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Our students are at the centre of our curriculum. We aim for our students to acquire knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and capabilities necessary for success in the 21st century in a supportive, challenging and enjoyable environment. Our curriculum supports the development of good relationships, independence and the valuing of learning. We aim to meet the interests, needs for lifelong learning, social cohesion and economic well-being of all our students and staff.  

Algester's Spelling Program consists of:

  • Words Their Way
  • No Excuses Lists (300 most common words)
  • Algester’s Spelling Scope and Sequence (based on the Australian Curriculum’s year level expectations for spelling knowledges).

Words Their Way caters for each child’s individual spelling needs. To find out more about the program, please click on this Youtube video link. The Words Their Way program is broken down into the following levels:

No Excuses Lists are to build automaticity with the 300 most frequent words in the English language.
  • Students work through 5 words for homework by completing spelling activities.
  • Next Phase - Word building examples such as plurals, tense, affixes, comparatives etc
Click on the above Spelling Bee image to take you to the various Spelling Choices Homework Cards.  

Magic Words


At Algester we use the Magic Words sight word program for students to learn the most frequently used words in the English language.  Students will receive a sheet like the Golden Word sheet below, with the set of words they are working on. Once students can automatically read the words in that level within 3 seconds, they will be given their new level.

Click on the image below for some activity ideas to assist your child in learning their sight words.