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Year Four Writing Showcase

Today our Year Fours hosted an exhibition of their recently published books. It was fantastic to see so many authors and so many fantastic stories.  There was interesting characters, incredibly descriptive settings and entertaining plots. It was great to see so many...

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...
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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......

Spelling

Our data is telling us that spelling is an area for concern across the whole school. It is important that we use this data to drive our teaching and think about how we incorporate spelling into our weekly planners. It is an expectation that spelling is being...

Classroom Libraries: Literacy PD

Tonight we will be delving into the world of classroom libraries. This post includes some resources that might be handy for tonight's meeting. The main thing you will need to do is to record some of your learning using the form that has been created using google forms...

Grammar does matter!

Fresh off the heels of a regional PD our schools literacy team returned with lots of information about the teaching of grammar in a primary classroom. At first we closely looked at the Ausvels curriculum to familiarize ourselves with all the grammar components of the...

Understanding the 4 levels of feedback

When teaching and learning are “visible” – that is, when it is clear what teachers are teaching and what students are learning, student achievement increases. John Hattie's idea is something that our school has become very aware of over the last two years and we have...

Visible Learning

I was fortunate enough to have attended the second session of a three part Professional Development program entitled Visible learning on last week. I thought I might take the opportunity to reflect upon some thing that I took away from the day. This might re-ignite...