Friday week 5 term 1, Feb 28


Today we enjoyed watching the learning from classrooms

  • 5/6NB & 5/6ND


We got our bodies moving with some games together and doing ‘go noodle’.


We spent some time reading quietly. the teacher used this time to do 1.1 reading records with the children. It was great to see how much the children love reading!!


Based on Luke 4: 1-13 and Matthew 4:1-11


We read and watched the Bible story about Jesus in the desert for 40days. We related it to our character strengths and said that Jesus showed Perseverance and Bravery.

Children’s reflections on the Bible story….

Mitchell – i used perseverance when i learnt about soccer

Alana – i use bravery to talk loudly

Viraj – i am so brave to do some hard things like climbing up trees, that is brave and perseverance

Mikayla – I used perseverance when i play chase and i run fast to try get friends

Richard – I am brave and perseverance when i try get goals at soccer



We watched a youtube clip with lots of information about the sun! then we focused on a sun art lesson. We read a shared reading text that included a lovely image of the sun on each page.

How the sun got to Coco’s house? by Bob Graham

How the Sun Got to Coco’s House. Follow the journey of the sun across the world from a whale’s eye to a little girl’s window in Bob Graham’s tender, transcendent story. While Coco sleeps far away, the sun creeps over a hill and skids across the water, touching a fisherman’s cap.

We looked at famous images of the sun and some beautiful art work for inspiration. The children were then given an art based inquiry,

‘how can you show the sun is hot through visual arts?’



We shared with each other all we know about numbers. We wrote numbers, ordered numbers and showed values to the numbers.



R1FD visited our year 2 buddies for the first time. Throughout this year we will have lots of time with our Buddies and learning from each other. The children were excited to get to know some new friends at the school. We spent time getting to know each other. Here is what each buddy group did on the laptops together.



It was a beautiful afternoon to go outside. There was so much happening – a castle, a house, an elevator, lots of discussions, dancing, collecting and much more!!


Have a beautiful weekend everyone!


Story tables

Our shared reading text that we are reading as a class group will also be available for children to explore through play- our story table area. The story table is an invitation for the children to engage in deep thinking, learning and conversations about the text. It provides fantastic language and literacy learning. Story tables are a rich litracy experience where children use props to sequence, recount and retell the story . They are exposed to concepts of print as they help create story tables of their own. Its also lots of fun and a playful way to do literacy learning!!

Next week our shared reading text is – Brown bear brown bear by Eric Carl

We will be engaging deeply with this book for the next 2 weeks. We will look at punctuation, sight words, phonics, comprehension and much much more!


Friday week four term one – Feb 21st

Happy Friday!!


The year 3 students put on a fantastic performance for the whole school assembly today this morning!!


Gratitude prayers from the children….

Viraj – Dear God thank you for my family AMen

Oliver – Dear God thank you for my teachers and the students Amen

Mikayla – Dear God thank you for our homes and the school Amen

Charlee – Dear God thank you for my friends Amen

Layla – Dear God thank you for my family Amen

Nahom – Dear God thank you for my family Amen



The ability to recognise and create patterns help us make predictions based on our observations; this is an important skill in math. Understanding patterns help prepare children for learning complex number concepts and mathematical operations. … Patterns allow us to see relationships and develop generalisations.

Viraj – Patterns square, triangle, square triangle

Alana – repeating and repeating you can make it with people

Richard – patterns can be colours or shapes… on our tshirts we have patterns

Oliver – patterns can be anything boy and a girl, boy and a girl….

Naomi – red and orange red and orange colours can be patterns

Zachary – brown and blue, brown and blue it repeats on.

Check out our patterns…



“play is the highest form of research”

Today we saw children extending their oral language, communication skills, negotiation, sharing and critical thinking.





Role modeled reading our readers using our reading strategies such as sounding out and pointing 1.1. We practised our sounds and words for the week. Reading with our friends is always so fun 🙂



Thank you for a great week. Mrs Diotallevi will be back on Thursday, Mrs Feher will be there on Monday. Have a beautiful weekend 🙂

Wednesday week 4 term 1 – Feb 19th

Welcome to this wonderful Wednesday 🙂



Come read with me

Teachers spent some time doing 1.1 reading with some children, practising our reading strategies. It was also fantastic to have some parents come in and read with us. Please join us for some reading mon-wed mornings 8.50am-9.15am.

