This afternoon, REQ met with their buddies in 6/7PN and REF met with their buddies in 6/7JW. Our buddies taught us a new skill.

I was playing soccer and duck, duck, goose and time bomb and some high kicks – Carmelo
I played soccer with my buddy and then I played ‘who can throw the ball in the hoop’ – Nhial
I was playing basketball and we played something else and we played a game called chasey game – Oliver
We had to chase others peoples balls and we had to run and then we played red rover all together and we threw the balls – Dimi
Me and Khyle played with our buddies. We played basketball because I was holding the hoop and Khyle was trying to get the ball inside. We played catch in a circle – Sonny
Me and Oliver and our buddies were playing basketball and then we were playing with those things and when you get the sash from each other. Oliver’s team won and when we played basketball, my team won – Tanish
We played footy and soccer – Connor
We were playing piggy in the middle and we were playing soccer – Porsha
I was playing red rover with my buddy – Dung
I played soccer with my buddy and I kicked the ball in the goal – Daniel
I played with my buddy. We played footy and soccer and basketball – Ivan
I played handball with my buddy – Aaron
Jamie showed me how to play soccer, to get in the goals. I aimed it long and I hit the pole and it almost got in the goal – Jason
When I was playing I got the ball in the hoop and I won – Vincent

Learning Numeracy through Play!

Number, shapes, measurement, money, patterns you name it we were exploring it in REF and REQ today.

It’s amazing what learning we can do when we are left to play as we please. Not only do we learn from ourselves but we learn from each other as we use our collaborative learning power. Take a look at our photos and listen to the voice of the children, the collaboration and the learning is very clear to see.

‘I made a tower with the coins, I had a dollar, and a cent. The notes are a dollar too.’ – Nhial.

‘It’s a big long, long like a snake. I was longer than me and longer than Mrs. Feher.’ – Daniel.

‘We are having a shop.’ – Oliver

‘We were play with the money. We were putting money in the casher. We had a lot of money.’ – Irin.

‘I am drawing money under the paper then when we make it we give it to Irin to put in the cash. We had fifty money.’ – Mya.


‘I made a big snake, it was 200 hundred feet, bigger than anyone.’ – Carmelo.

‘I am making the money with my friends. Some had 10 and some had 2.’ -Eva.

‘Let’s write this down, Irin. How many dollars do we have?’ – Oliver.

‘We are making a tower and it is like a rectangle.’ – Kobe B

‘I put the numbers, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,  and the 7 was gone.’ – A.

‘We are drawing some shapes. We drew triangle and a circle.’ – Max

‘I was making a safe with shapes and the chalk. the safe has a combination, 1 , 8, 9 , 6.’ – Jason

‘I am building a rocket, it had a rectangle shape.’ – Richard.

‘We were going to make 100 money. We made lots of money and drew on them. I saw one and two on the money. There is a one dollar and its gold and the 20 cent is silver.’ – Anya.

‘I made a 2 and a 0 coin.’ – Eva.

‘I am making some dominoes and a house.’ –  Khyle.

‘We are playing Jango.’ – Jacob F.

‘I was making some money then it can be real money.’ – Mya.

‘I was making a long snake. It’s longer than all of us.’ – Dung.

‘I am tracing the shape of the stick on the ground.’ – Vincent.

‘I am making love heart shapes and triangles and rectangles.’ – Porsha.

‘I am decorating the bucket with different kinds of shapes. I drew square, triangle, diamond and star and rectangle.’ – Nhial.

‘I was drawing the line, we were going to Spanish in the line. Wee hd 5 people in the line.’ – Massa.

‘I made a pattern, it was baby pink and dark pink.’ – Charlize.

Exploring ‘The Very Noisy Bear’

This week, REQ & REF are reading The Very Noisy Bear.

After recess REQ explored different themes from the story. Some children chose to record on the laptops:

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Other children used their 100 languages of making and drawing to create instruments and ‘band houses’:

“We’re making a band house” – Kobe B

“We were video recording on the laptop” – Tanish / “I was recording with Tanish because he’s my friend” – Daniel

“I was just reading The Very Noisy Bear by Nick Bland” – Oliver

“I was making a bin to put all the rubbish in” – Carmelo

“I was building a house for me” – Aaron

“I made a skeleton” – Aaron

“We were doing songs for Dimi” – Charlize / “I was looking at the laptop” – Emily

“We were making a sleeping area for the bear. There were instruments inside it. I was inside it to pretend I was the bear. Jacob was being the instruments” – Dimi / “I was making a cave” – Jacob B

“We were doing funny things” – Richard / “And funny faces” – Connor

“We finished the bear house” – Jacob F

“Look inside it” – Kobe B

On Thursday we are going to explore Garage Band on the laptops, making our own music to add to the story of The Very Noisy Bear.

We Learn Literacy Through Play!

After we read our shared reading text, ‘The Very Sleepy Bear’, we played!

The children engaged in a variety of literacy based play activities, the children were extremely engaged and used all of their literacy skills while playing.

Some created words using paint and stamps, others made animated stories or typed stories using the laptops. Some decided to make ‘the very sleepy bear’ masks, make puppet shows, create letters and words using play dough, and others made a large rocket as a prop for their story.

‘I made a bear mask. What I done for the ears is I cut them out and I stapled it together. I had to cut the eyes out and then draw a flower on the left ear.’ – Eva.

