Monday week 8

This morning we begun our day with ‘Come read with me’. We had a group of students from year 4 come to help us read. This provides more children with the opportunity to read out loud to someone.


Then we read a story called THE LAST TREE IN THE CITY.


The children then recorded the story using their growing Literacy skills

A few students shared their recounts of the story


After recess we continued to explore shapes. Last week the children demonstrated lots of shape knowledge so we decided to focus on the particular group called Polygons. This way children could investigate at their own level and challenge themselves to go beyond.


We then used Laptops and classroom materials such as straws, paper, pop sticks, toothpicks, rulers etc to make  and research these shapes


Alyssa – I am learning about shapes

Eline – I learnt about other shapes like octagons, squares, triangles and thats it.

Olivia R – I learnt how many sides a pentagon has. A pentagon has 5 sides.

Kimaaya – We learnt triangles, squares, pentagons, octagons, decagons and heptagons

Van – We learnt that there are special shapes that are similar but have different sides like 3 to 12

Isaac – I learnt that the triangle has 3 sides and I learnt about shapes and the sides

Monika – I learnt about squares and their sides

Alphonsa – I learnt about that shapes look the same but when you count the sides they aren’t really the same.

Gideon – I learnt about shapes and their sides

Jakob – I learnt about some shapes, like their names and their sides.

Kenneth – I made a triangle with 3 sides


This afternoon we used our 100 languages to further explore the story – THE LAST TREE IN THE CITY

Some children decided to:

  • Act out the story
  • Use ActivInspire to draw images from the book
  • made iMovies
  • build cities
  • created pictures
  • researched different types of trees





This morning we watched a wonderful assembly performance by the reception classes.

Phuc: I liked dancing at the end.

Monika: I liked the people talking.

Gurnoor: I liked the part and the people reading.

Nina: I liked the Kaurna people.

Gideon: I liked the pictures of the fish farm.

Tino: I liked the end part.

Zarii: I liked the people speaking.

Thuy: I liked the end of the assembly.

Isaac: I liked people doing the floss.

Rojun: I liked the kids doing the reading part and I liked the bit when me and Felix and Tino were doing the floss and I liked about the kids touching the fishes and the turtles.

Javeiria: there was a friend that I liked on the stage and that was Guneet and she was doing so well.

After assembly we continued making our number games and some students started to write the playing instructions for them. We then tested them out to see what needed changing.

After recess, for relaxation, we closed our eyes and imagined we were flying, thinking about who and what we would see on our journey and where we would go.

Ella: What i saw on my journey was a bee and it found a person and its name was Ella and it didn’t sting Ella because it could talk and it was a nice bee.

Oliver: on my journey I saw a pterodactyl and then there was a volcano erupting and then there was a t-rex trying to eat the pterodactyl and he kept following the pterodactyl and then it went in a nice place where it couldn’t go.

Phuc: When I was a bird, I saw an angel that was nice to me and I wanted to be friend with the angel and the angel said yes.

Olivia R: On my journey I was a fairy and I saw my best friend Zara on the way and then we thought about going to the playground.

Gurnoor: on my journey I saw a seagull up there then it landed in the water and ate some fish. Then we were friends.

Ajoh: In my journey I was a little pink bird, I lived in a pink forest with lots of pink birds. All of the pink birds were my friends. We went to a party. After the party we went to sleep

Indi: when I was dreaming I was a pegasi, I was looking for a statue.

After relaxation, we finished off our Literacy rotations, making books, reading, using Microsoft Word on the laptops and practicing bubble writing for tricky words.

After lunch we had investigations. There was lots of drawing and making today and some great building with the blocks. Rowena used to ActivInspire to make an amazing flipchart on the Philippines.

Thursday 14th June

Today was our class Mass. We had a practice this morning and then after recess we headed over to the centre. All of the students did a fantastic job, the students with reading parts knew them really well and the students who had jobs knew exactly what to do. The rest of the class did a great job of listening and singing. It was great to have some parents join us, the children really loved seeing you.

