Tuesday – new sound and grammar / buddies

The children continue to learn a new phonics sound each week. They have shown great enthusiasm in discovering these new sounds, finding words that they are in and then are doing an amazing job at applying their phonological awareness when they are reading or writing. for example :

“look I found lots of ‘ai’ words in my reader”

“car, that has our ‘ar’ sound in it”


Today we looked at the ‘ie’ sound.

This is the most common way the ie sound is written, however sometimes it is written as an i_e (mice)   igh (high) and y (buy)



The Grammar focus continued on past tense – adding  ed



After recess we had Sport and Spanish


While 1EN was at Spanish, 1SA continued to discuss the experiment we started yesterday afternoon around ICE – and the changes that can occur.

We discussed:

“Why does the water freeze in the freezer?”


“Why did the ice melt once we took it back out?”


The children then worked in pairs using a laptop to record their discoveries and understandings.

Ruby and Rowena

Vanessa and Alphonsa

Felix and Yatin

Gideon and Kenneth

Blake and Nina


Vi and Van



After lunch both 1SA and 1EN caught up with our older buddy classes to continue our Assembly ideas and preparations.

1SA / 6/7DE – assembly is Friday week 4

1EN /  6/7 HM- assembly is Friday week 5




Monday Week 2

Reading- come read with me, this morning we did some great reading with our peers and some helpers from 4G.

It is really important the students keep reading at home as we get further and further into the term we want to make sure they are ready for year 2.



Today of focus is edges, faces, corners.

We explored 3D shapes and exploring their properties.

We got into three teams, corner team, edges team and face team. We went on a hunt around the room to find these three properties on different shapes in the classroom. We went on a hunt.

Edges group

Faces group

The students did such a good job at applying their knowledge and then sharing what they learnt back to the class. Many of the students were very confident to come up and share what they had found. We all got to learn from each other about faces, corners and Edges.


Today we spoke about information books and what an information book can tell us. We talked about needing to be experts in the area in which we are providing information on. The students then brainstormed information about own own school.

Suk: There are three toilets.

Van: At school we teach and learn and we have

time to eat and go on the playground and have

time for investigations. Our class has sport

on Tuesday.

Oliver: So if your parents are late we have to go to OSCH.

Olivia R: you can’t wear casual if it is not a casual day. We wear our school uniform.

Avleen: We have time to

go to library on Wednesday.

Rowena: We have a hall,

a playground, a Mass centre

and a library.

Felix: We learn Spanish here

Khushi: we have a fish farm

Thuy: we  have a sandpit.

Nina: we have a hall and oval.

Kimaaya: We have a canteen near the oval.

We then challenged the students to write and record the information they new about the school. We noticed the students came up some really interesting information about the school.

Maybe tonight they can share with you what they came up with.

After lunch

How is ice made?

Today we gave the students the provocation…. How is ice made?

Would we just find ice just on the street?

Firstly we wanted to see what the students know about How is ice made?

Caroline: Ice is made of water water and you put the ice in refrigerator and it turns to ice.

Ella: I think it is made water and then you freeze it.

Blake: Ice is from the arctic.

Thuy: Ice is made by water and you put it in the freezer and it becomes ice.

Meklet: ice is made by water by wind and snow.

Vi: Ice is made out of water and then you freeze it.

Avleen: Ice is made out of water you put the water in the freezer.

Joydeep: Ice is made by water the fridge.

Indi: From an Antarctic because it is so cold there ice is made.

Suk: Ice is made of water and you put it in the fridge for 24 hrs and when you wake up and when you see there be nice fresh ice.

What happened to the ice when we took it out of the freezer?

Olivia R: It gets smaller and smaller and it turned into a liquid.

Rowena: I got smaller and after 15 minutes it melted.

Joydeep: When you get the ice out of the freezer and you bring it somewhere hot and it melt.

Khushi: when you get the ice and jiggle it it melted quicker.

Aveleen: when you got the ice out it melted.

