English / Year 6 / Literacy / Interacting with others

Curriculum content descriptions

Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audience (ACELY1816)

  • participating in pair, group, class, school and community speaking and listening situations, including informal conversations, discussions, debates and presentations
  • using effective strategies for dialogue and discussion in range of familiar and new contexts, including speaking clearly and coherently and at appropriate length, acknowledging and extending the contributions of others, asking pertinent questions and answering others’ questions
  • choosing vocabulary and spoken text and sentence structures for particular purposes and audiences, adapting language choices to meet the perceived audience needs, such as recounting an excursion to a younger class or welcoming a visitor to a school function
  • experimenting with voice effects for different audiences and purposes, such as tone, volume, pitch and pace, recognising the effects these have on audience understanding and engagement
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Speaking,  Register (Language)


That's debatable

Learn how to construct an effective rebuttal for a primary debate.


Characterisation in debates

Students learn how to use characterisation and descriptive language in debating.


Discovering definitions

Learn how to define the topic in a primary school debate.


Best manners

Develop student confidence in speaking in a debate.


Safe Crossing Creator - Minecraft: Education Edition

A game for students to understand how to be safe when using railway and tram crossings. Students will read stories of characters, interpreting the unsafe behaviour shown and creating/placing a sign to remind all crossing users of the safe behaviour. As a learning artefact students produce a report detailing the unsafe ...


Level Up Minecraft

This unit of work involves in-world Minecraft explorations and in-class activity. It is intended for students in regional areas to know and understand the issues that surround safety on and around rail lines. Students consider why there are safety issues, how technical systems at active crossings can go a long way to making ...


Considering responsibility in debates

Students learn how to discuss responsibility when debating.


Roles and rules of debating

Students explore debating rules and the role of each speaker.


Design thinking across the curriculum

This cross-curriculum resource is designed to introduce Stage 2, 3 and 4 students to the design thinking process through a series of videos and interactive activities. This resource is also downloadable as a SCORM file: the downloaded version will only work if you upload it to a webserver, such as Moodle or Canvas.


Deep diving into definitions

Explore definitions in debating from the negative team's perspective.


Marvellous mechanisms

Students develop skills in how to use mechanisms in a debate.


Impressive impromptus

Do you think impromptu speaking is impossible? Learn how to captivate your audience and make the most of your speaking opportunities and how to deliver impressive impromptus.


Crafting persuasive arguments

Develop persuasive arguments for a primary debate using the PEEL model.


Painting pictures with words

Learn about the art of performance poetry and compose your own slam poem.


BTN: Public speaking

How do you feel about making a speech in public? If you think it's pretty scary you're not alone. Find out ways to make speaking in public easier. See how some students have gone about it, using the movie 'The King's Speech' as inspiration.


Syllabus bites: Visual literacy

A resource with information, study guides and resources on visual literacy to support the English K-10 Australian Curriculum in English. It provides a series of activities, guidelines and tasks about visual texts from a variety of sources. Contains writing scaffolds, templates and proformas for responding and composing ...


Untold education project: The invisible farmer

Invisible Farmer is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land. The project collects oral histories of women by creating interview-based video content. This website provides videos ,interview questions and suggestions to support teachers to guide students to create their own multimodal stories of women on the land.


Find advice as to how to help your students learn to creatively critique each other's work

Find advice as to how to help your students learn to creatively critique each other's work. The resource includes useful questions that can be used as a structure for critique and review.


Debating guide for classroom teachers

This teacher guide provides advice about the key elements of debating as well as a judging guide, planning templates for each speaker and links to a range of resources.


First Day: Teaching Toolkit

This resource supports the exploration of themes in the film series First Day. First Day explores the experiences of a transgender student who is starting secondary school. The resource will help students to prepare for, process, and reflect on their own transitions to secondary school as well as some elements of respectful ...