Spelling Made Easy. Textbook. A5 4 book series
£7.50 – £28.50 exc. VAT
By Violet Brand
Based on phonic word family lists these established best sellers cover Key stages One and Two. The series consists of 4 A5 sized photocopiable. Now includes a National Literacy Strategy Index. Originally published in 1984 these remain a popular series.
A revised set of A4 sized Textbooks is also available. The sequence of sounds and lists have not changed but the dictations/texts are updated, the typeface is more friendly and some additional material has been included.
The introductory level corresponds with Key Stage 1. It introduces short vowel sounds, double vowel sounds, basic combinations of vowel and consonant sounds, basic consonant combinations, the silent (or ‘magic’) ‘e’, basic vowel combinations and some basic three-letter digraphs. It isolates and deals with the confusion that can occur between the consonant ‘y’ and the letter ‘u’. It incorporates initial consonant clusters. It contains teaching notes to help students acquire and reinforce control over these basic words and sounds.
The first book in this best-selling series provides a complete phonics method for reading and spelling at Key Stage 1 level. It comprises clearly laid out word lists, structured to give maximum multi-sensory learning benefits, along with spelling tests in the form of a fun continuous story about Sam and his friends.
This corresponds with Key Stages 1 and 2 (or a spelling age of 7-9 years). It reinforces and builds upon the areas covered in the introductory level, introduces more complicated three-and four-letter digraphs, in the SME spirit of building confidence and keeping trouble apart. Again, extensive teaching notes are provided, making greater use of dictation and finger-tracing than in the introductory level.
Level 1, the second book in the Spelling Made Easy series continues the work of the first, effortlessly taking the student into Key Stage 2. The structure and layout is the same, but the content deals with more sophisticated word groups, and Sam makes a new friend in ‘the tramp’.
This corresponds with Key Stage 2 and is aimed at extending spelling skills by:
(a) Drawing attention to families within families (e.g. ‘dge’ words within short vowel groups);
(b) Developing the ability to deal with the tricky parts of words;
(c) Introducing and reinforcing common spelling rules;
(d) Developing the confidence to deal with multi-syllabic words; and
(e) Extending written vocabulary.
Level 2 helps to consolidate and move confidently into Key Stage 2 spelling and reading, continuing the adventures of Augustus the tramp, as introduced in Spelling Made Easy Level 1. Complex vowel and consonant combinations are investigated, along with longer word groups.
corresponds with the latter stages of Key Stage 2. It is intended for children in their final year of primary school. It aims to extend spelling skills into vocabulary which will be met at secondary school. It combines word families met at earlier levels, with unknown words, thus moving from the familiar to the unfamiliar.
Throughout this level, students should be constantly reminded that new words can easily be accommodated if two rules are heeded:
(a) Look for the familiar word family, or families, within the new word;
(b) Decide which is the tricky part and think about it.
Level 3 also introduces more advanced writing skills. Students are invited to write articles, reports and letters up to a maximum number of words. It encourages writing in a way that conveys the maximum meaning through the logical presentation of thought and the appropriate choice of words – skills that will prove of inestimable value at secondary school and in adult life.
The final book in the Spelling Made Easy textbook series, Level 3 guides the student through the final part of Key Stage 2 and prepares him/her for secondary school level work. The familiar word list layout continues, and this book introduces a more sophisticated spelling test dictation, in the form of comic or interesting ‘news’ articles.