Why did it melt?

Javieria: It turned to a liquid because ice is slippery.

Felix: Because the ice is cold and the sun is hot.

From here we will investigate solid, liquids and gases and explore these concepts further with the children.




Writer’s Workshop Today

We spoke about making sure our story has a beginning, middle and end and is not just a couple of sentences followed by “the end”.

Zarii: I was writing sounds in my unicorn book.

Sukh: I made a mystery book and made some characters and made some boxes you need to tick.

Van: I made a book about BFFs and the problem was Alisha’s friends were sad.


What did we talk about after Recess yesterday?

Joseph: Past, present and future.


How would you draw yourself in the past?

Indi: A baby

Rojun: Toddlers

Kimaaya: younger kid than now.


How would you draw yourself in the present?

Rowena: you as you are right now, your age today.


How would you draw yourself in the future?

Blake: A man

Kimaaya: a lady

Ajoh: A grownup

Monika: at 20 years old.

Van: a teenager

Caroline: an adult

Oliver: in the future ill be 8.

Sukh: In the future I’ll be 20 or 20 hundred.

Avleen: you’ll be grownup.

Ruby: In the future I’ll be a 100 years old.

Alyssa: in the future you’ll be an angel.

Zarii:  I’ll be seven in the future.

Blake: Great grandpa and great grandma.

The students were given the provocation to draw what they look like in the past, present and future….


After lunch we met with our buddies. We made lots of exciting plans for assembly and spent some time together outside.


With the change of recess time beginning this week, we have made some adjustments to our timetable. This morning we began with a quick ‘Come Read With Me’ and then moved into our Literacy Rotations. We did some reading assessments and it is great to see lots of students are improving on their strategies for reading and working on decoding words using their knowledge of sounds.

After recess we explored the concepts of past, present and future.

What does the past mean?

Alphonsa: It was a long time ago.

Khushi: It happened before.

Eline: it’s like something happened like it’s already happened.

Indi: past is when you have a dog and it ran away that happened in the past.

Rowena: it means like something that happened a year or a week or a day or a minute ago.

Van: it means it was in the old times.


What is the present?

Phuc: a present is a moment of time that is happening now.

Monika: a present is something you get at Christmas.

The present is right now…

Olivia R: present means something that still could be useful and that could be used now.

Rowena: something happening now, like you’re teaching us in the present.


What is the future?

Ajoh: something that’s going to come in a long, long time.

Olivia R: the future is something like an event that will happen later

Joydeep: the future is going to happen when you’re grown up.

We then used these concepts in our investigations. The students chose their own activities and how they wanted to include their learning about past, present and future.

India: I am making a turtle getting bigger.

Zarii: I drew cute things, it was the present.

Joseph: there’s a portal to Dinoland and there’s a portal to Normal Land. Dinoland is in the past.

Ruby: when Olivia, Oliver and me were little, we were in childcare and we ate baby food and we made our own cubby house.

Vi: me and Van are drawing what we looked like when we were little. It was the past.

Van: we were at the same kindy.

Rowena: i’m making an iMovie about past, present and future. I might include a bit of help by Alphonsa.

Joydeep: I watched a video about cars in the future and I learned sometimes cars can drive by themselves in the future.


After lunch, we finished our Numeracy rotations. In our teacher focus groups, we are beginning work on subtraction so any real life practice you can do at home would be great to help build their understanding.

Wednesday term 3, week 1

What books have we been looking at this term?

Olivia: this term we have been looking at information books.

Suk: information books are real while stories are just made up.

Phuc: Information books tell you information when you don’t know information.

Ruby: Information books are real.

Rowena: information tells you about things but don’t tell you about story,

Van: if you don’t know it isn information book you open and see a contents page it is an information book.

Blake: they are non-fiction because they are not stories.

We talked about how our day is a little different than what it was last term.

