Kids get into spirit of the al­pha­bet

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IT WAS a sight to be­hold at St Cather­ine’s Catholic School assem­bly last week as their two prep classes dressed as let­ters of the al­pha­bet to show other classes what they’ve been learn­ing.

Prep teacher Sarah Rogers said the morn­ing was a great suc­cess for the stu­dents.

“They sang a song, ‘What did the let­ters say’. It’s a take­off from ‘What did the fox say’,” Ms Rogers said.

“They sang that and did all the Sound­waves chants and ac­tions.

“For ev­ery let­ter of the al­pha­bet there is a lit­tle chant and an ac­tion.

“It’s about work­ing on let­ters and sounds. It’s a re­ally good ground­ing for their read­ing,” Ms Rogers ex­plained.

With help from fel­low prep teach­ers Emma His­cox and Bobby-Lee Grif­fiths, all 56 prep stu­dents across two classes fronted the assem­bly.

Ev­ery fort­night at St Caths, each year level takes turns in put­ting on a per­for­mance to show­case what they’ve been learn­ing.

Ms Rogers said that while some of the kids were hit with stage fright, all stu­dents helped each other on stage. She also wanted to thank all the par­ents for their amaz­ing job with last-minute cos­tumes.

The pro­gram is part of the school’s Sound­waves ap­proach to learn­ing which en­cour­ages a pho­ne­mic ap­proach to spell­ing and helps stu­dents to de­velop an un­der­stand­ing of lan­guage, spell­ing and read­ing.

“It works to the rel­e­vancy of their learn­ing style,” MsRogers said.

“Some kids learn vis­ually and some by move­ment and some by lis­ten­ing.

“It cov­ers all those ar­eas,” Ms Rogers said.


SHOW AND TELL: St Cather­ine’s Catholic School prep stu­dents dressed as let­ters of the al­pha­bet at assem­bly.

St Cather­ine’s Catholic School prep stu­dents dressed as let­ters of the al­pha­bet at assem­bly last week.

Ci­enna Read, Mag­gie Muller and Zara Zareh in their cos­tumes.

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