Issue 9

Countdown cover issue 9 2017Countdown: Join the Countdown Crew and climb aboard the SS Webweaver for a rollicking yarn about Bob and his spanners! There's a great article about mulch, a hilarious story about a talking tadpole, a play about three pigs and a wolf and, of course, the winners of the writing comp will be announced.

Teaching Guide includes exploring the English concept of context; examining evaluative language; exploring rhyming patterns in poetry; brainstorming homophones; writing a blurb; creating a playscript; handwriting a letter; developing a procedure; planning and presenting a TV segment; expressing preference; and writing a narrative.

Contents page (pdf 767 KB)


Blast Off cover issue 9 2017Blast Off: Feline lovers are in for a real treat. There's an article about cat shows and kitten carnivals, a story about a cat called Empress Min, a play about a big white cat and a collection of verses featuring furry felines. Hold on to your hats … the winners of the writing comp will be appear in print.

Teaching Guide includes exploring the English concept of context; identifying and using personification; planning and delivering presentations about sport; identifying the main idea; exploring unfamiliar words; writing a diary entry; using tone and volume to convey emotions; creating a two-character script; and exploring syllable patterns in poetry.

Contents page (pdf 653 KB)


Orbit cover issue 9 2017

Orbit: Birds soar through the pages of this issue! These feathered creatures feature in an article about amazing nests, a poultry puzzlement about symbiosis, a poem, a puzzle and a heart-warming story. Read the fabulous conclusion of ‘Mungo and the Ginger Snaps' and discover the winning entries to our writing competition.

Teaching Guide includes exploring the English concept of context; composing a poem based on memories; exploring tension in comic strips; creating a role play; presenting information texts; identifying interesting headings; exploring sentences that allow us to make predictions; writing a backstory; drafting and writing a folktale; and devising a new ending.

Contents page (pdf 784 KB)


Touchdown cover issue 9 2017

Touchdown: If you've never heard about gumboot dancing, you'll love this month's one-page article. Read all about hot air balloons, perform a hilarious play about the alphabet, enjoy a gentle story about a much-loved toy and immerse yourself in some rich poetry. Find out if you were one of the writing comp winners.

Teaching Guide includes exploring the English concept of context; exploring an author's language choices; examining how dialogue reveals interpersonal relationships; identifying the difference between thick and thin questions; exploring rich vocabulary; composing a free verse poem; identifying examples of idioms; and exploring the use of figurative language.

Contents page (pdf 540 KB)