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  • The English block

    How to maximize the effectiveness of the time allocated in each day’s timetable for English.

  • The Festival of Colours – Holi


    The Festival of Holi  is a  Hindu Festival that is also called the Festival of Colours. The festival occurs in spring to celebrate the season. The celebration involves people joyously throwing coloured dye and painting each other with paint. In 2020 this festival is celebrated on the 9th March. If this is relevant to your school community, this Art Lesson is one way to celebrate with your students. The lesson has been written for students in years 5-6.

  • The gruffalo


    The Gruffalo is a much loved and familiar story for many children. It is a great text to use with beginning readers in kindergarten and year one. The big ideas addressed in these teaching notes include: stories can be imaginary, authors create imaginary characters and playing with language makes reading enjoyable.

  • 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.

  • The short story of a fox and mouse


    This six-minute short animated film tells the story of unlikely friends. These film notes unpack how the teacher can teach to English outcomes that deal with the big idea of understanding and appreciating  characters without language and the author’s message that friends support each other. These film notes have been written with students in years 3 and 4 in mind.


  • The tale of two beasts


    This book notes address the big idea, ‘Different points of view can be expressed through words and illustrations.’ The teaching sequence could be used with students in years1-4.

  • The teaching, learning, assessing cycle


    There are many versions of the teaching, learning and assessing cycle. It shapes our programs and lesson planning. This version is an attempt to add 21st century educational concepts into the cycle. It answers the questions about where feedback, learning intentions, success criteria, goal setting and reflective learning fit in the teaching, learning and assessing cycle.  Use this tool as you plan and program.

  • The truth about penguins


    The truth about penguins is an amusing book that is an imaginative text. however it includes facts about penguins. These teaching notes are written with stage one outcomes (years one and two) and explore humour and information within a narrative. Download the resource, fact or fiction sort, to use with these teaching notes.

  • The very cranky bear


    Beginning readers in kindergarten will love revisiting this favourite preschool book now they are readers. Teachers can explore the big ideas that authors create characters to tell a story and a narrative has a beginning, middle and end. Also download the noun and adjective sort from resources which contains a blank template and a sort to use with this text.

  • This is not my hat


    These book notes provide a teaching sequence for English lessons using the book, This is not my hat.  The lessons have been written with students in years one and two in mind and examine the big idea that the author’s message can be conveyed through words and images.

  • Tracking student progress K-2


    These forms may assist teachers of students, in Kindergarten to year two, to track student reading  and differentiate the teaching of reading and writing to meet all students’ learning needs. The first form enables teachers to record text reading levels across the year and measure against reading goals for each grade level. The second form Assessment and goal setting can be used, by the class teacher or  all teachers on a grade, to moderate work samples or reading levels. By establishing goals for different times in the school year teachers can see who is working at, above or below the benchmark selected and by analysing a reading record or work sample teachers can engage in discussion to differentiate the learning to meet different learning needs.

  • Tracking text selections


    Teachers in NSW schools are tracking the types of texts they use with students in order to meet the text requirements of the English Syllabus. This simple table will help teachers keep track of text selections that meet the content and text requirements of the NSW English K-6 syllabus as outlined on page 26 of the syllabus. This is an A4 word document.

  • Transitions


    Time spent teaching students transition routines and practising how to move in an orderly way is time well spent. Teachers need to discuss expectations and the routines for transitions with students.  The routines you establish need to be consistently encouraged with praise and gentle reminders. Reinforcing  transitions is valuable and will ensure your day runs smoothly.

  • True/False Fractions


    This activity requires students to sort fractions cards under the headers True/False. This activity can be adapted to cover a range of mathematical concepts as shown in the examples on the directions page.

  • Types of sentences


    Kindergarten students learn that sentences have different functions: statement, question, exclamation and command. This A4 poster reinforces that learning.

  • Understanding Sentences