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New 'or' spellings, including 'ore', 'ough' and 'a'

I can use three new spellings for the 'or' phoneme: 'ore', 'ough' and 'a'.

New
New
Year 2

New 'or' spellings, including 'ore', 'ough' and 'a'

I can use three new spellings for the 'or' phoneme: 'ore', 'ough' and 'a'.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. ‘ore’ is a representation of the 'or' phoneme that usually comes at the end of a word, such as more.
  2. 'ough' and 'a' are alternative spellings of the 'or' phoneme.
  3. The 'or' phoneme is usually spelt as 'a' before 'l' or 'll'.
  4. Most words using the 'ough' spelling are past tense verbs.
  5. How to spell the common exception words: water, always, walk and talk.

Common misconception

Children can mix up the meaning of 'bought' and 'brought'.

Say the words in sentences several times to establish the meaning, and link to the present tense 'buy' and bring'.

Keywords

  • Digraph - two letters that represent one sound

  • Trigraph - three letters that represent one sound

  • Verb - a doing or being word

  • Past tense - show the action happened before now

Some phonics schemes teach 'al' as an 'or' spelling, so you can adapt the lesson in line with what has previously been taught.
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6 Questions

Q1.
Pick the spelling that matches the sentence: He likes to have __________ with his tea.
shooga
shuga
shuger
Correct answer: sugar
suger
Q2.
Choose the 'or' spellings that match the words.
Correct Answer:door,oor

oor

Correct Answer:morning,or

or

Correct Answer:jigsaw,aw

aw

Correct Answer:fault,au

au

Q3.
Which sentence is in the past tense?
I will walk to the park tomorrow.
Correct answer: I walked to school yesterday.
I like walking in the sunshine.
Q4.
How many phonemes are there in each word?
Correct Answer:walking,5

5

Correct Answer:more,2

2

Correct Answer:bought,3

3

Q5.
Choose the correct spelling for the world in bold in the following sentence: She will oordir the book online.
auder
Correct answer: order
ordir
Q6.
Choose the correct spelling for the word in bold in the following sentence: I like to jror in my sketchbook.
dror
Correct answer: draw
jraw
droor

6 Questions

Q1.
Pick the spelling that matches the sentence: She felt thirsty so she drank some __________ .
wautuh
worter
Correct answer: water
watter
Q2.
Pick the spelling that matches the sentence: After school, I like to go for a __________ .
Correct answer: walk
work
wawk
walck
Q3.
Choose the 'or' spelling that matches the words.
Correct Answer:ough,bought

bought

Correct Answer:a,small

small

Correct Answer:ore,snore

snore

Q4.
Choose the correct spelling for the word in bold in the following sentence: The brothers foort over who could go first on the slide.
fort
Correct answer: fought
fawt
fuougt
Q5.
Choose the correct spelling for the word in bold in the following sentence: Please don't ignaw me!
icnaw
Correct answer: ignore
ignoor
ignor
Q6.
Write the correct spelling for the word in bold in the following sentence: She loves reading and she orlso loves painting.
Correct Answer: also