Resources for Phonics Displays

These resources are designed to help you introduce specific phonics/spelling rules in lessons. You can print them out to create attractive wall displays to use during phonics lessons and when spelling across the curriculum..

Best Bet Train Cards

BestBetTrainCardsThis download contains a set of 22 spelling aid posters/cards to be displayed on classroom walls and referred to during phonics, spelling and writing sessions. The engine (ie the beginning &middle of the train) shows the best bets when representing a particular phoneme at the beginning/in the middle of a word eg on the /j/ train shown, 'j' is  most commonly used in this position (ie. it is the best bet), so it shows as the larger grapheme. 'g' is often used before 'e', 'i' and 'y', but is used less frequently at the beginning/middle of a word, so is written smaller and in brackets on the train. The goods' wagon at the end of the train shows the best bets when representing that phoneme at the end of a word eg on the train shown 'dge' is the best bet after a short vowel and 'ge' after anything else. The trains should be printed onto A4 card and cut in half, so there is just 1 train on each.

The files are in PDF format.

'As a Year 1 class teacher I have been using the ‘best-bet trains’ in my daily whole class phonic teaching, as well as in shared and guided writing.  I have found them an invaluable tool in helping support children in choosing the ‘best bet’ for representing a phoneme in initial, medial and final positions in words.  They are displayed in the classroom as a quick reference point that is highly visual for children to use.  They can also be used at tables in guided writing to scaffold ‘best bet’ choices.'

Possible Uses:

  • After a whole class spelling investigation into representations of a particular phoneme in initial, medial and final position, introduce the appropriate train card to summarise the learning. Display on the wall for use in subsequent phonics, spelling and writing sessions.
  • Laminate the individual train cards and treasury tag them together to make a table top resource, suitable for guided work.
  • Perfect for use at Phase 5c of Letters and Sounds, which focuses on best bets.

 

£10.99
Suffix Kites

KiteskitecloseupThis download contains a set of spelling aid posters/cards to be displayed on classroom walls and referred to during phonics, spelling and writing sessions. There are two sets of kites - one for adding consonant suffixes and one for adding vowel suffixes (the latter is shown in the picture).

The kites and ribbons should be printed onto card, laminated and cut out. You will need to add ribbons yourself (these are not provided).

The files are in PDF format.

Possible Uses:

  • After a whole class spelling investigation into adding a particular suffix, display the relevant kite, which will record your findings. Add the bow showing a word example. The kite can then be used in subsequent phonics, spelling and writing sessions.
  • Perfect for use at Phase 6 of Letters and Sounds, which focuses on adding suffixes. Also great for covering the suffix elements of the spelling programme in the new National Curriculum.
£10.99