Split digraph, Vowel+e, Bossy e, Silent e, magic e – why and how to teach it

The split digraphs a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e are very common spellings.  They have different names: Silent e, Magic e, Vowel Consonant e, Bossy e, Split digraphs.  Many children struggle to read words with these spelling patterns, so we need to teach them explicitly. Why do we have these spelling patterns in English? The ‘e’ […]

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Why sorting words is an important activity

I recently listened to the much anticipated webinar given by the Reading Ape.  (If you haven’t heard of the elusive Reading Ape, do check out the website which has fantastic research-based articles about reading.)  Anyway, the Reading Ape discussed the research of Cattell, 1886, that showed that we read words quicker than we read individual […]

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Scope and sequence – what does this mean?

All phonics programmes should have a ‘scope and sequence’ but what does this actually mean? ‘Scope’ means what you are teaching When teaching reading with systematic phonics, ‘scope’ means teaching the alphabetic code. English has 44 sounds and more than 175 spellings for those sounds.  So, do we need to teach them all?  Which are […]

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