Monday, 31 March 2014

Australian Curriculum: English Year 1 Literary Retell Learning Sequence

The Australian Curriculum: English Year Level Description for Year 1 states:

"Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They listen to, view and interpret multimodal texts designed to entertain and inform. These encompass traditional oral texts including Aboriginal stories, picture books, poetry, non-fiction, dramatic performances..."
In addition it states that:

"Students create a variety of imaginative and informative texts including recounts, performances and literary retellings."

The Year One learning sequence contained in this post was developed by Year 1 teacher Jennifer Russell from Woodlands PS in our work as a Teacher Development School.


The sequence is linked to The Australian Curriculum - English content descriptions. 
You can access The Australian Curriculum by clicking this link:
 
 
The sequence refers to the text "My Country" by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Sally Morgan
 
 
Click HERE  for the Year One sequence. This will allow you to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.

There are two pages to this sequence.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1XskX9O60CcSFAwa1BLdmdlblE/edit?usp=sharing


The links below will take you to some student work samples to view:



 Student text predictions:




Student brainstorms, comparing "My Country" text to "their country"

 

Woodlands Teacher Development School now has an app available through the app store for FREE. Download the app to keep up to date with events, information and blog spots in regards to Australian Curriculum: English! Search for Woodlands Teacher Development School in the App Store!




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Copyright notice for use of Australian Curriculum material
In regards to the planning tool in this post:

© Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority 2013.
This is an extract from the Australian Curriculum.
ACARA neither endorses nor verifies the accuracy of the information provided and accepts no responsibility for incomplete or inaccurate information. In particular, ACARA does not endorse or verify that:

  • The content descriptions are solely for a particular year and subject;
  • All the content descriptions for that year and subject have been used; and
  • The author’s material aligns with the Australian Curriculum content descriptions for the relevant year and subject.
You can find the unaltered and most up to date version of this material at http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ This material is reproduced with the permission of ACARA.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

SCSA A-D Work Samples

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority in Western Australia has started to upload the A-D Work Samples linked to the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards.

You can locate the samples as part of the "Judging Standards" tool from SCSA by clicking this link:


Some important things to note:

  1. They are meant as a support document for teachers when judging standards in terms of the AC Achievement Standard
  2. They do not represent the standard as a whole. Grey highlighting identifies those aspects of the achievement standard addressed in the work sample. Annotations in black text refer to the assessment pointers while those in coloured text highlight additional, specific qualities evident in the work.
  3. The samples will continue to be reviewed and enhanced.

 The annotations are key in any work samples to assist with judging standards. They provide insight in to the complexities and quality of the types of things A-D achievement might display.

Woodlands PS will add the SCSA samples as part of our "moderation conversations" between teachers. Currently we use the following to support our judgements:
  1. Student evidence in relation to content descriptions AND achievement standards.
  2. ACARA portfolios and annotations for Satisfactory, Below Satisfactory and Above Satisfactory
  3. SCSA Judging Standards Assessment Pointers
How might you and your school make use of the samples to support teacher judgements?

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Australian Curriculum: English links to First Steps Foundation to Year 7


 Baynton West Primary School is a fellow Teacher Development School. They have collated a resource linking Australian Curriculum: English to First Steps. 


The fantastic thing about this document is that it not only lists the area from First Steps that the Content Description links to. It ALSO lists the exact page number in the First Steps book.

This document is very useful is bringing the WHAT to an evidence based HOW such as First Steps.

Woodlands would like to thank the team at Baynton West for all their hard work in collating this information. We have already found it very useful in our weekly planning meetings with teachers.

If you are a Department of Education in Western Australia employee, you can access the document via Connect in the Communities section. Join the Australian Curriculum English Primary (K-7) community and then locate the documents in the Library under Baynton West.

If you are a non DoE WA teacher, you can download the documents via the links below.






Our next Woodlands Australian Curriculum Implementation (WACI) Club is on March 27  from 4pm to 5pm at Woodlands PS.  We are focusing on:


Sharing learning sequences and judging strandards linked to "Create Written Narratives"


  To register please go to the Institute for Professional Learning Online Calendar which can be accessed through the Portal via Professional Learning.

Or please email Carlene.Thorpe@education.wa.edu.au


Craigie Heights WACI Club is on 27 March from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at
Craigie Heights Primary School. This WACI Club will focus on sharing learning sequences and assessment processes for "Create Texts." It is a FREE event. Please register via IPL.
 

