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On the farm - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the characteristics of farm animals so they can begin to write descriptive text. This unit is particularly aimed at ESL (NESB) students and those who have limited experience of the world beyond their immediate lives. Students have regular opportunities to listen to and use correct ...

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Using 'Letter planet' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea provides video footage of students using an interactive digital resource L7855 'Letter planet: sh, ch, th' to develop their language skills. It describes and provides access to the digital resource used in the classroom, along with other relevant resources.

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The Oral Language Supporting Early Literacy pilot study

This teacher resource describes the Oral Language Supporting Early Literacy (OLSEL) pilot study sponsored by the Catholic Education Council of Victoria and implemented in eight schools in low socioeconomic status communities across Victoria. The resource is organised in nine sections: Summary, Target student group, Method, ...

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Who tells the story? - unit of work

In this unit of work students read different versions of popular stories and gain an understanding of how a story can be told from different points of view. They develop character profiles and a digital story based on one of the stories.

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Starting Smart: recounting the past: community celebrations

This curriculum package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a five-week unit of work for students in years 1-3. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of recount texts. The lessons model a range of literacy teaching and learning ...

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Primary English: models and modelling

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'modelling texts' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers are provided with guidance about ...

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Focused Improvement in Early Literacy Development (FIELD)

This teacher resource describes an evidence-based strategy in which eight disadvantaged metropolitan schools and 12 remote schools in Western Australia assessed the oral English language and emergent literacy development of their pre-primary (Foundation) students, and used that data to inform explicit teaching of English ...

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Improving narrative and language skills in senior primary school students

This teacher resource describes a highly successful narrative strategy developed by Mahogany Rise Primary School in Victoria. The strategy enhanced acquisition of literacy skills by supporting students' oral language development. All years 5 and 6 students were involved in whole-class programs. Extended intervention in ...

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Smarter Schools approach to teaching beginning reading and spelling

This is a teacher resource about the Smarter Schools strategy successful implemented by 30 Catholic and independent schools in Tasmania to improve the progress of students in reading and spelling. The strategy uses mainly an oral language approach to teaching phonics and phonemic awareness in an integrated and systematic ...

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Starting an adventure - unit of work

This unit of work explores elements of narrative in the context of a particular type of narrative, the adventure story. The unit is designed to help students understand the purpose of adventure stories, the narrative structure onto which the writer builds events, characters and setting, and how writers engage readers. Students ...

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Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? - unit of work

In this unit of work students examine a variety of texts that feature a wolf as a key character. They distinguish between fiction and non-fiction texts and focus on storybooks to compare and contrast the interpretations. They use a variety of dramatic techniques to help them understand the characters and develop their own ...

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Growing and changing - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore the concepts of growing and changing and learn how to write descriptions and explanations.

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Tell it like it is - unit of work

In this unit of work students learn about sequence and detail through recounting and sequencing details of personal events, literary texts and procedures.

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Starting Smart: having fun: retelling personal experiences

This curriculum package provides Foundation year teachers with information, activities and resources for a term plan for developing and extending children's skills in: retelling personal experiences; using vocabulary for social language and describing positions; and understanding that speech can be written down. It includes ...

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Starting Smart: travelling toys: social talk and storytelling

This curriculum package provides teachers with information, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work for students in Foundation year. It provides model lessons, rationale and materials for developing and extending children's understanding of social language, vocabulary about actions and movement, and the language ...

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Starting Smart: entertaining through poetry and recounts: confident communicators 2

This curriculum resource is the second of a two-part package that provides teachers of years 1-3 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a term of work to help students become confident communicators. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of poetry ...

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Starting Smart: eager environmentalists: inform and inquire

This curriculum resource package provides teachers of years 1-3 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of texts that inform and inquire. The lessons use a range of literacy teaching and ...

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Starting Smart: entertaining through poetry: community celebrations

This curriculum package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a five-week unit of work for students in years 1-3. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of poetry and song texts. The lessons model a range of literacy teaching and ...

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Starting Smart: energy informers: inform and explain

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 4-7 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work on factual texts. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the purpose, organisation, language structures, features and techniques ...

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Starting Smart: systematic performances: persuade and entertain

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 7-9 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week teaching plan on dramatising stories. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the purpose, organisation, language structures, features and ...