Australian National Curriculum: Surpass the Reading and Spelling Standards

The National Curriculum is out, and phonics is at the core of your language teaching for the early years. Get Reading Right’s Synthetic Phonics program will get your school to the National Curriculum standards and beyond – just like it did for these schools.

Foundation standard

Reading

Curriculum: Children will “name sound–letter matches for most consonants and short vowels”.
GRR: All the consonants and short vowels sound-letter matches within the foundation year.

Curriculum: Children will “recognise high frequency sight words”.
GRR: Read and spell 36 high frequency sight words.

Curriculum: Children will “work out short regular words using context, grammatical and phonic knowledge”.
GRR: Children can read short regular words using phonics knowledge and in the context of real books: lots of practice of single words in the Practice Books and then to read sentences in a Decodable Story.

Spelling

Curriculum: Children will “accurately spell a growing number of irregular words”.
GRR: Spell the first 36 essential irregular, high frequency sight words.

Curriculum: Children will “demonstrate an increasing ability to spell common and unknown words using sound–letter knowledge”.
GRR: Children will use their phonic knowledge to attempt to spell unknown words. Children’s writing will get increasingly adventurous as they now have the tools to ‘have-a-go’.

Year one National Curriculum standard

Reading

Curriculum: Children “use context, grammatical and phonic knowledge to predict and confirm as they read and to work out unfamiliar words, including words containing learned digraphs”.
GRR: Children can read the digraphs for the vowel phonemes, bringing the total number of learned phonemes to 36. Children can use phonic knowledge to read unfamiliar words. Children are reading short regular words using phonic knowledge – in the context of real books: lots of practice with single sentences in the Practice Books and then to read sentences in the Decodable Stories.

Spelling

Curriculum: Children “accurately spell most common irregular words and demonstrate an increasing ability to spell unknown words using sound–letter correspondence and visual knowledge”.
GRR: Spell the remaining 36 essential irregular, high frequency sight words. Use their knowledge of sound-letter correspondence to spell unknown words and visual knowledge to decide if the word is using the correct spelling choice and ‘looks right’.