The selective entry high school examination will take place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September 2021 at:

Melbourne Showgrounds - Epsom Road, Ascot Vale.

You can find out detailed formatting information HERE

For the final preparation, practice books HERE !!

Good luck!

Let's enjoy a poem from Shel Silverstein, 17 July 2021


I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more--that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut--my eyes are blue--
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke--
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?
What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!

Animal by Lisa Taddeo

The first novel from Lisa Taddeo, author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon Three Women

Picture of Animal


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The Roman Law Reading Group

To develop your child's interest in law, here is a good start:

If you are interested in learning about Roman Law in a casual setting with other beginners, you are invited to join them . For more information about the Group, please select the "FAQ" page . if your children have the ambition to study law in the future, here is a good start.

  • For more information about the Melbourne Chapter of the Group, please send a message via the contact form, which is accessible here (or from the menu above). The Convener of the Melbourne Chapter will respond to you with more information.
  • For more information about the Sydney Chapter of the Group, please send a message via the contact form, which is accessible here (or from the menu above). The Convener of the Sydney Chapter will respond to you with more information about the Group, and details of the next meeting.

English Spelling, Age 5-6

Accurate spelling is an important part of the process of learning to write at primary school. Good spelling is also a big part of the writing curriculum at school.

Learning to spell well is really useful if we want our children to become confident writers. If they constantly stop to think about how words are spelled while they write, it can interrupt their thinking about important parts of writing like word choice and sentence construction. If they’re confident spellers, they’re also much more likely to make adventurous vocabulary choices. Obviously, there’s a lot more to being a strong writer than spelling, but confidence in spelling can make a big difference.

What spelling skills in Year 1 (age 5–6)

Spelling words using the 40+ phonemes they have already learnt

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and spell. English is made up of around 44 different sounds. We call these sounds phonemes. Like most languages, English has a code for how we write these sounds down. Each phoneme can be represented by one or more letters.

Phonics is the main way your child will learn to spell at the start of primary school. You can use phonics by encouraging your child to spell a word by breaking it up into individual sounds and then matching those sounds to the letters of the alphabet.

Reminding children to segment ‘frog’ into its four sounds – ‘f’ ‘r’ ‘o’ ‘g’ – sounds like such a basic way of supporting spelling, but practising it is very important if it is to become second nature.

have a look at the following VDO from oxford owl to know how to help at home, practise phonics.

What is phonic?

When they start primary school, children will learn to use phonics to spell words that contain these sounds. English writing sometimes represents the same sound in different ways, so they might not always get it right every time (for example, they might spell ‘name’ as ‘naim’ or ‘naym’).

Spelling common exception words

In some English words, the spelling of the word doesn’t appear to fit with the phonemes that children have been taught so far. These are often called ‘common exception words’ or ‘tricky words’. In Year 1, children will learn to spell the ones that are used most often in writing. They include:

the, a, do, to, today, of, said, says, are, were, was, is, his, has, I, you, your, they, be, he, me, she, we, no, go, so, by, my, here, there, where, love, come, some, one, once, ask, friend, school, put, push, pull, full, house, our

To practise spelling common exception words, here is Year 1 common exception words worksheet.

Best selling books from Oxford childen's:

Ballet Bunnies: Let's Dance

Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair (7+ years old)

Pippi Longstocking

At Age 4-5 (pre-prep or prep)

Children are taught phonics in prep or even in kinder.

Phonics involves learning the 44 letter sounds (known as phonemes) and understanding how they are represented in written form by a letter or letters (known as graphemes).

How do parents support the children learning at home?

1. Listen to your child read: try to find time to hear your child read every day. It could be at bedtime, or before school. Your patient and be impressed are very important to the child.

2. Read to your children: it's important to read and enjoy books together with your child. Listening to audiobooks is beneficial for your child when they can't read.

Watch Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, read stories Cat NapMum Bug’s BagSinging DadThe Odd PetThe Wrong Kind of Knight, Paula the Ve

3. choose proper books are the most important part of children's learning

Books for age 4–5

  1. Read with Oxford: Stage 1. Non-fiction: Animals and Us
  2. Read with Oxford: Stage 1. Non-fiction: Weather and Seasons
  3. Read with Oxford: Stage 2. The Bucket Rocket and Other Stories
  4. Read with Oxford: Stages 2-3. Phonics: My Storytelling Kit
  5. Progress with Oxford Addition and Subtraction Age 4-5
  6. Progress with Oxford Numbers and Counting up to 20 Age 4-5
  7. Oxford Reading Tree Biff, Chip and Kipper Level 2 Stories Pack of 6

More children books: 

  1. Read with Oxford
  2. Progress with Oxford
  3. Oxford reading tree (subject to stock availability check)
  4. Popular children books

Reading: Age 3–4 (Early years)

It's an important foundation for the early reading skills your child will learn at this age. The proper skills will make your child ready for starting school.

Sharing stories, songs, and rhymes together and building talking and listening skills at this age is beneficial for children. See OxfordOWL video with some tips and stories:

  1. OxfordOWL Top reading tips by author Julia Donaldson
  2. Storytime: Chicken Licken
  3. Three Little Frogs rhyme

Help your child learn

Active voice

In a sentence with an active verb, the subject of the verb is doing the action. This is called the active voice.

What are active and passive sentences?

Would you sort the sentences to show whether they are in the active or passive voice?

Same washed the car.

The house was painted by Joe.

The carrot was eaten by the rabbit

George painted a picture.

Kate was driven to football practice by her dad.


A word or phrase that gives more information about a verb or clause. An adverbial can be an adverb, a phrase or a subordinate clause.

The bird ate the apple noisily.

The cat sleeps all day.

We’ll play when we get home.

What are fronted adverbials?

Fronted adverbials are adverbials placed at the beginning of a sentence. There is usually a comma after a fronted adverbial. Watch our short animation for more information.

Learn to read with phonics

If you have a child in their first year of primary school, there is a good chance you will have come across the word Phonics. Phonics is a method of learning to read words that is taught from the start of Reception.

Here is oxfordOwl video about phonics:

  1. What is phonics? 
  2. Top 10 phonics tips
  3.  How to blend sounds to read words
  4. How to say the sounds