Synthetic Phonics recording

Please find the link below for you to watch Chad Barnes (Yr 6 teacher at Rangeway) present his Synthetic Phonics CENTRA session. Chad talks about his journey with Synthetic Phonics and how this works in his classroom. The session was recorded in Centra so you will have to install SABA on your computer and be logged on to the Portal.

Thanks again to Chad for giving up his time.

Afterschool Writing Assessment and Moderation session

Our Afterschool Writing Moderation session at Allendale PS on the 5 June was a huge success, with 50 people in attendance. Thanks to all of the teachers that came and shared. It is great to see so many motivated and engaged teachers.

Attached is the Persuasive Marking rubric and the Writing Grade Grid we used. The marking rubric is developed from the NAPLAN 2102 marking guide and the Writing Grade Grid was developed from the 2012/13 Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 NAPLAN data.

NAPLAN writing rubric - to score a piece of writing

NAPLAN Grade writing grid - to grade the score you gave on the piece of writing

2012 NAPLAN persuasive marking guide - this document has annotated work samples for each of the categories. It explains each of the categories and has strategies in the back to teach persuasive writing.

Happy exploring


Synthetic Phonic link

Sue Ashworth was kind enough to share this website with us on Synthetic Phonics. It has resources and webinars available on it.

Year 10 English Program – Alison McCarthy

The following Year 10 English program has been adapted from an existing Year 10 documentary study unit, which focuses on a social issue. The unit has run over three years and has been adapted to cover the Australian Curriculum requirements.

After considering the implications of General Capabilities and the emphasis of a cross-curricular approach, this document is the result of further adaptation to pave the way for cross-curricular activities and assessments to be run in collaboration with History units.

The adapted English unit includes a three-week collaborative project where students collaborate and create a website for the purpose of raising public awareness about homelessness. The unit includes an excursion to a local community service or charity that provides assistance to homeless people. Through documenting and recording their experiences to the learning undertaken, the class is asked to create a website that focuses on the issue and provides a starting point to raise awareness in the local community or wider Australian public.

The links to History Knowledge and Understanding content include the Overview and the Globalising World. Through their understanding of these historical perspectives, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to understand contemporary challenges to Australian communities.

This adapted unit has been created with the assistance of Mr Ian Manuel, Society and Environment Teacher at Morawa DIstrict High School. His contribution of suggested resources and learning activities is acknowledged and appreciated.

Year 10 English Unit of Work

Alison McCarthy Teacher – English
Morawa District High School December 2013

DET & SCSA resources

This link is a page on the SCSA website . It contains planners, Scope & Sequence Documents and Achievement Standards documents for you to use. It contains documents for English, Mathematics, Science and History. The Achievement Standard documents are definitely worth a look.

DRAFT Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines

On the SCSA website in the Western Australian Curriculum section, they have release a DRAFT form of The Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines. These guidelines use key ideas from Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework which are age and developmentally appropriate to set expectations for Kindergarten teachers as they develop quality curriculum.

See link below:

DET useful links for NAPLAN

his page contains activities you can use with your students to practice narrative and persuasive writing.

History Integration at Beachlands

English and History cross-curriculum unit of work

Year 3/4 class

This Unit of work was developed by Karen Cox at Beachlands Primary School in consultation with Karen Cowie and Coral

The Process  - This describes the process Karen went through in her unit of work

History Years 3-4 Midwest - Overview of the unit of work

Some of the work that was produced from the unit.Coral's story 1 Coral's story 5

Coral's story 4 Coral's story 3 Coral's story 2 Coral's story 1 Fantastic Facts 1 Fantastic Facts 4 Fantastic Facts 3 Fantastic Facts 2


AC English Checklist

This document was developed by Vicki Tyler from Jurien Bay DHS.

It contains a term checklist for all of the Content Descriptions for PP – Year 10.

Vicki Jurien Bay Checklist english AC

Thanks Vicki!!

NAPLAN writing tasks

This is just a reminder that the 2014 NAPLAN writing task will be either a persuasive or a narrative writing prompt.  The genre of the prompt will not be disclosed prior to the test period. When the NAPLAN packs are opened on the day of the writing task, all students from years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will complete this single common task.

The websites below provide further advice regarding the 2014 NAPLAN writing task.


This website summarises the narrative and persuasive writing marking criteria. They include categories common to all forms of text e.g. spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, paragraphing, cohesion, vocabulary, ideas, text structure and audience. Students should be provided with opportunities to engage in rich, broad curriculum and a range of texts.


This website responds to Frequently asked questions about the writing test.

  1.  Link to the 2013 persuasive writing marking guide
  1. Link to the 2010 narrative writing marking guide

The WA Department of Education 2014 NAPLAN planner ( )

The Years 3, 5 and 7 NAPLAN schedules continue to link to the comprehensive Persuasive Writing document, written by the Department to support teaching, consolidation ideas and independent activities for persuasive writing.

Significantly revised narrative resources are available for each year level and include advisory notes for:

  • Multimodal narrative texts Years 3 – 7
  • Narrative point of view Years  5 – 7

There are now links to past Sample tests (2011 – 2013). Past Reading magazines are required to complete the reading component.  These magazines are no longer available to download electronically and completion of the reading relies on school copies. The purpose of the Sample tests is to provide students several opportunities to practise possible test questions and items. 

The teaching suggestions and materials provided through the planner have been designed as additional support to the ongoing, literacy instruction occurring in classrooms. Teachers are encouraged to draw upon these resources flexibly to address the specific needs of their students.