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Yr 1 spellings

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whizzylala Tue 22-Sep-09 19:32:57

My DD has come home with her first list of spellings for Yr 1 - it is a list of about 8 words all ending with the same three letters and that all rhyme. I get the feeling it is a class spelling list.
Could someone tell me the benefit of this please, once she has spelt one she has spelt them all as far as I can tell - they are all phonetically correct. (she whizzed through them) Same pattern for next week although different sound.
Don't want to be a pain to the teacher so thought I would seek your ideas first, am I missing something?

mrz Tue 22-Sep-09 19:37:12

A really good way to teach children to spell much more sensible than those key word lists

notnowbernard Tue 22-Sep-09 19:38:03

Mine got a list of very similar words too

(cat, bat, mat etc)

I thought it was probably to refresh them after the summer or something, get them back into the swing of things

movingnow Tue 22-Sep-09 20:08:02

Don't worry, they will get more difficult grin

smee Tue 22-Sep-09 20:08:52

My son thinks he's a genius because he can do 'cat, mat, bat, etc' and who am I to disagree. Sounds like it's confidence building to me too. Would be horrible to send them home first time with a list they struggled with.

DiamondHead Tue 22-Sep-09 20:10:52

I don't see that any spelling tests are of benefit. You learn to spell by reading and using words, not by learning lists.
I'd just be grateful that they're not going to be wasting too much of your time.

MollieO Wed 23-Sep-09 15:36:22

Ds's spelling list was a mix of different three letter words - none had the same sound. All seemed very easy. He was supposed to write them out three times for homework but the teacher said that they only had to sound out the words for the test and not write. I was a bit surprised to discover that the did in fact have to write them down. Ds had refused to do any writing and I hadn't pushed it blush.

madusa Wed 23-Sep-09 19:07:50

my y1 (dyspraxic) son has 5 "spellings"


while he can tell me the letters in each word, he can't write them down sad

I think that the spellings start easy and get more difficult as a way of seeing each childs ability.

The ones that are struggling will hopefully then be given easier words to learn than those who find them easy

juliemacc Sat 07-Nov-09 18:48:22

My DD is in Yr 1 and is one of a small group of children (2 class year) who have literacy/spellings with yr 2. I would say that they are quite tricky eg. dolphin, whisper, thirteen, author, but she copes with them fine and enjoys doing more challenging work. The rest of the class have simpler words. I think this is quite a new initiative as my eldests' year certainly didnt do this when he was in yr1 and i applaud the school for stretching her.

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