Woodlands Teacher Development School now has an app available through the app store for FREE. Download the app to keep up to date with events, information and blog spots in regards to Australian Curriculum: English! Search for Woodlands Teacher Development School in the App Store!




Also follow us on Twitter @WoodlandsTDS

 
Copyright notice for use of Australian Curriculum material

© Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority 2013.
This is an extract from the Australian Curriculum.
ACARA neither endorses nor verifies the accuracy of the information provided and accepts no responsibility for incomplete or inaccurate information. In particular, ACARA does not endorse or verify that:

  • The content descriptions are solely for a particular year and subject;
  • All the content descriptions for that year and subject have been used; and
  • The author’s material aligns with the Australian Curriculum content descriptions for the relevant year and subject.
You can find the unaltered and most up to date version of this material at http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ This material is reproduced with the permission of ACARA.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Australian Curriculum:English Plus Global Citizenship

Fantastic Resource!

 Global Words is a topic-based resource with twelve units of work produced by World Vision Australia and the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) to integrate the teaching and learning of English and global citizenship education.

The topics include Refugees and Migration, Indigenous Peoples, Neighbours, Asia/Pacific, and Sustainability. These clearly align to the cross-curriculum priorities in the Australian Curriculum, for Junior Primary, Upper Primary and Junior Secondary.

The Australian Curriculum: English emphasises that Australia is a linguistically and culturally diverse country. In the curriculum rationale it states that learning through English contributes both to nation building and to a worldview.

Please note that the Global Words units of work reference Version 4 of the Australian Curriculum, and are designed for students to engage meaningfully with the three interrelated English curriculum strands of Literature, Literacy and Language.
  • Literature expands the scope of students’ experiences and develops qualities of empathy and moral discernment essential to global citizenship.
  • Literacy practices enable students to engage with a range of factual, persuasive and literary texts to both build knowledge and to effectively communicate across a range of contexts.
  • Knowledge of the meaning-making potential of language and related semiotic resources underpins that engagement with literature and literacies.
Curriculum content descriptions are provided for each of the 12 units. 


Content descriptions in each strand are grouped into sub-strands that, across the year levels, present a sequence of development of knowledge, understanding and skills. Use Global Words quick guides to find content in the units of work by sub-stand and year level.

You can access this fantastic resource by clicking the link below:


As with all resources we encourage you to be informed educators and audit the resource against the Australian Curriculum. There may be areas that you can further develop and provide other opportunities for your students to develop their knowledge and skills building upon the resource.

Our next Woodlands Australian Curriculum Implementation (WACI) Club is on March 27  from 4pm to 5pm at Woodlands PS.  We are focusing on sharing learning sequences and judging strandards linked to

Create Written Narratives


  To register please go to the Institute for Professional Learning Online Calendar which can be accessed through the Portal via Professional Learning.

Or please email Carlene.Thorpe@education.wa.edu.au

Woodlands Teacher Development School now has an app available through the app store for FREE. Download the app to keep up to date with events, information and blog spots in regards to Australian Curriculum: English! Search for Woodlands Teacher Development School in the App Store!




Also follow us on Twitter @WoodlandsTDS

 
Copyright notice for use of Australian Curriculum material

© Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority 2013.
This is an extract from the Australian Curriculum.
ACARA neither endorses nor verifies the accuracy of the information provided and accepts no responsibility for incomplete or inaccurate information. In particular, ACARA does not endorse or verify that:

  • The content descriptions are solely for a particular year and subject;
  • All the content descriptions for that year and subject have been used; and
  • The author’s material aligns with the Australian Curriculum content descriptions for the relevant year and subject.
You can find the unaltered and most up to date version of this material at http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ This material is reproduced with the permission of ACARA.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Poetry - Year 7 Sequence Linked to Australian Curriculum:English

The Australian Curriculum:English Year Level Description for Year 7 states:

"Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They listen to, read, view, interpret and evaluate a range of spoken, written and multimodal texts in which the primary purpose is aesthetic. These include poetry."
In addition it states that:

"Students create a range of imaginative types of texts, and are beginning to create literary analyses and transformations of texts."

The Year Seven learning sequence contained in this post was developed by Year 7 teacher Maureen West from Woodlands PS in our work as a Teacher Development School.


