The Australian Curriculum version 8 has been released with important updates for English – specifically for the newly named sub-strand phonics and word knowledge.
The ACARA ’What’s changed for version 8’ press release states:
The presence of phonics and phonemic awareness in the Australian Curriculum: English has been increased. The sound and letter knowledge sub-strand of the language strand has been strengthened and renamed phonics and word knowledge, comprising three threads: phonological and phonemic awareness, alphabet and phonic knowledge, and spelling.
In summary, the improvements to this sub-strand include:
Full details of the Curriculum improvements can be found in the Tracked changes for Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum document.
We’ve investigated the changes and can confirm that the Sound Waves program comprehensively covers all three threads in the phonics and word knowledge sub-strand.
So if you already teach a Sound Waves program, you’ve got the Curriculum covered!
Sound Waves is the only Australian whole school phonemic spelling program. You can get started from as little as $3 per student with a School Licence. To find out more: