The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. Teaching and learning programs should balance and integrate all three strands. Together, the strands focus on developing studentsâ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Learning in English builds on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and teachers will revisit and strengthen these as needed.
In Years 5 and 6, students communicate with peers and teachers from other classes and schools, community members, and individuals and groups, in a range of face-to-face and online/virtual environments.
Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They listen to, read, view, interpret and evaluate spoken, written and multimodal texts in which the primary purpose is aesthetic, as well as texts designed to inform and persuade. These include various types of media texts including newspapers, film and digital texts, junior and early adolescent novels, poetry, non-fiction and dramatic performances. Students develop their understanding of how texts, including media texts, are influenced by context, purpose and audience.
The range of literary texts for Foundation to Year 10 comprises Australian literature, including the oral narrative traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, as well as the contemporary literature of these two cultural groups, and classic and contemporary world literature, including texts from and about Asia.
Literary texts that support and extend students in Years 5 and 6 as independent readers describe complex sequences, a range of non-stereotypical characters and elaborated events including flashbacks and shifts in time. These texts explore themes of interpersonal relationships and ethical dilemmas within real-world and fantasy settings. Informative texts supply technical and content information about a wide range of topics of interest as well as topics being studied in other areas of the curriculum. Text structures include chapters, headings and subheadings, tables of contents, indexes and glossaries. Language features include complex sentences, unfamiliar technical vocabulary, figurative language, and information presented in various types of graphics.
Students create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive types of texts such as narratives, procedures, performances, reports, reviews, explanations and discussions.
Receptive modes (listening, reading and viewing)
By the end of Year 6, students understand how the use of text structures can achieve particular effects. They analyse and explain how language features, images and vocabulary are used by different authors to represent ideas, characters and events.
Students compare and analyse information in different and complex texts, explaining literal and implied meaning. They select and use evidence from a text to explain their response to it. They listen to discussions, clarifying content and challenging othersâ ideas.
Productive modes (speaking, writing and creating)
Students understand how language features and language patterns can be used for emphasis. They show how specific details can be used to support a point of view. They explain how their choices of language features and images are used.
Students create detailed texts elaborating on key ideas for a range of purposes and audiences. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, using a variety of strategies for effect. They demonstrate an understanding of grammar, and make considered vocabulary choices to enhance cohesion and structure in their writing. They use accurate spelling and punctuation for clarity and make and explain editorial choices based on criteria.
Applying Reading Comprehension Strategies Worksheets
A collection of worksheets to enable students to apply reading comprehension strategies.
18 Editing Worksheets - Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation
Twenty editing worksheets for spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Informative Texts - Scaffold Planning Sheets
4 planning templates to use when writing an informative text.
Earth Watch – Drowning in Plastic Reading Comprehension Worksheet
A comprehension worksheet for a magazine article about plastic pollution in our oceans.
Persuasive Text Writing Prompts - Complete Set
A set of 5 persuasive writing prompts, covering a variety of topics.
Information Report Text Type Poster With Annotations
A poster about the information report text type, including an annotated example.
Comprehension Task Cards - Finding The Main Idea
A set of comprehension task cards to help students find the main idea when reading.
Informative Texts Writing Task - Elephants
A writing activity to help students construct an informative text based on factual information.
Upper Primary Handwriting Sheets
Fifteen handwriting sheets for upper primary.
Persuasive Planning Template
A planning template to assist students in writing a well-structured persuasive text.
Persuasive Devices Worksheets
A set of 4 worksheets to use when teaching your students about persuasive devices.
Persuasive Devices PowerPoint
A 28 slide editable PowerPoint template to use when teaching your students about persuasive devices.
Narrative Writing Visual Prompts Presentation
A 19 slide teaching presentation containing visual narrative writing prompts.
PEEL Paragraph Structure - Poster and Worksheets
A PEEL paragraph technique poster, explanatory worksheet and graphic organiser.
5 Persuasive Writing Stimulus Sheets
Writing stimulus sheets for persuasive writing.
Research Skills Worksheets - Note Taking
A set of 6 worksheets to help students identify key facts, details and vocabulary when researching information.
Writing Informative Texts PowerPoint
A 19 slide editable PowerPoint template to use when teaching your students about the structure and language features of informative texts.
Comprehension Worksheets - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Read to learn about the Great Pacific Garbage patch with a printable reading comprehension worksheet pack.
Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences Sort
Practise reading and identifying simple, compound and complex sentences with this sorting activity.
Narrative Writing Planning Template
A template for students to use when planning a narrative text.
Identifying Descriptive Language Worksheets - Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs and Adverbs
A set of 5 worksheets to help your students identify descriptive language in narrative texts.
Writing An Information Report Poster
Display this poster in your room as a visual reminder of the structure of an information report.
Improving Persuasive Texts Worksheets
3 pieces of text for students to rewrite in order to make them more persuasive.
Narrative Plot Structure Template
A template for students to use when planning the plot structure of a narrative text.
Persuasive Text Type Poster With Annotations
A poster about the persuasive text type, including an annotated example.
NAPLAN-Style Assessment Rubric - Narrative Writing
A NAPLAN-style rubric designed to help teachers to assess students' narrative writing.
Modality Word Wall With Information
A set of 56 vocabulary words based on the degrees of modality in persuasive writing.
Persuasive Topic Cards - Upper Grades
A set of persuasive topic cards for upper primary.
Procedure Texts Writing Scaffold
A scaffolding sheet which can be used to write a procedure text.
Plant and Animal Adaptations - Reading Comprehension Passage
Boost reading comprehension skills with a comprehension passage, with questions, about structural, behavioural and physiological adaptations.
Readers' Theatre Script - Treasure Map
A script which can be used during readers' theatre or Drama sessions, aimed at students 8 years and over.
Finding the Main Idea - Comprehension Task (Thunderstorms)
A task to use when teaching your students reading comprehension strategies.