K-6 resources

Find examples of 1-week learning programs, a template to create your own and 2-week learning sequences as well as links to resources.

The following documents are designed to be appropriate for students learning remotely. Each stage has an online and offline version of the program.

Units of learning

Use this template to develop your own program of remote learning activities for students in K-6. K-6 template (DOCX)

Digital resources

The following sections have links to department and external content to support teachers and students who are teaching and learning remotely. Some resources are available online but are suitable for independent offline learning.

Department resources

Unit starters from English textual concepts (Stage 2- Stage 3). Demonstrate different ways to use the English Textual Concepts with texts to design learning activities and assessment. Unit starters may be incorporated into an existing unit of learning or form the basis for something new.

English Stages 4 and 5 resources that can be adapted for older primary students. Units focus on imaginative thinking and writing, multimodal narrative and autobiographical representations.

Teaching strategies for literacy (K-6). Resources to use in conjunction with the results of NAPLAN to identify areas of development in reading, writing and language conventions.

The School Magazine (3-6). A collection of plays, poems, stories and comics. Also available are learning resources developed for individual activities linked to the Australian Curriculum.

External resources

Sample units for the NSW K-10 English Syllabus (K-6). NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provide sample units for use by K-6 teachers. Scroll down to the English K-10 link and download documents suitable for your students.

English for the Australian Curriculum Early Years - Foundation to Year 2 (K -2) Units of work that use the natural world to extend engagement with English and literacy, through literature and language, to the learning areas of geography, science and mathematics.

English for the Australian Curriculum Early Years - Primary- Years 3 to 7 (K-6) Units of work that use the natural world to extend engagement with English and literacy, through literature and language, to the learning areas of geography, science and mathematics.

Primary English Teaching Association Australia - Authors in schools (2-6) A series of video conferences, connecting authors and illustrators with students and teachers. Includes units of work linking to and providing context for the video sessions.

Literacy Shed (K-6) A range of free digital reading and multimedia materials that can be used as stand-alone lessons or can support literacy units already in place.

Pobble365 (K-6) Online daily visuals that can be used as stimulus materials for teaching creative writing, grammar and speaking and listening.

Storyline Online (K-6) Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children?s books alongside cartoon illustrations. This resource can be used to build listening skills as well as an appreciation of emotive language.

Kids News (2-6) Newspaper articles for teachers using current daily news. The content is written into educational stories in child-appropriate language and filtered/censored to remove any inappropriate content or imagery.

SPEcific Learning Difficulties Association - Phonics Books (K-1) Books grouped in a developing order based on the order of sounds introduced. Each book is published with suggestions for how to use them aimed at parents and teachers.

Khan Academy - Grammar (5-6) Virtual sequenced grammar course with videos, activities and quizzes. Can automatically integrate with Google classroom if logged in with DET google identity. US content.

Khan Academy - Storytelling (5-6) Virtual sequenced narrative course with videos, activities and quizzes. Can automatically integrate with Google Classroom if logged in with DET google identity. US based and Disney content.

Read Write Think - Student interactives (K-6) Range of online activities that can be refined into grade, learning objectives and focus.

The kid should see this (K-6) Free collection of over 4,300 kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents to share meaningful media in the classroom. Useful as a writing prompt for informative, persuasive and imaginative texts.

Scholastic Kids Press (3-6) A group of children reporters, from across the USA and around the world. The young journalists report "news for kids, by kids," covering politics, entertainment, the environment, sports, and more in their hometowns and on the national stage.

Primary English Teaching Association Australia - More Classroom Resources (K-6) Quick ideas and additional resources to support classroom practice.

Starfall (K-3) Online activities to support early reading.

Department resources

Developing efficient numeracy strategies - About this resource (K-6) Provides teachers with ideas and activities to support the teaching and learning of numeracy.

Teaching Measurement Stage ES1-1 (K-2) Practical lesson plans and ideas for teaching measurement (length, area, volume, capacity and mass).

Teaching Measurement Stage 2-3 (3-6) Practical lesson plans and ideas for teaching measurement (length, area, volume, capacity and mass).

Numeracy teaching strategies for K-6. Resources to assist development in the areas of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability.

Red dragonfly mathematics challenge for Years 5 and 6. Provides a range of challenges to be solved in five to ten minutes that develop mathematical reasoning.

Talk Moves for K-6. Tools used by teachers to support rich meaningful classroom discussion in mathematics.

Mathematics diagnostic tasks for Stages 2 and 3. Sample tasks for gathering evidence of student learning related to key ideas form the NSW Mathematics K-10 syllabus.