We started our literacy rotations:

  1. Writers workshop
  2. Reading information books
  3. oral language around our holidays and then recording what our partner did.
  4. Laptops practising our writers.

After recess we had mindfulness a time to get our bodies and brains ready for learning.

The students have been looking at subtraction at the end of last term, we spoke about the number getting smaller. During our maths rotations us teachers get the opportunity for the students to work in small groups. This allows us to differentiate the learning to suit the students and their needs. We work closely with the students to extend and support them. The other students use their numeracy skills to be independent learners. Today the students either explored their numeracy skills on the laptop and with catalogues coming up with their own ideas and challenging their numeracy skills.

Photos from our literacy and maths rotations:

Can you guess the shape? Whilst Mrs Adams class was at Spanish Mrs Nicosia’s class played a game where we got to hide a shape. The students then asked three questions to try and guess which shape it was.

After the three questions we could have a guess? How many sides does it have? How many corners? How many faces? Does it have a circle shape? What do is start with? were some of the questions the students asked. Then they all had a go at playing and exploring with the shapes.

After lunch we have music and library. If the students forgot their black bags they can bring them tomorrow.

Sound study and 3D shapes

Sound study



Grammar focus – ed

Past tense verbs –

jump – jumped

play – played


3D shapes

Last term the children emerged themselves in discovering and manipulating 2D shapes. So today we talked about when shapes are not flat.

Why are flat shapes called 2D shapes?

Do you know any 3D shapes?

Why are they called 3D shapes?

What is the difference?

After that we had time to explore 3D shapes in a variety of ways

  • create with playdough
  • create with straws and toothpicks
  • matching up everyday objects according to their shapes
  • 3D block to create things


Diljot:its a house. it has a cone and a cylinder

Jakob, Phuc, Tino and Alyssa were trying to match up shapes

Rowena: I made a cube out of straws, it was a fun but it was hard. It has 8 corners, it has 6 faces. I also made a cuboid or a rectangular prism, it has 8 corners, 6 faces and 12 edges.

Meklet: i made a pyramid using straws. it has 6 corners and 5 faces.

Gideon:I made a sphere. (we talked about whether it had any corners)

Kaisha: I made a chocolate factory using cubes, a cylinder, and a rectangular prism and a triangular prism.

Saara: i am making a toy factory using blocks to make the picture. rectangle , (cylinder) – helped by a peer.

Nina: I made a cube using straws. (we discussed what corners are and then counted them together)

Zarii: made a triangle. (We discussed the names of the shapes she had made) Rowena made this one. (we discussed what was different about them, focussing on which ones where flat and which ones were big / solid)

Vi: I made a cube out of straws and sticky tape. a cube has 6 faces and 8 corners.




Monday term 3,

What is an information book?

Joydeep: an information book is a book that tells you information about things.

Suk: Information book things that tell you like they tell you anything, what are cars are made of, and rocks are made and everything.

Van: an information book is things you can learn more.

Rowena: An information things things you can learn more about.

Felix: An information books is not just a made up book like a story you make up it is a book about real things.

Indi: I use to have an information book about a horse.

Olivia: An information book can tell you about natural, constructed and managed.

We then read the book “How do you get around?”

We spoke about an information book being a non-fiction book. After reading the book “How do we get around?” the students shared what they learnt and then had a go at recording what they learnt in their books.

Our Recess time has changed this term from 11 till 10.20 so today we ate our recess after recess and had some mindfulness.

What did you do in the holidays? We used our 100 languages to share what we did in our holidays… The students used their creativity to come up with their own ideas to show us what they did in their holidays.

Some of the students ideas….

Jakob: I went to the movies and saw the Incredibles 2, I am going to draw it.

Suk: I went to the railway museum I am going to use the blocks to make it.

Olivia: I went to the Winter Festival and I went ice skating I was going to make an iMovie.

Rowena: I went to a meeting with my friends we played together and stuff. On Saturday I got to stay home and do fun things, whilst my friends were at a party. We are going to make an iMovie with laptop.

