Writing & Speaking

Screen free day

So, Screen Free Day, I woke up, and ate brekkie, which was toast and milk, then I went to play badminton and ride my bicycle for a while. But we couldn’t play badminton because the weather was too windy. Later, I played board games with my Mum, ate lunch, & then she went to get the Pfizer Vaccine. When she was gone, my brother watched YouTube on the T.V. while I tried to catch an annoying lizard. I lifted up the planks and….Boom! The lizard stared at me. ❪☟○∧○☟❫ Then, it crawled/ran in front of the pool. I poked it, and it fell in. I nearly screamed, seriously. Then the lizard swam to the bottom and stayed there or …

Screen Free Day, plus a little bit of tv

I woke up with a start. I was going to login to my teams (as usual) but then I realized I got a break from screens, so I made my bed and got out my book to read. After a while I got up and went downstairs to have breakfast (I had some egg and toast). I went back upstairs and started to draw. I was drawing this beautiful, pink flower I was working on for a few days now. My brother called me downstairs and asked if I could come out and play AFL so that’s what we did. Now it was time for lunch me and my brother Andre went into our garden and started cooking some …

Screen Free Day recount by Isabella N

Yesterday was screen free day, I really enjoyed it. I started of my day with breakfast, we had avocado on toast, and it was delicious! Then I decided it was time to make a den. I used the couch as a base, then I took the bottom pillow off. Then everything else so that the couch was bare. Then I took a blanket and about 10 cushions from the couch and my bed. Finally, I created an entrance and a roof out of another slightly larger blanket balanced on dining chairs.   After I created my den, it was time for me to make my bed and get ready for the day. When I finished that I came back upstairs …

A busy week in Second Class

What an extraordinary week we have had with NAIDOC Week and Remembrance Day. Our History included an outdoor lesson with Miss Jackson and 2M. Miss Jackson shared with us her knowledge of Indigenous Languages, customs and a Welcome to Country book (by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy). We remembered those who had given their lives in wars on 11th November at 11 am. As a whole school we fell silent for one minute. We engaged in experiments with Mr Sjoquest to discover the science of floating TOYS. The children completed their advertisement for a toy using their skills to write persuasively, using emotive language and adjectives. They completed a self-assessment using a class created rubric, with criteria chosen …

6th Class consider ‘Dilemma’ by Richard Aldington

Our poetry theme continued this week with a study on a free-verse poem by Richard Aldington called ‘Dilemma’. I was amazed at the mature responses by the children and their ability to analyse and interpret Aldington’s words. It is a beautiful poem full of clever personification and rich vocabulary and we had a great discussion about the ending – did the poet’s friend end up travelling the world again, or did they opt to stay at home? If you would like to read the poem you can find it here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=20284 Be sure to read on to the second page! One point we did all agree on was that the poem would make a beautiful painting, with all its …

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 …