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English for the early years curriculum content (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.
English Textual Concepts – Unit starters (4-6) Demonstrate different ways to use 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.
NESA Sample units (K-10) 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.
Te Rito Toi (K-6) Helps teachers work with children when they first return to school following major life-changing events.
Developing efficient numeracy strategies (K-6) Provides teachers with ideas and activities to support the teaching and learning of numeracy.
Mathematics diagnostic tasks (3-6) Sample tasks for gathering evidence of student learning related to key ideas from the NSW Mathematics K-10 syllabus.
NESA Sample units (K-6) NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provide sample units for use by K-6 teachers. Scroll down to the Mathematics K-10 link and download documents suitable for your students.
Numeracy teaching strategies (K-6) Resources to assist development in the areas of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability.
Talk moves (K-6) Tools used by teachers to support rich meaningful classroom discussion in mathematics.
Teaching Measurement Stage ES1-1 (PDF 721KB) (K-2) Practical lesson plans and ideas for teaching measurement (length, area, volume, capacity and mass).
Teaching Measurement Stage 2-3 (PDF 686KB) (K-2) Practical lesson plans and ideas for teaching measurement (length, area, volume, capacity and mass).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures (K-6) ACARA have published illustrations of practice to help science teachers incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures into teaching and learning.
NESA Sample units (K-6) NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provide sample units for use by K-6 teachers. Scroll down to the Science and technology K-6 link and download documents suitable for your students.
Science and technology scope and sequences (K-6) Sample scope and sequence documents from NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA).
Science web quest (K-6) Illustration of practice examples to show how online collaboration tools support webquests in science and technology in Kindergarten.
Sustainability (K-6) Teaching and learning resources from the department to support the cross-curriculum priority of sustainability.
Game Changers Challenges (K-6) 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.
Design Thinking (K-6) Before your students start their STEM journey, help them to learn how to think like a designer and solve complex problems.
Project FireStorm (5-6) 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 (K-6) 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 (K-6) The stem.T4L project empowers schools to teach students the skills they need to solve the problems of tomorrow.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture (DOCX 115KB) (K-6) 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.
Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia (K-6) 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.
Cross - curricula - Civics and citizenship (DOCX 480KB) (6) Sample teaching and learning activities for Year 6 and Year 10 which align to the Civics and Citizenship Assessment Framework.
Geography teaching and learning frameworks (K-6) Fifteen individual unit starters covering topics from the Geography K-10 Syllabus.
Geography for small schools (DOCX 59KB)(K-6) A supplementary document aimed to support small schools in implementing the geography K-10 syllabus.
Guide to picture books in Geography (PDF 5039KB) (K-6) Supports teachers to integrate picture books to enhance their geography teaching and programming and provides examples of learning activities.
History sample learning sequences (K-6) 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.
NESA Sample units (K-6) NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provides sample units for use by K-6 teachers. Scroll down to Geography and History K-10 and download documents suitable for your students.
Picture books for intercultural understanding (PDF 1595KB) (K-6) Learning across the curriculum learning activities based on picture books that develop intercultural understanding and their literary worth.
Sustainability (DOCX 83.8KB) (K-6) 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.
The Arts Unit SpecEd 2019 (K-6) e-Resources linked to the theme of STARS.
Sample units of work (K-6) A variety of units of work for dance.
Act ease (K-6) 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 (K-6) Various unit starters for a variety of learning experiences in drama.
Music and the brain (K-6) Inspiring ideas for exploring music and neuroscience.
Tuneful trash (K-6) Creating musical instruments from recycled materials and using these to organise sound.
Vocal Ease and Vocal Ease MORE modules 1 and 2 (K-6) Instructional videos, interactive scores and curriculum-linked learning experiences throughout for music. Includes instructions on creating music film clips.
Operation art (K-6) Learning experiences drawn from the inspiration of the 2019 Operation Art Exhibition.
Sample unit starters (K-6) Learning experiences using a variety of situations as inspiration.
Waste as art (K-6) Learning experiences involving making and appreciating in visual arts with many practical ideas using limited and often recycled materials.
Anti-bullying (K-6) Evidence-based resources for school communities to identify bullying, prevent bullying, and respond to bullying behaviours.
Get skilled get active (K-6) Twelve videos that demonstrate the fundamental movement skills for students and teachers.
NESA Sample units (K-6) NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) provide sample units for use by K-6 teachers. Scroll down to the PDHPE K-10 link and download documents suitable for your students.
Safety town (K-6) Interactive lesson ideas to teach road safety.
Racism no way (K-6) Anti-racism education for Australian schools.
Road safety education (K-6) Teaching and learning resources to support road safety education in primary school.