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English / Year 1 / Language / Phonics and word knowledge

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Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise and know how to use simple grammatical morphemes to create word families (ACELA1455)

Elaborations
  • building word families from common morphemes, for example play, plays, playing, played, playground
  • using morphemes to read words, for example by recognising the base word in words such as ‘walk-ed’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Phonemes

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Rhyming rowers on a reel

Detective Charlie Syntax finds an old film reel with a cartoon about rowing. How can the old film help you with words and spelling? Will it cheer up Charlie and Inspector Lexicon as they clear out the Word Squad office?

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Can you guess the mystery sound?

Join Harry Spellbound as he tries to win a prize on a game show called The Mystery Sound. Can Harry use the three word clues to guess the mystery sound? Can you?

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Is it today or tomorrow?

Discover all you need to know about today and tomorrow from the expert who knows everything. Don't wait until tomorrow if you have time today. You must watch this clip now, before today becomes yesterday!

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Alphabet tricks and mysteries

The adventures of the Word Squad detectives, Charlie Syntax and Inspector Lexicon, continue. Ian, the magician, performs a trick with alphabet cards and a singer performs an alphabet song. These clues help the detectives solve the stolen letter mystery. Can they stop the thief in time?

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Bob Peep's missing sheep

Charlie Syntax, from the Word Squad, is lost in a field. He asks for help from Bob Peep who fell asleep and lost his sheep. See what happens when Charlie and Bob look for clues. Will they find the thief who stole Bob's sheep?

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The Go family

Have you met the Go family before? Old man Go, his wife Going and their two children, Goes and Gone, all live together with their cousin, Went. Find out what happens when Went goes away. Can the Go family live without Went?

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The case of the stolen letters

Join Word Squad detectives Charlie Syntax and Inspector Lexicon as they try to catch a letter thief. Mr X has been stealing letters from signs around the city. In this clip you'll see which letters have already gone and watch some letters going. Can you guess which letter will go next or work out where Charlie goes?

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Which fly would you try?

Do you have a favourite sort of fly? A blowfly perhaps? Or maybe a housefly? Nigel Wombat from the Australian Fly Club introduces some types of fly that would make great pets. You may never have thought about flies in this way!

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Mmm mouth music!

What sounds can you make with your mouth? View this clip to hear the different sounds four musicians make using their mouth only. It is all about the letter 'm' as they play mouth music!

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How do you make money fly?

Can you think of words that rhyme with 'fly'? Give it a try. Be amazed at magician Ian's flying money trick. Watch carefully and guess where the money goes. Can Ian make it fly up high? Will he really try or is his promise just a lie?

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Big Bird rhymes

Join Big Bird as he thinks of words that rhyme with beep. See who comes to look for her lost sheep. Can you guess who it might be? Her name rhymes with beep!

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Are silent letters part of an evil plan?

The evil magician Wordlock explains his plan to destroy the alphabet with silent letters. Wordlock's assistant Miss Spelt tries to point out a problem with his plan. Will Wordlock listen to reason?

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Chips and chops at Charlie's

Discover the power of 'ch' words in this clip about a man who visits Cheap Charlie's restaurant. Watch what happens when his chips and chops are served without the chilli he chose. Can you count all the 'ch' words in this clip? What a challenge!

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Chloe's spelling secret

Listen to the clues and discover how the Word Squad detectives solved the mystery of the missing letters in 'ch' words. Meet Miss Pronounced, the new secretary. Does she really want to help the detectives discover the 'ch' thief?

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The right shop for spelling

Imagine a shop where you can only buy words and letters. Join the latest customer in the word shop as he browses 'ight' words and 'and' words. The shopkeeper has a storybook and a film to help you understand how letters work together to build words.

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Wrestling the amazing silent letters

Mr Wren teaches wrestling, using lots of 'w' words. You might notice something amazing about the words Mr Wren writes on his board. They all begin with the letter 'w' but when Mr Wren reads them, you will hear a different sound. Find out what's going on at Wren's Wrestling School.

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The word again, Mrs Boltcutter

Mrs Boltcutter has a sore throat. Her doctor needs her to say a word so he can find out what the problem is. In this clip from The Magic Bag, find out why Mrs Boltcutter has such trouble saying the word. Or was she playing a game after all?

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Think ink

This short animation shows some tricks with the 'ink' family of words. How many 'ink' words can you think of? Don't wink or blink, you might find a few surprises in this clip from The Magic Bag.

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Made in Australia

Ian the magician tries a trick with three pieces of silk. What will he make in his magic tube? Watch him carefully in case he makes a mistake.

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Focused Improvement in Early Literacy Development (FIELD)

This teacher resource describes an evidence-based strategy in which eight disadvantaged metropolitan schools and 12 remote schools in Western Australia assessed the oral English language and emergent literacy development of their pre-primary (Foundation) students, and used that data to inform explicit teaching of English ...