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Family writing challenge

The Oxford Australian Children’s Word of the Year for 2019 has recently been announced. This year, entries showed that the importance of ‘BRAVERY’ has made its way to the forefront of students’ minds, contributing to the way they perceive the… Continue Reading →

Family writing challenge

Good writers use adjectives sparingly and then the ones they do use act more strongly or dramatically. Students at our school are learning to write descriptions that include specific detail and fresh, original images or ‘word pictures’. Your challenge this… Continue Reading →

Family writing challenge

Writers often use similes to make their writing exciting and moving for the reader. A simile is comparing one thing to another usually using ‘like’ or ‘as’. This fortnight, choose a character, object, action or feeling and show how you… Continue Reading →

Family writing challenge

Over the holidays we challenge you to take the time to describe a person you know well, such as a parent, a relative or a friend. Try to describe what makes this person unique. The art of constructing a character… Continue Reading →

Developing great writers at Unley Primary School

We have recently put together some tips for parents on ways you can support your child’s writing development. Click here to read our suggestions for some fun and practical activities you can do with your child at home. Happy writing!

Family writing challenge

A list of sentences about characters follows. Each one is described by a single adjective. This tells us what the characters are like and what we should think about them. Good writing doesn’t tell us what to think. Rather, it shows… Continue Reading →

Family writing challenge

This fortnight, we challenge your family to craft a super sentence to describe one of these magical photos of children playing around the world. You could start with an ordinary simple sentence and transform it using our re-crafting strategies. You… Continue Reading →

Family writing challenge

Each fortnight we will post a fun writing challenge for you to try as a family at home. This week we challenge you to write a lipogram about the picture of the elephant seal. You cannot use the letter i…. Continue Reading →

Jigsaw Jinks

Do you have a spare bit of table space somewhere? Why not use it to set up a 500-piece family jigsaw puzzle? Leave it out during the school holidays and see how long it takes for you all to complete it, bit… Continue Reading →

Getting outdoors during the July holidays!

On a cold, wet winter’s day, it is easy to think that the best place to be is inside. But getting outside even in wild and woolly weather is good for everyone, particularly children. Extensive research demonstrates that spending time… Continue Reading →

Supporting your child’s vocabulary development: using parallel language and other useful strategies

Your child’s vocabulary is not a natural outcome of their age, or the number of years they have spent at school. While your child may incidentally learn some words as they progress through school, other useful and important words do… Continue Reading →

Eight ways to help your child develop their organisational skills

You may be worried that having less traditional ‘homework’ is impacting on your child’s organisational skills. Maggie Dent, one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, puts it well when she explains, ‘Remember children learn all the time, not just when… Continue Reading →

Boredom: how it helps children’s development

Over the last term, the Education and Wellbeing Committee has worked to provide parents with regular posts about things families can do at home to support their child’s learning and development. It seems unusual, then, that we would advocate for… Continue Reading →

Times tables bingo

Playing times tables games is a great way for children to develop their fluency with times tables, which is essential for further Mathematics and in everyday life. The achievement standard in the Australian Curriculum outlines that students recall multiplication facts… Continue Reading →

Outdoor experiences a fundamental part of childhood

Making changes to the family routine and finding time to introduce new things at home can be tricky. This is one of the reasons why the Education and Wellbeing Committee developed the 74 Fun Things To Do Out Of School… Continue Reading →

Place Value War

Helping children develop a solid understanding of place value is so important, as place value concepts underpin fluency in arithmetic calculations and support ongoing learning with larger numbers and decimals. This fun place value game can be played at home… Continue Reading →

Dynamo Dice

How many times have you found yourself trying to keep the kids occupied at a restaurant or cafe table while you wait for the food to arrive? Instead of reaching for your phone as an easy distraction for them, how about… Continue Reading →

What are ‘fridge words’ and how can they help your child expand their vocabulary?

Did you know that vocabulary is one of the best predictors of a child’s educational achievement? Typically, a student needs 12 instructional encounters to fully know a word. This is one reason why talking with your child about their ‘fridge… Continue Reading →

Learn how to play Land Grab!

This fun and engaging game supports children’s conceptual understanding of multiplication and offers another way to help your child learn their times tables facts. Materials Piece of graph paper Two dice (six, ten or twelve-sided) Two different coloured pencils How… Continue Reading →

How To Play Addition Bump

William and his family love playing ‘Addition Bump’ when they have a spare moment at home. Read on to find out how to play this fun and competitive game, featured on our 74 Fun Things To Do Out Of School… Continue Reading →

74 Fun Things To Do Out Of School

Unley Primary students in conjunction with staff and the Education and Wellbeing Committee are excited to share with families the 74 Fun Things To Do Out Of School resource. The aim of this list is to give families suggestions of activities,… Continue Reading →

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