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Learning Potential
Primary Schools eNewsletter #2

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Learning to Read 1: Phonics
(4-9 years)
Learning to read can be tricky! This article explains how you can help your child with the first of five key areas for reading: Phonics.
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Learning to Read 2: Phonemic Awareness
(4-9 years)
The second key area for reading is ‘Phonemic awareness’: the ability to hear and manipulate the different sounds in spoken language. This article explains all about it.
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Talking about school reports
(4-12 years)
School reports are a great tool to help you understand how your child is going at school, and to start a conversation with your child about their learning. Here are some tips.
Three happy primary school children holding balls
Having a ball with science!
(6-12 years)
Children love finding out about the world around them – and with each new discovery comes more fascination. This simple science activity will help your child learn about energy transfer while have fun with bouncing balls.
Primary school child talking on telephone
Speaking for Myself
(7-11 years)
Strong communication skills are one of the most important skills your child will need to succeed at school, and beyond! This article from Learning Potential Resources has lots of simple ways you can help your child become a great communicator.
Letter blocks spelling W-O-R-D
Word of the Week
(4-10 years)
Here's a fun way to help your child tackle the spelling of tricky words, and assist with their comprehension and vocabulary.
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Are you going to the
Parent Engagement Conference in Melbourne? It's a great opportunity to mix with and learn from colleagues and experts in enhancing children's learning outcomes through parent engagement!

Registrations close today!
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Principals have your say!
How do you support parent engagement practices in your school?

By participating in a short survey for primary schools or secondary schools, you can support improved understanding of effective parent engagement. The survey findings will help develop resources to assist principals across all sectors to gain practical ways of engaging parents in their children’s education.
This research is being undertaken in partnership by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, the University of Southern Queensland and Catholic School Parents Australia.
Have your say about regional, rural and remote education
– submissions opening in June!

The Independent Review into Regional Rural and Remote Education
seeks to address the challenges and barriers that affect the learning outcomes
for regional, rural and remote students.
Soon we will be seeking fresh ideas about what’s working in regional, rural or remote schools. We want to hear about existing or emerging innovative practices
that are helping these students succeed at school and in their transition
to further study and employment.

Find out more at the IRRRRE web page
or email your questions to
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