Teaching Reading, Comprehension and Critical Thinking K-6 using the English Syllabus


Effective readers can decode and comprehend a variety of texts. They have a range of strategies they employ to decode, comprehend and think critically about texts. This practical workshop unpacks how to teach these strategies in an explicit and systematic way using the NSW English syllabus K-6. Participants will explore effective reading strategies and lesson planning in order to meet the learning needs of the students in their classrooms.

Cost: $200


Completing a Teaching Reading, Comprehension and Critical Thinking K-6 using the English Syllabus  course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 2.2.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 5.1.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Evaluation Comments:

  • I found the discussion around setting up guided reading for 3-6 and the information on critical thinking valuable.
  • Presented very well and all linked back to the syllabus with some great ideas for the classroom.
  • Referring to the sections of the syllabus they were all great.
  • I am glad I listened to the Podcast prior to attending as it focused learning.
  • Teaching reading which will assist with changes in my classroom.
  • Most valuable was the middle session, useful teaching strategies and session 3 - Great real life helpful hints for the classroom and great resources.

Target Participants

Teachers K-6 who wish to deepen their understanding of the explicit and systematic teaching of reading, comprehension and critical thinking as part of the NSW English syllabus K-6.


Come ready to enjoy a range of texts as we explore how to fine-tune our teaching of reading. The first session will explore the work of Peter Freebody and Alan Luke in the Literary Resource model and make connections to the English syllabus. The second session looks at the practicalities of using the English block to effectively integrate the teaching of comprehension and critical thinking strategies. The final session examines how to plan modelled, guided and independent lessons.