Sound Waves Spelling is a whole-school program developed by Australian teachers for use in Australian classrooms.
Re-imagined teaching resources, improved student book activities, exciting new products – the new Sound Waves Spelling has got the lot!
Already familiar with Sound Waves? We’ve compiled a list of what’s new for teachers and students.
Phonemic awareness, synthetic phonics, morphology and etymology
Informed by research on the best practices for teaching spelling, the program incorporates four key areas of teaching:
Written specifically for Australian classrooms
Sound Waves Spelling follows a logical and thorough scope and sequence.
The program is organised around the 43 phonemes (sounds) of Australian English and the graphemes (a letter or letter combination) used to represent them in written language.
Instruction builds from Foundation to Year 6, starting with simple phoneme–grapheme relationships before exploring more complex relationships, morphology and etymology.
Download the Scope and Sequence document.
Success starts with effective instruction
With Sound Waves Spelling, you can deliver explicit teaching and targeted practice in a way that is comprehensive and cohesive.
The Sound Waves Spelling Online Teaching Resources include everything you need to explicitly teach phoneme–grapheme relationships, and spelling and vocabulary concepts.
This teaching is paired with targeted practice that allows students to apply their knowledge and skills in student book activities that mirror what has been taught in lessons.
Sound Waves Spelling provides everything you need to deliver effective spelling lessons from Foundation to Year 6.
Each year level is divided into weekly units of work*.
Units are based on one or two of the 43 phonemes of Australian English. In these units students study:
* Foundation differs to reflect the specialised nature of instruction required in the first year of schooling.
All lessons follow the gradual release of responsibility framework that begins with explicit teaching and ends with independent student practice.
The Sound Waves Spelling Online Teaching Resources include comprehensive lesson guides and projectable slideshows (featuring videos and interactive tools) for every lesson. With everything you need at your fingertips, you can deliver systematic, explicit and engaging lessons with ease.
Sound Waves Spelling provides whole-class, small-group and independent activities to suit the diverse learning needs within classrooms.
Keep your spelling superstars engaged using the challenges and extension words, while you provide extra support for students requiring remediation.
Each year level includes dedicated assessment that allows you to monitor your students’ progress.
Foundation Skills Checklist and Remediation Pack: This pack includes end-of-term assessment that allows teachers to monitor a student’s ability to identify and use the phonemes and graphemes introduced in the Foundation program. It also includes games, activities and worksheets for targeted remediation where required.
Content Reviews (new): These mid and end-of-term reviews for Years 1–6 assess students’ understanding of phoneme–grapheme relationships and previously taught concepts. The eight reviews per year level include single word and sentence dictation, plus spelling and vocabulary activities.
Spelling Diagnostic Test and Remediation Pack: This pack includes an assessment administered in Semester 1 and again in Semester 2 in Years 1–6. The test allows teachers to diagnose students’ strengths and weaknesses in specific spelling concepts. The pack provides games, activities and worksheets for targeted remediation where required. There are two versions of the pack – one for lower years students (Years 1–3) and one for upper years students (Years 4–6).
Workshops, articles, videos and more
Professional development and support options are available to enhance your synthetic phonics knowledge and help you get the most out of Sound Waves Spelling.
With our ongoing support options you can:
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