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 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.
For more information read our planning documents:
Success starts with effective instruction
With Sound Waves, you can deliver explicit teaching and targeted practice in a way that is comprehensive and cohesive.
The Sound Waves 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.
Focus phoneme–grapheme relationships in context
Following the same systematic teaching sequence used in Sound Waves, the Sound Waves Decodable Readers allow students to practise reading words containing the focus phoneme–grapheme relationship in context. Featuring captivating stories, charming illustrations and three levels of difficulty: support, core and extended – these Decodable Readers truly stand out from the crowd.
Sound Waves 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 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 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: This end-of-term assessment allows you to monitor a student’s ability to identify and use the phonemes and graphemes introduced in the Foundation program. It includes remediation activities to use where required.
Content Reviews: Years 1–6 include eight Content Reviews in each year level. These mid and end-of-term tests assess students’ understanding of phoneme–grapheme relationships and previously taught concepts. The reviews include single-word and sentence dictation, and Focus Concept activities.
Spelling Diagnostic Test: This assessment is used in Years 1–6 and allows you to diagnose strengths and weaknesses for specific spelling concepts. It includes remediation activities to use where required.
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