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Unit 4: Spelling the consonant digraphs, part 1

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Unit 4: Spelling the consonant digraphs, Part 1

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Spelling the /ch/ sound - is it ch or tch?

The /ch/ sound.

Teaching point

The /ch/ sound is usually spelled with the letters ch.

Sometimes, the /ch/ sound is spelled with the letters tch.
This happens if they come straight after a short vowel.



Think back - help with spelling rules Remember, short vowels are the sounds you hear at the start of these words:
long vowel sounds - learning vowels
alligator
long vowel sounds - learning vowels
elephant
long vowel sounds - learning vowels
insect
long vowel sounds - learning vowels
octopus
long vowel sounds - learning vowels
umbrella

Read these aloud and listen to the /ch/ sound.

help with short vowel sound help with short vowel sound
chair match
chain
charm
chat
cheap
cheese
cherry
chess
chicken
children
chips
chop
choose
church
beech (tree)
beach(sea)
bench
bunch
coach
French
lunch
march
perch
speech
teacher
torch
winch

catch
hatch
latch
snatch
watch
stretch
hitch
witch
stitch
notch
crotch
Scotch
hitch
crutch
clutch
kitchen
butcher
hatchet
ketchup
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Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules These four words have short vowels but do NOT have tch, just ch:

much rich such which


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One of the students has put in a huge amount of effort in completing Spellzone at least 3 times a week since his arrival with us in January. Looking at his scores after the latest GL testing, his standardised score has risen from 99 to 131. This is a truly phenomenal result. I just wanted to share the best result I have ever seen.

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