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Year 2 Phonics – Dots and Dashes Spelling Game

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Pupils will revisit and apply their phonics skills and knowledge of Y2 spelling patterns when playing ‘Dots and Dashes’. The game will develop pupils’ segmenting skills, identifying the phonemes (sounds) in words and choosing the correct graphemes (letters) that represent these.

To play the game, pupils must find words that match the dots and dashes cards. Their knowledge of sound buttons, used in year 1, will help them with this task.

How will this resource aid pupils’ spelling?

This spelling game encourages pupils to break down words into their sounds. This is called segmenting. Pupils can then apply their knowledge of spelling patterns to choose the correct letters that are used to make these sounds in the words that they are trying to spell.

It builds upon pupils’ prior phonics knowledge, encouraging this as the main route for reading and spelling in year 2.

This games pack includes:

  • dots and dashes cards
  • year 2 word cards
  • blank cards for teachers to add their own examples

National Curriculum English programme of study links

  • Pupils should continue to apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent.
  • Pupils should be taught to spell by segmenting spoken words into phonemes and representing these with graphemes, spelling many correctly.
  • Pupils should be taught to spell by learning new ways of spelling phonemes for which one or more spellings are already known, and learn some words with each spelling, including a few common homophones.

  • Teacher notes
  • Dots and dashes cards
  • Word cards
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