Once there was a Christmas Tree

This week our shared text is : Once there was a Christmas tree.

This afternoon the children used the language of drawing to retell the story.

The children explored space, perspective, colour, symbols, details, characters, setting and sequence to create their interpretation of the story.

What amazing artists we have !


Today we explored making our sentences longer by using adjectives.

We shared a story ‘The tallest, shortest, longest, biggest, greenest, brownest animal in the jungle’ book.

Then we went on to describe nouns (Mrs Rodgers picked up a animal/toy) using adjectives.

Together we shared a level 11 reading book and talked about the adjectives used in the sentences.

Maybe you can find the adjectives in the books you share at home.

The students then went on to write their own sentences using adjectives.


Planning our learning

On Wednesday we planned our learning for the day.

Our books were divided into quarters for 4 tasks to be completed.

1. Construct  a 3-Dimensional shape

2. Writing and drawing a book.

3. Art work

4. Plan and construct.

Reflection of learning outcomes:

Problem solving

Planning process



Risk taking

Spatial concepts

Shape concepts




Leading own learning

Agency of their own learning

Self directed

Investigations – Wednesday


A time to think

A time to reflect

A time to plan

A time to be challenged

A time to be curious

A time to collaborate

A time to share

A time to solve problems

A time to celebrate

3-D Shape Investigation

This morning we revisited  our 3-D shapes learning through a song and discussion.

We looked at some 3-D objects that Mrs Rodgers had around her house and talked about their properties.

What can you find at home?


Then the children explored their understanding of 3-D shapes through drawing, constructions and making. Thank you Kayden for helping me take photos.

Moon Lantern Festival – Assembly and Shared Lunch

Today Mr White came around to judge our lanterns ready for the celebrations of Friday.

The Moon Lantern Festival or mid-Autumn Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrating when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.

At Holy Family we will be celebrating the Moon Lantern Festival on

Friday 21 September

Students are invited to wear traditional or cultural clothing.


The 4RG, 2IB and 2TD assembly will take place after recess at 10:45am and it will highlights cultural aspects of Moon Lantern Festival. Activities will include a lion dance, singing and sharing cultural information. The winner of the lantern making competition will also be announced at the assembly.


After assembly students and families are invited back to their classrooms for a shared lunch. Students are encouraged to bring a plate of food that represents their culture. We also encourage healthy lunch time food (items maybe include sushi, spring rolls, rice, fruit, veggies, sandwiches).

Thank you

Revisiting our learning – Nouns and Verbs

What is a noun?

Matthew: A person place or thing.

Krish: An object that you can touch.

Yianni: A person.

Angus: An iPod is a noun.

Carter: A star is a noun.

Anna: Things that you can touch and a people like your brother.

Ezekiel: An iPod is a noun.

Hayley: A teacher is a noun.

Jayden B: An I phone X is a noun.




What is verb?

Kayden: A verb is when you jump.

Johnny: A verb is a criss cross.

Kaleb: A verb is when you fly.

Hannah: A verb is when you move.

I called out some words – when the children heard a verb they needed to pretend they were running.

When the children heard a noun they needed to touch their forehead.

Together we found verbs and nouns in sentences.

Then it was time for the children to do their own reading, writing  and identification of  verbs and nouns.

Doubling Consonants

Below are some fun you tube clips which sparked our discussion about adding ‘ed’ or ‘ing’ to words. The discussion follows on from our conversations about tense. For example I am walking to school. (Present)  Or Yesterday I walked to school. (Past).

Jasmin and I are using intentional teaching time to explore areas we have observed in the children’s writing which requires group focus time. We have notice children have been using words for example ‘shopping’ in their writing. The children have also been experimenting with adding different ending and changing words to express the correct tense in their stories or recounts.


When we are writing if we come to a word that has  one syllable word that ends with one consonant and has one vowel  – when you want to add ‘ed’ or ‘ing’ you need to double the consonant. For example wash, stop, rub, walk, hop are words that have one syllable, so when you add ‘ed’ or ‘ing’ you need to double the consonant.