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Wise Owls

Helping Year 1 children

with more advanced reading skills -

things that can get tricky!

Mastering tricky reading skills

Once children have mastered basic blending and segmenting skills and can decode easier graphemes (letter combinations that make a single sound) they will learn trickier graphemes, such as split digraphs, and then learn about alternative pronunciations and spellings. As English is such a complicated language to read and write compared to many other languages, this can be a challenging process to do and the more children practise these skills, the more confident and competent they will become.


When they get to Year 2 and beyond and are proficient readers, learning in most other curriculum areas will become so much easier as they can often access the more complicated activities independently and aim for more difficult tasks.


Good reading skills are a fantastic foundation for learning as well as enjoying life when you can pick up an adventure book and be 'transported' into the deep jungle or to the moon or you just want to find out about dinosaurs and be able to decode and pronounce those wonderful long words like Triceratops! 

About My 3rd Course

This course will build on the previous courses by teaching more graphemes, some of which can be tricky, and looking at the many alternative spellings and pronunciations we have in the English language.

Again I have shown you an alternative to formal teaching if your child prefers to practise in a more active way - have a look at my games module.

Similar to course 2, this  is based on the guide that is used by many teachers effectively but adapted how you can teach this at home with lots of tips that you may find useful.

It is a series of narrated PowerPoint slides and PDFs, which you can print off, videos to illustrate an idea, games and plans if you find having an overview useful. 

As you will probably have one or two children to teach, rather than a whole class, you can use these ideas to specifically teach at the pace of your child's learning and practise the graphemes and words that your child finds particularly tricky. In doing so your child should become more confident and show good progress.

And have fun!

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