A Look At Literacy In Week 7

Hi everyone! As it is Friday today, we thought we would post a review of the week, in particular on Literacy.

This week we have been enjoying listening to our Guest Readers after snack or lunch each day. Reading aloud to someone is very important for reading, but reading to the whole class is a step above that! It can be a little nerve-wracking so we make sure we are respectful and attentive listeners because we know how it feels. As the reader, when read you aloud you realise how important it is to use great expression and read fluently, and the importance of showing confidence even when you don’t feel that way.

Here are the guest readers for this week:


After reading we share three things the reader did well during their book. Some examples of the positives are:

“You read with great expression and excitement in your voice”

“You read the punctuation really well which added to the excitement in the story”

“You sounded like you practiced a lot at home because you seemed very confident”

Well done to our Guest Readers again!

Today we got a lovely surprise when we discovered that Miss Sharp had left her cat, Lola, in charge of reading our narrative writing about becoming scientists. Lola even sent us a video to tell us how pleased she and Miss Sharp were that we used lots of powerful writing strategies like onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole and the power of three. They also really liked that we were able to write exciting narratives with sizzling starts, a clear happening or event in the middle followed by the resolution, and a conclusion at the end.

Teacher Lola

Well done everyone!

Below are some pictures of us working on some literacy tasks.


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Book Week 2014

Hurrah! Book Week is here! This is the week we celebrate all things wonderful about reading. A special day each year is the treasured dress up day. Everyone is invited and encouraged to dress up as their favourite character for the day.

Killara students are always so enthusiastic when it comes to this day. Led, by excellent example of course, by their teachers!

The main event of the day is the parade we have before snack. It really is so wonderful to see everyone in their costumes, and it’s also great to see lots of parents and family members joining us for this and supporting their children and the school community.

Take a look at our slideshow below.


Did you enjoy Book Week? What was the highlight for you? Have you got a character in mind for next year?

George’s Marvellous Medicine

12JS has just loved reading Roald Dahl’s “George’s Marvellous Medicine” as our class novel.

Not only is it a fantastic story written by one of the best children’s authors, but it has given us a chance to make connections within our learning. 1/2 students have been learning about ‘powerful writing techniques’ and reading George’s Marvellous Medicine has allowed us to identify where, when and how an author implements these strategies.

We have been able to identify the use of synonyms and antonyms within the story, as well as noticing other things like the use of simile, hyperbole, repetition and the powerful three.

This has enabled us to take our learning and apply it to other areas, and has allowed us to see the effect these techniques have on the audience. We have been noticing other places these techniques are used too, including in everyday speech.

Here’s what we think so far:

Amber: “George put a lot of bad things in his medicine.”

Bailey: “George put everything he could find in there!”

Abigail: “The Grandma was very mean.”

Kiana: “George is getting up to lots of mischief making his medicine!”

Callum: “George is scared of Grandma.”

Jessica: “I liked when he gave the medicine to his Grandma.”

What is your favourite book? Have you read any Roald Dahl books? Share your thoughts with us.