Fractions, pikelets and lamingtons for K-6. Activities for students to develop a conceptual understanding of fractions.

Teaching about angles for Stage 2. A collection of practical lessons designed to assist students with identifying, describing and comparing angles using mathematical terms.

External

ABC Education - Mathematics for K-10. ABC Education has resources across all KLAs. This links to their mathematics resources which can be searched by key word and filtered by grade.

reSolve: Maths by Inquiry for K-10. It is a collaboration of the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers. The tasks and materials on reSolve promote fluency, deep understanding, strategic problem solving, and mathematical reasoning through enquiry.

NRICH for K-12. NRICH provide thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18, covering all stages of early years, primary and secondary school education with a focus on developing mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills (University of Cambridge).

youcubed for K-12. Jo Boaler and her team at Stanford University provide research-based teaching methods, maths tasks, videos, and ideas for extending thinking and inspiring teachers and students.

GeoGebra for K-12 is dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education. There are free activities, simulations, exercises, lessons, and games for math and science.

Moneysmart.gov.au Free, engaging, curriculum-aligned classroom resources.

Sample units for the NSW K-10 Mathematics Syllabus for K-6. NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provide sample units for use by K-6 teachers

Department resources

Thinking skills videos (K-6). Short videos with real-world examples of how thinking skills might look in the primary classroom. Examples in the videos link directly to syllabus content from the Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2017).

Science web quest department Illustration of Practice (K-6) Illustration of practice examples to show how online collaboration tools support webquests in science and technology in Kindergarten.

Minecraft Education Edition (K-12) is a virtual educational platform, that provides an opportunity for students and teachers to collaborate and create in an immersive environment. It also a platform where students can safely demonstrate their learning and competence in a scaffolded, simulated real-world experience.

Sustainability (K-6) Teaching and learning resources from the department to support the cross-curriculum priority of sustainability.

Digital Citizenship (K-12) A website that provides practical advice to students, teachers and parents on the responsible use of technology, addressing safe and ethical online behaviour. Articles and resources are linked to the NSW and Australian Curriculum.

External

Science and Technology K-6 Scope and Sequences (K-6). Sample scope and sequence documents from NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA).

NESA sample units (K-6). NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provided sample units for the NSW Science and Technology syllabus.

ABC Education ( K-10) has resources for students that link to the content in the Science and Technology Syllabus. There are short videos that provide information with question prompts to guide discussion or lead to further research topics.

Australian Computer Academy (K-6) has student challenges and teacher resources to support teaching and learning for Digital technologies in the classroom.

Australian Museum (K-6) has a variety of resources for teachers to support teaching and learning in the Living World and Earth and Space strands of the Science and Technology Syllabus.

Bebras 365 Australia (3-12). Question sets from past (2014-19) online computational thinking challenges. Students receive immediate feedback on questions.

Code.org (K-12) Students learn to create computer programs that will help them collaborate, develop problem-solving skills and persist through difficult tasks.

CSUnplugged (K-6) is a collection of teaching material that teaches Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

Digital Technologies in Focus project
(K-6) ACARA resources and links to support teaching and learning for Digital technologies in the classroom.

Digital Technologies Hub (K-10) resources for teachers to support teaching and learning for Digital technologies in the classroom.

Grok Learning (3-7). Visual programming activities, using Blockly to support teaching and learning in Digital Technologies and computational thinking skills.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures (K-10) ACARA have published illustrations of practice to help science teachers incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures into teaching and learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures (K-10) ACARA has published illustrations of practice to help science teachers incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures into teaching and learning.

Primezone (K-6). Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEFA) has units and online resources to support the food and fibre content in the Living world strand of the Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus.

Sustainable Schools NSW (K-6). Links to teacher resources to support the cross-curriculum priority of sustainability. There is also information and activities specifically for students.

The kid should see this (2-10). A collection of 4,300+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents to share meaningful media in the classroom. Useful as a writing prompt for informative, persuasive and imaginative texts.

Department resources

Geography teaching and learning frameworks for K-6. Fifteen individual unit starters covering topics from the Geography K-10 Syllabus.

History sample learning sequences for Stages 1 to 3. Sample learning sequences that cover topics from the History K-10 syllabus. Teachers may adapt these learning sequences to suit the needs of individual students and their local school context.

Geography organisation ideas for small schools K-6. Supports small schools in implementing the Geography K-10 syllabus. Eight organisation ideas have been identified.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture for K-10. Cross-curriculum resource provides teaching and learning activities and links to resources to integrate the teaching of key concepts of Country/Place, Culture and People with syllabus outcomes and content.

