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Prep English


Year Level Description

Prep students communicate with peers, teachers, known adults, and students from other classes.

Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They listen to, read and view spoken, written and multimodal texts in which the purpose is to entertain and inform. These include traditional oral texts, picture books, various types of stories, rhyming verse, poetry, non-fiction, film and multimodal texts. They participate in shared reading, viewing and storytelling using a range of literary texts and recognise the entertaining nature of literature.

Students read literary texts that support and extend them as beginning readers including decodable and predictable texts. They have a range of language features, including simple and compound sentences, familiar vocabulary, high frequency words and words that can be decoded phonetically. They involve sequences of events and everyday happenings with recognisable, realistic or imaginary characters. Informative texts present new content about familiar topics of interest.

Students create a range of imaginative, informative texts including pictorial representations, short statements and recounts.

Achievement Standard

By the end of the year students are expected to:

Reading and Viewing

  • use predicting and questioning strategies to make meaning from texts;
  • recall events from texts with familiar topics;
  • understand that there are different types for different purposes;
  • identifies connections between texts and personal experience;
  • reads short texts with familiar vocabulary and supportive images, drawing on developing knowledge of letter/sound relationships;
  • identify the letters of the alphabet and their corresponding sounds;

Speaking and Listening

  • listen to and use appropriate language features to respond to others;
  • make personal connections to a text and reflects on their own experience;
  • identify and describe likes and dislikes about familiar texts, objects, characters and events;
  • communicate clearly in informal group and whole class settings;
  • retell events and experiences with peers and known adults;
  • identify and use rhyme, letter patterns and sounds in words.


  • know that spoken words are written down by listening to the sounds heard in the word and then writing letters to represent those sounds;
  • create short texts which explore, record and report ideas and events using familiar words to convey an idea;
  • understand that sounds in English are represented by upper and lower case letters that can be written using learned letter formations;
  • recognised that capital letters are used for names, and that capital letters and full stops signal the beginning and end of sentences.