelling is the norm at this stage and if not what I can do to help him. They are not doing spelling tests as they deem them pointless, but they do have phonics homework where they have to do a small piece of writing using the sounds of the week. We have always been told not to correct their spelling, but I'm thinking now might be the time to start ?!

The Pirats and the childran

Once a pona time there was a hous sitin in a toun. At nite it was verey scaree. a pirat broac in. It was scul head. He stol all he gold. Then he saiold (sailed) away. The next moning they woce up. They notist that there gold was gon. They wantid to find out who stol it. They were rily foreeus (furious). The next nite the childran woce up. They were scerd (scared). The piratship was there. The pirats went throo the broacon window one of the childran said hide. The pirats came in the children got bananas and chuct them on the flor. The pirats were never seen agen. They got there window fixt and they got there gold bac.

Blerb - theres some childran and pirats the pirats braic in to there home. This book proofs that you shoudnt do nastey things.

Where do I start? & do I have any cause for concern? The teachers haven't said anything and I might ask at parents evening, but would be interested in how to go about helping him if anyone has any tips, please?

Thanks guys ;)

IndigoBell Tue 11-Oct-11 18:47:09

That's a really good piece of writing. I think you can be very proud of that.

2BoysTooLoud Tue 11-Oct-11 18:54:43

I'm with Indigo - a great story and the spelling is all phonetically plausible.
I'd say - no worries....

soph252 Tue 11-Oct-11 19:38:08

Thanks guys - Should I not correct anything for him then? Will he naturally gradually start spelling more words correctly? My instinct is to say 'That's great, but....'. I don't want to put him off now he is enjoying it though. I guess the teacher will start correcting spellings in his work, if need be. Thank you! you have re-assured me that I don't need to worry. smile

Sammiez Tue 11-Oct-11 19:54:36

I agree! Very good.

AnyoneButLulu Tue 11-Oct-11 20:02:36

Fantastic that he's writing so much, well done DS.

No hints on spelling I'm afraid, DD and I have the type of brains which can turn voracious reading directly into correct spelling through a sense of what "looks right" (your DS may be lucky enough to have been issued with this type in which case just leave him to it) which means that I now have no idea whatsoever of how to help my DS with his spelling (he's also year 2, equally bad at spelling but each word on paper is like pulling teeth) I will watch the thread along with you for any top tips.

Ben10WasTheSpawnNowWeLoveLego Tue 11-Oct-11 20:19:14

I would be really pleased if my Y2 DS had written that. His work is nowhere as good as that and his writing is classed as average for his age 1B. Our school also doesn't do spelling in Y2 and I am very pleased as they write much more because they aren't worrying about the spelling.

ihearttc Tue 11-Oct-11 21:20:20

That piece of writing is fantastic and honestly you should be really proud of him. I have a Y2 boy as well and while he is quite good at spelling (he does by the word looking right as well rather than phonetically) it's like pulling teeth trying to get him to actually write anything remotely resembling that!

howtocalmachild Tue 11-Oct-11 21:24:15

Brilliant writing. I'd love to have seen that from my year 2 smile I found with my first child that as she read more and more and completed more of the phonics in year 2 she started to choose the correct spelling (as in n-ight rather than n-ite etc).....

DontCallMeBaby Tue 11-Oct-11 21:50:13

It's lovely! Looks a lot like the kind of thing DD wrote a year ago - Yr 3 now. Over the year her spelling improved a lot, she ended up with 2a for writing, so the upper end of expected. IIRC the broad description of the standard for spelling is getting all the high frequency words right, and 'phonetically plausible' attempts for the others. Those are certainly phonetically plausible, you didn't really need to explain saiold etc! smile I did find with DD as she went through Yr 2 she stopped doing that sort of thing as she learned to put -ed, -ing and other standard endings on words.

EcoLady Tue 11-Oct-11 22:17:46

If my year two class (I'm a trainee on placement) produced that I'd be thrilled. The spelling is fine for year 2. The plot is great and the quantity is superb.

Be very proud grin

KTk9 Tue 11-Oct-11 23:00:50

So glad you posted this, I was wondering a very same thing myself!! My dd Year 2, wrote this story tonight, not finished as I went up and asked her to turn the light off!

The Lost Map

Wons ther was a boy colled Sam and he fand in his garden a map and he hade never seen it. Sam folod (followed) the map and it toock him to a oled hrber and he found a ship that was good to yoos and not damiged so he got in.....

Other interesting spellings in pecious stories - houws (house), riting, cined (kind), techer

I was worried about how she was spelling words - although never had any spellings to learn until starting a new school in Year 2, so perhaps it will come in time!.

Thanks again.

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