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Term 1 - Improving vocabulary in Writing
Children's work doesn't contain a range of vocabulary or much creative vocabulary
Very little descriptive vocabulary in children's work
As above. Children are not using a range of vocabulary, often using the same words repeatedly.
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Year 1 and 2 students were not writing about their feelings when sharing their experiences.

Students had not been using the digital camera independently. They were unfamiliar with Power Point. They are working on presenting a co-operative story using a different medium.


Vocab_building_002.jpgVocab_building_003.jpgUsing Wordle - brainstorming descriptive words
Said_words.jpgVocab_building_001.jpgMaking lists/walls of synonyms
Big Books and Poems - reading with expression

Modelling how to use senses to access more descriptive words, making word banks together, children adding words daily
Using a range of thinking tools to increase childrens thinking and ability to express themselves orally. Using a range of brainstorming forms to brainstorm
descriptive words. Using a thesaurus to find new, more exciting words.

photos_for_good_to_great_001.jpgphotos_for_good_to_great_006.jpgWe used the Red Thinking Hat to get students to come up with feelings words to describe a range of experiences. We recorded these and published them on the wall for reference.

Students have worked co-operatively with the support of a teacher aide to produce a power point digital story.
Students have been introduced to the PDQ Thinkers tool to promote decision making and opinion justifying


Children are using more expression when they read- e.g.poems -
Children recognise synonyms in texts and point them out
Student's writing showing use of 'said' words -

When I was on holiday in Rotorua my Mum said, “Let’s go to the playground.”
“Yes, yes!”
shouted my brother.
“OK, let’s pack a picnic,”
replied my Mum.

Starting to be more creative in writing, accessing word banks independently

Children are using an increased range of vocabulary when writing. Children are aware of adjectives and are using thesaurus tools to find more exciting words
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Picture_022.jpgStudents are engaged in the process of placing photos in sequence and are proud of the high impact for their audience
PCQ chart- students engaged in class discussion and were able to share and justify opinions

Children had a day where they dressed up as a person starting with a letter of the alphabet. They discussed their choices and were recorded on audio then these were put onto apowerpoint with photos and shared with other junior classes.
The power point will also be put onto the school server for sharing.

This page shows before, actions and growth for poetry writing using visual imagery

( Cambridge East TV) is in the development process of using Communicator 3 . Students have been using a variety of Literacy skills and working on improving these. Students have been learning to interview others, analyse this and present this as part of a school documentary.
Students are taking responsibility for their learning and time managing this process. Students have had to write a script to produce a small movie demonstrating the importance of wearing the correct clothing on a winters day.This includes cooperation, questioning skills, problem solving and presenting. (It is still a work in progress.)

Comment by student: "When we looked at this type of show on TV we thought it looked really easy but don’t believe them cause it’s not. WE are learning to write scripts, ask questions for an interview and present our work via a TV programme. We have to use the video camera heaps"


A Literacy evening was held to share with parents our literacy programme .
The competition application

Students write from a photo they have taken to enter competition

Identifying position words

Ideas from readers stimulate questioning

Word building on the white board.


Using photos to stimulate writing

Parents and teachers sharing students learning opportunities and acheivements.

A trip to Auckland for a PD session with Colin Glover ment we felt as though we were in New York