Ella: I enjoyed the song at the end because I liked the actions.

Kaisha: I like the rainbow song.

Caroline: I liked reading and I liked the songs.

Phuc: I enjoyed the whole Mass.

Blake: I enjoyed the Rainbow song.

Rowena: I enjoyed everything especially seeing my Dad there.

Kimaaya: I liked my speaking part even though it was a bit long.

Joydeep: I liked Joseph reading his part it was so big.

Mia: I liked doing the songs.

Gurnoor: I liked doing my part.

Zarii: I liked the Rainbow song.

Javeiria: I had fun because I liked the place we went.

Rojan: I liked the whole Mass and people reading and when Joseph read he did a good job also other people.

Zarii: I liked the whole Mass.

Ajoh: I like when Joseph read and I got really proud.



After lunch we did some number investigations with students making their own number games. It was lots of fun and we are looking forward to using them when they are all finished.

Wednesday week 7

This morning 1 SA had Spanish, while Mrs Nicosia class made a note to take home informing parents about our mass tomorrow.

The detail for the mass:

When? Tomorrow Thursday the 14th

Time? After Recess 11.20 for 11.30 start.

Where? In the centre.

Everyone is welcomed.

We then started our literacy rotations working through our different provocations.

We as teachers know that the ability levels of the students in our classrooms vary and therefore   differentiate the learning for the students. We  plan and develop weekly literacy rotations to meet the needs of each ability level, using a variety of literacy skills and activities.

Gideon: I do a book about the police.

Rowena: I read about puppies and fairies and then I did a picture of all the characters.

Kimaaya: I made a verb book, because I like verbs so much.

My: I read a book all about rough and smooth.

Caroline: I read a book about don’t go out, It was about food and it was too hot outside.

Thuy: I was doing bubble on tricky words I need to know how to spell.

Felix: Me and Yatin were writing a story about Hold on tight, we read the book first.

Monika: I was doing writers workshop about a fish and a hat.

Indi: I was doing bubble writing I was practising tricky words.

Van: I read a book billy Brown book and I drew the characters.

Ruby: I did bubble writing I wrote tricky words Indi, and the.

Meklet: I made a story on the laptop called Captain Underpants.

After Recess

We had mass practise with Mr Urdanoff we are very excited for our mass tomorrow. If you have a speaking part make sure you practise tonight!

After lunch

We had library and music.

During library we are reading different books and at the end of the term we we will vote on the book that we liked the most.

Just a reminder to make sure you are reading at home. We read most days at school but also reading at home will helps support the students to develop their reading skills.


Come read with me- this morning we had some of our buddies help come and read with us.

Why do we do come read with me?

Avleen: So we can change our level and know how to read.

Olivia: We come and read with the teachers so you know how good we are.

Javieria: Reading is healthy for you, for your brain.

Kaisha: reading is good for you because you get better at practising and reading.

Suk: you read in the morning it helps your brain to get more powerful and if you read and then you know all the words, if your level is really big then you can read big books then you can read big book and then you have more talent.

Ajoh: reading is good for you and you read more and more you go to higher and higher levels so you go up more and more.

Ruby: We go do reading at school so you are good at home and your Mum and Dad will be proud.

Yatin: reading helps you write more words.

Joydeep: reading helps you know a  word, and then when you don’t know a word you sound it out and the teachers and parents will help you read all the words and you learn more and words and words. Then you can learn all the words.

Mektlet: we need help to make your words more faster and quicker.


Today we gave the provocation to the students to explore the shapes they already know.

We then shared and reflected our knowledge as a class….

Khushi: can we draw 3D shapes swell?

Kaisha: 3D circle looks like a circle but it is a ball and it is called a sphere.

Yatin: a 3D shape is a cube and it can balance on one side.

Suk: I know about shapes a rectangle can make a good 3D shape, I try it with my buddy to make it.

joydeep: 3D shapes rectangle you need that shape to draw rectangular shape

Ruby: love heart has one side.