‘I am making The Very Sleepy Bear book on the laptop.’ – Brooklynne.

‘I made a card for my friend and I put some writing on it.’ – Nhial.

‘I made a bear mask. I used sticky tape, and paper. I used the dog learning power (belonging). I used that one because it is like the bear in the story.’

‘I made The Very Cranky Bear mask but I put a smile on, because I want mine to be The Very Happy Bear!’ – Kobe H.

‘I made my name with the play dough. I made the letters.’ – Anya.

‘I made The Very Cranky Bear with play dough and shells.’ – Max.

‘I found the word, cat, c… a… t.’ – Aaron.


‘We are making a big rocket for our story! I sounded out and wrote the word rocket on the rocket lots of times.’ – Kobe B.

Mr Road read ‘Who Sank the Boat’ while Ivan, Sonny and Khyle acted out the different parts to the story using the hand puppets.

‘I can write cow!’ – Richard.


‘We are making our cave for The Very Cranky Bear.’ – Charlize and Emily.

‘I can write my name!’ – Christina.

‘I am making my name, now I just need to find the ‘r’ letter.’ – Connor.

‘It says cat. I can write it. Look I wrote cat!’ – Brooklynne.

‘I am making different letters with the play dough. I made an ‘a’ and an ‘f’. – Brooklynne.

‘The story says that the horse goes in the boat first!’ – Ivan.


HFCS War on Waste

This afternoon we had an impromptu assembly to look at all the rubbish our school collects on one day. Ali from KESAB sorted through the rubbish with some children from year 4. Check out the rubbish that was collected in our school on Wednesday alone:


Ali told us all about the rubbish that has been collected. Most of the rubbish that was in our bins didn’t need to be in the bin at all. We can recycle most of the things that we are putting in our general rubbish bins.


When we play, we make sense of our world

We believe in the importance of playing to support children’s development and learning. Today, the children used the classroom and the courtyard to continue to explore concepts we have been learning about, as well as their own interests. Children inquired, explored, consulted, collaborated and used their belonging and creativity in order to make sense of their learning. We love the level of engagement we see when the children are playing.

Check this link if you’d like to see more about the importance of play at school:


The Sneaky Snake

The Sneaky Snake Genesis 3
Many trees grew in the Garden of Eden. God told Adam and Eve, “you may eat the fruit from any tree except for one. Never eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Now, there was a sneaky snake in the garden. One day, the snake saw Eve near the special tree. It hissed, “did God really tell you not to eat the fruit from this tree?” The snake wanted Eve to disobey God. It said, “you should try some of this tasty fruit. If you eat it, you will be like God. You will be able to tell the difference between good and evil.” The fruit looked tasty. Eve remembered what God had said, but she ate the fruit anyway. Then Eve gave some to Adam. He took a bite, too. As the sun was going down, Adam and Eve heard God walking through the garden. He was looking for them. Adam and Eve hid among the trees. They were afraid. “What have you done?” God asked. “Did you eat fruit from the forbidden tree?” Adam said, “yes, but Eve gave it to me.” Eve said, “yes, but the snake tricked me.” God told the snake, “because of what you did, you will always crawl on your belly.” Then he told Adam and Eve, “because you disobeyed me, you can no longer live in the garden.” Adam and Eve left the garden. God placed angels and a flaming sword to guard the entrance. Adam and Eve would not be allowed into the garden again.


We were very lucky to have Jason read the scripture the first time, Mrs Feher read the second time, and the final time we watched the scripture on The Beginners Bible: 16:38 to 25:08.

They aren’t allowed in the Garden of Eden again because they disobeyed God – Dung
The snake tricked them – Nevaeh
He has to move on his belly – Kobe B

The children completed investigations after our scripture. One of the provocations was about the Creation, including The Beginning, Adam and Eve and The Sneaky Snake.

CLARA – Hope and Optimism!

Today we had a look at another new Learning Power. We explored Hope and Optimism!

We watched a documentary on Elephants and learnt about how they are very brave and take lots of risks especially for their babies! We decided that a person who uses Hope and Optimism to learn is a person who knows what they want to be better at and someone who is willing to take risks with their learning to learn something new.

With this we decided that the elephant will symbolise our Hope and Optimism Learning Power!

Where can a bear sleep?

This week, our shared reading text is The Very Sleep Bear by Nick Bland. Check out the story below:

After recess, REQ imagined they were the very sleepy bear and used their 100 languages to create somewhere they would like to sleep. Children chose to paint, draw (on paper and laptops) and create with boxes.

I made the bear’s house because the rock was a little bear – Nevaeh

I draw the bear and the fox – Richard

We made the cave with some boxes – Jacob F / We did the cave and we go in there and we draw everywhere and we did colours in there – Aaron / We made it together and we worked together to make it. We had to use pencils to colour it in. The sticks are to make fire – Kobe

I made the a bear cave – Tanish

That’s the very cranky bear and that’s the cave. The fox was trying to help him, but that was the right cave. But he went to the littlest cave. He was getting grumpy because he can’t go to sleep. He wanted to go to sleep, so he said “I’m going home” – Porsha

I made the cranky bear and the cave – Connor

We were making a bear house. It took so long to decorate it. We want it nice – Hayley / We were making our own house and put decorations in it and photos and we made a doorbell – Charlize / I was helping to make the very sleepy bear house – Ishpreet