Silly Socks

On Thursday we read Fox in Socks by Dr Seuss. This book was first published in 1965. It features two main characters, Fox and Knox, who speak almost entirely in rhyming tongue twisters. You can view the story again in the video below.

A tongue twister often has a sequence of words that all start with the same letter or sound for example: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Almost all of the words start with ‘p’ and the sentence is quite tricky to say fast.. When the words all start with the same letter or sound this is called ALLITERATION.


To celebrate this we wore silly socks to school.

You can have a look at our silly socks in the slideshow below.


See if you can master some of the tongue twisters by visiting the website below.

Ricky Resilience

This term our You Can Do It focus is Resilience. We have already completed two sessions and are well on the way to understanding this complicated word.

We read a story called ‘The Red Beast’ and we learnt that when we get angry or upset the cute little red beast sleeping inside us wakes up. As it wakes up we have lots of trouble hearing what other people are saying because our ears ‘shrink’ and we have lots of trouble seeing as our eyes start to screw up. Worst of all it’s mouth grows bigger and bigger and often says mean things and shouts lots.


The story goes on to talk about taming our beast by calming ourselves down through deep breathing and counting. We were able to make lots of other suggestions as to ways we could calm ourselves down.

We have also watched a video called ‘Pete the Cat – I Love My White Shoes’ where Pete showed resilience by not becoming upset when he stepped in yucky things in his good white shoes. You can view the video below.

Lastly, we have been learning the words to the Ricky Resilience song. These have been sent home for you to practise with your child as they will be performing this at assembly later in the term. We will be practising at school throughout the term too.

Can you explain what Resilience is?

What are some ways you could calm yourself down?

Dinosaur Footprints

On Monday in maths, we read The Foot Book which is by our term 2 author study Dr. Seuss. You can revisit this book by watching the video below.

After reading The Foot Book we took our shoes off so that we could compare them. Some were runners, some were black school shoes, some had laces, some had buckles and some had velcro.

We sat with a partner and compared shoe and foot sizes. We discovered that even though lots of us had the same size shoe as our partner we often had different sized feet. Some even discovered that while their shoe was bigger than their partners their foot was actually smaller. We talked about width of our shoes as well as length.

It appeared that while we were out at recess a huge dinosaur had entered our room and left a massive footprint behind. We then wanted to know how many of our shoes would fit into this footprint. We talked a lot about making a sensible estimate. This part was hard as it can be tricky to visualise how many of something might cover an object.

Once we had had a guess we each brought our shoes over to the footprint and placed them inside the outline. We talked about filling in the gaps as we went so there was lots of shoe reshuffling going on along the way. We managed to have ALL of our shoes fit inside the outline! That’s a total of 44 shoes!!!! Wow, what a big dinosaur footprint!!

It was then our job to take our shoes back to our tables and trace around both of them. We used round counters to measure the perimeter on one of our shoe outlines and unifix to measure the area of our other shoe outline.



Take a look at our exciting maths lesson by watching the slideshow below.


What did you enjoy about our maths lesson?

Can you think of any dinosaurs who may have left this footprint?

You could try measuring the area and perimeter of mummy or daddy’s shoes!


10 Apples Up on Top

This week in Maths we have been revising numbers to 10. On Monday we read 10 Apples up On Top by Dr Suess and coloured our own character from the story before piling apples on their head. Your child should have brought these home to show you.

On Wednesday we played a game called 10 Apples up on top. Each pair needed a grip mat and dice, a game board and a bag of counters each. We had to try and be the first person to fill our tree with apples and pick them ff again. While we were playing we had to make sure we spoke to our partner about how many apples were on our tree and how many more apples we needed to fill our tree. We had lots of fun counting. Have a look at our slideshow below.



On Wednesday we also learnt all about the number 1. We read a story called ‘One Little Egg’ and brainstormed a list of things on our body that we had only had one of. We came up with a great list, including 1 heart, 1 mouth, 1 nose, 1 tongue, 1 neck, 1 chest and even 1 bottom. We then took a walk out in the playground and looked for things that were in groups of 1. We found lots… Have a look at our slideshow below.


On Thursday we learnt all about the number two. We read a story called ‘Two Bunny Slippers’ and brainstormed a list of things on our body that we have two of. We came up with a great list, including two eyes, two ears, two feet, two elbows, two hands and two knees. We then took a walk out in the playground and looked for things that were in groups of 2. We found lots… Have a look at our slideshow below.



Can you find things around your house that there is only one of?

What about things that are in groups of two?

Welcome Back

Wow, our first week of Term 2 is well underway. It’s been great to see all children settle back into the daily routine, including our new addition Emily. Emily has come to us from Puckapunyal and we are very excited to have a new face in the classroom.We have had a busy week so far and I think it’s going to be a rather busy term!

I hope everyone has had a relaxing holiday break and did lots of exciting things. I would love to hear about each of your holidays so if you can get mummy or daddy to post a comment telling me what you got up to that would be fantastic.


The Lion King

On Thursday the 26th of March New Gisborne PS held their very first Performing Arts concert. Miss Wencel put in an amazing amount of work in Term 1 and the concert was a huge success. Thank you so much to all those that were involved in making this night what it was…. Truly Spectacular!

Have a look at our slideshow below… It also includes video of the dance!


If that doesn’t work you can also view our video through Youtube 

Hopefully one of these works!

Our Favourite Things about Term 1

Wow!! It’s hard to believe that we have completed one term at school already!! We have completed 34 days of grade prep and the children have settled into the routines of school life so amazingly well. Today we discussed some of the things that we have done in Term One and we talked about which things were our favourite. Here are your children’s responses:

My Favourite thing in term 1 was:

Chelsea – playing chasey outside with Lily

Lyla – going to Visual Art because we did painting

Matilda – learning how to write

Liam – when we made Frog in a Pond and Fairy bread

Leon – when we made faces and learnt about graphing

John – going to PE because we got to play basketball

Isaac – singing all of the Jolly Phonics songs and other songs in the classroom

Max – seeing Lettergetter every day when we were learning our letters

Connor – going to Performing Arts because I really like dancing

Bryce – going to PE because I like it when we play Scarecrow Tiggy

Joe – playing outside on the playground

Abbi – when we were able to use the whiteboards to practise our writing

Kyle – going to the gym with Mr Goodyear and throwing and catching beanbags

Kaida – hearing the joke Miss Hunichen had for each day

Myah – when we made Easter Baskets with our buddies

Ava – when we got to go to the library and were able to borrow books

Mason – when we played Maths games, I liked the Monster Match dice game best

Lily – playing with my cousins Melon and Amelia outside

Eloise – when we used Sunshine Online and the big TV to see Numbercruncher

We also talked today about our Author Study for the term. We have been looking at Pamela Allen and have read the following books of hers:



We discovered that most of her books have rhyme in them somewhere but that there are some that don’t. Today we laid the books on the floor and we had to sit behind the story that was our favourite. Can you guess what the most popular book was?

Was there anything else about Term 1 that you really enjoyed?

What are you looking forward to in Term 2?