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BBC Skillswise: words to watch out for - homophones

This is a word game in which students recognise common homophones and pair them by turning over counters to reveal them one by one. There are three levels to the game. In level one, students match six pairs of homophones; in level two, they match eight and in level three, ten. Each word is read aloud and accompanied by ...

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BBC Words and Pictures: consonant clusters

This is a launching site for interactive resources about consonant clusters at the beginnings and ends of words. There are three interactive resources linked from the site: wordblender, print and do, and magic pencil. Accompanying notes for teachers and parents provide further information and teaching ideas. This is one ...

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BBC Words and Pictures: consonant clusters - wordblender

This interactive resource has students match spoken words to the consonant clusters that form them by choosing a start sound and an end sound, then blending them together. All words constructed during the game are added to the student's personal list. The end result is a printout for the student containing all the words ...

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BBC Words and Pictures: long vowel sounds

This is a launching site for interactive resources about long vowel sounds. There are four activities linked from the site: poem pack, print and do, snap it, and drag 'n' spell. Accompanying notes for teachers and parents provide further information and teaching ideas. This is one of a series of online resources from the ...

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BBC Words and Pictures: long vowel sounds - poem pack

This interactive resource includes animated poems that students can read and listen to, and related activites. Each poem emphasises a different long vowel sound. A range of activities for each poem enables students to practise using long vowel sounds and see them in their written form. This resource is one of a series of ...

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BBC Words and Pictures: long vowel sounds - scrapbook

This is a set of printable activities to support students' knowledge and understanding of long vowel sounds. Students make their own hard-copy scrapbooks, which they fill with ten supplied written exercises focusing on different long vowel sounds. Four further sets of activities provide extra practice: silly sentences, ...

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BBC Words and Pictures: long vowel sounds - sandcastle quiz

This interactive resource enables students to construct a sandcastle by choosing the correct long vowel sound to complete a word. In some cases, there can be more than a single correct answer, which adds complexity to the activity. There are nine long vowels to choose from. Students may replay the same game with different ...

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BBC Words and Pictures: long vowel sounds - write a postcard

This interactive resource has students write a postcard by identifying examples of specific long vowel sounds and then complete words by adding the correct long vowel sounds. The postcard can be personalised and printed once it has been completed. There are ten cards to choose from, nine dealing with a separate long vowel ...

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BBC Words and Pictures: vowel phonemes - the race to the lighthouse

This is a printable dice game in which students compete to reach a lighthouse. The answers to clues contain vowel phonemes that the student must identify before supplying the answer. Students collect tokens to mark their success. This resource is one of a series of online resources from the BBC's Words and Pictures collection.

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BBC Words and Pictures: song words from programs

These are printable song lyrics used in the Words and Pictures programs. The songs support the learning of and familiarisation with vowel phonemes. This resource is one of a series of online resources from the BBC's Words and Pictures collection.

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BBC Words and Pictures: consonant clusters - cluster buster

This is a printable lotto-based game that assists students to practise with initial 's' blend consonant clusters. Students spin an arrow to select an initial consonant cluster. Any player who has a picture card that corresponds to the selected cluster puts that card back in the middle. The student who first gets rid of ...

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BBC Spellits

This is a set of three graded spelling games presented as mysteries for students to solve. Each game has the choice of an interactive online version or a printable version. Students learn simple spelling guidelines, then complete example exercises to reveal a set of clues that will be used later to solve a puzzle. Students ...

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BBC Spellits: escape the maze

This is a spelling game presented as a mystery that needs to be solved to help two children escape from a maze. The game can be played as an interactive online version or a printable version. Students learn simple spelling guidelines, then complete example exercises to reveal a set of clues they will use later to solve ...

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BBC Spellits: catch that horse

This is a spelling game presented as a mystery about an escaped horse. The game can be played as an interactive online version or a printable version. Students learn simple spelling guidelines, then complete example exercises to reveal a set of clues they will use later to solve a puzzle. Students can hear the guidelines, ...

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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 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.

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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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Evaluating teaching programs

The teachers work with students to develop language and literacy skills. Throughout the program they review and reflect on their lessons and the students’ learning.  This evaluation enables the teachers to focus on ways they can improve student learning outcomes.

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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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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?