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High-frequency words containing '-ould'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of three high-frequency sight words of one syllable spelt with the letter pattern '-ould'. 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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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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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?

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Which fly would you try?

Do you have a favourite sort of fly? A blowfly perhaps? Or maybe a housefly? Nigel Wombat from the Australian Fly Club introduces some types of fly that would make great pets. You may never have thought about flies in this way!

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Fore! Fun with phonemes

Can you think of any words that begin with 'for' or 'fore'? Watch the funny antics of two golfers as they line up their forefingers and forearms to hit the ball forwards before there's an accident.

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How do you make money fly?

Can you think of words that rhyme with 'fly'? Give it a try. Be amazed at magician Ian's flying money trick. Watch carefully and guess where the money goes. Can Ian make it fly up high? Will he really try or is his promise just a lie?

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My family [English]

Meet a local family. Learn each person's age and family relationship. Identify relationships in a family tree. Meet other families and answer simple questions about family composition. Learn common numbers. Listen to spoken English.


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

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.


Mäori use of environmental resources

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources focusing on how Mäori people used environmental resources for purposes other than gaining food. The resources are grouped into four categories - birds for feathers; sea mammals for carving; plants for weaving; and timber for carving. While the collection includes some ...


Upland moa skeleton

This is a complete skeleton of an extinct upland moa ('Megalapteryx didinus'). It was discovered in 1987 in the Oparara Valley, a remote area near Karamea on the north-west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The moa was a flightless bird, and it is believed this one became trapped in a limestone cave over 15,000 years ...


Feathers of upland moa

This is a set of seven feathers from the extinct upland moa ('Megalapteryx didinus'). They were collected by R A Falla in 1947, when he was the director of the Dominion Museum (forerunner to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa) in Wellington. He probably collected them from a cave in Takahe Valley in Fiordland National ...


Mummified head of upland moa

This is the mummified head of an extinct upland moa ('Megalapteryx didinus') preserved in a jar. The moa was a flightless bird and this particular one is estimated to have died about 700 years ago. It was collected in the late 19th century by James Campbell from a cave near Cromwell, Central Otago, in the South Island. ...

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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. ...

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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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 ...

Teacher resource

High-frequency words

Here an expert literacy practitioner works with a prep class at Wyndham Park Primary School. She uses a reading workshop to model the teaching of high-frequency words. A number of teaching strategies and resources are used including whole class teaching using a Big Book. She models the benefits of working with small groups ...

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Sound and letter mysteries in the Magic Bag

Abracadabra and hocus-pocus! The Magic Bag has common blends and digraphs, including 'ch', 'all' and 'ink', as well as alphabetical order and commonly used words.