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The Beach Is More Fun Than The Pool!

PERSUASIVE WRITING It is certain that the beach is more fun than the pool. I think the beach is the best because there are waves, sand, shells and fish. Firstly, there are no waves in swimming pools. Waves are absolutely fantastic for swimming through, and on, as when you go body surfing. Moreover, you can use a boogie board or surfboard to ride the waves. Secondly and surely you can enjoy the sand by using it and walking on it. There are many ways you can use the sand, make sandcastles and dig holes. Definitely, the sand dunes are perfect for riding and surfing down on a board. You could dig holes to make mini pools to play in. …

Drama – a resource beneficial for all children to prepare them for a successful life

During my time teaching drama to children for the past 17 years, I have witnessed so many incredible stories of growth in self-esteem, confidence and expression in my students. I have taught pre-schoolers and helped them to hone their already vivid imaginations so that they can explore further and bring to life their creative ideas, using costumes, props, and their blossoming young voices. I have taught primary-aged children as the Shakespeare Director of John Colet School and also my own Drama and Singing School, Brightsparks Performing Arts School. I have been astounded and humbled by the many emails, letters and conversations with parents, expressing their gratitude for the growth in their child due to (what they believe) is their …

6T e-meet Jacquie French and perfect their twangs!

6T are honing their writing skills after an online writing festival featuring the very famous Australian author, Jackie French. Now they know more about  enhancing their writing by ‘showing not telling’.  And they learned how using our sense of taste, hearing and smell gets the reader to imagine all kinds of events! Dominic’s suggestion  – “Burgling bush-rangers crashed through the doors with a noise like a clap of thunder” was read out by the presenter and Jackie French’s comment was, ‘Oooh, yummy!’  It was exciting taking part in the online event and we were one of over 170 schools all writing together! The photo shows some of 6T taking part in the activity via webcam. Shakespeare Accents Meanwhile, our …

How to get very young children interested in art

Art teacher, mother and grandmother Annette Gadsby shares tips and links for bringing out the artist in very young children, and explains why ‘visual literacy’ is so important Our 4-year-old grandson’s favourite artwork is a copy of a Fra Angelico painting. I’m not sure whether it’s the gold leaf or the image and colours that attract him, but when you ask him what his favourite painting in our lounge room is, he carefully looks around and chooses that one. At John Colet we display roughly 20 reproductions from medieval art to Contemporary and ask the child to choose one. The very young are asked. “What can you see”? and “Why did you choose that picture”?  They always take a …

Can ‘stillness’ be taught to pre-schoolers?

At John Colet, part of the classroom routine is to regularly stop and pause in between lessons and activities. We find this works wonders! It brings even the youngest students back to a calm frame of mind allowing them a readiness for learning.  Lower 1st teachers Simona Cipollone and Justine Cooper share their tips on some tried and true ways to get even the youngest children to come to stillness, just for a few moments, before and after each lesson.  These tips can work in your home just as well, for those times when you would like to restore a calm and serene environment… for a short time at least!  And practicing regularly builds the skill, for parents and …