Indi: I went to Tons of Funs, I went to play games with my Dad, I played my favourite game. I am going to research the place and then make a movie.

S haring time

Blake: I was copying The dog man characters from the book I got in the holidays.

Ruby: Olivia and I made a little book about the weekend and holidays, we put it in a video book. And we done some cool stuff.

Joydeep: In the holidays I went to the city and my dad gave me a tour of the city, Today I noticed  Gideon went to the city as well so we joined and we made a city out of blocks.

Rowena: I made blurb of what I did in the holidays.

Nina: On the holidays I went to the train with my Mum and Dad, I made it with the play dough.

Felix: Me and Yatin and Joseph and kennet and iMovie on Marvel characters from our holidays.

Geometric Shapes – what is the difference between 2D and 3D shapes

Khushi: 3D shapes can stand up

Blake: 2D shapes do not stand up and some of the 3D shapes can roll.

Rowena: 3D shapes are 3D version of the 2D shapes and they can stand.

We talked about how 3D shapes and explored the properties of 3D shapes and their common properties.

Flat surfaces are called faces, lots of faces make up a 3D shape.

We talked about how we know what a cube looks like, A  rectangular prism, triangular prism, cylinder and cones.

The students then went on a shape hunt exploring these shapes, and recording what they found in the classroom that looks similar.





We wish you all safe and happy holidays!

We cannot believe how fast this 1/2 a year has gone, the students have done so well and have been flourishing.

We look forward to next term, lots of exciting things ahead,

Thank you,

Elyse, Laura and Jessica.

Students specks of Gold from the term…

Olivia R: In this term I enjoyed playing with Ella at Recess and lunch.

Caroline: My speck of gold was learning and playing with my friends.

Kimaaya: My speck of gold is that I am going to miss this school

Ella: my speck of gold was when I was playing and learning with Olivia and Eline and India.

Meklet: My speck of gold was enjoying the assembly.



Thursday 5th July

This morning we were lucky enough to see some wonderful performances from students across the school during our Music assembly.

Eline: I liked the music assembly because it was the best music assembly because I liked the music and stuff.

Isaac: I liked the song.

Rojan: I liked the people that were playing the guitar and I also liked the people that played the violin.

Kenneth: I enjoyed the people singing.

Tino: I enjoyed the people singing.

Thuy: I liked the music assembly because there was lots of singing and drums and piano.

Alphonsa: I liked the drums because they were good solos.

Gideon: I liked the drums because they were catchy.

Katrina: I liked the drums because it was so good.

Nina: I liked the drum because they were so noisy.

Olivia R: I liked Jasmine playing on the piano because she did it softly and Libby singing and the drum solo.


After assembly, we continued working on Writer’s Workshop and then did Numeracy rotations.


Olivia S: I went on the laptops and counted to 100.

Ella: I worked with the teacher, I was seeing how many were gone.

Gurnoor: I went on the laptops with Meklet, Phuc and Katrina.

Vanessa: I worked with the teacher. I did minus.


After lunch, the children worked on investigations. Over the last couple of weeks, lots of students have started to learn how to use iMovie. They continued this learning during investigations and they are very excited to share them with the class.We were also lucky enough to have our buddies come to help with investigations.



Wednesday Week 10

This morning Aditi from year 4 read, “The Littlest Lighthouse Keeper to the Rescue.” Today we spoke about what is in a book?

We have been writing lots of books lately but as on reflection we have noticed that some of the students have been missing important things.

So today we put the provocation forward to the students to make their own books trying to include all the things they needed to.


We gave the students the provocations to explore today through the laptops- recording and making a book of what they have learnt this semester. Children choose to skip count, record their number knowledge, do adding and subtraction, explore number facts and the list goes on. Further to this students explored and came up with their own games using unfix cubes and dices.

Other students worked in a small group with the teachers taking away numbers from 10, recording their learning in their books and working together.

The children were very engaged and did a great job!