English Department Week 7

I hope everyone managed to have some interesting conversations with their kids this week!

Week 7  - From the English Department

If you have any amusing stories about the vocab building that happened when your kids were complaining about something, I’d love to hear it!

Literacy tip of the week: Prediction

A simple strategy good readers do, often without realising it, is make predictions. When you are engaged with a text you are wondering what’s going to happen next or what you might learn next. Stopping to teach this skill is another valuable way to build reading fluency skills for our students. It is a way to connect existing knowledge to new information from a text to get meaning from what you read.

At home you could practise this one when you’re watching TV or a movie. Asking your child what they think is going to happen next or who the villain is going to be. That is, if you won’t get told off for talking through the movie! 

What we’re reading: As a fan of Raymond E. Feist's previous work, I have revisited this author and am currently reading "Shadow of a Dark Queen." The first few chapters have not disappointed, immersing me in a richly detailed world filled with familiar characters and a hint of danger. The writing is sharp and engaging, and the plot is already starting to take shape. I'm looking forward to delving deeper into this new adventure and seeing where Feist takes me next. So far, "Shadow of a Dark Queen" is everything I remember enjoying about Feist's work - thrilling action, complex characters, and a vivid world that comes to life on the page. I'm sure I'm in for a great series and can't wait to see what's next! - Rod Deverson

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