Reading Rotations!

IMGP0073This term, the 5/6’s have started reading rotations. There are lots of different activities to do, like artist illustrator, reciprocal reading a text with your group and your teacher, a computer task and an activity to make connections with the book you’re reading. In reciprocal reading, we predict, we read, we clarify, we question, and we summarise in a small group. IMGP0075

Boy Overboard: 5/6C’s new book

In 5/6 C, we are reading the book ‘Boy Overboard’. This book is about a young boy called Jamal and his sister Bibi who dream about the World Cup and leading Australia to glory. They live in Afghanistan, where it’s in the middle of a war.  The Government is taking control and everyone is in danger. I find this book very interesting and it’s a big cliffhanger. Morris Gleitzman (author of the book) is a very good author and this suits how he writes. If you have read this book, please leave a comment!


Open-Minded Portraits

portraitsIn 3/4KC we read the book “Boss of the Pool”. There were two main characters in the book, Shelley and Ben. Shelley’s mum worked at a hostel where Ben lived. The students chose one of these characters to illustrate and write about themselves being that character.

Here are some phrases that the children wrote about being that character!


  • I had the worst summer holiday ever.
  • My mum works at a boring old hostel which I have to go to.
  • There is a creepy boy named Ben, who can’t pronounce my name!
  • Ben thinks that I’m his girlfriend!
  • My mum works at a hostel as an occupational therapy aid.
  • I have three best friends and their names are Megan, Denise and Petra.
  • I have to stay with old Mrs. Murray, my next door neighbour.


  • I have a friend called Shelley who comes through the week (oh, I love it when she comes).
  • I like my teddy bear and my favourite football time is the Richmond Tigers.
  • Every day I stay by the entry of the hostel waiting for Shelley to arrive.
  • Shelley said I could come in for a swim if I put my bathers on in under 10 secs.
  • I am scared of the pool, but I go in so I can get a silver star.


Learning Lots in Prep

Preps are always busy learning! This week, we have loved our ‘rotations’ for literacy.

We are learning to log in to Reading Eggs ourselves, to learn all about letters and words for reading.

We used the ipads to practise writing and played a game of sound bingo.


We have talked about what we like to do at the beach, then worked with our teacher to write about it and read it back.


We used the beginning sound to read some sentences, and then illustrated each sentence.

Buddie Reading Time

Last Thursday 1/2J was lucky to have Buddy Time with 3/4KC. It was such a beautiful day that the classes decided to go and read our favourite books to each other. Everyone had such a lovely time reading and talking about what is happening in our picture books that time went so quick! Here are some photos of our time together.



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I wonder what is your favourite book to read with your buddy? Let us know in the comment 🙂

Reading Groups are underway in 1/2

Reading Groups have kicked off for the year with children practising the following strategies:

  • Reading to self (independent reading)
  • Reading to someone (partner reading)
  • Checking for understanding (comprehension)
  • Listening to Reading (listening to and following a story on the Interactive whiteboard)
  • Word work (practising spelling using magnetic letters, whiteboards, coloured markers)
  • Reading using ICT (Individual programs using Reading Eggs on the iPads)
  • Guided Reading (Small Group with Teacher instruction)

Students have embraced the above strategies and are working towards staying on-task and focused during group activities.

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    What story is this character from?images      Reading with your child at home

  • When your children see you read and write, it teaches them that reading and writing are useful skills.
  • Reading with your children at home will help them in all areas of their learning at school.
  • Read together with your children and have a range of reading material available at home.
  • Try not to let television  intrude on reading time.
  • Be confident that your child will learn to read and develop their reading skills over time

Our New Class Novel

1/2C, with the help of the lovely Mrs McPherson, have chosen a new class novel to read this term. Our book of choice is Nim’s Island written by Wendy Orr.  It is an adventure story about a young girl called Nim who lives on a tropical island with her amazing animal friends. We are only part way through but are enjoying it thoroughly so far.

As part of our learning we decided to draw a visual representation of what we think Nim’s island would look like. These are our pictures.

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Buddy Reading in 1/2

20151021_090624In 1/2, we LOVE reading and sharing our skills with others! This week, we have begun to share our home reading books with our peers so that they can…


1. Hear and see all the strategies we are applying when we read

2. Listen to the story and ask us comprehension questions

3. Give us feedback about how fluent, expressive and confident our reading sounds.

This is really helping us- not only when reading, but also when reading aloud!

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