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

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

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

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

ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching

ASIC’s MoneySmart Teaching is a comprehensive strategy to develop consumer and financial literacy capabilities in young Australians.

Being MoneySmart is a core life skill. In a rapidly changing world of personal finances, children and young people will benefit from gaining and applying the knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours to establish good consumer and financial habits.

The teaching section of MoneySmart contains:

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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

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

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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Starting School - for parents

Parentshop

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

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

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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