Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards news
Chief Executive of the Board of Studies, Carol Taylor, recently visited Russell Lea Infants School, Five Dock to launch the Suggested texts for the English K–10 Syllabus.
According to Ms Taylor, teachers choosing to use the suggested texts will provide quality reading and viewing experiences for their K–10 students.
“As the title says – the texts are suggested, they are not required – however they come with the recommendation of the Board, education sectors, professional associations and industry groups.”
In developing the list of texts, the need to provide teachers with a range of choice was an important consideration. The result is a variety of genres, perspectives and themes with good representation of Australian and international authors, the classics, poetry and plays as well as films, picture books, graphic novels, media and multimedia texts.
The new English K–10 Syllabus requires that students study examples of media, multimedia and digital texts and these suggested texts will assist teachers to meet this requirement.
“The range will also help teachers to select texts that reflect and support their school ethos and that of their local community.”
“Additional information about the texts is included, such as a summary of the story, relevant themes, interesting characters, age appropriateness, genre and syllabus content requirements,” Ms Taylor said.
The Suggested texts for the English K–10 Syllabus is available to download from the Board’s NSW syllabuses for the Australian curriculum website by clicking on Support Materials > Programming > Additional support materials > English. Remember, you can access the syllabuses and support materials anytime, anywhere on a variety of devices using this website.
For information about implementation of the new syllabuses in NSW, read Official Notice BOS 24/12.
(Board of Studies NSW staff with John Sidoti, MP and staff and students from Russell Lea Infants School)