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Kindergarten have library session every week and I encourage students to bring their book each time to return and borrow.  Throughout the year, reading for enjoyment is promoted and quality literature is a strong focus.   


Students may borrow one book at a time and it is important they bring a bag to place their book in.  Students are taught to look after the library books and to be responsible in remembering where to keep the books at home.   If students forget to return a book a note will go home to remind them to look for the book.  Lost or damaged books need to be replaced.

Books are selected according to the school's Collection Development policy and therefore not all titles may be suitable.

Throughout the year, reading for enjoyment is promoted and quality literature is a strong focus.


ACELT1575 - Recognises that texts are created by authors who tell stories and share experiences that may be similar or different to students' own experiences

ACELT1577 - Responds to texts, identifying favourite stories, authors and illustrators

ACELT1783 - Share feelings and thoughts about the events and characters and retell events from a text

ACELY1646 - Listen to and respond orally to texts and to the communication of others in informal and structured classroom situations

ACELY1788 - Use interaction skills including listening while others speak, using appropriate voice levels, articulation and body language, gestures and eye contact



Year 1 and 2 students begin to gain an understanding an appreciation of the differences between fiction and non-fiction and where the non-fiction resources are located in the library. Students are taught to browse each NF section using 'shelf marker cards', gaining confidence and familiarity with the collection. Students will begin to develop their digital literacy skills. We will be practising logging on to the student portal, accessing and searching the library catalogue, accessing a teacher provided website and typing some simple information onto a Power-Point document on the topic of 'chickens'.


EN1-4A Draws on an increasing range of skills and strategies to fluently read, view and comprehend texts on less familiar topics in different media and technologies.

EN1-8B Recognises that there are different kinds of texts when reading and viewing and shows an awareness of purpose, audience and subject matter.

ACTE1582 - Discuss characters and events in a range of literary texts and share personal responses to these texts, making connections with students' own experiences

ACELY1656 - Engage in conversations and discussion, using active listening behaviours showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questions

ACELY1788 - Use interaction skills including turn-taking, recognising the contributions of others, speaking clearly and using appropriate volume and pace


Students will:

Recognise keys and types keywords and sentences using a word processor

Use and open appropriate software to record keywords and sentences

Log onto school network by using class user-name and password

Use teacher nominated websites


This term year 3 and 4 will be beginning to work towards the development of their research skills in exploring nature, heritage and built features of Australia.   Students will be supported in research and learning to engage with a pathfinder created for our year 3 and 4 students.    This will guide students to a range of sources and reinforce advice to students on their use of information literacy when using these sources.  The format will be digital to enhance digital literacy skills, necessary to become independent, lifelong learners.


ACHASS1053 - Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations

ACHASS1059 - Interact with others with respect to share points of view

ACHASS1061 - Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms

 ACSIS060 - Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports


Students will

Explore different on-line sources to access data, for example using on-line query interfaces to select and retrieve data from on-line databases such as a library catalogue

Use topic-specific multimedia programs to locate teacher-directed information


Years 5 and 6 be working on developing critical thinking skills and critical research skills as they focus on an Australian historical figure, Ned Kelly.They will work on a prepared Book Study to discuss language features, textual viewpoints, historical context research and personal viewpoints.   Narrative strategies and visual images will be examined to discuss visual and critical literacy involving text positioning of readers.   

How does the author present Ned Kelly?   Is he all bad?   Is he good?   Is he shown as an Australian hero?   Should he have this title?  In studying a key figure in Australia's past students will learn something about Australia's national symbols and key historical events.

By foregrounding Kelly's Irishness and by representing him as a ‘‘good badman'', these Ned Kelly narratives for children, which range across fiction, non-fiction and picture book and re-inscribe versions of national identity which occlude more complicated narratives. In particular, their emphasis on struggles between Irish and English settlers, and between selectors and squatters, displaces Indigenous histories, colonial violence, and systemic discrimination against those deemed outsiders to the nation.  This will be briefly discussed.


ACHASS1097 - Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including time-lines

ACHASS1099 - Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present

ACHASSI102 - Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges

Identify aspects of literary texts that convey details or information about particular social, cultural and historical contexts (ACELT1608)

Present a point of view about particular literary texts using appropriate metalanguage, and reflecting on the viewpoints of others (ACELT1609)

Recognise that ideas in literary texts can be conveyed from different viewpoints, which can lead to different kinds of interpretations and responses (ACELT1610)

Show how ideas and points of view in texts are conveyed through the use of vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions, objective and subjective language, and that these can change according to context (ACELY1698)


Students will:

Use interactive resource technology to view, record and discuss information

Use the Internet to research further information

Use ICT to create multimedia presentations

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