The sequence is linked to The Australian Curriculum - English content descriptions. 
You can access The Australian Curriculum by clicking this link:
This sequence encompasses picture books, various types of print and digital texts, poetry, non-fiction and film based texts.
Click HERE  for the Year Seven sequence. This will allow you to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1XskX9O60CcQThVdElORnpIeHM/edit?usp=sharing



The Learning Circles website mentioned in the plan is accessed via the following link:

https://sites.google.com/a/berwickacademy.org/lcarusa/home/things-i-know-poems


Our next Woodlands Australian Curriculum Implementation (WACI) Club is on March 27  from 4pm to 5pm at Woodlands PS.  We are focusing on sharing learning sequences and judging strandards linked to

Create Written Narratives


  To register please go to the Institute for Professional Learning Online Calendar which can be accessed through the Portal via Professional Learning.

Or please email Carlene.Thorpe@education.wa.edu.au

Woodlands Teacher Development School now has an app available through the app store for FREE. Download the app to keep up to date with events, information and blog spots in regards to Australian Curriculum: English! Search for Woodlands Teacher Development School in the App Store!




Also follow us on Twitter @WoodlandsTDS

 
Copyright notice for use of Australian Curriculum material
In regards to the planning tool in this post:

© Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority 2013.
This is an extract from the Australian Curriculum.
ACARA neither endorses nor verifies the accuracy of the information provided and accepts no responsibility for incomplete or inaccurate information. In particular, ACARA does not endorse or verify that:

  • The content descriptions are solely for a particular year and subject;
  • All the content descriptions for that year and subject have been used; and
  • The author’s material aligns with the Australian Curriculum content descriptions for the relevant year and subject.
You can find the unaltered and most up to date version of this material at http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ This material is reproduced with the permission of ACARA.

Monday, 17 February 2014

The Australian Curriculum: Currently at Version 6.0

If you have a hard copy, (printed copy), of the Australian Curriculum, it is important to check what version of you are using.

You can check by looking at the bottom of any page in the footer. This is where the version will be listed.

As of today, 18 February 2014, we are at Version 6.0 of the Australian Curriculum.

You can always check the "Version History" section by clicking the hyperlink in blue on the main page.

Here is the direct link to the "Version History" which gives you a list of all the updates/changes made:

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Home/CurriculumHistory

There has been no changes to any of the Phase One subjects content descriptions or achievement standards since Version 4.2 on 13 March 2013. If you are using a version older than this, you will not have the correct information.

ACARA Communications and Strategic Relations sent this information via email:

Availability of the Australian Curriculum

18 February 2014

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has today made available Australian Curriculum for a number of learning areas.

Curriculum for the arts, health and physical education, technologies, economics and business, and civics and citizenship for Foundation – Year 10 is now available on the
Australian Curriculum website.

States and territories and education authorities will determine implementation timelines for schools.

This follows a decision by the Council of federal, state and territory education ministers in November last year that the health and physical education, technologies, economics and business, and civics and citizenship curriculum should be made available to states and territories for their use. The arts curriculum was formally endorsed in July 2013, subject to further consultation with Western Australia.

The ACARA Board Chair, Professor Barry McGaw, believes that once these subjects are formally endorsed, it will mark another significant moment in Australian education history.

‘The two–three year development of each subject by ACARA has involved a rigorous and robust process to produce a high-quality national curriculum,’ said Professor McGaw.

‘Over the course of the consultation period for the arts, health and physical education, technologies, economics and business, and civics and citizenship, ACARA consulted extensively with government, state and territory education authorities, business, industry and the general public, receiving nearly 5000 submissions.

‘The Australian Curriculum provides young Australians with what they need to learn as they progress through school in the 21st century,’ added Professor McGaw.

‘The Australian Curriculum has been made available based on a decision by all education ministers and to provide teachers, parents and the wider community with the opportunity to view the most recent version of the curriculum,’ said Professor McGaw.

Given the Australian Government’s review of the national curriculum, it also means that all of the F–10 curriculum developed by ACARA is available in one location.

‘We want to ensure openness and that everyone is able to see and read the full scope of what the Australian Curriculum covers,’ added Professor McGaw.

In December 2010, the Australian Curriculum was published for English, mathematics, science and history for Foundation – Year 10 and implementation is underway across the country.

The national curriculum for geography was published in March 2013.

For further details, send ACARA an email to info@acara.edu.au, follow the conversation on Twitter @ACARAeduau and @ACARA_CEO, or check us out on
Facebook.
 
For more information, contact Robyn Ziino, Director of Communications and Strategic Relations,
on 0404 746 263 or email robyn.ziino@acara.edu.au


 
Our next Woodlands Australian Curriculum Implementation (WACI) Club is on February 27  from 4pm to 5pm at Woodlands PS.  We are focusing on developing learning sequences linked to


Create Written Narratives


  To register please go to the Institute for Professional Learning Online Calendar which can be accessed through the Portal via Professional Learning.

