April 24

NAPLAN Preparation

As you would all know The National Assessment Program In Literacy and Numeracy(NAPLAN) is around the corner. Our program thus far has covered many of the reading, writing, and numeracy areas on which students will be assessed.

We have been working on:

-narrative writing, plot, setting and character,

-persuasive writing structure and techniques,

-writer’s craft techniques to enhance writing,

-punctuation and grammar,

-spelling strategies,

-the reading strategies that aid comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding vocabulary,

-clarifying the meanings of words, questioning and summarizing,

-identifying author’s purpose,

-identifying question and answer relationships,

-building stamina for reading and writing,

-selecting key words in a text and taking notes,

-maths concepts around number and place value,

-numeracy problem solving and mental computation,

-reviewing prior NAPLAN tests to analyze questions and revising maths concepts previously taught, -working within a time frame,

-development of test wise behaviors,

-developing an understanding of the reasons we undertake NAPLAN,

-reassuring students that this is an assessment of what they can do on the day,

and that teachers do many other kinds of assessments to see what they have learned.


Our hope is that this work helps students to come into the test week feeling prepared and calm about tackling the tests.



April 24

What We Have Been Learning

What a busy few weeks we have had! We have been establishing our CAFE menu for reading and the process of reciprocal teaching, where students work together on a text.

CAFE- Stands for

  • Comprehension- I understand what I read.
  • Accuracy- I recognise and read the words in the text correctly.
  • Fluency- I can read smoothly and with expression. My voice sounds like real talking.
  • Expanding Vocabulary- I learn and use new words.

Under Comprehension we learn strategies that help us comprehend. Under Accuracy we learn how to make sure that we are reading precisely. Under Fluency we learn ways to become fluent and under Expanding Vocabulary we talk about how to tune into new and interesting words. Teachers are currently conferencing with individual students about their reading goals around the CAFE strategies. They are reading independently and selecting Just Right books.

In Reciprocal Teaching students work together in groups to make predictions about the text using clues from headings , pictures and key words. They then read the text carefully together, stopping and helping each other to clarify unknown words or phrases and highlight key words. Next the group members questions each other to check understanding. Once they have reached this point they are ready to write a summary explaining what the text was mainly about and some examples from the text. This summary should contain some of the key words that students highlighted earlier.

In mathematics students have been working with place value to establish how digits make up numbers and investigate the value of the digits when they are in different place value spots or columns.  Thery use MAB blocks to build models of numbers to help visualize the size of numbers.

Our integrated topic, Rules and Laws, is underway and students are discussing the difference betweem rules and laws, researching different aspects of where and why we have rules and laws, who makes them and the consequences if not followed.

Thanks to parents who are supporting and encouraging their children to use their diaries and do their reading for 20 mins per night. We are also needing students to tune into general knowledge/world knowledge. This helps them with having knowledge to draw upon for all areas of their learning.


April 21

Reading Homework- QAR

Strategy – QAR National Behaviour Support Service

Question-Answer Relationship (QAR)

In secondary school you need to know HOW to find the information that is important in your textbook and how to ask different types of questions and find the answers to different question types.



Right There

The answer is in one place in the text. You can put your finger on it! Words from the question and words that answer the questions are often “right there” in the same sentence.

• Reread
• Scan
• Look for keywords.

Think and Search

The answer is in several places in the text. You put together (think and search) different parts of the text to find the answer.

  • Skim or reread
  • Look for important information
  • Piece together different parts

    from the text to answer the question.


Author and You

The answer is not in the text.

  • Think about how what you know and how what’s in the text fit together
  • Reread
  • Think about what you already know

    and what the text says

  • Predict.

On My Own

The answer is not in the text.

  • Think about what you already know
  • Think about what you’ve read


  • Make connections.
 Tonight after reading your just right book, come up with a…
1. Right There question about the book
2. Think and Search question about the book
     Write them in your diary
April 15

Vocabulary Homework

During the last week of term one, Andrea gave a detailed explanation of how to complete the vocabulary homework sheets. We expect these homework sheets to be completed once a week and they are due next Thursday. There are two sheets, and your child has a specific sheet if they are in year 3 or year 4.

Please find images of these sheets below. Instead of copying sheets each week, in an effort to save the planet, we ask that you just copy your answers into your homework books. Please see the sample below. Remember any questions regarding these tasks, please chat to your classroom teacher.

Vocabulary Graphic Organizer

Vocabulary Chart by Justin Holland

Homework Vocabulary Sample