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 !

Writer’s Workshop

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

We shared this story and then we reflected upon the message this story was telling us:

Ayda: It makes me thinks they are sharing this Christmas tree.

Krish: The story is about sharing.

Ishaan: It was really, it feels how they were really sharing.

Henry: It makes me remember that sharing is caring always.

Angus: The message at the end makes my heart feel better because they were sharing a Christmas tree with someone.

Carter: You should always share a Christmas tree when it is a good time.

Anna: Sharing the Christmas tree is kind.

Christmas Time is a time for Sharing

Kaleb: You can share presents.

Ezekiel: You can make presents for your cousins.

Dion: You can share decorations

Cooper: You can share love by looking after your parents.

Josh: You can share Candy canes because people don’t have any.

During Writer’s workshop the children then wrote about how they share at Christmas.




Literacy Rotations- Monday

This weeks sound: (-y) as in ee at the end of a word

This weeks words are: we, can, friends, park


  • Guided sounds with teacher
  • Rhyming words- ‘ ‘
  • Speed reading
  • Grinch story table


  • Guided sentences with teacher
  • Look, cover, write, check
  • Cut, stick and build sight words
  • Adjective sentences- describe the objects on the table


1 MR

Math Focus- Money

Today we looked at the Australian Coins. We looked at what is on each coin and the significance of this and how we can recognise them. We talked about the Queen being on the back of of every coin.

We discussed the value of the coins and which was the most and least in value.

The children then got a set of Australian coins and ordered from least amount to most starting with 5 cents. They had a go at drawing each coin in order and what is on them.




Today we had investigations, we have set up a number of different provocations for the children to explore with:

  • Spring flowers- tissue paper
  • Spring flowers- mixing paint colours
  • The Grinch- Drawing the Grinch and making a costume for him
  • The Grinch- Love Heart Craft- Heart growing 3 sizes bigger.
  • Home corner- Money/ Shops
  • Science- exploring sound with making materials- cups and rubber bands
  • Construction- making a spiral snake

These provocations come from other areas of learning, our shared text, the children’s interests and so on.

On top of these things our classroom is always resourced with loose parts, blocks, lego, craft materials, writing materials, reading, small world, construction and craft, lego, and so on. The children are able to engage with these materials to explore, create and make.

The children have to plan 4 things they would like to do within investigations in their planning books before they move off to play.


Math- Money- 100 Languages

For the next couple of weeks we will be exploring money. As this is the first time we have formally explored this topic this year the children were given an opportunity to share their prior knowledge through their `100 languages. We like to leave this time open for exploration where the children can work individual or with their peers to show what they already know about money.

ACARA: Money and financial mathematics

Recognise, describe and order Australian coins according to their value (ACMNA017)

Here are some of the conversations that took place during our learning this morning: 


Jasroz: Where do you spend money? You spend money at Kmart. I see money in a shop. Money is good for you to spend, you can buy chocolate.

Chris: Money is made out of gold and silver and paper. Some money is different from Australia, China and America. People use money for different things.

Deng: Money is where you need it to buy something in the shop. You can give your money to the shopkeeper then the shop keeper will give you change back then you can get your stuff.

Ishaan: I have drawn different kinds of money. I have drawn coins and notes.

Ekam: Money is used to buy things to eat.

Josh: Money is made out of metal and you use money to spend. You spend money at the shops and you get money from soccer. Money looks different.

Henry: So, this is the bank (pointing to his picture), that’s my dad saying hit to the bank. Thats the markets. That thing is the thing that, this is the computer, this is the printer, that is my daddy ringing the builders “Ok I will give you some of my money a minute”. the things that have the little ball things and the lines on the top are the phone.

Shirley: Money comes from trees. I spend money at the shops.

Cooper: If you are broke you have to wait to be paid. If you have money and spend more money you can get more money back. Money comes from the money thing where you give money.

Saj: You go to work to get money. You get money by shop keepers when they give you change, because I watched Mr Bean and he said “Keep the change my friend”.

Krish: When spend money you can get change. You can get money if you go to work.

Dion: Money is a type steal and it is from the shops and from people. You can spend money on cars and bikes and that is what you can spend it on. You can get money from soccer.

Johnny: You can get money from shops and from soccer.

Thierry: Money is made of criptonoight. You use money for soccer. You can also spend it at soccer.

Jaanpreet: Money never ends. 1000 money is a not a limit of money, money never ends all day long. A lot of people make money.

Angus: We get money from soccer. Money looks different.

Hayley: You can spend money. You can buy food.

Mia: You use money for shopping or buying food or going out. You can get money from the bank.

Talyn: I know you get money from the bank and then you spend it on food.

Linda: Money is for paying for your food. Money comes from machines.




Crista: Money is a $1 to buy something. Money comes from any countries. I see it everywhere. You can make money when you are buying something in the shop.

Tyson: Look I drew a kangaroo on the $1. I coloured it in. I coloured the $1 yellow and I made a $100 and coloured it green.

TJ: You can spend money and you see it at the bank.

Sarah: I have spend money in the shops. When I spend money I buy food like lollies. I have seen lots of money before.

Kayden: You get money from a bank. Money also comes from shops and wallets.

Anna: Some are different and some money in Vietnam are different from Australia.

Jayden B: I made money and I put a raptor clamp around my money. I made some Minecraft money because it looks like it. The cents isn’t Minecraft its Roblox cents.

Sonarita: (drew a picture of someone getting money out of an ATM and some notes and coins)

Ayda: Money comes from Bank SA. You need money to buy things and to get food.

Olivia: To get money you, you need to give money and then you can get money. Money comes from Bank SA

Portia: You can buy things with money and then you get new things.

Anh: Money is good for the world and you can buy anything you want.

Carter: You spend money at the shops. Money can come in different types. If you are lucky enough you might find money on the ground and be able to keep it.

Matthew: Money can be different because some coins have the coin on the back and some don’t.

Jayden M: Money can be spent on food.

Zik:  Money is for paying for your toys.

Kaleb: Coins are made out of gold and silver.

Herman: Money is from a bank.


Children’s questions to follow from today were….¬†

Angus: Does money from the military? How does they make the money into gold and into circles?

Kaleb: What is money made from?

Hayley: Who makes money? How did they make $1 coins?

Mia: Where does money come from?

Henry: Is money made out of gold?

Krish: How do they paint money to make it look gold? How do you get gold when you dig and you find gold?

Josh R: How much money is there in the world?

Cooper: How did they make the heads on the coins?

Dion: Is money shiny?

Ayda: How do they make money have a picture of a coin at the back?

Tyson: How do they sculpture the gold into a circle?

Ishaan: How did they make money soft, notes money? How do they make the circle and put the numbers on it?

Ekam: Is money made with diamonds?

Matthew: Is money made out of solid notes?

Yianni: What is the money made of?

Carter: Can paper money be blue, like a $10 one?

Jayden B: How did money be real in life?

Jasroz: How do they make money hard?


Here are the children showing us through their 100 languages about money:




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.


Literacy Rotations- Tuesday

This weeks sound: ck

This weeks words: little


  • Guided sentences with teacher
  • Laptops- holiday picture in active inspire
  • Fluro Texta sight words
  • Handwriting- alphabet on lined paper


  • Guided sounds with teacher- ck words
  • Laptops- ck words and sentences
  • ‘at’ rhyming words
  • Guided reading

1MR and 1JM