Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Back Again

Hi Everyone,
BIG apologies for not writing sooner but with holidays, me forgetting the password AND swimming lessons, things have been a little crazy here :)
The poor children in the class have been bursting to tell their latest news but we have just kept running out of time.

Well - what's new?

We started swimming lessons the first day back at school after the holidays and Mrs E was so happy that everyone remembered their swimming gear.

We have been having so much fun - even though one day we walked in the rain to get to the bus!

We have been learning about the beach and things we can do at the beach. We also are looking at some animals that live in the ocean and Safety at the beach.

We read "The Rainbow Fish" and made our own by swatting paint with a fly swatter. We made the water by painting with a balloon. Then we folded and cut our fish paper and made a symmetrical fish that we decorated. Next week we are going to write about our Rainbow Fish. Mrs E says that we are getting really good at writing things.

We read "The Deep" and painted and drew a picture of us swimming in the deep water. Then we told Mrs E about what we do at the beach and she typed it out.

We also made some turtles and had to find and count certain shapes to put on the shell.  Mrs Mc helped us make a seaweed and ocean background for our turtles.

At the collage table we were allowed to make colourful fish and beautiful blue dolphins. Some people made lovely sea horses to sit on the bottom of the ocean. We even have a crab crawing across the sand.

I hope you enjoy catching up with our news. :)

 the PP Tiny Teds

Thursday, 22 September 2011

More hardworking students

We have been busy getting things finished before the end of term. We learnt how to paint bottlebrush flowers - but used bits of cardboard instead of brushes!

Then we will put little yellow dots on the end of the red bits.

We played 'teachers' with our "star words".

We made cute possums and told Mrs E the story about Possum Magic and she typed it out for us.

We continued building our Zoos out of Lego and making signs for the animals. It is lots of fun.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Learning About Animals

This Term we have been learning a lot about all kinds of animals. We have done some amazing work too.
We learnt about camouflage and how animals can protect themselves from predators. We made our own camouflaged animals - can you see them?

There is a camouflaged dinosaur here - can you see its eye?

There is a swan hiding in this picture. All I can see is its wobbly eye.

We also learnt about animal coverings. We looked at photos of animals, animal books and plastic animals. Then we had to draw one of them in black texta. Afterwards we had to paint a piece of paper to look just like the animal's covering. When it was dry, we glued it to black card and were allowed to write the animal's name with Mrs E's new silver pen. Then we told Mrs E some things about our animal and she wrote it down for us. They look really cool hanging on the pin-up board.

On the free painting table,there were some snake pictures that looked like spirals.We used water colour paints to decorate them and then cut around it very carefully. Then Mrs E hung them up from the net and they hung down like curly snakes.

We also did some writing about the day the Farm came to visit last week. Mrs E said that we are getting really clever at writing words. We also drew and painted a picture about the farm.

We also learnt about owls. They are really special birds. Did you know that:

Their eyes aren't really as big as they look - their feathers make the eyes look bigger (Harry)
Owls have eyes at the front of their heads like humans, not at the side like other birds. (Taj)
Owls can't move their eyes to look at the side and they have to move their whole heads to look. (Ella)
Owls are nocturnal. (Emily B)
Owls eat their breakfast in the night and sleep at the day. (Will)

We made owls.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Farm Visit

What an exciting day Friday was. Firstly, it was Mrs E's birthday and Mrs S - who was on parent roster - brought in a cupcake for everyone. They were SO yummy - Emily you have a clever mum! Thank You <3.

Then we had a visit from MacDonald's travelling farm. Farmer Chris and Shannon came in and told us some things about Farm Animals and then we went out to the enclosure and had turns at patting the animals.  We were allowed to pick up the chickens if we did it properly.  We had to be very sensible and watch out that we didn't tread on the rabbits - OR the poo! eeew.

Will was patting the calf - that was so sleepy it wouldn't wake up.

Emily fed the goat.

This chicken really liked Maddie!

Callum carried this chicken very carefully.

Teia was allowed to cuddle the rabbit.

Bo fed the chickens.

The goat kept climbing up onto Eliose.

Will loved this little chicken.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011


What a beautiful day we had for our Zoo excursion. It was warm and sunny and all the animals were out enjoying the spring sunshine (a little early). We had SO many parent helpers that it was a stress free day with plenty of learning going on.
While we were in the room with Claire, the parents enjoyed a coffee and we learned a lot about animal coverings.

When we arrived at the Zoo, we had a quick morning tea to get us fit for the day.

When we went into the Education room we learnt a lot about animal coverings with Claire.

We felt the pelt of a tiger.  It was very old and fragile and we had to be super gentle in case it broke. Claire tucked the legs in under the body part.

Bo had the dried body of a seahorse to sort.

Harry got to feel a shark's egg.

We were allowed to stroke Big Boy - a lizard. We had to be careful to rub from the head to the tail so we didn't hurt the scales.

Indee, Emily, Abby and Emily found a friend at the zoo.

We had a wonderful day and were very tired on the bus trip home. :)

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Working Hard

Well where has the time gone? It's the 24th already and we are looking forward togoing to the Zoo tomorrow. Thankfully the weather forcast is for a fine, warm day.  Last year when we went it rained all day!
We have been busy working hard and learning to read and we have started taking reading books home. There is great excitement amongst the children as they have "real homework" at last. I wonder how long that will last.
Our class photographers have been busy and here are some of the children -

We have been learning about sorting and classifying and making patterns:

Mrs E read us a story about Joseph and his colourful coat. Joseph had lots of brothers but his dad liked him the best. His big brothers got jealous when the dad gave him a colourful coat.  We traced a Joseph body and then traced our hand and made a colourful coat for him to put on.

On Tuesday we all had to look at a map of Australia and then try tocopy it. It was hard but Mrs E said she was very proud of what we did. Then we had to scrunch paper and put it around our map.