Resources for Primary Schools

This page provides a list of valuable resources for principals, teachers and parents of primary school students. To find a particular resource select from the categories on the right side of the page.

 

Australian Curriculum

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ACARA: Primary Matters

Primary Matters is a quarterly update from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

This newsletter provides information about the projects that ACARA runs to assist primary schools across Australia. Past editions are available here.

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E-Learning: Cross-Curriculum

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MWorld

MWorld, a new eLearning resource for iPad, Windows and Android developed by Monash University.

Loaded with fascinating, interactive educational content, MWorld is the perfect cross-curriculum resource for inquiry-based learning and literacy.

Contact sonya@discovermworld.com for your complimentary MWorld guest login and embark on a 10-day journey of discovery. Receive access to:

  • 50 Australian Curriculum-aligned titles.
  • 50 accompanying teacher guides
  • Sneak peek 250+ lesson activities
  • Lesson planner
  • The opportunity to talk to an expert MWorld teacher on how to incorporate MWorld into your school

 

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Environment and Sustainability

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Planet Ark: Recycling Guide for Schools

The aim of this guide is to assist in planning a school’s National Recycling Week activities but may be a useful resource throughout the year.

Download the Getting Started Guide (292Kb PDF file) or visit the Planet Ark Teacher Resources page for more information.

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Financial Literacy

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RBA: Learning About Banknotes

Learning About Banknotes was developed as a collaborative project between the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) and the Reserve Bank. This resource will enrich students’ learning as well as increase their awareness and knowledge of Australia’s banknotes and the rich history behind our currency. After using this resource students will be familiar with the security features on Australian banknotes and be able to use Australian currency with confidence.

Learning About Banknotes is a free resource provided by the Reserve Bank of Australia. The resource is divided into two sections addressing Australian Curriculum: History and Mathematics. It provides interactive tasks and SMART Notebook activities for Year 2 Mathematics and Years 2 and 3 History.

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Literacy

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Scholastic: Book Clubs and Fairs

Just by partnering with Scholastic Book Clubs and Fairs, your school will encourage reading practice and boost independent reading minutes among your students. This is why Fairs and Clubs work better together-first creating a spark that inspires students to pick up a book and want to read it; then giving them consistent access to affordable, age-appropriate books, to keep them reading independently, all year long.

Download the Book Clubs and Fairs Brochure or visit the Scholastic website for more information.

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Scholastic's Literacy Pro

Literacy Pro is low-stakes, online assessment of reading comprehension based on more than 20 years research by MetaMetrics Inc. Using the Lexile scale, leadership teams and teachers are provided with consolidated and specific student data. The evidence-based data may be used to plan and evaluate a School’s reading programs, as well as optimizing each student’s reading development, through the provision of appropriate texts.

Download the Literacy Pro Brochure or visit the Scholastic website for more information.

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Numeracy

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Scholastic: PR1ME

PR1ME has been developed by Scholastic in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Singapore. How does it work? PR1ME: explicitly and systematically teaches the problem solving processes and strategies; uses consistent and carefully structured pedagogy; takes a carefully scaffolded, deep-dive into conceptual development; actively involves students in metacognition; and provides professional learning for teachers.

Download the PR1ME Brochure or visit the Scholastic website for more information.

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Professional Development for Principals

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WAPPA PD-on-a-Stick Series

WAPPA PD-on-a-Stick offers flexible professional development that can be completed at the user’s convenience. Each program provides a combination of short videos, facilitated discussions and activities, presented by a trained facilitator.

The first WAPPA PD-on-a-Stick program, the mathematical literacy, content and proficiencies within a NAPLAN test is available to order now. Find out more about this resource and download the order form.

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Starting School - for parents

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Parentshop offers effective solutions to manage difficult behaviour in children and resolve teenage behaviour issues, developing educational programs with practical and easy-to-use strategies designed to make parenting easier.

Find out more about this valuable resource for parents via the Parentshop website.

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Your Child's First Year at School - 2013 edition

Your Child’s First Year at School: Getting Off to a Good Start has proved invaluable for parents, teachers and principals who want those children beginning school to get the best possible start. It offers parents all the practical advice and information they need to see that their child is prepared, settled and ready for the very first day.

Produced through a collaboration between APPA and Early Childhood Australia, this book is a must at just $12.95 for every family to have in their home. Find out more.

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Student Health and Wellbeing

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Connections: A resource for early childhood educators about children’s wellbeing

Connections is a practical resource for early childhood educators to guide them in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing. It has been developed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health with funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Education.

Connections is a resource for early childhood educators who care for children (birth to eight years) in a range of settings including long day care, family day care, preschool and out of school hours care.

Visit the Hunter Institute of Mental Health’s Connections Resource Page for more information.

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Outside the square

Outside the Square

Sadly dyslexia is the forgotten learning difficulty in education due to a lack of understanding and children are left to struggle on a daily basis. The incidence of dyslexia is more widespread than realised and it is estimated that there are between 3 – 5 students with dyslexia in every classroom.

Outside the Square is a series of films to increase awareness and understanding of dyslexia in our education system.

The complete set of three films is an essential educational resource for parents, teachers and schools. For more information and to view the films visit the Outside the Square website.

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School for Living

The main aim at the School For Living is to help promote resilience in life, especially for children. School For Living (SFL) aims to promote well-being of children’s mental health by focusing on current strategies that have been well researched to incorporate a prevention rather than intervention approach. It is essential that children develop a solution orientated focus when faced with problems and choices to ensure a happy life and holistic health.

Visit the School for Life website for more information about their resources.

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