Getting ready

Getting ready resources for teachers and leaders on the new syllabuses

Guiding questions

English

  • What is my current understanding of the elements of effective reading instruction?
  • How do our existing instructional reading resources offer opportunities for my students to demonstrate the elements of effective reading?
  • How confident am I in supporting students’ conceptual understanding in English?

Mathematics

  • What learning experiences do I provide my students to support their development of number sense?
  • How do I support development of my students’ mathematical reasoning?
  • Which resources are most helpful in planning for effective learning in mathematics?

Getting ready resources for teachers and leaders on the new syllabuses

Key actions

  • Initiate professional discussions with colleagues about curriculum reform and the proposed K-2 English and mathematics syllabuses.
  • Join the NSW K-6 Statewide Staffroom to share resources with other teachers, ask questions and receive answers from curriculum specialists.
  • Identify trends from Semester 1 assessment and reporting data for English and mathematics.
  • Discuss your findings with year-level and stage-based colleagues. This may inform planning to support student learning needs and identify opportunities for future professional learning.
  • Engage expert input to source evidence-based resources for identified areas in English and mathematics.

Getting ready resources for teachers and leaders on the new syllabuses

Resources | English

Phonological awareness – watch a video explaining the definition of phonological awareness and learn about the subskills.

Core concepts

Each concept includes a short video that can be used by teachers to design quality teaching and learning experiences that facilitate students’ deep understanding of English.

Conceptual understanding of:

Reading guide

Reading guides support the director educational leadership (DEL), principals, school leadership teams and teachers to have informed conversations about evidence-based reading instruction in all key learning areas across the school context. Effective reading Kindergarten to Year 2: A guide to support conversations about evidence-based practice in reading (PDF 1.3MB) informs conversations about evidence-based reading instruction in all key learning areas across the K-2 school context.

Getting ready resources for teachers and leaders on the new syllabuses

Resources | mathematics

Thinking mathematically resources K-6.contains a large collection of K-6 tasks, lessons and investigations.

Number sense

Interview for student reasoning

Interview for student reasoning (IfSR) is a suite of teacher-led optional online numeracy assessments for K-10 students.

Getting ready resources for teachers and leaders on the new syllabuses

Professional learning | English

  • Effective reading: phonological awareness – provides K-2 teachers with an opportunity to explore the practical application of the evidence-based teaching of reading. Focus will be dedicated to exploring specifically the what, why and how of phonological awareness in order to plan, assess and implement systematic and explicit phonological awareness instruction.
  • Effective reading: phonics – is a companion to the literature review 'Effective Reading Instruction in the Early Years of School' (2016), the focus is exploring how phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and oral language are all necessary for effective reading instruction.
  • K-8 Focus on vocabulary – provides K-2 teachers with an opportunity to explore evidence-based approaches to teaching reading.

Getting ready resources for teachers and leaders on the new syllabuses

Opportunities

Getting ready resources for teachers and leaders on the new syllabuses

Further reading | mathematics

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