Year 6 - is this normal?

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Lougle Wed 02-Oct-19 14:37:30

DD3 is in year 6. She's bright, doing well. However, I've noticed that with her spellings, when she's asked to spell out loud, she often substitutes a c for s, although realises and corrects herself. She also starts words (such as accommodation) with o instead of a, and mixes up o and a within the word.

Is this just a mouth working faster than brain kind of thing, or should I be mentioning it to her teacher?

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TeenPlusTwenties Wed 02-Oct-19 14:57:17

Does she spell them correctly when writing? Surely that's what matters?

AlwaysaLittleBitTired Wed 02-Oct-19 15:00:44

Totally normal. It's a symptom of learning phonetically I think, or just a simple mistake.

Lougle Wed 02-Oct-19 16:01:36

She's pretty good with writing, typically substitutes I for e in words like 'despite', but then in our area, despite is pronounced dispite, so it's completely understandable. I think she hears 'uhccommodation' so instinctively plucks for 'o' rather than hearing 'ahccommodation'.

Thanks, I'm reassured.

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ScatteredMama82 Wed 02-Oct-19 16:03:20

Sounds normal. My DS is very good at spelling, but he will sometimes still spell things like they sound. He usually notices once it's written down though. Eg. Bungulow instead of bungalow!

Noti23 Wed 02-Oct-19 16:20:18

I’m in my 20s and I still do this as I spent most of my education being taught in a phonetic language. He’s not even in secondary school yet so he’s bound to make mistakes.

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Wed 02-Oct-19 16:24:06

I was going to ask if it could be down to the local accent. My older dc do it sometimes when spelling allowed, less so in writing. We’re fairly rural Warks close to the Glos & Worcs borders so the accent (my own including) can be a bit ‘country’, especially when speaking fast.


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Lougle Wed 02-Oct-19 17:36:38

I think it probably is that, we're quite rural too!

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BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Wed 02-Oct-19 18:01:05

Jesus my phone is out to get me today. I meant included (it’s just tried to change it again)!

Dc1 wrote this at the end of summer term in y1, now y5 but similar is still happening, particularly when speaking aloud. I remember saying both words to myself & realising they’d been written almost exactly how I say them. I’m still grateful she didn’t put ‘arf grin

Lougle Wed 02-Oct-19 19:40:29

I love that!! grin My Nan used to say "Between you, me and the gaarrden gayte...."

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PrimaryteacherMrS Fri 04-Oct-19 23:22:10

Hi, I've been teaching in year 6 for seven years or so and see this sort of thing all the time. Nothing to worry about by the sounds of it. She'll begin to self correct after it's been pointed out enough times! wink Plus, it won't have a baring on SATs or English in Secondary school.

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