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.


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.

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.

Read a Journal of Professional Learning (JPL) Article by the presenters

How Goes the New K-6 English Syllabus?

Listen to a JPL Podcast from the presenters

Teaching Reading and Comprehension K-6