English / Year 2 / Language / Phonics and word knowledge

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Curriculum content descriptions

Use most letter-sound matches including vowel digraphs, less common long vowel patterns, letter clusters and silent letters when reading and writing words of one or more syllable (ACELA1824)

Elaborations
  • recognising when some letters are silent, for example ‘knife’ and ‘thumb’
  • providing the sound for less common letter-sound matches, for example ‘ight’ and using them in writing
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Vowel length,  Digraphs,  Phonemes

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 ...

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 ...

Collection

Explore letters, words and text

This collection of 16 interactive learning objects supports early years learners to recognise upper- and lower-case letters, words and sentences and to create and sequence multimodal texts. The selected items in the collection are representative of others in their series, and they provide strong visual and audio support ...

Teacher resource

Teaching AC English

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers containing video vignettes and supporting text that demonstrate differentiation and explicit teaching of the Australian Curriculum: English in the areas of reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar across a range of classrooms from Foundation to year 10. The vignettes ...

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 ...

Interactive Resource

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 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 ...

Moving Image

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.

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 ...

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. ...

Moving Image

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!

Interactive Resource

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 ...

Interactive Resource

Words containing 'ea' as in 'seat'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words containing 'ea' as in 'seat'. 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 to onscreen ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: recounting the past: community celebrations

This curriculum package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a five-week unit of work for students in years 1-3. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of recount texts. The lessons model a range of literacy teaching and learning ...

Teacher resource

TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 English

This unit of work focuses on developing student understanding of the importance of being track safe and the key message 'Stop, Look, Listen, Think'. It builds students' familiarity with the vocabulary and key concepts related to rail safety and provides differentiated activities for writers at different stages of development ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: entertaining through poetry and recounts: confident communicators 2

This curriculum resource is the second of a two-part package that provides teachers of years 1-3 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a term of work to help students become confident communicators. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of poetry ...

Moving Image

A song about goannas

Goannas are a type of Australian lizards. Listen to the lyrics of the song performed by Don Spencer that asks lots of fun questions about goannas. Watch some goannas moving through the bush and looking for food.

Moving Image

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!

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: entertaining through poetry: community celebrations

This curriculum package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a five-week unit of work for students in years 1-3. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of poetry and song texts. The lessons model a range of literacy teaching and ...