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Balgowlah Heights Public School

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Stage 3 - Years 5 and 6

In English, students learn to read, write, speak, view and represent language. They learn about the English language and literature through working with a wide range of spoken, visual, multimedia and digital texts. Students learn how language varies according to context, and how to communicate with a range of audiences for different purposes. They learn to read for information and pleasure. Students gain a sound grasp of language structures, punctuation, spelling and grammar. They also learn to think in ways that are imaginative, creative and critical.

Some Year 5 and Year 6 examples


  • communicate effectively for an increasing range of purposes, eg to entertain, inform and influence audiences
  • use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts
  • read, recognise and respond to themes and issues within texts and justify interpretations by referring to their own knowledge and experience
  • use grammatical features, eg pronouns, conjunctions and connectives, to accurately link ideas and information to ensure meaning when composing texts
  • use known word meanings and base words when spelling unknown words, eg sign … signature
  • think critically about aspects of texts such as ideas and events
  • respond to short films, documentaries and multimedia texts that express familiar and new aspects of the broader world
  • read texts for specific purposes, applying appropriate text processing strategies, eg predicting and confirming, monitoring meaning, skimming and scanning
  • use an integrated range of skills, strategies and knowledge to read, view and comprehend a wide range of texts in different media and technologies
  • plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes
  • plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to the purpose and the audience
  • investigate how the organisation of texts into chapters, headings, subheadings, home pages and subpages for online texts can be used to predict content and assist navigation
  • think imaginatively when engaging with texts, using prediction, eg to imagine what happens to characters after the text.