Sustainability for K-10. Provides ideas for classroom teachers to embed the cross-curriculum priority of sustainability within a history program through learning snapshots and links to resources across different topics.

Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia for K-10. Provides snapshots of learning for each stage with case studies that support teachers to include the diversity of Asia, achievements and contributions of peoples of Asia and Asia-Australia engagement in geography.

 Guide to using picture books in geography for K-10. Supports teachers to integrate picture books to enhance their geography teaching and programming. Provides examples of learning activities for picture books selected for their geographical and literary value.

Guide to using picture books in history for K-10. Supports teachers to integrate picture books to enhance their history teaching and programming. Includes examples of learning activities for picture books selected for their historical and literary value.

Using picture books for intercultural understanding: Learning across the curriculum for K-10. A resource for geography, history, English and creative arts. The resource suggests learning activities based around picture books selected for their value in developing intercultural understandings and their literary worth.

Civics and citizenship for Stage 3. This resource provides sample teaching and learning activities that align to the civics and citizenship assessment framework for Year 6. Supports the topic of Australia as a nation in the History K-10 Syllabus.

External

State Library of NSW (K-6) Curriculum linked learning programs and resources in geography and history.

GeogSpace (K-6) Core units and support units comprising illustrations of practice as described in the Australian Curriculum: Geography.

Australian Curriculum: History Units (2-6) Developed by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia to support teachers in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: History.

History in the making (K-6) The Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia’s collection of teaching and learning programs based on the Australian Curriculum.

Voyage Game  (3-6) Australian National Maritime Museum – Games-based learning resource exploring convict transport in 1830 from England to Australia.

National Geographic teacher resources (K-6) Teacher resource library.

National Geographic for kids (K-6) Classroom resource library and ideas in history and geography.

Upper primary

Parliamentary Education Office

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego (Google Earth version). An interactive game that teaches students about countries and problem-solving.

Aboriginal Indigenous Astronomy resources for the Australian Curriculum

Sample units for the NSW K-10 History and Geography Syllabuses. NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provide sample units for use by K-6 teachers.

Education.com Geography activities

Classroom Antarctica resources for Stage 2 and Stage 3

Build a biome - online interactive zoo game.

NASA Earth Observatory weather resources and interactive biome activities.

Ventusky free desktop computer weather app for visualising local and international weather patterns.

History teacher’s association of Australia classroom resources

Australian War Memorial education resources

Asia Education Foundation information and learning sequences about Asian festivals for students in lower primary.

Department resources

Vocal Ease MORE (Modules 1 and 2) and Vocal Ease for Early Stage 1-Stage 3 music. Instructional videos, interactive scores and curriculum-linked learning experiences throughout for music. Includes instructions on creating music film clips.

Tuneful trash for Early Stage 1 - Stage 3 music. Creating musical instruments from recycled materials and using these to organise sound.

Music and the brain for staff and students K-12 inspiring ideas for exploring music and neuroscience.

Waste as art for Early Stage 1- Stage 3 visual arts. Learning experiences involving making and appreciating in visual arts with many practical ideas using limited and often recycled materials.

Operation Art for Early Stage 1 - Stage 3 visual arts. Learning experiences drawn from the inspiration of the 2019 Operation Art Exhibition.

Sample unit starters for Early Stage 1 - Stage 3 visual arts. Learning experiences using a variety of situations as inspiration. 

Act Ease for Early Stage 1 - Stage 3. Instructional videos and curriculum-linked learning experiences throughout for drama. Includes instructions on making film trailers and silent movies.

Ancient Anna to The Cloth of Dreams Early Stage 1-Stage 3 drama. Various unit starters for a variety of learning experiences in drama.

Sample units of work Early Stage 1- Stage 3 dance. A variety of units of work for dance. 

The Arts Unit SpecEd 2019 Early Stage 1-Stage 3 e-Resources linked to the theme of STARS

External

Mrs B’s Music Room technology and music

Art Gallery of NSW learning resources for visual arts inspired by gallery collections

Museum of Contemporary Art learning resources for visual arts

Princess Artypants concepts within  visual arts

Just Dance Now a variety of dance videos for students to dance with.

GoNoodle dance exploration

Bangarra Dance e-Resources inspired by Aboriginal dance

Sydney Theatre Company education resources

Drama resource various drama activities

Drama Activities for K-3 students

Sample units for the NSW Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus. NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provide sample units for use by K-6 teachers.

Department resources

Get Skilled: Get Active for K-6. Twelve videos that demonstrate the fundamental movement skills for students and teachers.

