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Stage and Foundation statements

What are Stage statements?

NSW Primary Curriculum Foundation Statements

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With the development of the new syllabuses for the Australian curriculum, Stage statements have been developed to answer the question “What must be taught in all schools?” They are summaries of the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes that have been developed by students as a result of achieving the outcomes for each stage of learning.

As you implement the new NSW syllabus for the Australian curriculum, use the Stage statements.

Use the Foundation Statements when teaching the NSW syllabus. The Foundation Statements are included in each syllabus.

Implementing the Stage statements for K-6

From 2014, schools in New South Wales will begin teaching the new NSW syllabuses incorporating the Australian curriculum. As you work towards implementing the new syllabuses, you will use a combination of Stage statements and Foundation Statements.

Foundation Statements remain current while you are using the current NSW K - 6 Syllabuses. When you begin implementing the new NSW syllabuses in K – 6 in English, Mathematics, Science and Technology and History, you will use the new Stage statements.

Use the Foundation Statements for PDHPE and Creative Arts until these syllabuses are redeveloped. Stage statements will be designed to align with the new syllabuses.

You can read more about the implementation of the new syllabuses on the Board’s K-6 Syllabuses page.

Time allocation for Key Learning Areas

The Board recommends spending the following time on teaching each of the K–6 KLAs.

Key Learning Area Proportion of Time
English 25% - 35%
Mathematics 20%
Science and Technology 6 % - 10%
PDHPE 6 % - 10%
HSIE 6 % - 10%
Creative Arts 6 % - 10%
Additional activities up to 20%

As a guide, 6%-10% is approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours in a typical teaching week.

The 'additional activities' might include scripture, school sport or debating. You may also use this time to expand on work being done with the core curriculum.

Teachers have flexibility to use these guidelines in accordance with the policies of their school system or authority.

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