Or please email Carlene.Thorpe@education.wa.edu.au




WACI Club also operates via



 The Collie-Preston Network! 

And from Craigie Heights PS!

(all WACI Clubs form part of the Teacher Development School initiative)



You can register NOW on the IPL Calendar for :



Collie-Preston WACI Club on  20 February  from 4:00 - 6:00pm at 
Dalyellup College Library.  This WACI Club will focus on the SCSA Assessment Principles and Judging Standards. It is a FREE event. In IPL please search for "Assessment Principles and Judging Standards" to register.



AND





Craigie Heights WACI Club is on 27 February from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at

Craigie Heights Primary School. This WACI Club will focus on Create Texts. It is a FREE event. Please register via IPL.
Woodlands Teacher Development School now has an app available through the app store for FREE. Download the app to keep up to date with events, information and blog spots in regards to Australian Curriculum: English! Search for Woodlands Teacher Development School in the App Store!





Also follow us on Twitter @WoodlandsTDS

 
Copyright notice for use of Australian Curriculum material
In regards to the planning tool in this post:

© Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority 2013.
This is an extract from the Australian Curriculum.
ACARA neither endorses nor verifies the accuracy of the information provided and accepts no responsibility for incomplete or inaccurate information. In particular, ACARA does not endorse or verify that:


  • The content descriptions are solely for a particular year and subject;
  • All the content descriptions for that year and subject have been used; and
  • The author’s material aligns with the Australian Curriculum content descriptions for the relevant year and subject.
You can find the unaltered and most up to date version of this material at http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ This material is reproduced with the permission of ACARA.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Engage With a Variety of Texts - Year 4 Learning Sequence

The Australian Curriculum:English Year Level Description for Year 4 states that students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment.
These encompass traditional oral texts including Aboriginal stories, picture books, various types of print and digital texts, simple chapter books, rhyming verse, poetry, non-fiction, film, multimodal texts, dramatic performances, and texts used by students as models for constructing their own work.

The Year Four learning sequence contained in this post was developed by Year 3/4 teacher Melissa Bennett from Woodlands PS in our work as a Teacher Development School.


The sequence is linked to The Australian Curriculum - English content descriptions. 
You can access The Australian Curriculum by clicking this link:
This sequence encompasses picture books, various types of print and digital texts, poetry, non-fiction and film based texts.
Click HERE  for the Year Four sequence. This will allow you to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1XskX9O60CcQm03S0JrR1Fxb1U/edit?usp=sharing

Our next Woodlands Australian Curriculum Implementation (WACI) Club is on February 27  from 4pm to 5pm at Woodlands PS.  We are focusing on developing learning sequences linked to

Create Written Narratives


  To register please go to the Institute for Professional Learning Online Calendar which can be accessed through the Portal via Professional Learning.

Or please email Carlene.Thorpe@education.wa.edu.au



WACI Club also operates via


 The Collie-Preston Network! 

And from Craigie Heights PS!

(all WACI Clubs form part of the Teacher Development School initiative)


You can register NOW on the IPL Calendar for :


Collie-Preston WACI Club on  20 February  from 4:00 - 6:00pm at 
Dalyellup College Library.  This WACI Club will focus on the SCSA Assessment Principles and Judging Standards. It is a FREE event. In IPL please search for "Assessment Principles and Judging Standards" to register.


AND




Craigie Heights WACI Club is on 27 February from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at

Craigie Heights Primary School. This WACI Club will focus on Create Texts. It is a FREE event. Please register via IPL.

Woodlands Teacher Development School now has an app available through the app store for FREE. Download the app to keep up to date with events, information and blog spots in regards to Australian Curriculum: English! Search for Woodlands Teacher Development School in the App Store!




Also follow us on Twitter @WoodlandsTDS

 
Copyright notice for use of Australian Curriculum material
In regards to the planning tool in this post:

© Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority 2013.
This is an extract from the Australian Curriculum.
ACARA neither endorses nor verifies the accuracy of the information provided and accepts no responsibility for incomplete or inaccurate information. In particular, ACARA does not endorse or verify that:

  • The content descriptions are solely for a particular year and subject;
  • All the content descriptions for that year and subject have been used; and
  • The author’s material aligns with the Australian Curriculum content descriptions for the relevant year and subject.
You can find the unaltered and most up to date version of this material at http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ This material is reproduced with the permission of ACARA.

