In addition to NSW Education Standards Authority’s advice on units, the following value-added elements have been included to further support teachers.
Key inquiry questions and syllabus content
Syllabus content is addressed in each teaching and learning activity.
Teaching and learning activities
A detailed description of the strategies provided for students to learn, develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills. The following sub-headings are used in the teaching and learning activities:
- Activity – Verbal instructions and modelled examples assist students to understand skills, concepts, rules and safety considerations. Modelling may be provided through physical demonstration, the use of images, Braille, simplified text and/or video. Allow all students to respond in a way that is inclusive to their learning needs. Examples of alternative ways that a student may respond include a written response, drawn image, role play, digital learning tool and/or visual aid.
- Vocabulary – This supports students to make connections to their learning. Review key vocabulary at the beginning of each lesson and use these terms frequently throughout the relevant activities.
- Variations – suggestions to change the activity in order to further challenge students or adapt to meet specific student needs.
- Teacher notes – information that may support teachers with delivery of the teaching and learning activities. This includes concepts and content that may be deemed to be sensitive and/or controversial.
- Discussion – the suggested discussion opportunities should be delivered in a manner that best suits your context. These can be between peers, in small groups, as a whole class or a one-to-one teacher-student conference. Sample questions and scenarios may be adapted to meet student needs in a manner that is reflective of school and community context.
- Reflection – the suggested reflection links to the essential question that also acts as the unit title. This question guides teaching and learning throughout the unit.. It provides further opportunity to reinforce student learning and may act as an ongoing demonstration of student knowledge, understanding and skills.
- Resources – Teachers may choose to use alternative learning tools and activities that best meet student needs. Alternative examples include assistive technology and learning tools and activities from the departments Digital Learning Selector.