Safety Town for K-6. Interactive lesson ideas to teach road safety.

Road safety education resources for K-6. Teaching and learning resources to support road safety education in primary school.

Anti-bullying for K-10. Evidence-based resources for school communities to identify bullying, prevent bullying, and respond to bullying behaviours.

Racism No Way for K-12. Anti-racism education for Australian schools.

External

Sample Units for the NSW K-10 PDHPE Syllabus. NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provide sample units for use by K-6 teachers.

Playing for Life for K-6. PE game-based activities that help to create a safe, inclusive and challenging environment for children.

Yulunga for K-6. Traditional Indigenous Games to learn and experience aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Sports Ability for K-6. Inclusive activity cards for all levels of ability designed to develop children’s skills, confidence and motivation for sports-based activities.

PE warmups and games for K-6. A range of games and activities from a range of sources.

000 Hero for K-2. An interactive game that promotes safety messages and how to act in an emergency.

Water Smart Education Kit for K-6. Teaching resources to teach about water safety from Royal Lifesaving Australia

Reachout – resources and services for teachers and students that focus on supporting positive mental health

Harmony Week – resources to support Harmony Week and addressing inclusion in the PDHPE K-10 syllabus.

GoNoodle dance exploration.

Department resources

Quirky Comics is available on Scootle in 7 languages – Chinese, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian. Adobe Flash needs to be enabled for this resource to be used.

My design for K-6 Scootle tasks in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian. There are a range of other language teaching materials on Scootle that can be found by searching the language for example,  ‘Indonesian

External

NSW Languages syllabuses K-10 provide sample units and scope and sequences across 17 languages.

Greek

University of Crete, Centre for Intercultural and Migration studies: for K-12 downloadable resources for the teaching of Modern Greek.

Portal for the Greek language for K-12, an internet portal to support the teaching and learning of the Greek language.

University of Crete, Centre for Intercultural and Migration studies for K-12, downloadable resources for the teaching of Modern Greek

Department resources

Design Thinking - before your students start their STEM journey, help them to learn how to think like a designer and solve complex problems. A resource for students to prepare for Game Changers Challenges

Game Changers Challenges: Do your students want to learn new skills and unlock powerful design thinking tools and processes, while working with leading industry thinkers and having a whole lot of fun along the way? The Game Changer Challenges are for you.

Project FireStorm - a Stage 3 unit; develops student understanding of the management of environments and how people influence the places in which they live with a focus upon bushfires in their local area. Students are challenged to generate solutions to preparation, survival and recovery from a catastrophic bushfire event. Students learn design thinking processes and develop scientific and mathematical thinking skills whilst developing a solution for their driving question.

STEM guidelines for the development of resources; to challenge and equip students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills; to solve authentic problems for the complex world around them

STEM.T4L library: The stem.T4L project empowers schools to teach students the skills they need to solve the problems of tomorrow.

External

Digital Citizenship respectful, responsible and safe use of online resources; an essential first stop on your STEM journey

Digital Technologies Hub lesson ideas using digital technologies to integrate into your STEM classroom

Project Firestorm an interactive version developed by the NSW Rural Fire Service of the DoE STEM unit for Stage 3 students

STARportal a comprehensive collection of STEM activities and providers for teachers to discover local STEM activities

The GiST STEM lessons to provide an engaging context for your students to develop and apply their STEM skills and knowledge to solve a problem or challenge.

PBL works STEM and project-based learning providing engaging learning opportunities for deep learning

Resources for teaching online due to school closures by The EduBlogger for K-6. A guide to how educators around the world are approaching school closures. The blog post includes the following helpful ideas.

ABC Education resources for F-10. High quality digital resources across a range of topics and key learning areas for use at home and in the classroom. All resources are free and mapped to Australian Curriculum.

Code.org for K-6. Online coding classroom.

National Geographic for Kids for K-6. Great content, some written by kids for kids.

BTN for 3-8. Explores news using the current language, music and popular culture of youths. The programme explains the basic concepts that underpin the issues and events, while also providing background information.

TED-Ed for Stage 1-3. A range of videos and activities and customisable for classes.

Sample units across all NSW syllabuses for K-6. NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provide sample units for use by K-6 teachers.

Distance education resources

Access K-6 distance education resources developed to support students that cannot access a physical school. The Distance education network offers these documents to support teachers delivering off campus learning. They are not designed for all learning contexts and are not anticipated to address all syllabus outcomes. Curriculum experts are reviewing them and when quality assured versions are available they will be highlighted.

While the resources support independent student study, they must be used in consultation with their subject teacher.

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