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Lara Lake PS students and their teachers LOVE BOOKS and LOVE TO READ!

Lara Lake PS students and their teachers LOVE BOOKS and LOVE TO READ!  You’ve probably noticed our vibrant and inviting classroom libraries that contain a wide range of fiction and factual texts for our students to read and enjoy. Your child may even have a ‘bedroom library’ at home.

We explicitly assess and teach our students how to constantly improve their reading. As a learning community, we have very high expectations of ourselves as educators and of our students to constantly strive to reach their learning potential.

Reading is a meaning making process.

As an adult, we read to gain information to successfully get through our day; we use a variety of skills to comprehend/understand what we are reading. Many studies have shown that the best way for students to become better readers is to READ!  That makes sense, doesn’t it?

A large component of our Reading Program at Lara Lake PS consists of Independent Reading where students are engaged in reading Just Right books. ‘Just Right’ books are not too easy but not so hard that the students do not understand what they are reading. It’s certainly OK to read easy books sometimes and to also read something more challenging sometimes if the students are really interested in those books or magazines, etc., but the majority of their reading should be something that the students understand.  It’s ok that there will also be some slightly challenging parts.

Your child may bring home books that seem too easy or too hard.  That’s ok. Research shows that reading ‘hard’ books TO children improves their comprehension skills as well as increasing their vocabulary.  If children are sometimes reading books that are too easy, their fluency will be developing.  They may read the same book multiple times (“I can read this book with my eyes closed!”). Research shows that regular reading of the same text, sometimes referred to as ‘echo reading’, improves reading skills and knowledge.

The more words that students read, the more proficient readers they become.  The table included is based on research that shows the importance of daily reading. It shows how the amount of time spent on reading will affect the results of reading assessments. 

You can help your child to reach their reading potential by establishing a daily routine of home reading.


If you practise the following suggestions with your child, you will be supporting the teaching strategies here at LLPS and give your child the best opportunity to develop skills to become a proficient reader.


When listening to children read, PAUSE, PROMPT and PRAISE.

Pause: After the reader makes a mistake, you pause for around 3 seconds and say nothing. This allows time for them to read on and / or self - correct. This is really important, as to ‘jump in’ straight away and correct the reader’s error actually prevents them from self-correcting, which is a vital strategy that good readers do.

Prompt: If the reader doesn’t self–correct offer a prompt. E.g. Get the reader to re-read the sentence, provide the beginning sound of the word they are stuck on, help them to sound it out, or possibly re-read the sentence yourself and stop at the word, asking ‘What would make sense’. If this does not work, then it is OK to ‘tell’ the reader the word. Try to get into the habit of prompting first however. 

Praise: Encourage the reader by praising the fact that they have had a go at a difficult word, finished a page, had no or few errors, read fluently etc. This is probably the most important thing that parents can do to support their child’s reading.

There are 3 main reading strategies children use when they are reading and encounter an unfamiliar word:

Strategy 1: Read On: Ask the child to read on to the next full stop. Often the meaning of the unknown word can be worked out through the child working out the meaning of the sentence. For example, if a child was reading aloud the following piece of text and did not know the bold word, reading to the end of the sentence might help them:

It hopped across the grass and Ava wondered where her pet rabbit would go.

The child might be able to work out the word hopped by the clues ‘pet rabbit’.

Strategy 2: Picture Clues: Ask the child to look at the illustration to see if they can work out any clues as to what the unknown word might be. This is particularly important with beginning readers, where the pictures in the book will often support what the text is about. NEVER cover up the pictures as by doing so you remove a key strategy for the reader.

Strategy 3: Sound Out: Ask the child to look at letters and work out the sounds. This might be the beginning sound or letter clusters that make a sound (e.g. ‘sh’, ‘tion’, ‘ead’ etc.) This could also be small words within larger words (e.g. ‘attention’. Sounding out individual letters is not always the most efficient strategy. Try to sound out the word eight. English sounds and letters have a one to one match only 12% of the time!

Note that one strategy is not more important than the other. Efficient readers use all the strategies all the time during their reading and are able to draw upon the best strategy for different situations.

We encourage parents to become involved in their child’s reading, chat and ask questions.

Enjoy the wonderful opportunities that reading opens up with your child.






Many studies have shown that the best way for students to become better readers is to READ!  That makes sense, doesn’t it?


Tuesday 11th June is our second pupil free day. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes.

Tuesday 11th June is the School’s 2nd Curriculum Day for 2019.

No school for students on this day.
Staff will be focusing on Koorie cultural understanding, a DET initiative.

TheirCare Out of School Hours program will be available if required all day for TheirCare enrolled students.

Friday 1st March is a pupil free day. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and ​administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes.

Friday 1st March is the School’s first Curriculum Day for 2019.

No school for students on this day.
Staff will be having Mathematics PD on this day.

TheirCare Out of School Hours program will be available if required all day for TheirCare enrolled students.


If you want to plan holidays for 2019, please view the school term dates.
2019
Term 1 29 January 2019 5 April 2019
Term 2 23 April 2019 28 June 2019
Term 3 15 July 2019 20 September 2019
Term 4 7 October 2019 20 December 2019

Prep 2019 Information  - Attendance Timetable
Wednesday 30th January to Wednesday 6th February - Student assessment pre-booked appointment
Thursday 7th February  9:00am - 1:30pm half day
Friday 8th February       9:00am - 1:30pm half day
Monday 11th February  9:00am - 3:20pm  full days Monday to Friday

Lara Lake Primary School uses the communication system called COMPASS.
Lara Lake Primary School uses the communication system called COMPASS.  The Compass Parent Portal is an integrated, online portal that allows you to access up-to-date and meaningful information about our school and your child's progress. Compass includes many different features, including the ability to:
·         Monitor your child's attendance, and enter an explanation for absence or lateness
·         Communicate with your child's teachers
·         Update your family phone numbers and email addresses
·         View the school calendar
·         Download and view your child's Semester Reports
·         Book Three Way Conferences
·         Read School news
Click the link to access Compass
Regards
Steve Durkin
Principal

Are you looking to hire a venue for your club?

The Lara Lake Primary School gymnasium is hired out most evenings to a local club however Saturday and Sunday are still available if there are any other clubs that might like to have access to a large hall with wooden basketball flooring, only suitable for runners / sneakers.  For all enquiries please contact the Business Manager, Kerry Hanrahan Ph. 52821261. All hirers need to have Public Liability insurance and sign a Lara Lake PS Hire Agreement. Charges for hall hire are as per the charge schedule, which will be made available upon expression of interest.

The school ‘squoval’ is also available for hire after school hours or during the weekend and/or school holidays. Again, there is a requirement for Public Liability insurance.