Literacy week

Literacy week was recently celebrated at Halls Head Primary School.

28th March 2019

Students came to school dressed as their Favourite Book Character and participated in a parade.

Later that day they had a “Campfire Reading” where children went to a designated “campfire station”. Groups were separated into Junior, Middle & Upper. Teachers and Education Assistants manned the stations, when each group came read one or more stories to their group. After 10 minutes the children moved to the next station. This involved the whole school.

On the Tuesday children were given a writing prompt based on a theme. Teachers awarded class prizes to selected students. Work has been displayed around the school and celebrated on the Connect site for families to see.

On the Thursday a spellathon occurred. Students were sent forms home to gain sponsorship from the families. Spellathon words were in stages to match stages of students. Twenty words for each stage (modified sounds for early learners-teachers used their own judgement). The aim was for students to get 80% or more to achieve success in the Spellathon. Funds raised were put towards the purchase of resources in the literacy area.

In maths, studying nets and getting students to make their own treasure chest were activities for middle and upper students. For junior, students were provided the net and decorated their own chest.

Education Assistants Tracy & Chris, made clues to points around the school for students to look for, each clue took the student to the next place. Students wrote down each place they had to go to and presented this at the end to their teachers. They received a “Six Kinds of Best” token as their prize. Each class was given a different time to complete the course throughout the week.

Teachers Miss Sheridan and Mrs Hackett pulled together a book hunt activity for classes to participate in when they have their Library session. This was for year 2 and up. There were two versions – one for the juniors and one for middle/upper level students. A prepared list was provided to the students asking them to find particular books in the library. e.g. find one about volcanos. Older students were required to list the title and Dewey number of the book whilst teachers modified the activity for younger students- depending on ability.

The mapping activity was a great way to cover skills from the HASS curriculum, combined with our literacy focus. Students were asked to make their own treasure map, complete with a key, scale, compass points etc.

As you can see it Literacy week was a busy week and a huge success. Thank you to the Literacy team for ways to participate.