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!



Thursday, week 2


Come Run With Me / Maths mini

We reflected on our running from last Tuesday and recorded how far we ran.  The pop sticks were counted, each one representing 100 metres.  All the children predicted they could run even more next week!


This morning we read a beautiful story about the Australian bush.  We learnt how to call ‘Coooo- eeee.”


George’s Marvellous Medicine.

We continued our narrative study today and brainstormed as many adjectives (describing words) as possible.  These words describe Grandma.

Here are some ingredients that George put in his saucepan for Grandma’s medicine…


Prayer hosted by Then-An, Ethan, Nicky-Rose and Sam.

Keeping Safe

Exploring more feelings and sorting them into ‘good’ and ‘sad’.  We also talked about how some ‘sad’ feelings can cause us to feel very upset or unsafe.  In these instances we can:

Lolla: We can walk away from the problem.

Bella: You can take some deep breaths.

Shashant:  You might need to leave the room and go outside for some fresh air.

Ethan: Talking it out with a teacher can help.

Wednesday, week 2

Dear Families,

This term the children are helping out with prayer on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  There is a roster below to help your child remind them of their rostered day and to perhaps prepare something or bring something from home that could be used for our class prayer.


Friday is Buddy Time with 3/4CM & 3/4BH

We invite all children to bring their favourite book or story to school on Friday to share with their buddy on Friday morning.

Shared Reading

Belinda by Pamela Allen

Our focus today is on the narrative structure of Belinda – the beginning, middle and end.

1. The beginning is like the bread.

2. The middle of the story is the ‘meat’, like the middle of a sandwich.

3. The end of the story solves the problem or the puzzle, the second piece of bread finishes the story.


  1. Beginning – we are introduced to Bessie, Old Tom and Belinda.  We learn about the characters and there ‘is nothing wrong.’ (Cam)
  2. Middle – Belinda needs to be milked but she kicks Old Tom, and runs away. He cannot milk Bessie, if he cannot milk Belinda  there will be no milk. ‘Belinda is used to Bessie milking her.’  (Nikos)
  3. End – the problem is solved!  Tom comes up with an idea! Everyone is happy and Belinda gets milked.

Guided Reading


Numeracy: Hand and Foot Investigation

The children made predictions about the length of their foot and hand this morning.

Nikos: I think my foot will be the longest.

Nicky-Rose: I predict my foot will be longer.

Arrow: I think my foot is longer than my hand.

Ayrton: I think my hand is smaller than my foot.

Eva: I predict my hand is smaller than my foot.

We traced our hands and feet and set off to work by choosing a measuring unit.  Some of the children predicted the length of their foot and hand with that unit in mind and then measured it by keeping our ‘measuring rules’ in mind.

Warm up –some rules that we need to remember when we are measuring:

Rahan: Make sure there are no gaps

Kai: If there are gaps, the numbers are not going to be the same.

Aarshia: Make sure what you are using to measure with are straight, keep the units in a straight line.

Christian: The blue pebbles are bigger units to count with but the gems are smaller so when you count them there are more.  This is not accurate.

Amira: When the counters are on top of each other they are not measuring properly. When measuring, don’t put the units on top of each other, they can’t overlap.

Tuesday, Week 2

We looked at the calendar month of August and plotted all of the upcoming events and birthdays.

‘Come Run With Me’

Before embarking on our first jogging session we did lots of stretches in order to get our muscles ready for the run.  Well done everyone for an amazing first try  – we are only going to improve as time goes on!

As the Oval was quite a boggy mess today, we shifted our track to the paved area. The only problem was that we only had a 50 metre stretch to run in! To solve the problem we readjusted our thinking to realise that we would need to do 2 laps of 50 m to equal 100. The students adapted brilliantly and showed lots of stamina during their first session.

Reflecting on our running:
The students in 2DH took photos of their pop sticks to show how many laps they had run.

1 popstick = 100 metres.

They put their counting by 100 skills to good use and labeled each pop stick and then used their 100 Languages to reflect on the experience in any other way they liked. Some students reflected using Photo Booth to video record, dropping the video into their flipchart, whilst others preferred to type sentences.

