-au- letter pattern word search

Private page for email subscribers. The video is from my Spelling Rules, Patterns & Strategies Masterclass (and Udemy Spelling Strategies students - online at end of March)

Letter Pattern Poem

Press the player above and listen to this famous anonymous poem about the strangeness of English spelling vs pronunciation.

Spelling the "f" sound

In this lesson and video we're looking at the different ways to spell the "f" sound and the rules and history behind it.

Watch the video below &/ or read on.


one & once

Do you know why we pronounce one and once with a 'w'?

One and once are problem words because they’re pronounced with a /w/ but the other words with the letter pattern 'on' aren’t.

-able or -ible

When do we use -ible and when do we use -able endings?

They're both common spelling patterns for adjectives and usually sound the same.

word families & letter patterns


How to improve and learn spelling using letter patterns and word families.

words with the -gh- letter pattern

In this lesson we're looking at the difficult -gh- letter pattern. I've included a video, a spelling test and pronunciation guide to really help you with these tricky words.


words ending in -tion, -sion, -cian

Say these words out loud: action, accommodation, decision, admission, permission, occasion, electrician, politician, station, television.


Did you notice that the endings -tion, -sion, -cian all have a 'shun' sound?

Why is there a 'w' in two

Ever wondered why we spell two with a 'w'?

A lot of my students (especially when they're in a hurry with their writing!) spell it 'tow'. This is a classic mistake. They know there's a 'w' in there and they know there's an 'o'...