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Teacher associations support Australian Curriculum

Free, practical digital resources for teachers by teachers

Education Services Australia has partnered with Australian teachers' associations to develop practical, classroom-related digital resources that are aligned to the Australian Curriculum. Created by teachers for teachers, the free resources below will help educators to implement the Australian Curriculum across the Phase 1 key learning areas of English, mathematics, science and history.

Funded by the Australian Government, these resources focus on filling resource gaps in the Australian Curriculum learning areas and aim to support teachers to develop flexible learning approaches and integrate digital resources into classroom teaching.

AC History Units

achistoryunits.edu.au

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Developed with the History Teachers Association of Australia (HTAA), this website 'Teaching History' covers Years 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 10 and features eight units aligned to the Australian Curriculum: History. Teachers can use the units immediately as programs and learning sequences (sequences of lessons), or adapt these quality resources to suit their personal teaching practice.

Unit 1, 'Teaching History', details an approach to teaching history in the context of the Australian Curriculum; it provides comprehensive information on good teaching practice in history education for educators new to history as well as experienced teachers. It unpacks the key concepts and content, skills and methods of historical inquiry, and provides an essential framework for the other units.

Units 2-8 focus on topics relevant to particular year levels and are designed to provide very practical support in the form of teaching programs, sample 'learning sequences', a wide range of resources and assessment ideas. More than 100 PDF resources accompany the on-screen material.

 Table showing AC History Units by Year Level
AC History Units by Year Level

Science Web

scienceweb.asta.edu.au

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Science Web features 15 Australian Curriculum-aligned units of work for Foundation to Year 10. Developed with the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and written by experienced teachers, these units use resources that are available online. Each unit consists of:

  • an overview outlining cross-curriculum priorities, content descriptions and achievement standards
  • five ready-made lesson plans
  • additional useful resources and links.

The site also includes extension activities for gifted and talented secondary students in Years 7-10, as well as information on how to develop science programs for gifted and talented students.

Table showing Science Web units of work by year level
Science Web Units of Work by Year Level

English for the Australian Curriculum

e4ac.edu.au

This resource was produced in partnership with the Australian Association for the Teaching of English, the Australian Literacy Educators' Association and the Primary English Teaching Association Australia.

Twelve year-level units of work, each featuring 12 teaching sequences, have been written by teachers and educators from a range of states, territories and educational settings. There are 850 new elaborations of curriculum content, all supported by digital resources and interactive worksheets.

All materials have been reviewed by teaching and curriculum specialists to ensure the highest standards in a clear and accessible resource that exploits the Australian Curriculum and can help reinvigorate the teaching of English and literacy.

Table showing English for the Australian Curriculum units of work by year level
English for the Australian Curriculum Units of Work by Year Level

Teaching AC English

www.teachingacenglish.edu.au

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This rich, practical professional resource for teachers and school leaders across Foundation to Year 10 features a collection of video vignettes that illustrates ideas, approaches and strategies for teaching, learning and assessment.

The videos demonstrate approaches to differentiation and aspects of explicit teaching about a select group of content descriptions for reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

The vignettes:

  • provide a stimulus for professional learning conversations
  • expand a teacher's repertoire of pedagogical practices
  • demonstrate clear and unambiguous teaching
  • demonstrate a variety of ways to personalise student learning that are manageable for teachers and engaging for students
  • illustrate contemporary classroom scenes and stories of educators delivering the Australian Curriculum: English.

Table showing Teaching AC English video vignettes for Years F-5
Teaching AC English Video Vignettes for Years F-5

Table showing Teaching AC English video vignettes for Years 7-10
Teaching AC English Video Vignettes for Years 7-10

Top Drawer Mathematics

topdrawer.aamt.edu.au

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The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers has collaborated with experts from leading Australian universities to create Top Drawer Mathematics. This resource explores good teaching practice across five mathematical topics: fractions, mental computation, patterns, and statistical literacy and reasoning.

Each topic contains:

  • Big ideas - the big ideas that underpin mathematics
  • Misunderstandings - common misunderstandings and their causes, and teaching advice and activities to avoid or correct these
  • Good teaching - key content, teaching approach suggestions, activities, videos, slide
  • Presentations, worksheets and digital learning objects
  • Assessment - aspects of assessment
  • Activities - a collection of the student activities available in other parts of the drawer, along with further suggestions and ideas for other activities
  • Downloads - the bank of downloadable files, such as student worksheets, teacher notes, activity templates and video transcripts.

Table showing Top Drawer Mathematics topics arranged by year level
Top Drawer Mathematics Topics by Year Level

Supporting Australian Mathematics Project

www.amsi.org.au/ESA_Senior_Years/senior_years.html

With emphasis on Mathematical Methods for the Australian Curriculum, this project is structured in modules, each of which discusses a component of the mathematics curriculum for Years 11 and 12. Extra topics for Specialist Mathematics are also covered. The modules contain material that is suitable for similar state-based courses and exercises that teachers may wish to undertake. The modules are organised through the following topic groupings:

  • Algebra and coordinate geometry
  • Functions
  • Calculus
  • Probability and statistics
  • Maths delivers
  • Animations

The project also features animations, videos and additional material that help to exemplify the wide use of mathematics in the world today.

Scootle

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All of these resources are available free of charge from the association websites, and also via the Scootle online portal for Australian Curriculum resources. Log in to Scootle to access these and many more digital resources mapped to the curriculum.

 

Gabrielle England

Gabrielle England

Senior Manager
Education Services Australia