R/1JM Observation Walk

On Friday I took R/1JM out for an observation walk. I explained what an observer was an how we can take observations of things we can see. Today the children had to record the things they could observe in different areas of the school. They did this in picture form. In each place I gave them a different number of objects to record. For example in the STEAM room the children had to draw 4 items in the room, in the Centre 1, The Peace garden 3 and so on. It was lovely to take our learning outside the children enjoyed being out and about. We had to show self control to move around the school quietly in certain areas so we didn’t disturb other classes and to stay as a group. The children all did well.

Outdoor Classroom Day

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Today we got to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day. We spent the day outside enjoying the beautiful Spring weather.

Outdoor Classroom Day is an initiative that aims to encourage children to spend time in our great outdoors learning life skills and developing new interests.

Some of the activities we did today, with different teachers and staff from the school are, Ninja Warrior Challenge, Bark and Leaf Rubbings, Making Natural Paint and creating artworks, Aboriginal art using natural materials, a School Treasure hunt, a nature treasure hunt, and messy mud play!

Miss Valk and Miss Moore stayed on the playground to do the Ninja Warrior Challenge all day, and we bet everyone is going to go home and sleep well tonight! It has been a busy day with a lot of new learning and fun!

Here are some photos from out day…


Maths Investigations

The focus of today’s math investigations were:

  • Making 3D shapes with plastercine and match sticks.
  • Drawing 3D shapes and looking at the different properties.
  • Ordering numbers from 1-10 and adding their corresponding values.
  • Measuring the size difference in different size straws. Ordering them in size order as well as measuring with a ruler the different lengths.
  • Using money and matching the values of money to written money amounts.

Today we didn’t take any photos during investigations as we were busy working with all the children.

R/1JM Data Collection

Today I introduced to R/1JM data collection.

We talked about the use of data and what it is.

We talked about why we might collect data.

What is data:

Kaleb: Collecting and counting

Kayden: Counting and then you know how much things there are

Kelly: Looking at a picture and looking for information and counting

The children then collected data of peoples favourite colours in the classroom.

The learnt to record the data and then interpret it.




We will continue to explore data and how it is collected.


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

The Moon Lantern Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.

At Holy Family we will be celebrating the Moon Lantern Festival on Friday 29 September.  Students are invited to wear traditional or red clothing.

The R/1JM and 5/6PA assembly will take place after recess at 11.30am and it will highlight cultural aspects of Moon Lantern Festival. Activities will include a lion dance, singing and sharing of cultural information. The winners of the Lantern Making Competition will also be announced at the assembly.

After assembly, students and families are invited back to their classrooms for a shared lunch. Students are encouraged tobring a plate of food that represents their culture.  All families and members of the community are welcome to attend.

Thank you

When I grow up….

Today R/1JM read the story, When I grow up!


We talked about the different things we want to be when we grow up. 

Llana: When I grow up I want to be a gymnastics teacher.

Cooper: When I grow up I want to be a ninja.

Krish: When I grow up I want to be doctor.

Kelly: When I grow up I want to be a cafe server. 

Linda: When I grow up I want to be I want to be a teacher.

Hannah: When I grow up I want to be cleaner for houses like my mum and dad do.

Shirley: When I grow up I want to be a singer and a dancer.

Mary: When I grow up I want to be a doctor.

Yatin: When I grow up I want to be super hero.

Joseph: When I grow up I want to be security.

Crista: When I grow up I want to be a gymnastic sports person.

Kayden: When I grow up I want to be a want to be a house cleaner and a basketballer and a singer.

Henry: When I grow up I want to be I want to go to the moon and a police man.

Olivia W: When I grow up I want to be a teacher and a house cleaner.

Mackie: When I grow up I want to be I want to be a footy player and a cleaner.

Ebony: When I grow up I want to be I want to be a vet.

Eva: When I grow up I want to be a librarian.

Kristina: When I grow up I want to be a hospital nurse and a teacher.

Kaleb: When I grow up I want to be a security guard.

Matthew: When I grow up I want to be a pizza cooker.


The children then recorded their jobs in their black books: 


R1/JM Drama

We started our lesson exploring what is drama?

Eva: It is like music. 

Hannah: You get to be a character. 

Llana: It’s like acting out. 

Ebony: You can be an animal. 

Kristina: Drama is about acting stuff when you are doing drama. 

Kelly: Its about being a character and acting out.

Kaleb: It’s like being another person and being another character. 

Henry: Drama is a bit like shouting but you have to do normal voice. 

Linda: Drama is like creating something. 

Kayden: Drama is about you have to try and speak like other people. 

I explained that drama comes from the Greek words meaning “to do” or “to act.” A drama, or play, is basically a story acted out. And every play—whether it is serious or humorous, ancient or modern—tells its story through characters in situations that imitate human life. Drama gives us the opportunity to  forget ourselves for awhile and enter the lives of the characters. 

I then explained the game  ‘Who is at the door’. 

The children had to think of something they wanted to act out. One child then goes outside and knocks on the door and then the children welcome them in. They then need to guess what that person is acting out. For example see below: 

Kayden came in and acted out being a rabbit. Joseph guessed correct and then he went out for a turn. Joseph then came in and was being a girl and Mackie guessed so then he went out. We continued this process until everyone had a turn. 

It was interesting watching the children use their bodies to act out different characters. We tried to do it without too much voice so we could focus on body movements to tell a story. We will be continuing to explore drama and the ways we can use it to communicate different ideas. 


R/1JM Money

Last week I introduced money to R/1JM. We ordered the coins in order of value from lowest to highest. We looked at how we can recognise the differences in coins by picture, size and colours.

The children drew the order of the coins in their book and focused on the numbers on the coins.

Today we continued our learning and focused on buying and selling things using the coins we learnt about last week. There was 4 groups and there was a shop keeper in each group. The children had to match the value of the coin to the value of the toy on the table to see what they could afford to buy. All the children worked really well and had to negotiate with each other on the roles of who was going to be each role. They were all quite excited to be able to ‘spend money’ and ‘buy something’ as well as being the shop keeper. We will continue to explore the concepts of money and their values.

The children are learning to understand the differences in values but are still developing  their understandings between terms of dollars and cents and the difference in values of a coin that is smaller or larger. For example a $2 is smaller than 20c but higher value.

The children then recorded their learning in their black books to show what they did.


Made In The Image of God: Bodies

Today we talked our bodies and about the names of all our different body parts. We listed off some of the parts we already know. 

Shirley: Eyes

Henry: nose

Chelsea: Hands

Winnie: Feet

Krish: Head

Kayden: Hips

Mackie: Ears

Ebony: Belly

Kelly: Hair

Aiden: Knees

Kristina: Mouth

Jake: Eyebrows

Nina: Back

Llana: Neck

Ella: Toes

Eva: Chin

Aiden: Eyelashes

Kaleb: Lungs

Yianni: Brain

Sukhman: Fingers

Khang: Bones

Dimi: Tummy

Kelly: Heart

India: Belly button

Isaac: Legs and arms

Hannah: Lips

Linda: Face

Olivia S: Lips

Mia: Wrist

Ajoh: Throat

Sampaan: Nails

Rowena: Waist

Eline: Cheeks

Aiden: Teeth

Joseph: Elbow

Olivia W: Fingers

We talked about the proper names for private parts and how God gave boys and girls different body parts. Then we worked together to label a picture of a baby boy and a baby girl. We spoke about how God gave boys and girls some different body parts and some of the same parts.

We talked about how we keep our bodies safe and that our bodies are just for ourselves, doctors, and our mums and dads to see.