Investigation Reflection



Leadership and bravery was shown today by our prayer leaders, as they set up and ran our session.

Literacy – Comma hunt
As a brain break, the students searched through books to find examples of comma use. Here are some examples:

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.


Friday, week 1

Spring Fair 

As one of our initiatives for Spring Fair 2017, we are asking families to share a favourite recipe to include in a Holy Family Recipe Book.  We know there are some great cooks out there who have very tasty and perhaps traditional recipes that could be used for the recipe book.  Please email or send in a copy of your recipe.


Here we are performing the Wombat Wobble at our NAIDOC week assembly.


How can we work out how far 100 metres is?

Our Sports teachers Mrs Cooymans and Miss Roberts want the year 2s to be able to run 2 kilometres by the end of 2017!

Walking, running and being active is part of being healthy.

Cam: Healthy for our mind is reading and relaxing.

Shashant: Mindful colouring is good for our mind.

Mrs Higgs showed us how a trundle wheel works.    Shashant wondered if we can use a trundle wheel to measure a person!

Helen: We didn’t hear a second click because he is not 2 metres, he was just over 1 meter.

Seanna measured Mrs Higgs at 171.

How shall we measure 100 metres when we jog on the oval?

Cam: We could take all the rulers outside.

We went outside to estimate how far 100 metres is.

Thien-An and Sreyleab made the closest estimate  – good job girls!

Cam: The spin thing, (trundle wheel) when it clicks it makes 1 metre.

Kai: The trundle wheel is not really designed to measure people but it is good for measuring 100 metres.

Abbey: If we measured 100 metres with a ruler it would take a very long time.

Matthew: I have learnt that the oval is longer than 100 meters.

Sama: I learnt that 100 centimetres is the same as 1 metre.

Seanna: I learnt that a centimetre is small and a metre is 100 centimetres.

Mini maths

Adding up by 100



Shared Reading 

‘Belinda’ by Pamela Allen
Focus: Capitals and full stops.

When do we use capital letters?
– For names of people
– After using a full stop
– When we want people to shout or use expression (Seanna)

Aarshia: The word “WAS” is written in capitals because we are meant to read it louder.

What other types of punctuation can you see?

James noticed that there were commas and Cam spied ellipsis and a question mark.

In Buddy Come Read with Me, students completed their hunt for full stops and capital letters and then enjoyed playing some online games related to the concept.

Nicky-Rose went to see Little Mix.

Nicky-Rose went to the Entertainment Centre with her Mum and Nan. “I couldn’t see them because everyone was standing up but I danced and my Nan danced too!”


Thursday, week 1

Maths Mini

Handwriting and Word Study

2MP focused on the letters b and d today, then we brainstormed some words with ‘ed’ and ‘id’ and came up with a list that we kept adding to.  Once we got started, we couldn’t stop until it was time to head off to library.

Library 2MP


George’s Marvellous Medicine

Chapter One : Grandma

The children recalled some of the things we read from the first chapter of George’s Marvellous Medicine.

Luka: George is the grandson.

Sama: George is 8 years old.

Nathan: The grandma is bossy.

Seanna: She is selfish.

Amelia: She is ugly.

Isaiah: She is jealous.

Arrow: She is little.

Mrs Jones and some of the children were not at school on Tuesday so the children wanted to draw Grandma to show them what she looks like.  Here are some photos of Grandma’s image in progress!

These pictures show Grandma’s appearance – what she looks like…


Today Abbey, Nikos, Kiara and Sama hosted prayer.  We sang Welcome To God’s House and shared some prayers.

Our hosts did a marvellous job, they were brave and made good choices.

Amelia:  Dear God, Thank you for the bees because they give us honey. And dear God, thank you for my family because they love us and we love them too.  And dear God thank you for the plants because they are pretty.  Amen.

Abbey:  Dear God, I am grateful for food and watering trees because they give us oxygen.  I am grateful for my mum and dad because they give me anything.  Lord Hear Us.