Mektlet: a circle is round like the mat on the floor.

Eline: a square it looks different to a rectangle.

Felix: A rectangle is longer and square is taller.

Joydeep: two square together make a rectangles.

Ajoh: square and a rectangle both have four sides.

Ella: a rectangle is longer than the other one.


What is a verb?

Thuy: a verb is something you can do.

Kimaaya: a verb is action

Avleen: A verb is action you do

Ajoh: a verb is something like jumping, dancing and singing and doing and making.

Khushi: a verb is an action you do.

Caroline; is like jumping, hoping and making.

Olivia: a verb is moving your body.

Javieira: I verb is doing something

Ella: a verb is signing, dancing and cooking.

The students made their own verb books using verbs and extending their sentences to add detail.

This allowed the students to apply their learnt knowledge from last week in their writing. We were very proud of how the students all had a go at writing their own verbs books and adding detail to their sentences.

The students bought their books home with them so if you like ask them to share them with you, Questioning what is the verb in the sentences?

The students explored the ee or sound with Mrs Smith today – I wonder if they can find any ee or sounds in their readers tonight.

Just a reminder our Mass is this Thursday at 11.30am in the Centre- we have been practising hard and look forward to sharing our special mass with you all.

Thank you!


Literacy Rotations

Khushi: I was doing writers workshop I was writing about My levels with Mrs Rodgers and Miss Carey.

Suk: I made a book about Lamborghini.

Ruby: I made a book about my favourite teachers.

Avleen: I was using the laptop with Monika and we both made a book.

Olivia R: I was doing writer workshop I made a book about a mermaid in the sea.

Nina: I was writing a book about my tree house.

Saara: I was reading to Mrs Adams.

Meklet:  I was reading and re making the book “Going to town.”

Javieria: I was reading with Mrs Nicosia It was called Is it an insect?

Van: I like doing the tracing in the sand.

Rowena: I had fun doing sight words in the sand.

Life cycles

Today we looked at the story the hungry caterpillar, we discussed the life cycle of the caterpillar and then as a class created it. Talking about the important details a life cycle needs. We then had the provocation to go and recreate a lifecycle of a chosen animal or insect.

My: It started as an egg.

Olivia: he cracked the egg and turned into a very hungry caterpillar.

Ajoh: He turned into a cocoon.

Joseph:  He turned into a butterfly.

In the afternoon we practised for our class mass, which will be held next

“Thursday the 14th of June in the centre at 11.30.”

Parents and friends are welcome to attend.

Some students will have speaking parts to learn.

Thursday 7th June

After Come Read With Me this morning, we shared class prayer. We thought about things we were grateful for in our lives and shared prayers of thanks.

Thank you for….

Joydeep: Dear God, thank you for my parents because I love them so much.

Rowena: Dear God, thank you for the peace garden because I can go there to rest with you.

Naomi: Dear God, thank you for being kind to me and I like you because you make us alive.

Eline: Dear God, thank you for the world and looking after everyone.

Zarii: Dear God, thank you for my Mum and Dad because they make me soup.

Thuy: Dear God, thank you for the plants and the love.

Javeiria: Dear God, thank you for my parents because I love them so much because they look after me.

Phuc: Dear God, thank you for looking after our school because our classroom is special.

Avleen: Dear God, thank you my Dad because he always helps me.

Alyssa: Dear God, thank you my parents because they care for me.

Tino: Dear God, thank you for the food we eat.

Vi: Dear God, thank you for my brother for helping me speak Japanese.

Gurnoor: Dear God, I love God because he helps me.

Kevin: Dear God thank you for my Mummy and Daddy.

Ajoh: Dear God, thank you for making Jesus so he can look after us and thank you for making me a lovely girl.

Gideon: Dear God, thank you for my Mum.

