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Sound Waves is written specifically to cover your curriculum.
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Explore Sound Waves in a variety of ways and keep your students engaged. We cater for different abilities and different learning styles.
Whole School Approach
Sound Waves is the whole-school synthetic phonics and word study program written by Australian teachers and for Australian teachers.
Pedagogy
Sound Waves is a systematic synthetic phonics and word study program proven to effectively teach spelling and reading skills.
Synthetic phonics

The Sound Waves synthetic phonics approach focuses on the process of synthesising (i.e. taking small parts and putting them together to form a whole). It uses a sound-to-letter strategy which acknowledges that sounds can be represented more than one way in written form. This approach focuses first on phonemes – the basic units of sound. It then explores the letters that represent these sounds and how they can be put together to form written words.

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Word study
Word study

Successful spelling relies on understanding that words can be constructed from meaningful parts such as prefixes, suffixes and Greek and Latin roots. Sound Waves provides everything you need to explicitly teach students the meaning and spelling of these word parts, which allows them to read and spell complex words correctly.

Explicit teaching

Explicit teaching is a highly effective approach for introducing phoneme-grapheme relationships, spelling strategies and language concepts which is why it forms the basis of all Sound Waves lessons.

Explicit teaching
Want to know more?
Want to know more?

Read Synthetic Phonics and Sound Waves for more research, longitudinal studies and reports about the effectiveness of synthetic phonics.

Watch the Sound Waves tutorial videos for more information on the Sound Waves program.

Differentiation for all students

Sound Waves activities and List Words are graded from easy to difficult, creating real differentiation opportunities for all students in your classroom. Extension List Words and Super Challenge Black Line Masters are perfect for advanced students and fast finishers.

Differentiation for all students
Sound Waves Foundation has had a makeover!

The Foundation year is vital to effectively implementing Sound Waves as your whole-school phonics and word study program. That’s why we’ve created a raft of new and improved resources to make it easier than ever to successfully introduce your students to reading and spelling.

For more information, read about the updates and new additions in our Latest News article.

Sound Waves Foundation has had a makeover!
Improve results with whole school consistency
Improve results with whole school consistency

The Sound Waves program is fully resourced from Foundation to Year 6, building successful spellers across your whole school. Sound Waves students don’t stop learning phonics in Year 3, but hone their literacy skills as they progress through upper primary. The spiral curriculum of Sound Waves offers students multiple opportunities, both within and across year levels, to conquer difficult words and concepts. It also extends learning with Extension Word Lists and Super Challenges.

For more information, read our Scope and Sequence documents.

Extend your super spellers with Sound Waves 7

Sound Waves 7 is ideal for states where Year 7 is part of the primary school. It’s also a great resource for extending all your primary super spellers. Spelling patterns and strategies are revised and consolidated, and students’ vocabulary and knowledge of grammatical concepts is extensively developed.

For more information, take a look at our Sound Waves 7 Preview or download the Scope and Sequence (Weekly View) and Scope and Sequence (Focus Concepts).

Extend your super spellers with Sound Waves 7
Ideal for multi-age classrooms
Ideal for multi-age classrooms

The Sound Waves program is structured to help you manage multi-age classrooms. Student Books 1–6, for example, all feature the same Sound Unit on the same page. This makes it easy to teach the focus sound to the whole class, then direct students to work on the same Sound Unit with words and concepts appropriate to their level.

A variety of resources

Sound Waves has a wide range of activities and resources that allow you to explore sounds in different ways. Bring your class to life with charts, flashcards, songs, games, videos and more.

Chants and Actions
Take a look for yourself

To see Sound Waves in action, check out our series of tutorial videos. Watch a Sound Waves classroom come to life as students sing Chants and Actions, and get invaluable tips on using Sound Waves.

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Take a look for yourself
Workshop it with our experts
Workshop it with our experts

Whether you are new to Sound Waves or already using the program, there’s a workshop to suit you. We offer a range of professional development workshops from Introductory to Implementation, all designed to give you insights into planning and implementing the program in your classroom. Choose to attend a workshop in person, or participate in a virtual workshop from school or home.

Read all about it

Our Sound Waves experts develop regular professional reading articles and case studies to keep you abreast of effective ways to teach a synthetic phonics and word study program, and to share best practice in the classroom.

Read all about it
Still have questions?
Still have questions?

Whether your question relates to the phonemic approach, how the program relates to your curriculum, or a specific Sound Waves product; we have probably been asked before. We have collated our answers in one handy spot for you.

Spelling Age Diagnostic Test


A sample of over 11 000 students was used to create a modern Australian spelling age for our Spelling Age Diagnostic Test. Featuring additional language diagnostic and remediation capabilities, our unique assessment resource stands out from the crowd.

Spelling Age Diagnostic Test

Placement Test
Placement Test

The Sound Waves Placement Tests are a great way to get a ‘snapshot’ of your class’s understanding of spelling and language concepts. Together with our remediation suggestions, you’ll be able to ensure your class has the support they need to become super spellers.

Sound Waves has the improved Curriculum covered

Version 8 of the Australian Curriculum outlines the importance of phonics and phonemic awareness in learning how to spell and read. Find out what the latest improvements to the Australian Curriculum are and how Sound Waves fits the bill in our Australian Curriculum Update: English news article.

Sound Waves has the improved Curriculum covered
See for yourself how we match your curriculum
See for yourself how we match your curriculum

Check out our Scope and Sequence documents. These explicitly show how Sound Waves meets the curriculum requirements. Choose a weekly view, or view by focus concept.

Contact your education consultant

Our team of education consultants has a wealth of teaching experience. For those times when you want expert advice or to book a meeting, we are here to answer your questions about Sound Waves.

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