Phonics – letter of the week ‘Tt’

Shared reading – The tiny seed by Eric Carl

We listened to our shared reading text and listened out for the ‘Tt’ sound. We then practised writing this letter/sound with correct formation. We also discussed when we used capital and lower case Tt.

What are sound T words we know?

  • Charlee – TV
  • Alexia – trinity
  • Ziggy – tree
  • Enrique – train
  • Mikayla – teeth
  • Jason – tree
  • Richard – tadpole
  • Naomi – hat (at the end we hear the t sound)
  • Mitchell – toe
  • Connor – turtle
  • Nikolas – tail
  • Shyla – tennis
  • Charlee – toast
  • Nikolas – tunza fun
  • JK – tonne
  • monique – triangle
  • Connor – tank

The children then had time to explore this letter/sound through play based experiences. There were a group of boys that used chairs and blocks to create a ‘TRAIN”

Shaving foam to write the letter T, letter formation, playdough, drawing pictures of things starting with T, loose parts to make the letter, chalk boards, whiteboards and more!! Teachers were able to see all children form the letter and say the sound.



Scripture – a story from the Bible ‘Feeding of the 5000’

What is this? (Holding the Bible)

Alana – its stories about Jesus

Enrique – Its called a Bible


Prayer reflection

  • Connor: Jesus was giving bread to everyone
  • Alana: Jesus fed the hungry people
  • Mikayla: there was 5000 people to feed
  • Alexia: there was only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish but lots of people
  • Callie: There were ALOT of people
  • Sahib: the people were with Jesus because they were hungry
  • Monique: Jesus can save people
  • Chloe: Jesus helping people with feeding them the fish


What is a pattern?

Sahib: something that happens again

tomorrow we are going to explore patterning more!


What a special time we had together today sharing a lovely lunch in the dining hall. We loved the conversations we were having and getting to know each other. This was a real positive time to build fantastic foundations to our relationships.


Reflection about our dining hall experience:

  • Nikolas – i liked the Jelly and the rice
  • Ziggy – was good
  • Hannah – i like my friends and eat jelly
  • Jason – i thought it was good because we have jelly and sitting at tables
  • Mikayla – there was lots of food and we sat properly
  • Harper – it was nice to have some spring rolls and jelly
  • Sahib – the spring rolls were so yummy
  • Monique – it was awesome to eat lunch and be caring to eat together
  • Elezar – it was good food
  • Connor – we all sat next to each other on big chairs and tables, it was good because i liked the jelly
  • Zachary -i ate lots, jelly…rice…spring rolls
  • Richard – it was really noisy, i liked the food
  • Alexandros – we sat on chair i had thomas plate

written reflections…


Outside to explore in nature, build our confidence, express ourselves and plenty of space for big movement!! Log park and the oval are always a popular choice!!

Thursday Week 3 Term 1 – February 13


Image result for i can pray with your eyes open?

Today for prayer we read the lovely story ‘Can I pray with my eyes open?’. This story then opened dialogued about what prayer means to us…

What does prayer mean to you? 

Oliver- You are quiet and it looks a bit happy

Alana- You can talk to God when you are sad

Mitchell- You can talk to God

Mikayla- It is quiet time

Alexandros- Quiet time

Alexia- Prayer is a time to be thankful

Charlee- You listen to God and pray

Shane- Prayer means we have to pray to God





Continuing our sun inquiry project. The children’s ideas about the sun were that the sun is hot and it makes things melt. We took this idea and explored melting – we started with ice. Firstly we hypothesised what would happened, then we took some ice outside and watched what happened. After we recorded our observations.

