Students move beyond beginning reading to the developing stage, where they are able to tackle increasingly more challenging texts. While writing is an important part of learning to read, it becomes even more significant at these levels. Gaining an ever increasing understanding of the structure and conventions of texts helps students take off in terms of their reading and writing.
Prefixes & Suffixes 1
Many of the rules for adding prefixes and suffixes to words are explored at this level.
The confusing schwa sound is introduced at this level, which is the uh sound you hear in words like ladder (lad - uh). The schwa sound emerges with unstressed vowel sounds. The clear vowel sound is not pronounced, causing confusion when reading and writing.
While students have learnt about capital letters long before this level, they explore the many uses of capitals and look at whether they consistently use them appropriately. They try to find ways to help them remember to use them, if they don't.
While students have also learnt about using punctuation before this level, their use of punctuation is consolidated and extended.
Prefixes & Suffixes 2
Students extend their knowledge of the use of prefixes and suffixes, with a greater grammar focus, looking at how different parts of speech can be changed into other parts, such as verbs being changed into nouns.