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7/09/2017
This week Mrs Harling and I have been entertaining students at lunchtime with some Spectacular Science Demonstrations in honour of National Science Week. I have included the procedures for each experiment so that students can try these simple, but exciting experiments at home. They are also available on the school Face Book page.
 
Here’s hoping all students come back from the holidays rested, refreshed and healthy!
 
 Spelling Focus
In week 9, students in years 1-6 will be focusing on words which have the /oo/ as in boot sound. The /oo/ sound may be spelt with an: oo, ew, ue, u_e or u, and may be found at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of a word.
In week 10, students in years 1-6 will be focusing on words which have the /z / as in zebra and the /s/ as in treasure sounds. The /z / sound may be spelt with: z, zz, se or se and the /s/ may be spelt with: s, si. x or ge both sounds may be found at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of a word.
Learning to Write
 
What parents can do
(PETAA 2015)
·         Encourage children to write, write, write! Provide opportunities such as writing the shopping list, sending letters and cards to friends and relatives, writing emails, keeping a diary, labelling photos in the family album and leaving notes for family members. It should be relevant and meaningful writing, rather than writing for the sake of writing.
·         Give your children opportunities to read their stories aloud. Listen with a focus on the message they express. Comment on what they have done well. Leave comments about spelling, punctuation and grammar to another time. If children are encouraged to freely express their meaning and are acknowledged, they are more inclined to want to write.
·         Draw children’s attention to writing in the environment – street signs, shop signs, food labels, billboards, etc – these signs and notices are models of writing for real purposes.
·         Provide a quiet place for writing with lots of writing materials. Leave notes for each other, write poems together, send messages in their lunchbox. Play writing games; one person writes a story beginning, another writes the middle and another writes the end.
 
Ms Hartmann
Head of Curriculum