Tuesday 17th September

Today is Tuesday and Numeracy day. The children love to be involved in different games and activities which stimulate their thinking skills.

However, we began our day with silent reading and this morning, you could actually hear a pin drop. It is a discipline to be able to read quietly and understand what you are reading when there are slight distractions.

The children had lots of fun with different numeracy provocations. They could choose from coin stamping and adding up the total, playing snakes and ladders times tables, times table challenge using the whiteboards, farm game where the children had to count and differentiate the animals and group them according to different features. This then led to recording the number of animals using fractions, playing cards where the children had to make up their own multiplication, making a shopping list from catalogues and adding up the total.


We also became hot and sweaty doing our 14 day challenge.

We also had PE and had a go at Dictation. The children are getting tired as it is getting closer to the end of the term.

Next Tuesday we are going to have a construction day – we can’t wait, but we really need your help to bring as many different size boxes as you can. The more boxes we collect, the more imaginative we can be.

Thankyou in advance.

Wednesday week 8

We started our day with numeracy and students continued exploring the concept of time and solved a series of questions ranging in difficulty to challenge students and give them more practice at solving questions involving time. Students used their perseverance to work through the questions and helped one another, showing their belonging and teamwork.

After recess we all continued to show our teamwork as we continued with the 14 day fitness challenge. Students worked together and encouraged each other to keep going.

Art is an area of interest for many of the students in 4MR and 4PB. It is a great opportunity for students to show their creativity and individuality to their peers. Focusing on still art, students were given the freedom to not only draw but show everyone how and what they saw in front of them. Each student see’s things differently and has their own individual style, by allowing them to do art, it provides them with the opportunity to share that with the class.

Continuing with earth sciences we explored erosion and the effects that it has on our environment. Students began to research the topic to deepen their knowledge and understanding.

Friendship prayer, Fraction and Fun

This morning we had a beautiful prayer around friendship. The children sang, participated and prayed together as a community so lovely. We thank Rosie and Mr Urdanoff for coming and Mrs Braiotta for all her hard work.

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Fractions and time

Today we got to use our own agency to learn and take our own learning in the direction we wanted. Challenging ourselves trying new things and using our fraction and time knowledge through play. Some of the students choose to to challenge themselves with problem solving questions, whilst others made their own fraction cakes, played time games, taught each other new time knowledge. The pictures show how engaged the students were. The classroom was buzzing and the students used their creativity, perseverance, teamwork and numeracy skills.


Monday 9th September

This morning the Royal Adelaide Show fever was still alive as some children brought toys and lollies from their showbags.

We had to quickly complete our lantern making, ready for the judging later this morning.


They are really good and we can’t wait for the judging.

Tomorrow morning at 9.00 am we will be having our class prayer service in our classroom. We would love to see as many of you as we can to help us celebrate the gift of friendship. Jesus taught us to love one another and to treat each other with kindness.

We also had reading comprehension activities about the Moon Festival.

“Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning to expand content knowledge, integrating and linking ideas and analysing and evaluating texts (ACELY1692 ­ Scootle )”

This was a challenging task and many students had to keep re-reading the text to answer the questions correctly.

All in all, the day was productive.

Please remember : CLASS PRAYER SERVICE – Tomorrow 9.00 am in the classroom.

Thursday 5th September

Today, some of our students attended the Touch Football Carnival. They certainly had beautiful weather on their side.

The remainder of us engaged in silent reading and Mrs Nicosia and Mrs Braiotta were able to do some running records and listen to children read.

After recess we continued with our 14 day fitness challenge. The children do various exercises for one minute and record how many they were able to do in that time. They did star jumps, push ups, sit ups,up downs and heads up. When they have finished, they find their pulse and count how many beats times six to find out their heart rate.

We had our mass today and we were celebrating the birthday of Mary, mother of Jesus.

After lunch we were very privileged to have a cricket clinic and it was a fantastic way to end our day.


Wednesday Week 7

We started the day with sitting the students down and discussing the importance of a growth mindset using a cup as a metaphor. Students then demonstrated this through engaging in the 9 dot challenge which involved connecting all 9 dots using 4 straight lines without taking their pen off the page. Students really embraced this challenge and it was great to see them all have a go and share their ideas with each other.

After this activity students then started their numeracy task that introduced mixed fractions and linking this concept with time. By creating a timetable of their day students then had to use mixed fractions to indicate what activity they do at what time of the day.

After Recess we did some indoor fitness involving a range of exercises to get everyone’s heart rate up. Recording their reps and heart rates as part of a 14 day challenge. Students are able to then keep record of their progress and see how far they progress as they continue the challenge.

After fitness 4PB went to Spanish while 4MR stayed back and did reading comprehension.

When 4PB came back from Spanish both classes sat down and did some art. Focusing on shading to add detail to our drawings and make them look 3D. Students all worked well individually using their growth mindset; they had a go at drawing a circle and shading it in a way to turn it from a 2D circle to an illusion of a 3D sphere.


Numeracy investigations

Today the students had numeracy play, our focus was on multiplication and fractions.

It was great to see all the students engaged, leading their own learning, extending themselves and working together.

Play provides an important ‘context for learning’ where children are able to explore ideas, solve problems, make connections and engage with others. We have been focusing this term on multiplication and fractions and the provocations set up allowed the students to build on their essential life skills. The children are exposed to literacy and numeracy learning through hands-on, practical and play-based experiences, they are more likely to engage meaningfully and successfully with them.




Monday 2nd September

This morning the children were introduced to comics. When read, a comic tells a story but in a very short form a the majority is based on drawings and some speech. The children came up with some ideas of what to write for their comics.

Riya– regular conversation with a twist

Hong-Phuc– Class going crazy and Mr white intervening

Kai– Talking toilet

Seanna– Going shopping to buy something

James– A Snow day with a twisted snow storm

Minh– Mindcraft

Luka–  A day at school

Alex- A Manga

Ater– A Manga

Josh– Fortnight converstation

Djarran – a funny work day

Eva– a funny Converstaion

Malakhai– last night

Michelle – convincing parents to buy a game

At this stage, the children are working very hard to put down their ideas. We are looking forward to the final products.


The rest of the day we completed our comics or our lanterns.



Wednesday week 6

Today students started their day with numeracy where they continued with equivalent fractions. They had the opportunity to engage in activities on their laptops to further explore their skills for calculating and identifying equivalent fractions both visually and mentally. It was great to see how engaged in their learning they were, helping each other and sharing their accomplishments.

The rest of the day was spent using our critical and creative skills in order to design, plan and make lanterns in preparation for the celebration of the Moon Lantern Festival on the 13th of September. The Moon Lantern Festival or the Mid-Autumn festival is more commonly celebrated among the Chinese and Vietnamese cultures. It is a time for families to come together and celebrate the festival. Everyone was very eager to work individually and in small groups to plan and implement their designs. Using their creativity and problem solving skills to overcome any obstacles. We continued this activity up until the end of the day.

Today was a great day with high engagement among the students which was wonderful to see and we can’t wait to see their finished products.