Writing & Speaking

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. …

Year 3 write their own biographies

We have been busy learning here in 3rd Class. The children are focused and learning well. They are all making excellent progress. What have we been up to this week?   English – This week the children read a biography of choice from the Big Dreams Little People series. They used the information from these to write a mini biography of their own. Maths – This week we have focused on formal written methods for subtraction as well as calculating change. Science – The children demonstrated their knowledge of how night and day occurs. I have attached some videos of their explanations.   Geography – This week we have been learning how to use an atlas and read maps using coordinates. Shakespeare – We worked on …

Diving back in to Shakespeare

4th Class are having lots of fun diving back into Shakespeare rehearsals. As part of homework each night, all students have been reminded to learn their lines as soon as possible. We have limited time each week with Miss Emanuel and rehearsals are interrupted when students are carrying scripts around instead of props. Everyone is doing really well and we hope to have all students with memorised lines within the next 2 weeks. The past week: • In writing we have been looking at effective persuasive arguments and using conjunctions and other connective devices to illustrate opposition, reinforcement and cause and effect to strengthen our arguments. In Grammar we have looked at the etymology of words from Latin and …