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English / Year 5 / Language / Phonics and word knowledge

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand how to use knowledge of known words, base words, prefixes and suffixes, word origins, letter patterns and spelling generalisations to spell new words (ACELA1513)

Elaborations
  • talking about how suffixes change over time and new forms are invented to reflect changing attitudes to gender, for example policewoman or salesperson
  • using knowledge of known words and base words to spell new words, for example the spelling and meaning connections between ‘vision’, ‘television’ and ‘revision’
  • learning that many complex words were originally hyphenated but are now written without a hyphen, for example ‘uncommon, ‘renew’, ‘email’ and ‘refine’
  • applying knowledge of spelling generalisations to spell new words, for example ‘suitable’, ‘likeable’ and ‘collapsible’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Word formation,  Language conventions,  Morphemes,  Spelling

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Study English: word families

Discover some simple ways to build your vocabulary and understand different parts of speech. In this clip, presenter Margot Politis unpacks a video report on electronic crime. You will learn how to build word families and recognise nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. You'll also get some tips on spelling.

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Study English: cause, effect and countries

Discover how to use 'cause and effect' language to improve your writing and speaking. In this clip, presenter Margot Politis unpacks a video report on greenhouse gases. You'll expand your vocabulary and gain tips on spelling the names of some countries and nationalities.

Teacher resource

Morphemic spelling knowledge

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains a video vignette and supporting text on explicit teaching of suffixes to build morphemic spelling knowledge in a year 4 classroom. The teacher demonstrates how he develops the students' capacity to learn independently and record consolidated knowledge ...

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Etymological spelling knowledge

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains a video vignette and supporting text on building understanding about word origins to develop students' etymological knowledge in a year 5 classroom. The class research dictionary meanings for root words encountered in reading and writing activities ...

Teacher resource

TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5 and Year 6 English

This unit of work focuses on the influences that impact on safe behaviours in and around tracks, platforms and trains. Guided activities build students' rail safety vocabulary including grammar and word building. Modelled writing activities support students to shape a research-based inquiry investigating factors that impact ...

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Show and tell: here, boy!

Watch a short cartoon about a dog in a backyard. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make the story clearer and funnier. ...

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Finish the story: bushfire

Edit a comic book story to make it more exciting and complete. Look closely at a narrative about an adventure where a couple driving home are trapped by a bushfire. Choose an ending. Improve the story by adding adverbs, choosing verbs and changing nouns to pronouns. Choose a title and image for the cover.

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World heritage: Kakadu information display

Look at descriptions of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. Help a park ranger to sort facts and pictures for an information display. Use a model structure, sample text and images to build a description for visitors. Include sections on the park's location, wildlife and cultural importance.

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Super stories: The Sea Cave: nouns and adjectives

Help a publishing director create a bestselling horror story. Read the story. Choose effective nouns and adjectives to increase the impact of the story and make it scarier. Select illustrations that highlight the horror of the events. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Show and tell: that cat

Watch a short cartoon about a cat chasing a bird. Select noun groups, verb groups and phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the word groups to create the best order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make ...

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Rainforest: make a walking track

Mark the route for a walking track on a map of a rainforest. Choose a section of track based on instructions about distances, compass directions and grid references. Keep adding sections of track to get to the rest house. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

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Point of view: newspaper report

Examine a model newspaper report to learn about structure and use of verbs, adverbial phrases and pronouns. Read and listen to two witness reports of a skateboarding accident. Identify the two different points of view. Arrange paragraphs for the newspaper report. Select suitable verbs and adverbial phrases for the report. ...

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Online news: Perfect Pets

Help a pet shop to sell more of their unusual pets. Examine a web page promoting a giant cockroach. Build pages describing why ferrets and hermit crabs make great pets. Choose titles, words and images to interest an audience and support your message. For example, use words such as 'lovable' and 'cute' to create a positive ...

Interactive resource

Riddle of the black panther: evidence against

Build a TV report for a current affairs program. Tell the story that there is a false rumour of a black panther roaming around a town terrorising the people. Make the viewers feel that people in the town are safe. Examine photos, sounds, witness reports and video clips. Choose footage to fit your storyline. Edit and arrange ...

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Point of view: editorial

Explore a newspaper editorial to learn about structure, purpose and persuasive language. Read two letters that express different points of view on a recent skateboard accident. Build an editorial by choosing opinion adjectives and modal verbs to express a point of view. This learning object is one in a series of five objects. ...

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Koala control: points of view

Explore facts and opinions about controlling populations of koalas. Interview people expressing a range of opinions. Use a model structure and sample text to summarise each point of view. Look at ways in which language is used to convince an audience or reinforce a position. For example, one person expresses negative feelings ...

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Beach safety: video campaign

Look at the importance of water safety and skin protection at a beach. Talk with a lifeguard and beach goers about safety tips. Build a video for a public awareness campaign. Choose animated clips to illustrate responsible behaviour. Examine differences between formal and informal language. Select text for the script that ...

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Point of view: witness reports

Read and listen to three witness reports of a skateboard crash. Notice that each report presents a different point of view. Look at a model report to see how past tense verbs and opinion adjectives shape the point of view in a text. Build reports by choosing verbs and adverbs to reflect each witness's point of view. Include ...

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Dream machine: metaphors

Build a dream bike using fantasy parts such as a 'time-travel frame' and 'supersonic jet pedals'. Look at a model text that uses metaphors to recount a journey on a 'Wish-come-true bike'. Choose metaphors to make an interesting recount of an adventure on another fantasy bike. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Point of view: newspaper report: adverbs

Examine a model newspaper report to learn about structure and use of adverbial phrases. Read and listen to two witness reports of a skateboarding accident. Identify the two different points of view. Arrange paragraphs for the newspaper report. Select suitable adverbial phrases for the report. Create a headline and choose ...