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  • Programming Proforma: Stage 3


    Teachers are using a multitude of ways to program English using the NSW English Syllabus. We offer this variation for Stage 3 teachers as a way to make clear links between the syllabus outcomes, content and teaching and learning activities. Reading the content and then thinking about what strategies or steps need to be in place to teach that content is a key part of the planning process.

  • Text sets Yrs 3-6


    This is a list of examples of text sets that may be suitable for use in years 3 to 6.


  • Name that number


    Name that number is a card game develops fluency through applying different numerical operations. Here is our version of this card game for maths. This game and variations of it are suitable for students in stages two and three.

  • Mashrabiya


    Mashrabiya is a window enclosed with carved wood latticework. The latticework screens are commonly found in Middle Eastern countries, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and India. Mashrabiya were traditionally used in homes and palaces. In palaces it was used in some internal windows as a privacy screen. It allowed woman to be hidden from the men yet be able to hear and see the comings and goings of people in the palace. This unit is part of Trio’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series. It consists of four lessons, which are suitable for lower and upper primary grades and are particularly supportive for EAL students. The lessons can be taught in isolation or provide a cultural perspective when completing units on the Middle East, India, Morocco, Egypt, Persia, hot dry climates, architecture, privacy  or sustainable cooling techniques. All resources (lesson plans, online links, photographs and worksheets) are included.

  • Chinese New Year


    This unit is part of TRIO’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series.It consists of three lessons which are suitable for all grades, Kinder-grade 6. The lessons look at the lion and dragon dances which are significant aspects of the celebration of the Chinese New Year. The unit contains links to online resources and photos you can use to teach these lessons.

  • Piggybook


    Piggybook by Anthony Browne is a classic children’s picture book. There are lots of big ideas such as gender issues to be explored through this text. These lesson notes focus on how words and images work together to achieve the author’s purpose and have been written for students in years three to six.

  • If I was prime minister


    These book notes for the book, If I was prime minister, unpack teaching ideas for reading and responding to the text as well as composing. They have been designed for students in years five and six. The teaching notes encourage discussion about big issues facing Australia. This is a great book to make connections to history as well.


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  • Maths vocabulary sort


    This sorting activity is designed for students in grades 3-6. It reinforces mathematical vocabulary for addition, subtraction and fractions.

  • Idioms


    An idiom is an expression peculiar to a language that cannot be taken literally, for example, ’I’ve got a frog in my throat.’ Reference: glossary NSW English Syllabus, page 137. Teaching idioms is a stage 2 and 3 outcome.

  • My country


    My country by Dorothea Mackellar is  an iconic and patriotic Australian poem. The most recognised section of the poem is the stanzas which describe the Australian landscape. It is easy to download a copy of this poem. Use this poem to teach students how poets use descriptive language, rhyme, rhythm and
    repetition to convey a message. These lessons have been designed for students in years 3-6.


  • Lennie the legend


    Lennie the Legend, written by Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder, examines big ideas such as how we learn through the story of our past. Students in years 4, 5 and 6 connect with this story of nine year old Lennie making his way, alone, on horse back from country Victoria to see the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  • The Sea


    The poem, ‘The Sea’ by English poet, James Reeves is an extended metaphor where the sea is described as a dog. This three stanza poem is a great way to teach metaphor with students in stages 2 and 3.

  • Korean First Birthday


    In many cultures birthdays are a time to celebrate! In Korean culture, the most important birthday to celebrate is the first birthday.

    In ancient times Korea had high infant mortality rates due to poor hygiene and lack of medicinal knowledge. An infant living to the age of one was something to be celebrated. The celebration of the First Birthday is an ancient tradition.

    All resources are included which means you just download and teach.


    The celebration is called Doljanchi (doll- jan –chee).

    This unit is part of Trio’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series. It consists of two lessons, which are suitable for all primary grades and are particularly supportive for EAL students.



  • The day war came


    These book notes answer the question, ‘What will I teach?’ in English as I use the book, The day war came which addresses big ideas such as resilience, hope and kindness. The lessons have been written with students in years five and six in mind. This book addresses questions about refugees in a sensitive and hopeful light.

  • Maybe something beautiful


    This Book Note is based on the book, Make something beautiful How art transformed a neighborhood. This book is available as a video on You Tube. It is based on the transformation of a neighbourhood through art in San Diego. It follows Mira and her neighbours as they brighten up the neighbourhood with colourful art. The Book Notes have been written for students in years five and 6. They cover, colour as a symbol, appropriation, onomatopoeia and provide opportunities to discuss community.

  • Starting the year – Stage 3


    This unit is designed for the start of a new school year. Its focus is to create a community of learners by establishing clear routines for the literacy session, introducing reflective practice and embedding formative assessment into daily lessons. The central purpose of this unit is to build a sense of reading for enjoyment. As wide a range of texts as possible should be read and discussed.
    The unit should incorporate introductions to each other, sharing routines, classroom organisation, expectations for behaviour and learning and English syllabus content that supports classroom routines and organisation.