The NSW Nationals in the state government are committed to improving numeracy and literacy skills in our littlest learners.
Teachers, parents and the broader community are being asked to help shape the new English and Maths syllabuses for Kindergarten to Year 2.
The release of the new curriculum for feedback is the first major milestone in the NSW Nationals in the state government’s ambitious curriculum reform, which will see a renewed focus on the core subjects of English, Maths and Science.
NSW Nationals Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said literacy and numeracy skills were critical to unlocking young people’s potential while at school, improving their academic outcomes and enhancing their life choices.
“The evidence speaks for itself, and we need all teachers following the evidence, teaching essential knowledge in evidence-based sequences,” Ms Mitchell said.
“We have prioritised essential content and provided clear examples to teachers to reduce ambiguity.
“Teachers are the drivers of student outcomes. By reducing the clutter and confusion for teachers, it allows them to focus on their students.
“Our approach to these reforms is evidence-driven and focused on student success. The feedback we have had from teachers so far is very positive and confirms we are moving in the right direction.”
The new evidence-based curriculum will deliver on the NSW Nationals in the state government’s goals of decluttering and raising standards to equip students for the jobs of the future. It prioritises the basics and will ensure students develop strong foundations in Maths and English. It is also more explicit in the direction of what Kindergarten to Year 2 students need to be taught and does not leave room for interpretation.
The new syllabus will start to rollout next year.