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Silent letters: the 'wr' spelling

I can spell words with 'wr' representing the 'r' phoneme.

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Year 2

Silent letters: the 'wr' spelling

I can spell words with 'wr' representing the 'r' phoneme.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. 'wr' can be a representation of the 'r' phoneme.
  2. The representation 'wr' is usually found at the start of a word.
  3. Words connected in word families often have similar spellings, such as write, wrote and written.
  4. How to spell the common exception words: ask and says.

Common misconception

Some children might overemphasise the w in words containing 'wr' e.g. w-right for the word write.

Treat 'wr' as a digraph of the 'r' sound to avoid this confusion and orally segment and blend some words with the 'wr' spelling in.

Keywords

  • Word families - a group of words common in feature, pattern or meaning

  • Present tense - present tense refers to a verb form that indicates an action or state happening in the current moment or a general truth, such as "run,"

  • Past tense - past tense refers to a verb form that indicates an action or state that has already happened or was completed in the past, such as "jumped"

  • Pronunciation - the way a word or language is spoken, including the sounds, stress and intonation patterns

  • Silent letter - silent letters are letters in a word that are not pronounced when speaking, like the "k" in "knee" or the "w" in "wrist."

Introduce words in sentences or stories that contain 'wr' to demonstrate their use and context.
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6 Questions

Q1.
Match each word to the number of phonemes it contains.
Correct Answer:brown,4

4

Correct Answer:rabbit,5

5

Correct Answer:arrow,3

3

Q2.
How many syllables are in the word carrots?
1
Correct answer: 2
5
6
Q3.
Choose one more spelling that can also represent the sound 'r', like in rage.
t
w
Correct answer: rr
kn
Q4.
Choose the correct word and spelling to complete this sentence: I thought the garden __________ was cute.
Correct answer: gnome
knome
nome
Q5.
Match the word to its definition.
Correct Answer:silent letter,letters in a word that are not pronounced

letters in a word that are not pronounced

Correct Answer:homophone,words that sound the same with different spelling

words that sound the same with different spelling

Correct Answer:digraph,a type of grapheme where two letters represent one phoneme

a type of grapheme where two letters represent one phoneme

Q6.
Choose the correct word and spelling to complete this sentence: They said __________ to the offer.
know
Correct answer: no
kno

6 Questions

Q1.
Choose the correct word and spelling to complete this sentence: Did you __________ me a question?
Correct answer: ask
arsk
aks
Q2.
Choose the correct word and spelling to complete this sentence: He __________ it's time to go.
sayz
sez
Correct answer: says
Q3.
Which words contain the 'wr' spelling of the 'r' sound.
Correct answer: wrestle
right
Correct answer: wrinkle
rose
berry
Q4.
Choose the representation of the 'r' sound that matches the words.
Correct Answer:carry,rr

rr

Correct Answer:rabbit,r

r

Correct Answer:wreck,wr

wr

Q5.
Choose the correct word and spelling for the following sentence: I sprained my __________ playing football.
Correct answer: wrist
rist
wrissed
rissed
Q6.
Correct the spelling in bold in the following sentence: I had to right a sentence during my English lesson.
Correct Answer: write