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K–10English K–10 Syllabus

Record of changes
Implementation for K–2 from 2023 and 3–10 from 2024
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Early Stage 1

Learning and using words
  • Understand that texts in Standard Australian English are made up of words and groups of words that convey meaning

  • Recognise and understand taught Tier 1 and Tier 2 words

  • Understand words that have different meanings in different contexts

  • Use vocabulary that is personal

  • Use vocabulary that is specific to key learning areas

  • Use vocabulary to select, match and provide categories for groups of images or words

  • Understand and use words to describe shape, size, texture, position, numerical order, time and seasons

  • Identify, name and describe a range of objects, characters, animals, people and places when given visual and/or auditory prompts

  • Use specific word choice to clarify meaning

  • Experiment with and create wordplay and poems

  • Use and understand Tier 3 words that are of personal interest

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