Tuesday, Week 4



Shared Reading – ‘Brown Bread and Honey’

We remembered the predictions that we made last Friday. What could the story be about?

We read the text to find out…

What is a pikelet? asked Seanna. Kayla also wondered.
‘A pikelet is what you put toppings on, like little pancakes,’ replied Ethan.

What does the word ‘cried’ mean in the story?
Shashant – It means that his voice is going loud because the curry is too hot and his tongue doesn’t like it.

‘The King screwed up his face’…

So…what WAS the story about??

The King loves to eat food but he ate so much that he got a stomach ache. – Nikos
The King got fat and his horse was squashed on the ground because he was too heavy. – Ayrton
The King didn’t want to see another pie, pudding or pavlova ever again – he was sick of food. – Cam

Maybe the brown bread and honey will be his medicine? – Helen

We read the end of the book but will analyse it in more depth over the next few days. Stay tuned!


Teamwork game – Pass the hoop

Maths Mini – 2DH

We played ‘Beat Your Teacher’ place value game today…but with a twist!
Partners sat back-to-back and aimed to be the person to make the highest 4-digit number. If they did, they kept in the game whilst the person with the smallest number was eliminated. Play continued until there was a remaining champ….Kayla!

We then utilised both Tvs and played boys against girls.


Warm Up:
Using their laptop and with a friend, students discussed each arbitrary unit and determined whether using it to measure with would give an accurate or inaccurate answer. They sorted these items and we then discussed their ideas as a group.

Here are our findings:

We then looked at some examples of objects that could be measured in our classroom at discussed what units would give us both an accurate answers, as well as help us to find the actual length efficiently.

Prayer hosted by Sama, James, Kai and Sreyleab.


Following our reading of the Good Samaritan, the children retold the story to a buddy. We reflected on the story and related it to how we treat our ‘neighbours’ at school.  Our plan is to further investigate this story told by Jesus in a follow up lesson.

Guided Reading

We began a new rotation today, where new texts and learning tasks were introduced.

Laptop/Shared Reading Task:

Guided Reading with the teacher:

Writer’s Workshop:

Word Study – Look, say, cover, write, check:

Alphabet study:
The students enjoyed using the ink pads to stamp upper and lowercase letter pairs. They then used picture dictionaries to find examples of words that begin with the letter’s name and ones where its sound is heard instead.

Monday, Week 4

‘Come Read with Me’


Before commencing, students completed some planning, in order to clarify their intentions for the session.

Investigation Provocations:

Colour wheel/mixing

Playdough making

Turning cream into butter

Mixing colours


Making flour

Investigations Reflection

Afterwards, students spent time recounting their experiences and writing about what they had learnt. Many were able to confirm or deny their predictions, as well as discuss other learning and new information they had learnt along the way.



Friday, Week 3

Buddies with 2DH and 3/4BH

Today we had a chat about the meaning of the acronym S.T.E.a.M and made a list of as many jobs we could think of that are related to these areas. We looked to the future and realised that many of the careers students will have will rely on them being proficient in these areas, as well as creative problem solvers.

With their buddy, students then began to think about what they would like to include in our Week 7 Assembly, as well as what they might like to be when they grow up.

Buddies 2MP & 3/4CM

We got to know our buddies a little bit more today by drawing their portraits.

Shared Reading – Story Prediction

Warm up:

We studied and predicted the front and back cover of our new shared reader called Brown Bread and Honey by Pamela Allen.

Amira: The food might be for the King.

Seanna:  The boy is a stable boy.


The children used the illustrations, title and blurb the front and back covers of the book to make their own predictions about the story and the reasons for them.



Monday, Week 3

Please remember that all students are to wear their Sports Uniform tomorrow, and every Tuesday. We will be doing ‘Come Run with Me’ first thing in the morning on the Oval, so please try to be on time.

‘Come Read with Me’

Guided Reading – Rotation #3

Maths Mini – Beat Your Partner

The students paired up to see who could make the largest 4-digit number. They rolled a 10-sided die and then strategically placed the number in one of the four columns. The value of the digits then determined the winner of each round. Lots of students were confident to read the number aloud too. Well done!

Numeracy – Linear Measurement

Reflection on 2 sets of data
Students set about comparing their measuring results from last Wednesday and Friday. Once they had completed the table below, they then reflected on some questions

Some of our reflections/findings…

Free choice measuring 

Shared Reading

We read Belinda for the last time today. The students joined in and read all of the speaking in the story, which was determined by the speech marks present.

Mrs Higgs was the narrator and used an ordinary reading voice. The students supported her to add expression when they saw big and bold writing, exclamation marks and words written in italics. They are getting very good at being punctuation detectives!!

Literacy – Story Structure

Here is Helen’s completed work, that outlines the main parts of our shared text.

Friday, Week 2


Updated Prayer Roster

Fitness – Go Noddle

Buddy Time with 3/4CM and 3/4BH.

