Gameshow-like wordplay and writing with shaving foam are among teaching methods suggested in a revamped syllabus for NSW's youngest students.
The draft advice suggests teachers create a sense of excitement about words and lead games, such as having students describe a particular word to a partner without saying the nominated word.
Handwriting lessons on letter form would start in sand, in carpet or with a handful of shaving foam.
The advice is part of a draft syllabus NSW wants to start rolling out next year for classes from kindergarten to year 2.
The draft was released by the NSW Education Standards Authority on Monday for consultation
Diversity is also a key factor in English teaching advice, with students using nonverbal communication systems to be provided with opportunities to learn new vocabulary in those systems.
The draft also stresses teachers be measured in their approach to Aboriginal English users, as the dialect is not "poor English", as well as incorporating Dreaming stories told by elders into classroom activities.
Those learning handwriting would also be taught to develop their keyboarding skills.
The new curriculum would explicitly prioritise early mathematics and place greater emphasis on development of reasoning to support deeper understanding.
On the back of consultation with teachers and other stakeholders, the maths syllabus features more content on using money in lessons.
Coins and notes are used to teach context for counting and grouping in early algebra lessons.
A digital platform will underpin the syllabuses' use, offering teachers resources and examples.
Subjects will be more closely aligned with the latest evidence and research by giving greater priority to the foundational areas of learning in the early years, NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said.
"The first round of consultation also identified the need for additional teaching advice, so we've provided further guidance and information, with practical advice and more helpful examples," she said.
The consultation period ends in three weeks.
Australian Associated Press