8-9yrs English

  • Drama Class
  • Homeschooling Social Groups
  • Skype calls with different aged family & friends
  • Online chat in games and groups
  • Public Libraries
  • Work as a part of a group – Christmas Party Decorations, Drama Class, Community murals
  • Written clues in treasure hunts
  • Word Tree
  • Puppet Theatre
  • Watch videos of different Australian dialects
  • Use internet – instruction pages, blogs, google results etc (to look at hyperlinks etc)
  • Watch and discuss plays
  • Discuss books with friends
  • Look at and discuss the style of some old texts
  • Watch and talk about documentaries, short films and multi media
  • Listen to Dreamtime stories – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vh6moD9ZOU&list=PLu7plDFUuA9oXq5eGpbxevKpk4gUJhnHL
  • Look things up alphabetically eg indexes, dictionary, encyclopedia
  • Write script for you tube channel promotional video, plan volume control, crib notes, tone…
  • Record walkthroughs for  You Tube channel
  • Plan minecraft server on paper
  • Write server instructions
  • Design home page for You Tube channel
  • Design a web page/blog
  • Test out digital spellcheckers
  • Read poetry
  • Read a script from a play, e.g. from www.lazybeescripts.co.uk/youththeatre/
  • Read stories about significant Australians & discuss how the people are presented
  • Read stories/watch animations  on www.europeoftales.net
  • Books – Peter and Jane series, Oxford Reading Tree series, Puddle Lane series, Dr. Seuss books, various picture books
  • Books – The Moomins series, The Famous Five series,  Roald Dahl, various fairy tale collections (Grimm, Anderson), Arabian Nights,  Pippi Longstocking series,  Charlotte’s Web, Aesop’s Fables
  • More Books from the ‘Classic Starts’ series published by Sterling (to include some Asian texts) – http://www.sterlingpublishing.com/catalog?series=Classic+Starts%26%238482%3B+Series&limit=10
  • Books about famous Australians from the ‘Meet… series – http://www.randomhouse.com.au/search/books.aspx?series=Meet

 

  • Write Poetry
  • Write a Play
  • Write something inspired by literature from other times/places
  • Write stories and poems related to own real and imagined world, illustrate them
  • Write instructions for something
  • Write a comic book story
  • Write and justify laws etc for ‘Teddy Heaven’
  • Play around with punctuation, changing it for one piece of writing to see the effect
  • Practice using apostrophes for contractions
  • Experiment with vocabulary
  • Experiment with figurative language, similes, metaphors, idioms, personification
  • Practise spelling words by using different strategies
  • Traceable writing sheets (NSW Foundation Style Cursive)
  • Talk about body language
  • Talk about other languages and their different approaches
  • Discuss how people from different times and cultures may respond differently to texts (banned novels, philosophies/religious texts)
  • Talk about common experiences and notice differences in texts from other cultures
  • Discuss why books and films engage us (or not) including personal perspective
  • Discuss how texts excite/move/absorb us and why (plot tensions, images, characters etc)
  • Relate texts to our own experiences
  • Discuss any ethical issues raised in texts
  • Discuss and debate things with others
  • Talk about the books we read, wrt future reading choices and what we enjoy
  • Talk about the books we read, wrt structure, language choices, use of pronouns etc
  • Talk about internet safety and responsible use
  • Talk about vocabulary
  • Talk about and practice using paragraphs
  • Talk about and practice using clauses, prepositional phrases, adverbs, noun groups, modal verbs
  • Talk about and practice using pronouns, conjunctions, connectives, verbs, tense
  • Talk about why accurate spelling is important
  • Talk about word origins wrt aiding spelling
  • Talk about how speech (quoted and indirect) is represented in texts
  • Talk about the difference between different versions of fairytales
  • Talk about different ways to present the same information (eg on posters)
  • Talk about different and preferred learning methods for English
  • Talk about how to measure success and satisfaction
  • Iphone Apps – Grammaropolis, Grammar Jammers, Fun English Course, Sentencebuilder, Grammar Wonderland

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