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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: 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 - 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 Starship English: word jumbler

This word game deals with homophones, vowel phonemes and syllabification. Students are given a sentence with a part missing and must choose the correct answer from the examples supplied. They can print the words they have been working on at the end of the game. This resource is one of a series of online resources from the ...

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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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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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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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Efficient speech: the process of language change

Wassup, bro?Well 'pparently I ain't speakin' right.Will thou ha' the truth on't?We often think that only young people speak in abbreviated forms, but the truth is people have been doing this since Anglo-Saxon times! In this clip discover with Professor Kate Burridge some words that belong to the 'zero plurals' group, why ...

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Evolving English: the role of social media

How many times have you heard teenagers berated for using the term 'like'? Yet this term has existed at least since 1586 when the term, 'Yon man is like out of his mind' was written into history. The truth is, our language is constantly evolving, with new words added, others dying off and some resurfacing again. In this ...

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Different meanings for the same word

<span style="line-height: 1.4;">You've heard people speaking English with different accents, but have you noticed that the differences in accent come down to the way words are pronounced? Listen to this interview with linguist David Crystal and find out about accents and why the same word can mean something different or ...

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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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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.

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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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Can you guess the mystery sound?

Join Harry Spellbound as he tries to win a prize on a game show called The Mystery Sound. Can Harry use the three word clues to guess the mystery sound? Can you?

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I speak, you guess

Listen to the voices of a small selection of students from around Australia to see if you can guess where they live. Is place the most important thing that shapes their language, or are there other factors that influence how people speak?