Christmas Food Appeal

It is already that time of year again and we are beginning to start collections for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

We have a box inside our classroom (On top of the cupboards behind the drink bottles) which is wrapped in green reindeer paper as well as a poster that is on display outside on the window with some food ideas.

If you would like to donate to those doing it tough this Christmas please start bringing in your items and placing them in the box. The boxes will be collect by a representative from the Salvation Army on the 12th December.

Learning about Keeping Safe Online

This week we are beginning to learn more about keeping ourselves safe when online. At a Year 1 level it is important that the message begin to be taught and reinforced even though it will be a number of years before they are online with limited supervision. Through these lessons we hope to offer a good foundation of knowledge and skills, which can then assist students into developing into confident and responsible digital citizens. The main component that we will be talking about during the next few weeks centres around the idea of only sharing personal information with others whom we trust. Our lesson today was about sharing information that is special and unique (ie. name, address, age etc) only with friends and people we know and trust. Throughout the lessons we will reinforce the importance of always talking to a trusted adult for guidance especially if something makes us feel uneasy. We will talk about who a trusted adult could be and identify those who we can ask for help if needed.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Term 4, Week 5

Welcome to week 5.

Wow, the first half of the term has flown by and we have certainly hit the ground running in Room 20.

Mrs J will be in 2 days again this week, Monday and Friday and will run her usual daily program on both days.

This week we will finish off learning about word problems and the CUBES strategy in maths.

We have enjoyed learning about non-fiction texts and will move our focus on to skimming and scanning texts for information. We will look at a number of big books to practice this and will continue to consolidate this reading strategy during our guided reading sessions.

In health we have begun to look at being healthy. This week we will move our focus to talking about and understanding how other people can help us be safe and healthy.

We have been learning about man made and natural environments and how change has occurred in the environment. We started off by reading some of Jeanie Baker’s books, Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Belonging. We have had great small group and whole class discussion on how things have changed over time and what role we have played in these changes. We will continue these discussions and activities this week.

Homework will continue with home readers and homework grids. Both of these items are due back this Friday.

I look forward to another great week.

Sports Carnival

Dear Parent/Caregiver,

Due to poor weather conditions last Wednesday we unfortunately had to suspend events for all year 1 and 2 competitors. A decision has been made to run the year 1 and 2 component of the Junior Carnival this Friday the 3rd November.

This date provides us with more flexibility with times so please take note of the new timeline of events listed below.

FRIDAY 3rd of November

8:50am Year 1 & 2 students march towards faction bays

9:05am Year 1 Sprint races commence

9:05am Year 2 Tabloid events commence

9:55am Year 2 Sprint races commence

9:55am Year 1 Tabloid events commence

10.40am Recess break for 20 mins

11:00am Year 1 & 2 Team games to commence

12:20pm Year 1 & 2 Team games to conclude

12:25pm Presentations

**Please note that above times are approximates only***

Students will be required to wear their faction t-shirt and bring a clearly labelled

hat, water bottle, for the day. Sunscreen should be applied by parents in the morning prior to the event however students will also have access to sunscreen in their faction bay for re-application.

We wish to thank you for your patience and understanding.

Looking forward to a great day.

Craig Fritchley

Phys-Ed Specialist


*** Mrs J and I have swapped days so that I can be present and resume my duties for the sports carnival. I will be teaching this Friday and Mrs J will take the class on the following Monday***


Term 4, Week 4

Welcome to week 4.

You should have noticed that your child came home with their grey Aubin Grove progress folder on Thursday. These are for you to go through with your child and track their progress from Term 1 to Term 3. Once you have looked through the folder please return it so I can be passed with your child to next years teacher.

I will be out of the classroom on Monday and Thursday so Mrs J will be taking the class on both of these days.

On Monday we will be having Mr Morisey in to teach and show us some science experiments.

We will be continuing to explore Non-Fiction features and complete a number of activities based on these features during our guided reading sessions.

In maths we have started to look at addition and subtraction word problems. We will begin to write some of our own as well as use the CUBES strategy to solve problems we have been given.

Homework for Term 4 will be changing for the remainder of the year. As of this week there will be no sight word spelling homework. Home readers will continue to be sent home until Week 7 and  1 last homework grid will come home on Monday to be returned in 2 weeks time. To finish off the year off, students will be presenting an oral language project. Further details about this will be posted in a blog in a few weeks time.

Have a great week.

Popcorn Thursday!!!


