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English / Foundation / Language / Phonics and word knowledge

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Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise and name all upper and lower case letters (graphemes) and know the most common sound that each letter represents (ACELA1440)

Elaborations
  • using familiar and common letters in handwritten and digital communications
  • identifying familiar and recurring letters and the use of upper and lower case in written texts in the classroom and the community, for example Tom went to the park.
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Writing systems,  Capitalisation

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