Keeping Safe

We explored feelings and emotions.

Shashant: I feel bored when I have to watch a movie I don’t like with mum and dad.

Ruby:I feel happy when Lilah let me use her laptop because mine is being repaired.

Ayrton I feel bored whenI am waiting for a game to load.

Cam:  I feel pain when I had my first needle.

Shashant:I felt sad when I am not allowed to do what I want.

Jamie: I feel hot when the sun comes up.

Arrow:  I feel sick when I go home.

Djaran: I feel love when my mum kisses me at bed time.

Kiara:  I feel worried when lightening flashed and all the lights turn off.

Eva:  I feel happy when I am playing with my cousins.

Amelia: I feel sleepy when I have to go back home form my friends house at night time.

Sam: I feel furious when My mum does not let me have my laptop.

Tyron:  I feel furious when my baby brother keeps me awake at night.

Here are some expressions of some emotions …

Wednesday, week 1

Come Read With Me

This morning the children read the story Belinda whilst highlighting the capital letters and full stops.  Seanna said ‘The capitals are at the beginning of the sentences and for names, like Old Tom and Bessie.’

Wombat Wobble

We are in training for the song Wombat Wobble so we can sing and dance at the same time for Friday’s NAIDOC assembly.



Today we focused on words we can use when comparing one object to another.  We used our paper strip activity  from yesterday’s investigation to help get us started.

Tuesday, week 1.

Cognitive Coaching
Mrs Higgs will be attending the second session of this professional learning tomorrow and Thursday. There will be a relief teacher in the room with Mrs Papillo on Wednesday, whilst Mrs Jones will be back on Thursday.

Shared Reading

We introduced the new book called Belinda by Pamela Allen this morning.

First impressions and reflections:

Seanna: I have a hem on my dress, my Nanna had to keep adjusting the hem because I was getting taller last year.

Kayla: It was really funny, Bessie is fat and Tom is skinny.

Isaiah: Pamela Allen wrote the book to make us laugh.

Amelia: I liked the bit when the cow had a look on her face when she made the first kick.

Maths mini in 2DH

Add it up by 100!


Today we began our new numeracy topic on measurement. Our first activity involved the children ordering different strips of paper from longest to shortest or shortest to longest.  the children then measured the strips using a unit of choice to measure the strips and comparing the length of one strip with another.

 Religion and Mindfulness

This afternoon we talked about prayer time and we discussed some ideas for prayer time.

‘It is a time to talk about God.’

‘We can learn more about Jesus.’

‘It is a quiet time but we can listen to music, stories and share prayers like thank you prayers.’

Over the course of term 3, the children will each be asked to plan and prepare a prayer time for the class.


We had such fun this afternoon as we continued to play Skipping, Helicopter or Four Square.  Some of us learnt new rules for the Four Square game and some of us skipped so much we were exhausted!!

Introducing our new class novel…

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.

Mrs Higgs read the first chapter of our class novel.  We were introduced to the main character George Kranky and his Grandma.  Do  you have a grandmother like George’s?

Monday, Week 1, Term 3.


Can 2MP/DH please wear their sports uniform on Tuesdays and Thursdays for term 3.  Thank you.

Come Read With Me

We are all excited to be back at school, it was exciting to see all the children and to catch up with friends after a two week break.

Literacy Part 1
The students worked on a recount plan where they made brief notes about the who, what, where and when regarding their activities over the last 2 weeks.

With this plan, they then made groups of 3 and practiced turning their notes into sentences, using their oral language skills. When it wasn’t their turn to speak, group members practiced their active listening skills by tracking the speaker with eye contact and by asking questions after they had finished.

Literacy Part 2
Once their ideas were set and orally rehearsed, the students went about writing their recounts, remembering to use the recount structure template to help them organise their ideas.

We got out and enjoyed the sunshine today and honed our skipping and handball skills. Students focussed on the rules and how to play safely. It was good to see and hear students working together to solve problems as they occurred and this will be one of our Health foci for the term ahead.