English / Year 2 / Language / Phonics and word knowledge

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand how to use knowledge of digraphs, long vowels, blends and silent letters to spell one and two syllable words including some compound words (ACELA1471)

Elaborations
  • using knowledge of known words to spell unknown words, for example using the word ‘thumb’ to spell the word ‘crumb’
  • exploring compound words by discussing the meaningful parts, for example the spelling and meaning of ‘homemade’ is informed by two smaller words ‘home’ and ‘made’
  • drawing on knowledge of letter-sound relationships, for example breaking a word into syllables, then recording the sounds heard and thinking about the letter patterns that represent the sounds
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Phonics,  Sight words,  Vowel length,  Digraphs,  Silent letters

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Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Letter planet: sh, ch, th

Help a stranded space traveller return home by filling three fuel tanks with words that have the same letter pattern. Select words with combinations of 'sh', 'ch' or 'th'. Read and listen to model words. Select similar words with the same pattern and place them in the fuel tank. Then construct sentences by putting words ...

Interactive Resource

Spell Block Academy

A spatial-movement, word, puzzle game that has most value for early-primary learners. It has a dictionary that reinforces familiarity with common word families and high-frequency words. The game also has a dictionary editor, which allows teachers and parents to create custom dictionaries that can be used to support classroom/homework ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Letter planet: oo, ee, ai

Help a stranded space traveller return home by filling three fuel tanks with words that have the same letter pattern. Select words with combinations of 'oo', 'ee' or 'ai'. Read and listen to model words. Select similar words with the same pattern and place them in the fuel tank. Then construct sentences by putting words ...

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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!

Teacher resource

Visual spelling knowledge

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains a video vignette and supporting text on using the 'Look, say, cover, write, check' strategy to explicitly teach visual spelling in a year 2 classroom. Gathering data from student work samples, the teacher works with a small group, modelling the strategy ...

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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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Making it through customs

Find out what happens when a man returns to Australia carrying some secret items. His suitcase is searched in the customs office. What will the customs officer find that makes them both so annoyed?

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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?