This is only a suggested guide and is by no means prescriptive.

Preparation: 0 – 4/5 years:  Preparing Your Child for School pack suggests how to establish strong foundation skills in the home to school environment.

Level A: Smart Words:  4 -5 years.  Covers visual, auditory, memory and motor (gross and fine) skills necessary for successful learning.

Level B:  5-6 years.  Level B teaches the letters, names, common sounds, symbols, CVC, and most common words (mcw).

Level C: 6-7 years. Begins when students recognise, name and write the majority of the common letters of the alphabet and are able to write simple CVC words. This is not age dependent but usually, occurs in the first year of formal learning.

Levels C to T:  Students are placed on Levels C to T by completing a Placement Test.  This will determine where they are along the continuum, what they already know and what they need to learn. These levels will start with simple phonograms and gradually extend on to advanced phonograms. The workbooks cover all the rules of spelling that govern our orthographic code and are notated in Spelling Rules with Tips and Tricks Cards. These levels will form the basis of English grammar.

Levels U to Z:  These levels extend students’ spelling in Anglo-Saxon, Greek and Latin roots and affixes. These workbooks aim to consolidate advanced phonograms, commonly confused words, including difficult homophones, and extend grammar applied in exercises after Z. Once mastery is gained it is recommended students extend their writing program to expose them to a variety of genres and consolidate their knowledge through their editing skills.

Workbooks are not Year Level related but students are expected to pass at least three levels in a year.

Australian Year Levels- Correlation with Smart Words


Australian Levels


New Zealand Year Levels- Correlation with Smart Words

New Zealand