Curriculum support material

Postie Kate and friends
Postie Kate and friends

Below you will find curriculum-linked lesson and activity ideas and student activity sheets to support letter writing and literacy activities in your classroom. The lesson and activity ideas cover all learning areas and are sorted accordingly below.

The education resource materials have been designed for a national audience (taking the new Australian Curriculum into consideration) and offer a broad range of learning experiences for lower-primary students.

They are copyright-free for use by Australian teachers and are provided in both PDF and HTML formats. The student activity sheets are also provided in SMART Notebook format where applicable.

Some lessons require students to use the "Let's write a letter" interactive, view the "Postie Kate in the community" animated story, or read the "Postie Kate eBook". These are all available in Multimedia fun in the "Postie Kate and friends" student section. Other lessons require students to read All about our post or All about writing letters which can also be found in the "Postie Kate and friends" student section.

Learning outcomes

The main themes of this website are outlined in the learning outcomes (below). By using the education resource material on this website, students can achieve these outcomes.

Students will:

  • learn key events in the history of Australia Post.
  • be introduced to the correct conventions of writing, addressing and posting letters.
  • be exposed to the system of mail processing, from posting to delivery and how to keep posties safe.
  • discover the various items that can be mailed.

Lesson and activity ideas

 

English

  • Students to learn how to correctly address an envelope. Students to read "Addressing your envelope" (in the "All about writing letters" section) for helpful tips.
  • Students to complete the "The journey of a letter" activity sheet.
  • Students to bring in a postcard that someone has sent to them. Discuss what sort of things people write on postcards. How do postcards differ from letters?
  • Students to use the "Let's write a letter" interactive to learn more about letter writing. Students to write a letter to someone in their class. Make a class book of students' letters.
  • As a class, students to read the "Postie Kate eBook" (in the "Multimedia fun" section) and complete one, or all, of the following activities:
    • "Postie Kate – reviewing the story" activity sheet to answer questions about the story.
    • "Who is Postie Kate?" activity sheet to write descriptions of Postie Kate.
    • "Postie Kate – beginning, middle and end" activity sheet to illustrate the three sections of the story.
    • "Postie Kate's busy week" activity sheets to colour and sequence the main events in the story.
    • "Postie Kate cloze" activity sheet to complete some sentences from the book.

Student activity sheets

Student activity sheet solutions

Mathematics

  • In pairs, students to work out how much it would cost them to send a standard-sized letter (60c) within Australia to two, three, five, ten, thirteen and twenty-one people? Can they think of a quick way of working out the answers to these questions?
  • Students to talk about why they think stamps cost money. Why do letters need to have a stamp?
  • Students to complete the "Colour Postie Kate by numbers" activity sheet.
  • Students to complete the "Post the letters" activity sheet.
  • Students to complete the "Postie Kate maze" activity sheet.
  • As a class, go for a walk around three or four streets surrounding the school and record how many letterboxes there are. Create a simple graph or chart showing the number of letterboxes in each of the streets.

Student activity sheets

Student activity sheet solutions

History

  • Students to read "Mail in our past" (in the "All about our post" section) and complete the "Australia Post firsts timeline" activity sheet.
  • Students to speak to their parents and / or grandparents about how they communicated when they were children. Students to talk about ways in which they communicate today.
  • Students to brainstorm the items that they have received in the mail during their lives. Students to ask their parents / caregivers if they have kept any mail received (cards, letters, postcards etc.) relating to them, and bring them in to show the class. Items could include birth congratulation cards, birthday cards, invitations, Christening / Naming Day cards etc.

Student activity sheets

Science / Technology

  • Students to draw a machine that can carry mail from the letterbox to the front door.
  • Students to investigate how technology has made the job of sorting the mail easier and faster.
  • Students to design a new mail bag for their postie to use. Students to draw the bag and label its features before sharing their ideas with other class members.
  • Students to discuss what they think letterboxes are made out of and why.
  • Students to investigate the various types of transport used by Australia Post to deliver letters and parcels. How is each of the vehicles used?
  • As a class, think about the different seasons. What do posties wear in Australia? Does their uniform change with the seasons?

The Arts

  • Students to build and decorate a class street posting box. Students to write letters and postcards to their classmates and teacher and take it in turns to be the postie who sorts and delivers the mail. The Craft templates section contains instructions and templates on how to make your own street posting box.
  • Students to complete the "Design your own stamp" activity sheet.
  • Students to draw / paint / photograph their letterbox and then design a new letterbox for their house. Make sure that it is large enough to hold all their mail.
  • Students to complete the "Add some colour" activity sheets.
  • Students to discuss why it is important for posties to wear bright clothing with reflective stripes. Who else might need to wear bright clothing, or a special uniform, to do their job? Students to use magazine pictures to create a collage of special uniforms.
  • Students to complete the "Spot the difference" activity sheet.

Student activity sheets

Student activity sheet solutions

Health and Physical Education

  • Students to show how many different ways they can "groove and move" from their front door to the letterbox. Try out as many different ways as they can think of and share them with the class.
  • Students to write a card or letter to themselves, a friend, or a family member, and then walk as a class to post them.
  • Students to investigate the various items of safety equipment used by posties. Students to see how Postie Kate stays safe, in the fun "Postie Kate in the community" interactive.
  • In pairs, students to talk about how the weather could affect how a postie does his or her job. Investigate how posties cope with different weather.
  • Students to complete the "Stay safe Postie Kate" activity sheet.

Student activity sheets

LOTE / Languages

  • Students to investigate how to write and say simple greetings such as "Dear Mum", "Dear Dad", "Dear Grandma", "Dear Grandpa" etc. in various other languages. Why not investigate how to write and say some other simple phrases that could be used when writing a letter?
  • Students to ask their families if they can bring a letter sent from someone overseas to share with their classmates.

Lesson and activity ideas downloadable PDF