Our thinking…

  • Oliver -” it was like a a square shape, then it was changing in the sun to a triangle…then it kept melting and then it was water”
  • Darnia – melt, hot, sun, water
  • Mikayla – at the start it was really hard, then it was melting and melting but it took a long time to melt
  • Layla – it take 6 minutes. ice melted, its cold the ice it looks like water
  • Edel – it looked like a rectangle. it was hard…then went soft when it melted. the sun melted it
  • Naomi – when it started melting it was changing to a triangle, i think it took 15 minutes to melt…it took a long time for the sun to melt.
  • Angelo painted a picture of the ice melting
  • Hannah – the sun was really hot and it kept melting the ice, the ice melt like water
  • Alana – the ice block was melting from the sun. the ice was really cold like an ice cream, but then the sun changed it into water and it was making things float and not that cold.
  • Richard – my prediction was that it would take 12 minutes to melt. then we timed it and it took 6 minutes for the ice melt. the more it melted the clearer it got, it had tiny droplets of water.
  • Nahom- Our ice was nearly melting and it was going to melt and then we just had to wait 10 minutes and then it was going to melt 
  • Harper- If you put it on the hot ground it will melt quicker and it there is shade on there it won’t melt 
  • Eleazar- The ice got melt 
  • Catharen- The ice was melted 
  • Monique- The ice was melting when the sun make it cool down 
  • JK- The ice melts when the sun shines on it and it turns into water 
  • Mia- When its in the sunshine it melts 
  • Mitchell- The ice melted in the sun because the it was pointing at the sun 
  • Dhyani- The ice melted because the sun melts the ice 
  • Emily- The sun is melting the ice and its too hot 
  • Carter- The ice was melted, it was blue
  • Jason- When we leaved the ice outside it melts because the sun is hot
  • Nelson- The ice melted because its hot
  • Enrique- The ice melted, a few of them melted fast and some melted, it started melting when we first touched them
  • Shane- The ice melted and this is when the ice melted
  • Alexia- The ice melted from the sun because it was so hot they couldn’t even stand and they melted to water
  • Charlee- The ice melted because of the hot sun and because it was hot they couldn’t hold up
  • Callie- The ice melted because the sun melted it
  • Natalie- The ice melted because of the sun because the sun is hot and sun can make it melt


We hope you have a great night – see you tomorrow!

Friday Week 2 Term 1 – 7th February

Catholic identity

We celebrated a liturgy with our House group in the hall this morning.


Maths – number play

Exploring numbers and sharing our knowledge.



Edel’s and Laylas pictures

The girls came to show a picture they drew during investigations.

Edel shared it is a picture of “it is Indian festival Holi. you eat Indian food”

Thank you for sharing girls.


Happy weekend everyone. We look forward to seeing you all in week 3 🙂


Thursday Week 2 Term 1 – 6th February

Shared reading – our readers

Role modeled reading our readers and some strategies to use.

we then practiced these strategies with our friends.


Catholic identity – Prayer



Maths mini lesson

Our math focus at the moment is;

Foundation: MEASUREMENT AND GEOMETRY- Connect days of the week to familiar events and actions (ACMMG008)

Year 1: MEASUREMENT AND GEOMETRY – Describe duration using months, weeks, days and hours (ACMMG021)

We have started our exploration on days of the week. Today we focused on reading and recognising days of the week in order from Sunday to Saturday.

Investigative play

‘Children learn as they play. Most importantly in play children learn how to learn.’

‘Play is the highest form of research.’

‘Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.’ Loris Malaguzzi.

Connor – “im making a swimming pool and slide” (with lego)

Chloe “mine is a house with steps to go up”

Alex, Jason and Zachary were busy sketching.

These three boys used fantastic collaboration and teamwork…

Inquiry project

“We are all researchers”

Children will be involved in an inquiry project with a beginning provocation inspired by the sun. Teachers will work alongside the children on their collaborative project.

Project inquiry Work will encourage children to be self-motivated and persistent * Curious and Creative* Responsive and Resilient* Collaborative* Are Independent thinkers* Solve problems and Imagine * Are Adventurous* Become responsible citizens

We are excited to see where the children will lead us with this learning.

Provocation – What do you know about the sun?

  • Enrique “the sun is in space”
  • Mikayla – “The sun makes people hot”
  • Richard – “It has hot lava volcanoes on it”
  • Shane – “I know the sun is a big ball of fire and the rays are invisible”
  • Monique – “The sun ios too bright”
  • Nickolas – “The sun is too hot”
  • Oliver – “It can be hot and sunny and make you hot and sweaty”
  • Alana – “its bright and sunny”
  • Naomi – “its bright and hot”