Language Experience

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Sally Hill

Language experience is a great way to promote reading, writing, and vocabulary in our students. It involves students experiencing hands-on activity where topic vocabulary is used by the teacher to help define the new or build on the experience. Teachers assist students to use this vocabulary throughout the experience.

Once the experience has been completed teachers ask students to assist them with brainstorming the new vocabulary. Using the new vocabulary the class generates a sentence or two about the experience. Students themselves then have a go at either writing their own sentence using the vocabulary brainstormed or if they are in the early stages of writing they can copy the class co-constructed sentence. To add understanding to their sentence students then draw a picture to match the sentence.

Teachers utilise these sentences across the week. They may break the sentence into parts and ask students to put the sentence in order, developing their knowledge of sentence structure and reading. They may pick words out of the sentence to work with students to learn how to spell, reiterate what the meaning of the word is. This experience benefits the majority of students and can be altered to suit higher year levels. It gives students a supportive structure to experiment with their writing skills producing fantastic results, no matter their entry level.

Hats and why they are important

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Sally Hill

Unfortunately, at our recent assembly, we noticed a number of students not wearing their hats. In Australia, temperatures soar at the most unpredictable times and even when it's not that hot ultraviolet rays from the say can harm our skin. The sun's rays can cause harm to our skin, educating our children about the importance of slip, slop, slide, and slapping is vital to their adult life. One way we can do this at school is; to support the College policy of wearing hats in both term 1 and term 4 when the sun’s rays are at its strongest. Talking to your child about why hats are so important and the potential impacts of what can happen if hats are not worn when out in the sun. 

One of our College expected behaviours is ‘We are safe' wearing hats is a part of being safe. Another College expected behaviour is ‘We are responsible' taking care of ourselves is a part of being responsible, these two expected behaviours go hand in hand in ensuring that our children learn how to keep themselves safe from the sun's harmful rays. 

Please support us in encouraging our children to follow our expected behaviours by having conversations at home about wearing hats, drinking water and keeping out of the sun on days of extreme heat. 

Kind Regards,

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6