We then continued with our Literacy rotations. This week our sensory activity is writing words in sandboxes. Sensory activities are a great way for children to learn words because the physical manipulation involved helps with retention.

Our Numeracy rotations were great fun this week and the children have enjoyed the hands on nature of the activities.


After lunch we worked on investigations and Mrs Nicosia and Mrs Adams worked one on one with some students on different activities.

Wednesday Week 6

Today we got our bodies moving with a Go Noodle!

Ajoh: go noodles makes us have more energy and more thinking and more stuff so you can run around and skip.

Avleen: Go Noodle helps us get ready for our learning.

Rojun: Go noodles helps us exercise and it helps us concentrate and listen.

Javieiria: it makes you strong with good energy.

Thuy: Go noodle makes your body already.

Ella: Go noodle is good for you because it makes all you sillies come out.

Tino: Go noodle is exercise makes us listen.


Today we got readers from the library and we went on a word hunt for sight words that we could see in our readers, once we found them we recorded them down.

This is something you might like to do at home. Go on a word hunt and see how many sight words you can find and how many you know.

We have attached a list of the first 100 that you might want to practise and search for at home.
















































































































































 Our Fish

Today as class we noticed one of our fish died, so we thought it was a very good to do a water check to make sure our water is all okay.

Javeiria: If you feed the fish too much they also might die.

We read the instructions as a class to test the water. Mrs Adams talked to us about how everything needs to be exact.

We counted the drops making sure we only got six drops!

It is like a science experiment we need to do exactly what they say.

We have to leave it for five minutes- it is 10 o’clock so it will be 10:05.

We tested

Olivia S: I Liked seeing the drops go in.

Isaac: You have to mix the chemicals.

Ella: I liked to see the colours changing.

Ruby: I liked doing the drops and see it change colour.

Rowena: I liked watching and learnt how to test the water.

Joydeep: I know what react means when you put a chemical in to it the colour changes.

Indi: Why did the fish fight?


We spoke about how often fish will fight to prove that they are stronger.

Literacy Rotations.

Maths Rotations

  1.  Catalogues looking for numbers, ordering numbers, writing numbers that are bigger and small.
  2. Number Patterns- we are practising making number towers each time we are adding on one number seeing how far we can go up too and then recording our investigation in our books.
  3. Laptops: ABCYA
  4. Race to 30.- practising adding numbers together, counting on and comparing numbers that are bigger and smaller, how much more do we need to get to 30? Who has more? If I have 14 and add four how many do I have now?
  • The students worked hard with these rotating through whilst us teacher worked 1:1 with the students to check in on their skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.
  • ordering numbers 1-100, recognising numbers that become before and after
  • Simple addition problems 

We finished the day with library and Music!


Days of the week we have been getting better and better recognising them.

Asking the questions,

What is the day today?

What was the day yesterday?

What day is it tomorrow?

Grammar and literacy

Today for our grammar we focused on verbs:

What is a verb?

Khushi: A verb is an action.

What are some verbs that we know?

Caroline: drink is a verb.

Jakob: watch Tv.

Oliver: playing games.

Avleen: Playing is a verb because it an action,

Alyssa: A verb is writing.

Monika: verb is jumping

Thuy: A verb is drinking.

Tino: dancing is a verb.

My: writing is a verb.

Javeiria: reading

Joydeep: a verb is something that you do, like if you writing.

Ajoh: dancing and eating and playing on the playground are all verbs.

Eline: cooking.

Diljoit: clicking

Ella: Singing

Jakob: mixing

Carline: hitting the ball.

Naomi: sitting

Kimaaya: Baking

Khushi: cutting

India: helping.

Kevin: buidling

Felix: sitting

Yatin: A verb running.

Ruby: kicking

Meklet: sleeping

Phuc: building


Alphonsa: a verb is something you actually like gardening.

Mia: a verb is playing.

Nina: Verb is like running or jumping.

Gurnoor: Skipping

Indi: Running

Suk: doing homework- writing and reading and focusing. Eating lunch and dinner, going to school.

