New English and Mathematics syllabuses for the State’s youngest students have been released, marking a major milestone in the NSW Government’s Curriculum Reform agenda.

This is a comprehensive review that has come in more than 30 years, with year 1 and year 2 to be the first to benefit from the changes.

Cabinet Secretary, the Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC said the Liberals & Nationals Government are making the changes to the education space that will benefit our students now and for years to come.

“One of the most important things the NSW Government can deliver to its constituents is to provide a quality education,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“This new reform will allow our state’s youngest students develop a solid foundation to grow,

“This review will see a strong focus on the important foundations of literacy and numeracy skills.”

Changes in the new K to 2 English and Mathematics syllabuses include:

  • Simple, concise language which identifies key knowledge and skills.
  • Easily accessed and navigated on a new Digital Curriculum platform.
  • Clear expectations on student reading progression.
  • Renewed focus on handwriting.
  • New supports for students with significant intellectual disability.
  • Emphasis on ‘reasoning’ in mathematics.
  • Advanced counting strategies.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said first time the curriculum is completely online and comes with explicit teaching examples.

“The new online curriculum removes any ambiguity for teachers, and comes with explicit teaching advice on an online platform. This will be a particularly helpful for early-career teachers,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This reform is exactly what we have been needing to benefit out youngest of learnings and I am so excited that this will come into teaching for 2022.”

The reformed curriculum will be delivered to schools on a new Digital Curriculum platform, a $13.6 million NSW Government investment.

The new syllabuses are available at curriculum.nsw.edu.au. Implementation begins next year, with all NSW schools teaching the syllabuses from 2023. The NSW Government continues its work to deliver the new K - 12 NSW Curriculum by 2024.