Writing & Speaking

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 …

6T studying the most amazing graphic novel…

This week, after much anticipation and work on prediction, we launched into ‘reading’ our new text – ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan. For those of you who are not familiar with the book, please take a look here: https://readingaustralia.com.au/essays/the-arrival/ It is, by far, the most amazing graphic novel I have ever studied with Stage 3 children and due to its depth and symbolism it is right to work on it at this point in the children’s education. We have already spent several lessons discussing the images and their meaning, the use of colour (or not!), the way Tan positions characters on the page and the general layout of his sketches. The children are excited to study the text and …

Free Writing books for 2C

This week the children finished covering their Free Writing Books and began using them. The idea is that they may write any genre they choose and find support materials in the class ‘Free Writing Area’ to do this. Their work will not be marked. The children will not be bound by concerns about spelling and punctuation. The work may be viewed and shared if they choose. There has been much enthusiasm and excitement. Some children have written many pages already. In the classroom this week we completed measurement tasks involving length and converted units of measure into millimetres, centimetres and metres. In English we familiarised ourselves with ‘persuasive text’ structure and language. An Exposition, ‘persuasive text’ is used to …

Increasing maturity as readers

In English, this past week, 6N looked at how the title and cover of our class text, and our predictions about it, relate and connect to other books, to our personal lives and to society at large. The children offered insightful comments about familiar and memorable stories, experiences they have lived and ‘big ideas’ or concepts with similar themes. This demonstrates the increasing maturity the children are showing towards the content they are exploring in class. I have noticed this in Shakespeare lessons also, with the children showing great interest in exploring the themes and characters of the play Romeo and Juliet. On the subject of Shakespeare, this week we had our first dance lesson with choreographer, Miss Bianca. …