Learning in high school

In high school, students will develop and use literacy and numeracy skills in all of their subjects.

Developing strong skills, including good vocabulary and sound number knowledge can influence success throughout high school.


Speaking and listening

Developing speaking and listening skills is important for children to socialise, make friends and actively participate in learning activities.

  • Encourage your child to share what they are learning at school. Listen, ask questions and discuss these topics with them.

  • Share stories from your world. Sharing memories, family traditions and history can support students in understanding their place in the broader world.

  • Encourage them to tell stories, retell favourite events or create new stories based on their surroundings – creating new ‘characters’, situations and events.


Encourage your child to read widely on subjects that interest them – both fiction and non-fiction – and share their reading with others.

  • Encourage your child to read a range of reading materials, including books, magazines and online texts.

  • Ask your child for reading recommendations. After reading, talk about and compare your favourite parts, characters, events and/or writing.

  • Encourage your child to read print versions of their favourite film or TV shows. Talk about how the story or character may differ and which they prefer.


Encourage your child to write about topics that interest them in different ways.

  • Look at the writing tasks your child is doing in different subjects at school. Discuss and encourage your child to share what they see as their strengths and areas for improvement.

  • Have a booklet, journal or diary that your child can write or draw in daily.

  • Ask your child to write about things they like to do, such as about a book, film or game recommendation.


Numeracy skills will help prepare your child for life and work in the 21st century.

Have family conversations about the importance and usefulness of numerical skills in everyday life.

Number and algebra

Encourage exploring, calculating and applying number skills in everyday situations.

  • Play board games that involve numerical and money skills such as Monopoly or Pay Day.

  • Share information about household bills, such as electricity and phone. Question how your child would budget to pay the bills.

Measurement and geometry

Explore and discuss the different ways to identify shapes and measure objects in everyday situations.

  • Cook together following a recipe. Ask your child to measure and calculate the right amounts required from the recipe.

  • Work with your child to create a timetable on managing their time between school, relaxing, meeting with their friends and completing their jobs.

Statistics and probability

Question and think critically about data represented from different sources such as newspaper and television reports.

  • Use a fitness tracker and compare steps per day over a week and average over a month.

  • Play a dice game and weigh up the likelihood of the number that will be rolled next using one dice, or two dice, and the probability of winning the game.

Always encourage your child and use activities and topics they are interested in. If you speak a language other than English, it is important that you support your child to use their home language when interacting.

Most importantly, have fun with your child and make use of opportunities in everyday activities. It is important to establish a lifelong love of learning.


Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in Australian schools sit the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

NAPLAN is held in March and involves 4 different tests:

  • language conventions (spelling, punctuation and grammar)

  • writing

  • reading

  • numeracy.

They are not English or mathematics tests. Rather, NAPLAN assesses students’ general literacy and numeracy skills, which are required in all subject areas. Texts used in NAPLAN come from a variety of key learning areas.

Students with disability or additional learning and support needs may qualify for disability adjustments. Contact your school to discuss further.

Curriculum resources

Each year, students are taught from syllabuses developed by the NSW Education Standards Authority and department approved elective courses to guide their learning. NSW syllabuses outline the needs for teaching and learning different outcomes and content at various stages of students' education

To learn more about curriculum in NSW, visit:


  • Teaching and learning


  • High school
  • Learning

Business Unit:

  • Communication and Engagement
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