Sound Waves Spelling

Your whole-school approach to spelling

Sound Waves Spelling covers Foundation to Year 6, with each level of content carefully crafted to support students’ spelling success as they progress through their schooling.

Foundation overview

Give students the best start

The Foundation program has a two-phase structure to reflect the specialised nature of instruction required in the first year of school.

Phase 1: Exploring Sounds (Term 1)

This phase focuses on phonemic awareness.

Sound Waves Spelling Online for Teachers provides you with comprehensive lesson guides and interactive slideshows so you can teach students:

  • how to identify the 43 phonemes of Australian English
  • how to segment and blend phonemes in spoken words.

After each lesson, students complete the corresponding student book page which contains phonemic awareness and pre-writing activities.

Phase 2: Discovering Graphemes (Terms 2–4)

This phase focuses on synthetic phonics.

Sound Waves Spelling Online for Teachers provides you with comprehensive lesson guides and interactive slideshows so you can teach students:

  • the most common grapheme/s used to represent each phoneme
  • how to spell words containing focus phonemes
  • Focus Concepts such as special words and sentence writing.

After each lesson, students complete the corresponding student book page which contains phonemic awareness and phonics activities.

This carefully controlled sequence of teaching will have your students ‘up and running’ with reading and spelling within just a few weeks.

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Foundation class

Teaching Sound Waves Spelling

Years 1 to 6 overview


Build students’ spelling knowledge each year

Students across Years 1–6 study the same sequence of units over 36 weeks of work. A unit focuses on one or two of the 43 phonemes of Australian English.

Effective daily lessons

Sound Waves Spelling Online for Teachers provides you with comprehensive lesson guides and interactive slideshows for every unit.

Each unit consists of several lessons including:

  • an introductory lesson where you teach students the focus phoneme and graphemes, and work with Focus Words
  • Focus Concept lessons where you teach students spelling and vocabulary concepts such as suffixes, homophones, and Greek and Latin roots.
Targeted student activities

After each lesson, students complete the corresponding student book activities that align with, and consolidate, the knowledge and skills you have just taught. Student books are available as a physical workbook, or as printable pages.

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Extra resources, games and activities

Enhance the learning experience throughout the week

Teaching and student charts

Use the teaching charts for whole-class instruction and activities, from introducing phonemes and graphemes to playing games. Students can use their student charts as a reference to help them to make correct spelling choices in their everyday writing.

Sound Waves Spelling charts are available in Foundation, Standard and Extended versions.

Educational games and activities

Sound Waves Spelling offers a range of games for every year level. Games help to reinforce students’ phonemic awareness skills and their understanding of phoneme–grapheme relationships.

Whether you play games using the charts or playing cards, or use the printable game templates from Sound Waves Spelling Online, there are plenty of opportunities to have some educational fun.

Students with student charts

Take the next step in your Sound Waves Spelling journey

See how Foundation to Year 6 is sequenced
Find out how the resources will work for your school
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