Word and code complexity continuum

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This diagram shows the gradual progression of skills that students need to develop so they can read and spell words with increasing complexity.

Who is this document for?

Foundation to Year 2 teachers; school leaders. 

What will you learn?

By understanding this continuum, teachers can strategically support students to develop strong decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) skills by teaching at students’ point of need. 

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