Teaching Visual Literacy K-6


We all live in a visual world and students need to be able to critically analyse visual images in texts. This course will provide participants with a closer look at the metalanguage of visual literacy in the NSW English K-6 Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum. Participants will explore the ways in which the visuals in print and multi modal texts add to the author’s purpose and impact on the intended audience. Resources and ideas will be shared and participants will learn how to plan lessons on visual literacy for students K-6.


Completing a Teaching Visual Literacy K-6 course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 6.2.2  from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Target Participants

Teachers K-6 who wish to develop a deep understanding of visual literacy and the NSW English syllabus for the Australian Curriculum


The first session will explore the importance of visual literacy for twenty first century learners. Participants will examine the role of author’s purpose and audience in visual texts as well as explore the metalanguage of visual literacy.

There will be a range of plenary, small group and workshop delivery modes and the use of contemporary technologies and the use of interactive planning tools.