Australian Curriculum

Australian Curriculum: English

The Australian Curriculum: English emphasises that Australia is a linguistically and culturally diverse country. In the curriculum rationale it states that learning through English contributes both to nation building and to a worldview.

Global Words units of work, as of January 2016, reference Version 8.1 of the Australian Curriculum and are designed for junior Primary, upper Primary and junior Secondary students to engage meaningfully with the three interrelated English curriculum strands of Literature, Literacy and Language.

  • Literature expands the scope of students’ experiences and develops qualities of empathy and moral discernment essential to global citizenship.
  • Literacy practices enable students to engage with a range of factual, persuasive and literary texts to both build knowledge and to effectively communicate across a range of contexts.
  • Knowledge of the meaning-making potential of language and related semiotic resources underpins that engagement with literature and literacies.

Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences (Geography)

Note that the units added in 2014 Neighbours, Asia/Pacific units, We are similar but different, A diverse and connected world, and Water in the World originally written in 2014 to include links to the Australian Curriculum: Geography have been updated with links to the new HASS curriculum Years f–6/7.

Curriculum content descriptions are provided for each of the 15 units alongside links to relevant NSW syllabus outcomes. The table below has links to curriculum pages for each unit.

Junior PrimaryUpper PrimaryJunior Secondary
Sustainability: Taking care of Earth together
Years 3 and 4, NSW Stage 2
Sustainability: Global footprints
Year 6, NSW Stage 3
Sustainability: Changing minds, changing behaviour
Year 7, NSW Stage 4
Refugees and migration: Words to unite us
Year 3, NSW Stage 2
Refugees and migration: Global people
Year 6, NSW Stage 3
Refugees and migration: Seeking refuge — The journey
Year 8, NSW Stage 4
Neighbours, Asia/Pacific: Neighbours
Year 3, NSW Stage 2
Neighbours, Asia/Pacific: Neighbours PNG
Year 5, NSW Stage 3
Neighbours, Asia/Pacific: Helping hands
Year 7, NSW Stage 4
Neighbours, Asia/Pacific: We are similar but different
Year 3, NSW Stage 2
Neighbours, Asia/Pacific: A diverse and connected world
Year 6, NSW Stage 3
Neighbours, Asia/Pacific: Water in the world
Year 7, NSW Stage 4
Indigenous peoples: Stories to unite us
Year 3, NSW Stage 2
Indigenous peoples: People, place, language and song
Year 5, NSW Stage 3
Indigenous peoples: Ways of being
Year 8, NSW Stage 4

Content descriptions in each strand are grouped into sub-strands that across the year levels present a sequence of development of knowledge, understanding and skills. Use Global Words quick guides below to find content in the units of work by sub-stand and Year level for the Australian Curriculum: English:

Years 3 & 4   |   Years 5 & 6   |   Years 7 & 8   |   All Years 3–8

Thumbnail image of tables linking sub-stands of the Australian Curriculum: English by Year level to units of work

Learn more about the Content Structure of the Australian Curriculum: English.