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Soundwaves Y3-6

Spelling starts with sounds. Sound Waves uses systematic synthetic phonics and word study to effectively teach spelling skills. This research-aligned approach will help students become spelling superstars.

Sound Waves uses synthetic phonics to explicitly and systematically teach students how sounds (phonemes) are represented by letter/s (graphemes) to form written words.

Instruction is intentionally pre-planned so that students progress from learning simple, broadly applicable phoneme–grapheme relationships to those that are more complex and unusual.

Successful spelling also relies on an understanding that words can be constructed from meaningful parts.

Sound Waves gets students excited about word study across all year levels through progressive activities that explore morphology (prefixes, suffixes and Greek and Latin roots), and language concepts like homophones and homographs.

Upper primary students delve deeper into etymology (word origins), helping them to understand and remember unusual or difficult words.

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SoundsWrite Early Years​

Sounds-Write is a quality first phonics programme. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive system with which to teach reading, spelling and writing.

Follow this link to learn what spelling will look like for your child. The link will support you in helping your child learn best at home!

Sounds Write Training Video

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Developed in 2003 by Dr Michael Heggerty, the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum is a systematic 35 week program of daily lesson plans that provide a high level of explicit modelling and student engagement. Each level of the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum focuses on eight phonemic awareness skills, along with two additional activities to develop letter and sound recognition, and language awareness.

The Heggerty Curriculum includes explicit instruction in the following phonological and phonemic awareness skills:

  • Rhyming

  • Onset Fluency

  • Blending

  • Isolating final and medial phonemes (sounds)

  • Segmenting

  • Adding Phonemes

  • Deleting Phonemes

  • Substituting Phonemes

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