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Narrative

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The narrative characteristic is about acknowledging the important role that personal, written, oral and digital stories play in all our lives. They support both the production and comprehension of narratives through active processes, especially play.

'Narrative' unpacked

Teachers may:          

  • share their experiences, modelling personal oral narratives
  • include opportunities for children to produce and comprehend personal written, oral and digital stories
  • read, recite and retell literature to children as an everyday, pleasurable, shared experience
  • encourage children to share their experiences through personal narratives.

 Children may:

  • share their experiences, developing personal oral narratives
  • explore links between prior and current learning by asking questions, listening, and talking to peers and their teacher
  • engage with a variety of texts, as an everyday, pleasurable, shared experience with their peers and teacher
  • explore, comprehend and create multi-modal texts.

"Learning and memory benefit when the teacher adopts an elaborative conversational style, amplifying and evaluating what the child says. This elaboration helps children to make sense of temporal and causal aspects of their experiences."​

Related information

Professional learning materials 
Access professional learning materials related to the characteristics of age-appropriate pedagogies including posters and postcards.

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Last updated 03 January 2019