Teacher guide TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5 and Year 6 English

TLF ID M025087

This unit of work focuses on the influences that impact on safe behaviours in and around tracks, platforms and trains. Guided activities build students' rail safety vocabulary including grammar and word building. Modelled writing activities support students to shape a research-based inquiry investigating factors that impact on safety around trains and tracks. The unit culminates with activities developing creative ways to communicate the key messages revealed through their research. The unit also provides advice on assessment against the learning intent and outcomes.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a highly useful resource for the English curriculum in years 5 and 6 as it relates to twelve content descriptions across these year levels. It is particularly relevant for the content descriptions that refer to understanding that texts can take different forms or structures, including how the degree of formality of a text changes to suit its purpose. Lesson 2 engages students in a modelled writing exercise whereupon they write their own safety report about a train station visit. In lessons 3 and 4, students then write a plan for a safety investigation, then conduct the investigation and report their findings to a community group.
  • The resource is also highly relevant for the years 5 and 6 English content descriptions about creating informative and persuasive texts using knowledge of text structures and language features. Throughout the activities in the resource, students plan, draft and revise their reports and investigation plans for a specific audience.
  • The resource is also highly useful for the content description about incorporating new vocabulary from a range of sources into students' own texts. In lesson 1, students brainstorm, sort and revise a word list to co-create a vocabulary list for the classroom focussed around the train network.
  • The learning experiences within the resource are designed sequentially to enable students to develop and practise skills in producing well-structured reports for a variety of audiences.
  • This resource is extremely valuable for supporting the Victorian Curriculum for years 5 and 6 English, particularly content descriptions within the Language and Literacy strands. Students are engaged in creating texts including using software and online tools that incoporate multimedia, re-reading and editing their own texts, and learning to read and write new words from the TrackSAFE vocabulary.
Year level

5; 6

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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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