Saara: A verb is going shopping.

Joseph: a verb is like cutting.

Vi: thinking

Rowena: running and jumping and reading.

Van: a verb is an action like right now we are sitting and soon we will be writing.

Zari: running.

Blake: playing

Gideon:  cooking

Isaac: reading

We then had a go at writing our own sentences making sure each sentence had a verb underlying and recognising the verb we were using.


Sound Study – y









Children chose to record the words suitable for them and tried to come up with their own . Some children focussed on the y words and others extended themselves to come up with the words that end with an ‘ee’ sound and therefore is written as a ‘y’

y(ee sound )the main way of writing the ee sound is ee. However, when the ee sound comes at the end of a word with more than one syllable, it is usually written with a y







Today is World Environment Day

How do we look after our environment?

Ella: help the flowers by watering them

Ruby: You can plant some plants

How does plants help us?????

Avleen : they clean the air (my mum told me)

Joydeep: plants if you put the wrong things, don’t read the instructions they might die

Blake: if you leave the tap running, you will have no water left

Ella: you can help animals by feeding them


We then looked closer to home…. how we can care for spaces in our school.





The children were really enjoying exploring about our school environment and how to care for it…. we will continue this Inquiry next week.





practise -practise- practise.

We used our bodies to dance and sing to learn the days of the week. Learning things through song allows us to make connections and get our bodies moving.

Why do we have brainfood?

Ajoh: Because brain food makes you healthy and fit it even makes you more good at reading and writing, you don’t want to eat too much sweet and get stronger.

Oliver: Brainstorm helps your brain goes smarter and smarter that’s why it is called “Brain food”

Jakob: Brain food I healthy for you because it is healthy and makes you stronger and makes you more fit.

Alyssa: If you have brain food you”ll be healthy if you don’t have it you won’t be.

Ruby: Brianfood is healthy for you because it makes you stronger and helps you listen to the teachers and good learning.

Rowena: because it gives you lots of energy.

Suk: brain food helps you like your brain is jogging and then it becomes more powerful and then when you want to spell something if you have brain food it gives you more power to write and gets your brain more powerful and powerful.

Yatin: brain food helps you to write it can help you write and know how to write and gives you more things to write.

Aveleen: brainfood helps you to read.

Vi: Brain food makes you intelligent

Van: it makes you healthy and be good students and learn.

Phuc: if you eat brain food you get healthy and not get sick.

The very Hungry caterpillar- we choose this book to share with the children this week because it connects to the days of the week. Also the students have been interested in animal habitats and we will soon be moving into lifecycle.

We read the story the hungry caterpillar…

We then recounted what happened in the order, retelling the events that happened and organising our comprehension  of the story.

Ella: He got stomach ache because he ate too much food.

Ajoh: On Sunday there was a little egg on the leaf.

Suk: the egg cracked and a caterpillar came out and the caterpillar ate two apples.

Rowena: Then he ate lots of others things.

Jakob: like cupcakes, hot dog.

Avleen: he ate three pears.

Meklet: five oranges.

Kushi: four strawberries.

Felix: Three plums.

Joesph: He felt sick so he ate one big green leaf, he then felt better.

My: he got some himself into a cocoon.

Meklet: he turned into a butterfly.

The students then had a go at re telling and recounting the events that happened.


After recess:

The students were given the provocation

“Can you make 30 legs at the zoo?”

We have been working very hard on counting on and practising our adding skills. The students will use these skills to answer this question coming up with their own answer to the problem.

Some of the students then extended themselves and had a go at doing it on the laptop.

In the afternoon the students finished off their writing and then used their 100 languages to explore the story and share their comprehension.

The goal for the students is to explore and recount what happened and show their understanding of the story by analysing and evaluating the story, make meaning, express thoughts and emotions, present ideas and opinions, interact with others and participate in their own inquires.

At the end of the day we practise our mass songs for our mass next week more details to follow.