Sunday, 3 July 2016


Celebrating our ALL students. 

Below are Room14's ALL Students sharing their favourite piece of writing. They did a wonderful job of sharing their persuasive writing with the other students from Rooms 9, 10 and 13. 

Thank you to Mrs van Zyl and Miss Pulman for a lovely spread and thank you to Mrs Cantley for supporting our students along this 15 week journey. 

- Miss G

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Writing Demonstrations for Parents

Our recent morning of writing demonstrations was very successful, with 11 parents attending this session. Many thanks to all those who were able to come along and join in with this session, as we know how difficult it can be to get time off work or find time in your busy days. The teachers valued the chance to show you how they teach a typical writing lesson, and the children loved having you there. It was a great opportunity to see your child learning and experience the instruction that teachers deliver as part of the ALL project, and in their regular classroom writing lessons. I'm sure you can see that your children are in expert hands! Looking around the room, I was struck by the excitement of the children at having Mum or Dad there to see them learn, and by the focus, attention and interest paid by all the parents. It was a great opportunity to ask questions, and have the teacher explain how they teach, what they teach and why they teach it that way! Below are some photos which I hope you enjoy looking at. - Alana Cantley

Sunday, 22 May 2016

The Writing Process

Have you ever wondered how we teach writing?
We follow a process which is used for every piece of writing we do.

First of all we plan
We decide on a purpose for writing. This could be to inform, entertain, explain or express a point of view. We set goals to help us meet the purpose, that way we stay on track!
Initially it is talk, talk, talk, to help us clarify what we want to say, sharing allows us to expand ideas. Recording planning may involve a picture with key words, a brainstorm, map or diagram.
It is a way of organising ideas before writing sentences

Use our plan to draft
This is where we take key ideas from our plan and write them down. A lot of thinking is happening here. What do we want to say first? what words do I want to use? How do I write these down? How can I structure my sentences?
Room 10 children are focusing heavily on stretching sounds out and writing them down. Sometimes this is single sounds ( a-n-d) other times it is chunking sound patterns we are learning ( sh-out-ed).

We try hard to write several different types of sentences using a growing range of vocabulary.

Revising our work
Revising is all about trying to improve our writing.  This could involve using language which best suits the purpose for writing ( scientific words, describing words etc). Thinking about how best to organise our ideas so our writing flows and makes sense. We usually reflect and ask ourselves questions in terms of meeting our writing goals

Editing our work

We read our work back again, but this time we are looking for spelling mistakes and punctuation. We underline/highlight words we are unsure of and use our word cards to fix some mistakes. We often get each other to check our work for their opinions!

Once all the other steps have been completed we decide on a way to best present it to our readers.
This could be done using various technologies, depending on the purpose. A card for a message, a video for a report, a big book to share with a class etc


Saturday, 21 May 2016

I love my Mum!

During the first week back we worked on creating a poem to express how we feel about our mums.

We worked in pairs to describe mum's hair, eyes, smile and hands.

Using descriptive language: I was blown away by the emotive vocabulary and use of similies to describe mum's features.
To help us warm up we played the ......Mystery Object Game......
This where you put some items in a bag. Someone puts their hand in and describes the objects using their senses. This is helpful for encouraging rich language and something you can do at home too! Try it out on your siblings!

This is what clever writers do!
Revising: We read our work to decide if we had met the criteria and ask ourselves if there was any way we could improve or correct our ideas. Some of us changed words like grey to sliver so it sounded more exciting

Editing our work: Good writers read their work back to check for spelling mistakes and if punctuation is included.

If you can see some highlighting pen on the pages, this is where we focused on highlighting capital letters and full stops.
We got a point for every time we used a capital letter and full stop correctly!

We published these on Friday in time for Mother's Day.
I was very proud of my Double Writers. I am sure these brought a (happy) tear to Mum's eyes! Don't worry Dads, we will think of something for you too. Roll on September!

Random Acts of Kindness

Room 10 and 13 joined together to create messages of kindness to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Mrs Van Zyl  showed us some pictures of tulips to help us create a flower shape for our messages.
We shared our ideas in pairs about who and why we wanted to give our messages of kindness to.

Mums and Dads were popular as well as cousins and friends.

As we wrote we used our growing knowledge of how segment and blend sounds to write tricky words correctly.
I think we all agreed the super fun part was publishing our work by using stickers, special felts and illustrations.

During this activity children were exposed to the idea that we write for many different reasons such as writing a quick message to share how we feel.

Room 10 and 13 children  hope you enjoy your special gift!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Room 14 getting back into our writing this term

On our first day back for Term 2, the ALL students in Room 14 got straight back into our normal routine and did some holiday writing.

Have a look at us working hard with Miss Glen...

A special mention to Izaria - look at how she attempted to spell "surprising". This was a really tricky work and she gave it a really good go stretching out the word aloud to help her sound it out. 
After Izaria had a go at spelling it on her own, we looked at the beginning sound of the word surprising and we went back over the different ways we can spell the "er" sound e.g. er, ur, ir. Well done Izaria :)