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Curriculum News Issue 11

May 1, 2019

Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension
After the Term One Parent Interviews, it has come to our attention that providing an information session on how to improve reading comprehension may be beneficial.  In the coming weeks, I will set a date for this to happen. 

In the meantime, here is one strategy that you could try at home which will help with children being able to retell information they have read.

  1. Allow your child to read the text out loud (or part of the text)
  2. Once they have read the text, go back to the beginning and ask them to read the first sentence.
  3. After reading this sentence, ask them to explain what the sentence means – they MUST begin the sentence with the sentence starter “I think this means……”
  4. Continue this process for a number of sentences.
  5. To add more depth, add the following part to the strategy – “I think this means……. and I know this because…..…”

Speech Pathologist
For those people who may not be aware, Francis Jordan has a visiting Speech Pathologist two days a week (Wednesday and Thursday).  Cassidy has worked with children for over 7 years now and has experience in assessment and treatment for speech, language, literacy, fluency/stuttering, working memory, voice, multimodal communication (communication using technology or without verbal speech), motor speech disorders and swallowing difficulties.  If you would like more information, please contact:

Cassidy McAlpine- Mobile Speech Pathologist                                                                       

M: 0488 199 504


Wed-Thurs 8:30am-4:30pm 


Gloria Ward

Assistant Principal Curriculum

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