R Controlled Vowel Digraphs
like er, ir, ur
R Controlled Vowel digraphs are two letters that make a new 'r' sound.
Vowel digraphs can appear ain the middle and at the end of words.
There are six different skills that we focus on when teaching vowel digraphs:
1. Hear the different r controlled vowel sounds in words
2. Sound out (segmenting) the different consonants and r controlled vowel sounds in words
3. Understand that there are different ways of spelling r controlled vowel sounds that sound the same
er sound can be spelled with er, ir or ur digraphs
4. Understand that although some r controlled vowel digraphs are spelled the same, they make different sounds
er can make two different sounds: tiger vs germ where the positioning of the er changes the sound (except for her).
5. Match and choose the correct r controlled vowel digraph and therefore the correct spelling for common words
germ, girm or gurm?
6. Read words correctly, trying the different r controlled vowel digraph sounds until the word sounds right and is read correctly (blending and decoding)