Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Australian Curriculum:English Punctuation Across Modes and Year Levels

Punctuation Across the Modes

The Foundation learning sequence contained in this post was developed by Pre Primary teacher Robyn Blekkenhorst 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:

As a Teacher Development School, we are often asked how do teachers cater for composite/split classes when teaching The Australian Curriculum: English? 

There is an informative document in the "Organisation" tab of The Australian Curriculum: English online. The document is called "Implications for Teaching, Assessment and Reporting". You can locate this document by clicking this link .

It states in this document that, "Teachers use the Australian Curriculum content and achievement standards first to identify current levels of learning and achievement and then to select the most appropriate content (possibly from across several year levels) to teach individual students and/or groups of students. This takes into account that in each class there may be students with a range of prior achievement (below, at and above the year level expectations) and that teachers plan to build on current learning." 

It also states "While content descriptions do not repeat key skills, it should be noted that many aspects of the English curriculum are recursive, and teachers need to provide ample opportunity for revision, ongoing practice and consolidation of previously introduced knowledge and skills. Students learn at different rates and in different stages. Depending on each student’s rate of learning, not all of the content descriptions for a particular year level may be relevant to a student in that year level. Some students may have already learned a concept or skill, in which case it will not have to be explicitly taught to them in the year level stipulated. Other students may need to be taught concepts or skills stipulated for earlier year levels." 

It is important therefore, to remember that AC:E is a continuum of learning. It is NOT a syllabus for each year level. To that end, it is irrelevant if the class is composite year levels or a straight year level. We must first identify what the students know and can do, then we must identify the most appropriate content from perhaps across year levels. We also need to provide ongoing opportunity for students to revise and consolidate.

The Scope and Sequence document needs to become your new best curriculum friend.

In this post you will find a learning sequence related to a Foundation class but which has clearly identified content descriptions selected from Year 1. The teacher has identified that her Pre Primary students have mastered the punctuation content descriptions from Foundation and are ready to be taught the next step. 

The Year Level Descriptions for Foundation has remained in place to guide the text types students engage with, who the students will communicate with and what types of texts they will create. 

It is important to note that punctuation within AC:E is more than the "Writing" mode. At the Foundation level it needs to be catered for across "Writing" and "Reading". At Year 1 the content needs to be catered for across "Writing", "Reading" and "Speaking and Listening". 

Click HERE  for the Foundation Plan and then HERE to get the Year 1 Content links. 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.

Please find below a photo of a student engaging in a task as a result of the learning sequence:

Our next Woodlands Australian Curriculum Implementation (WACI) Club is on October 31 from 4pm to 5pm at Woodlands PS.  We are focusing on sharing learning sequences related to
Communicate: The Who, the What and the How!
  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


WACI Club also operates via

 The Collie-Preston and Capes Networks! 
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  17 September from 4:15 - 5:15pm at 
Bunbury Primary School on Hartog Road.   This WACI Club will focus on Expanding the Use of Literary Texts. It is a FREE event.



Capes WACI Club on 19 September from 4pm to 5pm at  Geographe Primary School in Busselton. This WACI Club will focus on Expanding the Use of Literary Texts. It is a FREE event.

Craigie Heights WACI Club TODAY from 3:45m to 4:45pm at 

Craigie Heights Primary School. This WACI Club will focus on the Planning with Literary Texts. It is a FREE event.


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 This material is reproduced with the permission of ACARA.

1 comment:

  1. I have no words.. THIS IS AMAZING!! Congrats!! Nice posting for "Teaching