Strategies and resources for curriculum planning – expression

Resources about expression supporting content from ‘Curriculum planning for every student in every classroom’ online professional learning available in MyPL.

Expression – the ‘how’ of learning

Expression refers to how students respond to learning and demonstrate their new knowledge, understanding and skills. Every student has unique abilities, strengths, and interests. Students need multiple opportunities to express their learning towards NSW syllabus outcomes. Effective teachers purposefully use many different strategies to enable students to express their learning.

These questions can guide you when curriculum planning. Strategies to support students express their learning and links to further resources are grouped under each guiding question.

  • Display and refer to learning and assessment intentions and success criteria written in student-friendly language.
  • Show a range of different work samples or finished products to visualise success criteria.
  • Provide feedback to students during the lesson based on the success criteria.


  • Use multiple options for assessment to inform teaching and learning.
  • Guide self-monitoring and reflection to use as formative assessment.
  • Use multiple options, such as rubrics, checklists, peer feedback and work samples.
  • Provide formative assessment opportunities through shared digital files.


  • Provide a range of digital options, including audiovisual, animation, or multimodal formats.
  • Support students to use prompts, task cards, scaffolds, graphic organisers.
  • Enable students to use their first language and translation tools.



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