Keep questioning until the very end!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
A very warm welcome back to our second week of learning! Our students and teachers have been working very hard to reestablish routines and class processes after the school holidays. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students on the efforts they are making to improve their learning. In addition I would like to extend my gratitude to all our parents and guardians for the supports you continue to give to your children and our school.
As we continue to deliver our Tutor Learning Initiative with a focus on reading I know that students are covering the skill of questioning before and during reading which will helps students to think about the text they are reading and in turn helps them to process the information more efficiently. Just as these questioning strategies allow students to make predictions, make connections and infer different meanings in the text, after reading questions allow students to reflect on their reading, how it made them feel, form conclusions about the text and to look back and take the text apart to find the different sections of the text.
Some example questions that you may wish to use with your child are:
- How did the story make you feel?
- What did you like or dislike about the text?
- Who were the main character? Can you describe them?
- What was the story about?
- What happened at the beginning / middle / end?
- What is another way that the story could have ended?
- Does this text remind you of something you have seen or done before?
- Was the prediction I made before reading correct?
- Was this text fiction or non-fiction? How could you tell?
- What did you learn from this text?
These ‘after reading’ questions used in conjunction with ‘before’ and ‘during’ reading questioning will allow your child to gain the most from the texts that they read. After reading questions are also a great stepping stone to future conversation not only about the text but taking that further to explore their interests and thoughts.
“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” – Nelson Mandela
Kathy Cvitkovic - Assistant Principal
School Vice Captain Report
In the past week we have noticed students using the wrong playground. We want to remind you about being safe at school, which is a part of our SWPB Matrix. A very simple way we can do this is by using the correct playground.
On Friday, it is ‘Hoodie Up for Autism Day’. We will also be selling popcorn at lunchtime for $1.00. Please remember your gold coin donation for wearing your hoodie and bring some extra money to purchase a bag of popcorn. Thank you for supporting this wonderful cause.
Have a great week!