Two Mates

General capabilities evident throughout the unit include Literacy, Ethical understanding, Personal and social capability and Intercultural understanding.

Other areas of the curriculum explored in the unit include:

Health and Physical Education 

  • Describe ways to include others to make them feel that they belong (ACPPS019)
  • Identify and practise emotional responses that account for own and others’ feelings (ACPPS020)

Content descriptions below link to Australian Curriculum: Year 1 (English)


Language for interaction

Identify language that can be used for appreciating texts and the qualities of people and things (ACELA1462) (EN1-7B)

Understand that language is used in combination with other means of communication, for example facial expressions and gestures to interact with others (ACELA1444) (EN1-1A)

Explore different ways of expressing emotions, including verbal, visual, body language and facial expressions (ACELA1787) (EN1-1A)

Text structure and organisation

Know some features of text organisation including page and screen layouts, alphabetical order, and different types of diagrams, for example timelines (ACELA1466) (EN1-8B)

Understand that the purposes texts serve shape their structure in predictable ways (ACELA1447) (EN1-2A)

Expressing and developing ideas

Explore differences in words that represent people, places and things (nouns, including pronouns), happenings and states (verbs), qualities (adjectives) and details such as when, where and how (adverbs) (ACELA1452) (EN1-5A)

Identify visual representations of characters’ actions, reactions, speech and thought processes in narratives, and consider how these images add to or contradict or multiply the meaning of accompanying words (ACELA1469) (EN1-8B)

Understand the use of vocabulary about familiar and new topics and experiment with and begin to make conscious choices of vocabulary to suit audience and purpose (ACELA1470) (EN1-2A)

Phonics and word knowledge

Recognise and know how to use simple grammatical morphemes to create word families (ACELA1455) (EN1-5A)

Understand how to use knowledge of digraphs, long vowels, blends and silent letters to spell one and two syllable words including some compound words (ACELA1471) (EN1-5A)


Literature and context

Discuss how authors create characters using language and images (ACELT1581) (EN1-2A)
Responding to literature Discuss characters and events in a range of literary texts and share personal responses to these texts, making connections with students’ own experiences (ACELT1582) (EN1-4A)
Examining Literature Discuss features of plot, character and setting in different types of literature and explore some features of characters in different texts. (ACELT1584) (EN1-8B)
Creating Literature Recreate texts imaginatively using drawing, writing, performance and digital forms of communication (ACELT1586) (EN1-10C)


Texts in context 

Respond to texts drawn from a range of cultures and experiences (ACELY1655) (EN1-4A)
Interacting with others Make short presentations using some introduced text structures and language, for example opening statements (ACELY1657) (EN1-1A)
Interpreting, analysing, evaluating Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning about key events, ideas and information in texts that they listen to, view and read by drawing on growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (ACELY1660) (EN1-4A)
Creating Texts Create short imaginative and informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structures, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements, for example illustrations and diagrams (ACELY1661) (EN1-2A)