English K-2 scope and sequences

Sample scope and sequences to support implementation of the English K-2 syllabus.


The English K-2 syllabus provides a unique opportunity for a new approach to designing scope and sequences. It encourages a more flexible approach to planning for teaching and learning.

Sample scope and sequences for English K-2:

  • represent ‘one way’ of sequencing learning to satisfy syllabus requirements​

  • summarise what is to be taught, the sequence in which it will taught​

  • identify key concepts and skills as well as the content focus for each term​

  • are flexible and fluid – can be adapted to reflect needs, interests and abilities of all students​

  • address all outcomes for each stage of learning​

  • leverage ‘new’ structural elements from the syllabus: focus areas and content groups​

  • meet requirements​ for compliance

  • save teachers time by providing a strong foundation for whole-school and stage-based curriculum planning.

These samples represent one way to plan for student learning. Schools are strongly encouraged to make changes to meet the learning needs of all students.

Access the supporting grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPC) instructional sequence (PDF 860KB) that complements the scope and sequences.

Research base

The evidence base for these resources is:

Alignment to system priorities and/or needs

These resources clearly and explicitly align to:

Alignment to School Excellence Framework

These resources support the School Excellence Framework by incorporating the following domains and themes.

Learning domain
  • Curriculum: Curriculum provision, Teaching and learning programs

  • Assessment: Whole school monitoring of student learning

  • Student performance measures: NAPLAN

Teaching domain
  • Effective classroom practice: Lesson planning, Explicit teaching

  • Learning and development: Collaborative practice and feedback; Expertise and innovation

Leading domain
  • Educational leadership: Instructional leadership


Email questions, comments and feedback about these resources to english.curriculum@det.nsw.edu.au.

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