12M Recommends…


Posted by meganmcgowan | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 27, 2015

12M students brought in some of their favourite books to share with the class and wrote a book review containing what the book was about (without giving away the ending) and the reasons why they are recommending it to others.

Click this link to have a look at what 12M Recommends




Posted by Chelsea Kneale | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 27, 2015

The art room is in desperate need of black fabric for the Bell Biennale displays. If you have any black fabric you would like to donate, please drop it off to Chelsea in the art room in Term 2.

The music room is after large asian objects and fabric that could be used as props to decorate the stage for the Bell Biennale performances. If you have anything you would like to lend or donate, please drop it off to Andrew in the music room in Term 2.

Thank you and enjoy your Easter holidays!

1/2ST are a clever bunch!


Posted by reneetimion | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 26, 2015

1/2ST have been doing some amazing work in literacy lately. We’ve been enjoying books like ‘The Lion Drummer’ during Reading Groups, learning all about full stops, capital letters and nouns. We’ve been writing some fantastic ‘sizziling starts’ to draw in the attention of the reader. We’ve been learning some amazing things during spelling that can help us not only in our writing, but also in our reading!

For example – did you know!?

If the letter ‘c’ in a word is followed by an ‘e’, ‘i’ or a ‘y’, then it will ALWAYS make it’s second sound ‘s’. The letter ‘g’ follows a similiar rule. Therefore, ‘g’  USUALLY makes it’s second sound ‘j’ when the next letter is an ‘e’, ‘i’ or a ‘y’. We practised finding some today:

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It’s a pretty tricky task! (But not for 1/2ST students!) I wonder if you can solve these words at home!?

cent, page, cycle, car, city, gate, giraffe, ice

Also, ask your child all about the letter ‘i’ and why he was so naughty! What is he now not allowed to do? Which letter came along to save the day?


Today we also revisited ‘place value’ and challenged ourselves with some larger numbers. Take a look!

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Our icy-pole sticks are either in ‘ones’, bundles of ‘tens’, ‘hundreds’ (10 bundles of 10 in a zip lock bag) or even ‘thousands’ (we filled an entire shopping bag full of 10 bags of 100s!)

We had a blast!

1/2ST Graphing Fun!


Posted by reneetimion | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 24, 2015

Wow, we have been doing some amazing graphing work in 1/2ST! We have learnt all about gathering ‘data’ through the use of ‘surveys’ and using ‘tally marks’. We have drawn up our own graphs using an ‘x and y axis’.

Each student in 1/2ST has chosen their own question to investigate and has gathered data, and used that information to create either a pictograph, bar graph or line graph.  Students have also analysed their graphs and created questions that relate to their data. For example, “which colour was the most popular?” or “how many people preferred dogs to cats?” or “how many people were surveyed in total?”

Take a look at our wonderful work!

‘Rainbow Numbers’ or ‘Friends of Ten’


Posted by reneetimion | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 11, 2015

Here is a quick little ‘maths tennis’ idea you can play at any time with your child. We are practising finding the numbers that equal to 10. For example, 4 and 6 are friends because 4+6=10. Once your child masters to 10, you may like to try to 20. See how quick they can do it!

1/2ST Fractions


Posted by reneetimion | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 10, 2015

Last week in 1/2ST we had a look at fractions. Some of us were busy making pizzas for a fussy queen, folding paper strips and shapes, brainstorming fractions in real life, going on fraction hunts outdoors and through magazines. We learnt that fractions are NOT whole numbers and are made up of EQUAL PARTS. Here is a sneak peek of some of our learning:

Handwriting fun in 1/2T!


Posted by reneetimion | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 4, 2015

This week we practised the formation of our letters in a pretty special way – with shaving cream! It was pretty messy, but lots of fun! We practised the letter ‘a’ and discussed the sounds it makes – see if your child can tell you the three sounds it makes (and which one is the most common!) We also talked about it being a ‘clock face’ letter, as we use a circular motion when forming the lowercase ‘a’. Have a go at home – (if you dare!)

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