Communicate: The Who, the What and the How! Year One Learning Sequence

 
The Australian Curriculum:English Rationale states that :
It is through the study of English that individuals learn to communicate with, and build relationships with, others and with the world around them.

Texts
Texts provide the means for communication.
They can be written, spoken or multimodal, and in print or digital/online forms.

So WHO do students communicate with as per the Australian Curriculum?  One way to reflect on this question would be:
1.Using the Year Level Description identify WHO students at your year level need opportunities to communicate with.

2. Is this WHO you would typically plan for the students to communicate with?

3. View the YLD before and after yours. How does it build in terms of WHO students communicate with?
The Year One learning sequence contained in this post was developed by Year One teacher Jenny Russell from Woodlands PS in our work as a Teacher Development School.


The sequence is linked to The Australian Curriculum - English content descriptions. 
You can access The Australian Curriculum by clicking this link:
Click HERE  for the Year One Communicate sequence. This will allow you to download/view the teacher's lesson plan.When you click the link it will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and then DOWNLOAD.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1XskX9O60CcbDNrSmNWZEMwUm8/edit?usp=sharing


Our next Woodlands Australian Curriculum Implementation (WACI) Club is on February 27  from 4pm to 5pm at Woodlands PS.  We are focusing on developing learning sequences linked to
Create Written Narratives

  To register please go to the Institute for Professional Learning Online Calendar which can be accessed through the Portal via Professional Learning.
Or please email Carlene.Thorpe@education.wa.edu.au


WACI Club also operates via

 The Collie-Preston Network! 
And from Craigie Heights PS!
(all WACI Clubs form part of the Teacher Development School initiative)


You can register NOW on the IPL Calendar for :

Collie-Preston WACI Club on  20 February  from 4:00 - 6:00pm at 
Dalyellup College Library.  This WACI Club will focus on the SCSA Assessment Principles and Judging Standards. It is a FREE event. In IPL please search for "Assessment Principles and Judging Standards" to register.


AND


Craigie Heights WACI Club is on 27 February from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at

Craigie Heights Primary School. This WACI Club will focus on Create Texts. It is a FREE event. Please register via IPL.

Woodlands Teacher Development School now has an app available through the app store for FREE. Download the app to keep up to date with events, information and blog spots in regards to Australian Curriculum: English! Search for Woodlands Teacher Development School in the App Store!




Also follow us on Twitter @WoodlandsTDS

 
Copyright notice for use of Australian Curriculum material
In regards to the planning tool in this post:

© Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority 2013.
This is an extract from the Australian Curriculum.
ACARA neither endorses nor verifies the accuracy of the information provided and accepts no responsibility for incomplete or inaccurate information. In particular, ACARA does not endorse or verify that:

  • The content descriptions are solely for a particular year and subject;
  • All the content descriptions for that year and subject have been used; and
  • The author’s material aligns with the Australian Curriculum content descriptions for the relevant year and subject.
You can find the unaltered and most up to date version of this material at http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ This material is reproduced with the permission of ACARA.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Get our App and Follow us on Twitter!

Hi Everyone

Woodlands Teacher Development School now has an app available through the app store for FREE. Download the app to keep up to date with events, information and blog spots in regards to Australian Curriculum: English! Search for Woodlands Teacher Development School in the App Store!



Also follow us on Twitter @WoodlandsTDS

Monday, 14 October 2013

Language Devices


The link below is to a fantastic youtube clip regarding Literary (language) Devices

http://youtu.be/U_pxfifB6Co


Literary (Language) devices is embedded within the Australian Curriculum: English content descriptions. In particular it falls under the Literature Strand and the Sub Strand of Examining Literature. If you view the AC:E scope and sequence, the thread pertains to "language devices in literary texts including figurative language".

You might also consider using the clip as an example for students to create their own video to demonstrate knowledge of language devices. 


The AC Year Level Descriptions provide detail to teachers on the scope of texts to provide for students. We know that "create" in AC:E glossary is described as the ability to develop and/or produce spoken, written or multimodal texts in print or digital forms."

For example:  In Years 3 and 4 your students might create a written or spoken review of the youtube clip and it's effect on their understanding of language devices.
                  
                    In Years 5 and 6 your students might create a digital or multi-modal video explanation of language devices in the style of the clip they viewed.

                    In Year 7 your students might create a transformation of text through a written glossary of the language devices mentioned in the clip.


Fantastic clip and would love to hear how you might utilise it!