DEC Scan Journal : February 2013
Volume 32, February 2013 46 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews Q: Why is there an outcome named Responding and composing in Stage 3? A: The outcome Responding and composing (EN3–5B) merges the modes into one outcome to reflect the nature of English at this stage of development. Q: Where does handwriting sit in Stage 3? A: Look at the table of objectives and outcomes (pp. 16-17 of English K-6). The Handwriting and digital technologies outcome is in Objective A. When students enter Stage 3 the Writing and representing outcome broadens to include handwriting. Download the English K–10 syllabus. Responding to teachers’ questions Since the publication of the new English syllabus documents, teachers have asked many questions about their structure and organisation. The following Q&A examples are in response to some of these questions about the English K-6 syllabus document. Q: Should I teach Speaking and Listening 1 before I teach Speaking and Listening 2? A: You will notice that from ES1 - S2 there are two outcomes for Speaking and Listening (Communicating). Use the objective from which the outcome originates as a lens with which to view the outcome. This means that you would teach aspects from the paired outcomes simultaneously. The English K-10 syllabus has been delivered to schools. The Board of Studies NSW has published the document in two volumes — Volume 1 is English K-6 and Volume 2 is English 7-10. Catherine Thomson is English Advisor, Early Learning and Primary Education. English K-10 syllabus Q&A The last letter in the outcome code signals the objective from which the outcome originates.