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Reading and Writing

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Buddy reading, character hot seating, creative writing and making marvelous medicine are just some of the exciting activities that the Primary students were engaged in during our annual book week. This year, there was a Roald Dahl theme running through the Primary School, with each class exploring one of his famous books. The students were also very resourceful, finding out information and learning facts about the author, which they were questioned on during our assembly quiz. The exit point to our themed week took place on Thursday, which was ‘World Book Day’. It was wonderful to see so many students and teachers come to school dressed up as a famous book character, some costumes really did turn some heads!

In the lead up to Book Week, students in Years 5 & 6 were encouraged to enter into a writing competition that was set by Mr Jones. Students were asked to write a short story, no more than 500 words, in the style of Roald Dahl. We are very pleased to announce that Aaron Tigga (5I) and Jenelle Chuah (6N) were the chosen winners and each received a new book and cinema voucher as a prize.

Here are some reflections of the week from the students:

“Last week we were learning about the book ‘Esio Trot’. We made a profile on our favourite character. In our book, the characters are Mr Hoppy, Mrs Silver and Alfie. My favourite character is Mrs Silver, that is why I dressed as her for World Book Day. The book ‘Esio Trot’ even has a film, we have watched it last week. I learned that tortoises live on land and turtles live in water, tortoises can live for a very long time! On Tuesday, we brought our favourite book into school and shared it with 5A. We also highlighted verbs, adjectives and adverbs in our class book, Esio Trot.” – Khadija Warood 3A

“I have enjoyed the book ‘The BFG’ because it is really funny. The funniest bit was when he talked in his made-up language. It was also exciting because he went on an adventure with Sophie. I enjoyed writing our made up language dictionary last week. We had to find all of the made-up words and put them in alphabetical order. My favourite word was boogybrain, which means crazy. I really enjoyed the assembly with the quiz and seeing everyone dressed up as Roald Dahl characters”. - Abdurrehman Khan 5A

“During book week, I learned how to up-level sentences using ambitious adjectives and adverbs. Dressing up for book day was my favourite part during Book Week.

I also enjoyed learning about Roald Dahl’s use of language, such as his funny, made-up, rhyming words!” - Sarah Mendoza 6I

“In Book Week, I liked reading with my friend Caleb in Year 4” - Ayur Singh 1S:

As well as our book frenzy week, we also held our Year 1 & 2 Science morning and Year 3 to 6 Science Fair. It was a pleasure walking around each class to see the enjoyment in the children’s faces as they presented their experiments to their friends and parents.

Here is a short reflection from our 6N team:

Years 5 and 6 had a fantastic time sharing some of their Sience experiments last week. For about an hour, students from 5I, 5N and 6A took it in turns to visit and show their incredible Science experiments. There were some great explanations of the Science and a lot of enthusiasm in sharing learning between students. During the visits, there were a few funny events, including: exploding chemical reactions, popping balloons and messy hands! During the day, it was also lovely to take part in some other Science experiments in our own classes as well as being visited by parents to share what we had been up to. We are all looking forward to the next Science Fair already!