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NSW Department of Education and Communities

Curriculum support for NSW Public Schools




NSW Literacy continuum K–10

An overview of the literacy continuum K–10

This short accessible document provides background information on the NSW Literacy continuum K–10 and how it can be used as a tool to support literacy in primary and secondary schools.

Overview (.pdf 571kB)

Print and PDF versions of the continuum K–10

The continuum is available in two parts that are designed to sit together (K–6 and 7–10) in PDF form or as a print poster.

Literacy continuum K–6 (.pdf 1.10MB)

Literacy continuum 7–10 (.pdf 307.33kB)

(Please note: this resource has been made available for DEC school use only and not for commercial publication.)

Non-government schools can place orders for the NSW Literacy continuum K–10 at:

Interactive Literacy continuum K–10

The interactive continuum is a versatile online tool that can be manipulated to be viewed in different ways. It also includes a Links feature that links to Teaching Ideas and other DEC resources. There is also a shared space for teachers to access resources developed by other NSW DEC teachers or post resources of their own.

Please note: this link is accessible via the DEC portal (DEC teachers are required to login to access).

Literacy continuum matrix

For more information please contact:

Annette Gray, Literacy Advisor K-6

Early Learning and Primary Education, Learning and Leadership Directorate

Email: Phone: 9244 5736

Jennifer Taylor, Literacy Advisor, Secondary Curriculum

Secondary Education, Learning and Leadership Directorate

Email: Phone: 9266 8406 

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