Readers’ Cup

The Readers Cup competition is an annual treat for many students, and this year the winning team at Scotch Oakburn College was appropriately named the ‘Book Busters”.

The team of six Year 5 students – Rubi Healey, Zoe Bremner, Geremie Antypas, Angus Seymour, Jessica McCallumSmith and Georgie Morris have been invited to participate at the Northern Primary School Readers Cup event in two weeks, competing against the other successful teams from schools in the North.

Readers Cup provides an opportunity for students in Year 5 and 6 to extend their Literacy skills through reading, collaboration and drama.

The Year 5 and 6 students answered their 30 question comprehension quiz and performed their drama component on Wednesday this week in ConneXions.

Year 5 teacher, Mr Nathan Batten, was delighted with the work of all the students.

“Through engaging in the different text types, students gain a deeper understanding of reading strategies, in particular the ‘big idea’ and ‘inferencing’,” Mr Batten said.

“The three to four minute Interpretive Presentation enables the students to perform with the aim being to demonstrate a big idea or message from a chosen text.  The opportunity to perform in front of their peers certainly lifts their confidence and is very enjoyable”.

Over six weeks, in groups of 5-6, students were asked to read six books.  This year they were:
The Mobile Phone Detective – James Moloney
The Amazing Bike Ride – Lorin Nicholson
Figgy in the World – Tasmin Janu
Just a Dog – Michael Bauer
War Horse – Michael Morpurgo
Meet Banjo Patterson – Kristen Weidenbach

“My personal highlight was seeing the confidence grow within the students,” said Mr Batten. “Discovering that reading is enjoyable and that we add to our understanding by sharing amongst peers is certainly a wonderful reason why Readers Cup is a fantastic learning experience.”