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What is it like in…North Korea?

Our Year sixes have been learning all about countries around the world. So far their investigations have led to discoveries about what it is liek to live in contries such as Russia, Germany, and North Korea. Quite often these places are very different in many ways to...

Summarising: What’s it all about?

Being able to read is an extremely useful skill to have. For many people, it is one of life’s pleasures. But what is the purpose of reading? We might read a text to gather information about a topic or idea. We might read a text to learn how to do or make something. We...

Keep those comments coming!

In the last week our school reached a significant milestone, we reached over 100,000 total submissions on Seesaw. During our remote learning periods this year we have averaged around 10,000 pieces of work being submitted each week. While these numbers are mind...

Let’s Keep Reading!

I know we have said it hundreds of times, but here is it one more time....2020 has been like no other! We have been thrust into home learning not once but twice! Even when we returned to school we faced many different restrictions which meant school was very...

Technology at Bourchier

Bourchier Street Primary School (BSPS) uses technology as one way of developing skills, knowledge and behaviours students will need as responsible citizens in our global community.  Students learn collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking in a...

Work it! How worked examples can prevent overload!

Our year long focus on High Impact Teaching Strategies will continue with an in depth look at worked Examples. A key component of a teacher's repertoire a worked example demonstrates the steps required to complete a task or solve a problem. By scaffolding the...

Readers Notebooks at Bourchier!

This afternoon Emma walked us through some of the theory behind Readers Notebooks. Every student in our school now has their Readers Notebooks. We were provided with many examples of what should go into Readers Notebooks and spent some time owning our notebooks by...

Around the Grounds…

From the small and narrow SCG, to the slick Etihad and finishing with the grand MCG, today we went 'around the grounds' with Andrea Hillbrick.  An immeasurably practical session full of ideas that will help bring high levels of...

Comprehension: Putting the pieces together…

On Monday afternoon Eron and Liz guided us through some key bits of research into reading comprehension. The discussion was rich and we were able to become quite creative as we mapped out and visualised our key take aways from the session. Please access this page for...

Leading Literacy

Emma and I recently attended day one of DET's Leading Literacy (for networks) course at McGuire College in Shepparton. The course is divided into five modules and unpacks high quality and research-based literacy pedagogy. This course will help us design professional...
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Assessment (The essential kind!)

This afternoon's professional Learning session is all around a new assessment tool that is available to teachers at our school. Essential Assessment is a whole school formative and summative assessment solution. After introducing Essential Assessment we will be...

What’s your approach?

Today in our meeting, the literacy team presented some videos of examples of different teaching approaches. Year level teams viewed different videos and then we had a discussion about the approaches and when they might be the most effective strategies to use in the...

Starting the year with a growth mindset!

We were very fortunate to be able to start the year with a wonderful couple of days of professional Learning at Lancemore Hill. It was great to be able share the start of the year with everyone in a nice setting! Andrea Hillbrick started her work with a session on...

Big Write – Assessment, Planning, Reflection

Last week's Literacy professional learning allowed us to assess, plan and reflect on our Big Write journey so far. Here is a link to the Big Write handouts from the beginning of the year that includes the teacher and student friendly checklists that we used to assess...

O is for Openers, P is for Punctuation

In tonight's staff meeting we will go through the last two components of VCOP...then we're almost ready for the Big Write. Openers Fluency Tasks/Stocking Fillers Dice Openers - Roll a dice, the number that is rolled equals the amount of words in the sentence. Could be...

V is for Vocabulary

Tonight's meeting will focus on the vocabulary aspect of VCOP. Vocabulary can be taught across all curriculum areas through explicit teaching, incidentally and games. Here are some short and sharp games that will help develop vocabulary in your classroom:...

VCOP and the Big Write

Big Write = Best Write Big Writing is a way of teaching writing that focuses on four aspects of the writing process (VCOP) in addition to other writing components such as genre and text structure. The program gives students the skills to improve their writing and the...

RECAP OF THE READING HOUR – GUIDED READING

Today we will be recapping what the reading hour looks like then delving into guided reading more specifically. We will go through the guided reading framework and look at guided reading in action. The following presentation contains everything that was covered in...

Spelling Part 2

As a follow up to our previous staff meeting we will again be looking at spelling. Spelling can be a tricky subject to plan for and teach, children often have varying difficulties and the focus of today is to assist with this. First off have a go at spelling these......