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Programme for Ages 7-8


(Parents will receive a Report at end of program based on child’s progress against each of these objectives)

  • Enjoy a wide range of literature, including picture books for older children
  • Experience a variety of genres and styles including folk tales, poetry and narratives
  • Identify intertextual references to enhance comprehension
  • Develop an understanding of literary elements including theme and characterisation
  • Develop understanding of how pictures convey different types of meaning
  • Express opinions confidently to group
  • Reflect on the philosophical, social and emotional implications of themes in literature
  • Articulate own choices and preferences
  • Encounter new and unusual words and expressions in literary contexts
  • Develop understanding of difference between literal and inferential language

What to expect

  • Oral language is still developing
  • Enjoy puns, riddles, nonsense rhymes, jokes and other word play
  • Can read simple texts independently
  • Can write simple texts independently, often with phonemic spelling
  • Enjoy talking about popular TV shows and computer games with peers
  • Ability to “read” text may exceed ability to comprehend the emotional and intellectual meaning of text
  • Enjoy building collections eg stamps, football cards, scrap books, diaries
  • Can follow rules and simple written directions to put together models, toys, paper objects, puppets
  • Follow simple recipes in the kitchen
  • Enjoy hearing stories read aloud to them

Notes for parents: how you can help your child learn about reading

  • Talk to your child often
  • Explore ideas with your child
  • Continue to read aloud to your child
  • Talk about books, poems and stories
  • Limit time on the computer
  • Buy books as gifts and encourage child to buy own books
  • Let child see you reading and writing often
  • Ensure that reading and writing are always pleasant experiences
  • Never “make” your child read
  • Always allow your child to read old favourites
  • Identify your child’s particular interests and buy or borrow books on that topic
  • If possible, go to live theatre and concerts, and talk about it before and afterwards
  • Watch TV shows together and discuss afterwards
  • Play language games eg scrabble, crossword puzzles, scrambled words

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