As a Teacher Development School we are often asked what resources we would suggest teachers or schools use to support the teaching of Australian Curriculum: English.
We developed a tool as a suggested way for schools and teachers to audit resources against the Australian Curriculum in English. This is our preferred option for supporting schools when selecting resources as it is far more powerful for teachers to audit the resources and delve in to the content than our school suggesting resources.
When using the audit sheets you are looking for coverage of the
opportunities provided in the Year Level Description. For example, does
the resource provide for a range of "create texts" opportunities as
suggested in the last paragraph? Does the resource contain the elements
described to develop independent readers as per the second last
The next audit consideration is the actual content
descriptions. You need to ensure there is a coverage across the full
scope and sequence of content descriptions. Punctuation is one example
area of ensuring S&S coverage not just year level coverage. The
various modes that the content needs to be addressed through should also
be addressed in the resource, (modes meaning Writing&Creating,
After completing an
audit, it then becomes a way for you and your team to be informed
educators about what resources you select to support the teaching of
content and the opportunities provided for a broad and in depth study of
English. If a resource has gaps, at least you are informed of the gaps
and should you choose to continue with the resource, you know what gaps
to address through another means so that students are receiving their
full entitlement content wise.
hope you find the audit of use. Of interest might be that Woodlands PS chooses to only use the Department's
Literacy Resources and First Steps.
Click HERE for
the English resource audit tool. This will allow you to download/view
the tool.When you click the link it
will open in Google Docs. When that screen opens, click on FILE and
then DOWNLOAD. The tool is also in the Connect Community Australian Curriculum English Primary (K-7) Network in The Woodlands Hub folder in the Library, (DoE employees only).