English / Year 2 / Language / Phonics and word knowledge

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Curriculum content descriptions

Orally manipulate more complex sounds in spoken words through knowledge of blending and segmenting sounds, phoneme deletion and substitution in combination with use of letters in reading and writing (ACELA1474)

Elaborations
  • blending and segmenting sounds in words, for example ‘b-r-o-th-er’ or ‘c-l-ou-d-y’
  • deleting and substituting sounds in spoken words to form new words, for example delete the ‘scr’ in ‘scratch’, and then form new words ‘catch’, ‘batch’ and ‘hatch’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Digraphs,  Silent letters

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Syllabus bites: types of sentences

A web page resource with information, teacher guides and activities on types of sentences to support the Australian Curriculum in English K–10. It has detailed activities, links to resources and quizzes.

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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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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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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.

Teacher resource

Phonological spelling knowledge

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains a video vignette and supporting text on explicit teaching of phonological spelling using syllables in a year 2 English class. In the vignette the teacher explains the importance of using metalanguage in the classroom, and demonstrates this use as she ...

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A song about kangaroos

This is a song about an Australian animal, the kangaroo. Don Spencer sings lyrics about how people from all over the world come to see the kangaroo. Listen to the rhythm. It is like the hopping of a kangaroo.

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A song about the Kookaburra's call

Have you heard a Kookaburra's call? Watch this clip and listen to the lyrics of the song performed by Don Spencer that captures in sounds and words the magical call of the kookaburra.

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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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A song about echidnas

What would it be like to have an echidna for a pet? Listen to Don Spencer as he sings this song about a pet echidna. Watch an echidna looking for food to eat.

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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?

Teacher resource

Using 'Letter planet' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea provides video footage of students using an interactive digital resource L7855 'Letter planet: sh, ch, th' to develop their language skills. It describes and provides access to the digital resource used in the classroom, along with other relevant resources.

Interactive Resource

Homophones with the long vowel digraph 'ee'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of 12 words that assists students to use sentence context to distinguish between homophones that contain the long vowel digraph 'ee', such as 'feet' and 'feat'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the ...

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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

Words containing 'ai' as in 'rain'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words containing the long vowel digraph 'ai' as in 'rain'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The 'Flash Cards' button ...

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Words ending in '-d' with the 'ea' digraph

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of eight words illustrating the use of the 'ea' digraph for the short 'e' vowel sound in words ending in '-d'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear ...

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Words ending in the long vowel digraph '-ue'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of five one- and two-syllable words ending in the '-ue' digraph. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The 'Flash Cards' button ...

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Doubling the final consonant before adding '-le'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words exemplifying that in two-syllable words with a CVC pattern in the first syllable, the final consonant is doubled before the '-le' ending is added - as in 'little' and 'puddle'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to ...

Interactive Resource

Words beginning with a silent 'k-' - list 1

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words exemplifying the spelling of one-syllable words beginning with a silent 'k-'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. ...

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Words containing 'ea' as in 'beak'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words containing the diphthong 'ea' as in 'beak'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The 'Flash Cards' button links ...

Interactive Resource

Words containing 'ou' as in around

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words containing the vowel digraph 'ou' as in 'around'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The 'Flash Cards' button ...