Numeracy – Measurement


Lots of the children who measured their feet with dice measured them at 13 dice long – is this the case for most 8 year olds?

Those who measured in dominoes Luka and Ayrton measured theirs and they were both 4 dominoes long.

Are their feet smaller?  No!

The domino is bigger so when we measure with them the number will be less.

Goodbye Circle

What went well this week…

Dev: Playing with my friends on the playground.

Kayla: Nikka gave me a get better card today.

Harsimrat:  I enjoyed playing with my friends to make a base with the chairs.

Melody: I laughed so much because when  I was playing handball with my friends.

Shashant: In investigations I learnt new things and I thought other people about mixing paints and adding more water to the paint to make it lighter.

Helen: When my friends said happy birthday to me.

Cam:  Making butter in investigations was good.

Aarshia: On Monday it was fun making play dough.

Christian: Playing with my friends when we played chasey in the hall.

Sreyleab:  Playing with my friend Kayla.

Rahan: Doing measuring when we were successful at the end because we had to try a lot.

Nikka:  Making butter by putting cream in a jar and shaking it.

Nikos:  Come Run With Me because you can get lots of exercise.

Sama: Investigations went well because it was good exploring the wheat.  Wheat makes flour.

Helen’s Birthday today!



Monday, Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 everyone!

Please remember that all students are to wear their Sports Uniform tomorrow, and every Tuesday thereafter. We will be starting ‘Come Run with Me’ first thing in the morning on the Oval, so please try to be on time.


‘Come Read with Me’

Guided Reading
Today marks the start of Guided Reading in our classes. Students have been grouped according to their reading needs and will work through a rotation of 5 learning tasks, before a new rotation is introduced. When working with the teacher in Guided Reading, the small group will focus on the same text, with each student having their own individual reader to read-along with. Reading strategies will be explicitly taught in this time and reinforced in the subsequent re-reading session. Other tasks will build students literacy capacities and will generally have a shared reading, phonics, writing, word study or grammar focus.

The 5 groups:

Rotation Tasks:

(Tasks in red are modifications/adaptations to cater for various learning needs).

Guided Reading
A small focus group works with the teacher on a text aimed at the collective level of the group. Reading strategies such as chunking, reading on and re-reading are explicitly taught and promoted, as well as comprehension, inferencing skills and the use of expression.


Laptop/Shared Reading
Find and highlight examples of the following types of punctuation in our shared reader; ‘Belinda’.

Laptop Games
A phonics focus on the vowel sounds through watching video clips and playing games.

Word Study
Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check words from personal word list. These focus words have been sourced by the students, from their own writing.

Writer’s Workshop
Students engage in free-choice book-making and illustrating.

Investigations are back!!!
Today the students jumped for joy as they saw that Investigations were once again a part of our timetable.

Sama – I learnt that wheat makes flour. You have to crush it.
Helen – Ruby and I watched a video. It said you have to crush the wheat until it gets smooth.
Nicky-Rose – When you crush the wheat seeds it makes flour.

Rahan – Mr Coad taught me how to use the abacus to count. The beads are like units.


Monday, Week 8

Mrs Higgs will be absent on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, as she will be attending a course called ‘Cognitive Coaching’, along with a number of other teaching staff. There will be a Relief Teacher in the room and of course, Mrs Papillo will still be available if you need anything, along with Mrs Jones on Thursday. She will see everyone again on Friday for our Assembly!


Come Read With Me


Assembly preparation in the hall.

Assembly reflection…

At the end of our big practice this afternoon the children reflected on their performances by sharing some thing they did well and some things that  they need to improve on and how they can make their performance better.  The students were very honest and provided some great feedback.

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Wednesday, Week 7

Come Read with Me

Literacy – Assembly Speaking Parts and ILT

Groups of students worked with Mrs Higgs, Mrs Papillo and Lily, Grace, Sienna and Jane from the 6/7 classes to practice reading their assembly parts. Once again, we worked on developing their confidence, fluency and expression.

Whilst this was happening, students had:

Writing good copy of Creation prayers:

Numeracy – Place Value Laptop Task

After recess we had a run through of the script together and worked out where to stand on stage for the various parts. We are all very excited about next Friday and hope that lots of parents and friends can make it along to watch!

**Parents, please encourage your child to keep practicing their part every night. This will help us with the flow of the presentation, so that the reading is not so stop-start.


Shhhh, it’s a secret…

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re having lovely long weekend and are enjoying the sunshine.

It’s Mrs Papillo’s birthday tomorrow and it would be really lovely if she was able to receive some hand-made birthday cards from the students.

If anyone has time and a few craft materials lying around, please feel free to make something special for her.

Thanks everyone and please, don’t write back to this post as she will get notified to approve it via email.

See you tomorrow,

Mrs Higgs 🙂