We have had a wonderful day learning all about popcorn!!!

Due to our sports carnival yesterday we used the time we had in the afternoon to create a suitable holder/container for our popcorn out of just 1 piece of paper and sticky tape. Most of the children were able to complete this on their own using their problem solving skills and creative ideas.

We started off the day by walking into the classroom to the smell of popcorn. This certainly got us excited and helped us brainstorm adjectives to describe popcorn.

In our literacy block we began with a predicting activity to stimulate our ideas about how the popcorn might change. We then went on to discuss how corn kernels change into popcorn that we can eat. During guided reading we read a passage about popcorn and complete a comprehension activity. We found out that the kernels actually pop because they have water in them. When the water heats up is causes steam and when the pressure builds up they explode causing the kernels to turn inside out.

We started off our maths session by completing our weekly maths challenge. We then broke up into groups to complete some addition and subtraction number problem activities. Half of the groups played a popcorn game while the other half wrote out addition and subtraction sums and used real popcorn to solve them. It was lots of fun and amazing to see how engaged all the children were.

In the afternoon we will be joining all of the popping Year One classes to do some dancing in the undercover area for junior sport. We will end off the day by using the explain everything app on the iPads to explain how corn kernels turn into popcorn.

It has been such a fun day and a great way to end the week.

Just a reminder progress folders will be coming home today. There is also no school for students tomorrow.

See you all on Monday.


Junior Athletics Carnival

As you know, tomorrow is our Junior Sports Carnival. A few things to note:


  • Our carnival runs from 11:15am til (hopefully!) 2:35pm.
  • Please make sure students have faction shirts, hats, sunscreen and a water bottle. Students must have hats for tomorrow. Please make sure everything is labelled.
  • Students will have recess before they go out to their faction tents.
  • Lunch will be at 12.50pm and go for about 20 minutes. Parents who are there can come into the bays to eat with students but students aren’t to come out of the bay.
  • Students are encouraged to come decorated in their faction colours but this is to be done at home, not at school.
  • Students need to be collected from the classroom at the end of the day, not from the oval. If any students are going home early, they need to be signed out of the front office before taking the child.
  • The canteen is not open tomorrow.


Popcorn Thursday

This Thursday we will be having Popcorn Thursday.

I have planned a number of activities based around popcorn during our Literacy and Numeracy block.

The children will also be eating some popcorn. If your child can’t eat popcorn please let me know prior to Thursday.

If anyone has a working popcorn machine that they wouldn’t mind us using for the day that would be great. If you do please let me know as soon as possible, it may save me trying to find one at the shops.

Sport Carnival Event List

I have placed a copy of the timetable for the sport carnival day on the message board outside our classroom for you to see what events your child is in.

I have also taken photos of the lists, please see below. Our carnival will begin straight after recess at 11:15am and conclude at about 2:40pm.

Sports Carnival

Please see important information below in regards to the sports carnival that is scheduled to be held in 2 weeks time, Wednesday 25th October. I have also attached the link if you would like to print this information to have on the day.

Junior Carnival Parent Info Year 1-2

YEAR 1/2



Dear Parents/Carers

The Year K-2 Faction Athletics Carnival is being held on Wednesday the 25th of October at Aubin Grove Primary School. Your child’s teacher can direct you towards an event list indicating which events students are participating in. Due to a heavy schedule for the day we have decided to run two separate carnivals for the day.


Kindy/Pre Primary Carnival: 9.00am till 10.45am

Year 1/Year 2 Carnival 11.30am till 2.50pm


11:25am Year 1 & 2 students march towards faction bays

11:40am Year 1 Sprint races commence

11:40am Year 2 Tabloid events commence

12:20pm Year 2 Sprint races commence

12:20pm Year 1 Tabloid events commence

12.50pm Lunch break for 20 mins

1:10pm Year 1 & 2 Team games to commence

2:30pm Year 1 & 2 Team games to conclude

2:35pm Presentations


Students will be required to wear their faction t-shirt and bring a clearly labelled hat, water bottle, for the day. Sunscreen should be applied by parents in the morning prior to the event however students will also have access to sunscreen in their faction bay for re-application.


At the conclusion of the event, students will return to classrooms with teachers in readiness for pick-up at 2.50pm. It would be much appreciated if parents could adhere to this process to assist in accountability for all students.

Looking forward to a great day and we hope to see you there.


Kind regards

Year One Teachers

12th October. 2017