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In the world of phonics, understanding the relationship between letters and their sounds is a crucial step towards becoming a confident reader and speller. As you spend more time practising your spelling, you will start to notice the same letter combinations come up again and again to spell particular sounds.

The combination of the letters a and y in words creates the distinctive long /a/ sound, which is like the /a/ sound you hear the words play, stay, and day.

There six different ways to spell the long /a/ sound, but luckily the ay spelling is most-often used at the end of the word. This means that if you hear a word which ends in a long /a/ sound, the ay spelling will be a safe bet in most cases.

day You can have a day off next week.
hay Wait for a dry spell to cut the hay.
lay Male birds do not lay eggs.
may Please may I have a piece of cake?
pay I insist it's my turn to pay for the drinks.
ray A ray of sunshine lit up the wall.
say They say it's a wonderful place to visit.
way He looked at me in a very odd way.
clay They dug up a huge amount of clay.
gray American English spelling My hair is beginning to go gray.
pray Muslims pray in a mosque.
tray Put the glasses on the tray.
slay Did St George slay a dragon?
stay Stay there, do not move.
sway We watched them sway in time to the music.
spray Spray the room to freshen the air.
stray Stray cats are often very thin.

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