This download contains a set of 25 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.
NB: 22 of these cards are included in the Phase 5c planning and resources downloads and the other 3 (containing rarer graphemes) in the Phase 6+ planning, so there is not need to purchase them separately if you have those resources.
'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.'
NB: The Best Bet train cards were updated in the second half of the Autumn Term 2021. All schools who have purchased the previous versions of the cards (from 2010 onwards) are entitled to a free copy of the updated cards if proof of purchase can be provided. Please contact me to take up this offer.