English / Year 2 / Language / Phonics and word knowledge

Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that a sound can be represented by various letter combinations (ACELA1825)

Elaborations
  • recognising sounds that can be produced by different letters, for example the long ‘a’ sound in ‘wait’, ‘stay’, ‘able’ and ‘make’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Speech sounds

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Introduction to SSP - Module 4: features of a systematic synthetic phonics approach

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Introduction to SSP - Module 3: key understandings

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Feathers, Fur and Fins: A song about the Kookaburra's call

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Feathers, Fur and Fins: A song about echidnas

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Feathers, Fur and Fins: A song about goannas

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