Today’s literacy and learning insight is about students in year 2 and 3 with low literacy skills who are missing some of the basics in early literacy and may actually have gaps in year 1 level.
My stance when dealing with young children is always “when in doubt always do check things out”. Small gaps can grow into significant gaps and so always do check things out when children are young and the observations being made are very subtle.
A history of ear infections can impact spelling and so your observations are likely very valid.
I would suggest giving your students a spelling test. This particular spelling test is found on page 19 of the free booklet titled Implementing PLD’s Resources within a Whole School Literacy Strategy.
You will see the breakdown of spelling concepts. If you find that your students are below their expected levels, I would suggest the following programs: