The Department of Education, New South Wales, published the Course of Instruction for Primary Schools for the years 1905, 1916, 1922, 1925, 1928, and 1932. The general Course Introduction and The Course of Instruction and Notes on the Syllabus for the subject English are available below as a PDF file of the scanned document. Download Adobe Acrobat
1905 Preface & Introduction (PDF 2.28Mb)
1905 Course of Instruction pp.1-5 (PDF 1.3Mb)
1905 Course of Instruction pp.6-13 (PDF 4.23Mb)
1905 Notes on the Syllabus pp.18-21(PDF 1.92Mb)
1905 Notes on the Syllabus pp.22-25 (PDF 2.18Mb)
1916 Preface & Introduction (PDF 1.2Mb)
1916 Course of Instruction & Notes on the Syllabus pp.17-28 (PDF 1.55Mb)
1916 Course of Instruction & Notes on the Syllabus pp.29-45 (PDF 1.74Mb)
1922 Preface & Introduction (PDF 1.21Mb)
Course of Instruction
1925 Preface & Introduction (PDF 1.28Mb)
Course of Instruction
1928 Preface & Introduction (PDF 724kb)
1932 Preface & Introduction (PDF 716kb)
The Department of Education, New South Wales, published the Course of Instruction for Aborigines' Schools for the years 1916 and 1927 (Reprinted). The Course of Instruction is available below.
The Jones System of Teaching Reading was a phonetic method of teaching children to read based on an association between hand movements (hand play), sounds, diacritical marking of the words that they were learning to read and the letter equivalent.
Devised by George Jones during his appointment to Bundarra Public School, NSW, from the late 1880s to 1920, the method involved a newly formulated phonetic alphabet consisting of letters and signs.
Interested by the considerable success of the method, the Education Department recommended and sponsored the approach over the next five years.
Jones produced a number of publications and a series of textbooks about The Jones System of Teaching Reading. These and additional references to the Jones Method, which appeared in education journals during this period, are listed below and available to download.
For further reading on The Jones System of Teaching Reading see the following publication
Green, B. and Reid, J. 2001, Historicising the 'Methods' debate: Reading
Pedagogy and Primary English Teaching in Australia., British Educational
Research Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, September
Green & Reid 2001 Abstract
The selected key documents below were published in The Australian Journal of Education
The Prefaces of NSW primary syllabuses were analysed from 1905-1925 to indicate the modifications that were made to them between publications. Select NSW analysis (PDF 112Kb) to view the changes in the preface of NSW primary syllabuses.