Life and Learning in Year 1 and 2

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Goodbye and Thank You

Dear Readers,

Wow, what a year! Heartfelt congratulations to all of the learners in Readeville for creating and contributing to our learning community. It’s wonderful to think about the children who walked through the doors on day one of year one and two and how much progress they have made throughout 2017.

A massive thank you to all of the parents and grandparents from Room 22, Room 23 and Room 24 for your ongoing support.

Just a few housekeeping notes:

* Students will bring home a note tomorrow ‘51 Things To Do Before You’re 12’. We hope these ideas inspire you if you are looking for things to do during the summer holidays.

* Today the children also took home an A3 plastic folder with some of their learning from this year.

* Don’t forget, school dismissal time tomorrow (Friday) is 2:10pm.

We have so enjoyed teaching the children in Readeville this year. We wish you a safe and happy festive season and look forward to seeing you around the school in years to come.

Kind regards,

Marie, Nancy, Michelle and Rachel

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Dear Readers,

Just a note to let you know that at this stage our school concert is still scheduled to go ahead this evening. The forecast is for the rain to clear. We will post an update to this blog if these plans change.

Also, due to the rain that we have had so far today, we would greatly appreciate donations of mats/rugs/tarpaulins for the children to sit on tonight if possible please.

Thanks for your help!



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Concert and Other Information

Dear Readers,

Here are some reminders about the busy week ahead:

  • School Concert: We ask that children come to their class in costume at 6:15 this Thursday night as we need to be seated by 6:25. After the concert, children need to be signed out by a parent/carer. Children will wait with their teacher near the audio equipment  until they’re collected. Please note, children are expected to stay for the entire concert, so you may want to send along a jumper for them to wear after they come off stage. Children are also welcome to bring a blanket to sit on during the show. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about costuming.
  • Class Party: A reminder that the Readeville class party will be held from 12:00-1:00 on Monday, December 11 (week nine). Please note, children will not need to bring lunch for the day. We have asked that girls bring a SMALL PLATE of something sweet to share and that boys bring a SMALL PLATE of something savoury to share. Donations of paper plates and serviettes will be gratefully received. Please let your child’s classroom teacher know if you are able to help out on the day.
  • Year 2 Cinema Excursion: A friendly reminder that all payments and consent forms for our excursion to see Paddington 2 on Monday, December 11 were due today. Please return consent forms and payment ASAP if you have not done so already. Thank you to parents who offered to be volunteers on the night. Our two volunteers for Room 22 are Stephanie (Eva’s mum) and Renee (Ethan’s mum). Please note, it will not be possible for parents to come to the movies ‘just in case’ their child becomes anxious or upset. If children do become particularly distressed, teachers will contact parents to come to collect them. We thank you for your understanding and support.
  • Pink Student Information Forms: Please update if needed and return the pink student information forms as soon as possible.
  • Christmas Christian Seminars: Please return the consent form if you give permission for your child to attend the Christmas seminars on  Monday 11th Dec (Week 9). Students without permission will remain with a teacher and continue with a modified program. 

Thank you for you continual support,


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Thursday Afternoon Help

Can you help??

If you are free between 2:10pm and 3:10 pm tomorrow it would be greatly appreciated if you could help with stapling string to the guitars we have made for our concert item.

Check them out below !!

Please let me know if you are able to help
🙂 🙂 🙂


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Week 7

Dear Readers,

Well done to the citizens of Readeville for the smooth move into their new home. The children have done a fantastic job of settling into the Doolette building. Thank you for your support and understanding, too, during the building renovations.


The children are still working away, even though the end of the year is creeping up. You may want to ask your child about Pigeon Impossible, one of the ‘quick writes’ that we have been doing to help practise generating ideas. Here is a link to the video that we watched for our inspiration:

In maths, we have been exploring how addition and subtraction ‘undo’ each other. In health we have been continuing our work on safe and unsafe secrets.

Please check your child’s reading folder for the notes below regarding end of year celebrations.


Kind regards,


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Telling Time

Hi everyone,

I just thought I’d share this awesome watch from Kmart that Renee Talbot (Ethan’s mum) shared with me. It’s great for reinforcing what we have covered this year about telling time to the half and quarter hour.

Marie 🙂

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Week 6 Information

Dear readers,

I have included 3 notes below that have been sent home this week in regards to the move to Doolette and our concert item.

Reade Move

Most of our classroom items have been moved over to Doolette or moved into storage for next year. As of Monday morning, room 22 will meet and be dismissed from the outside Japanese room door.  Please note that there is a Reception student in the Doolette building with a severe nut allergy. We are asking for your support in not packing any items that contain egg in your child’s lunch box for the remainder of the year.

Other than the change in rooms, we will continue with our regular teaching and learning program to ensure the transition into Doolette is as smooth as possible.

Concert Item 

We will be rocking out to Bon Jovi ‘Livin on a Prayer’ for our concert item. I hope that you have seen the note with costuming information. I have attached the note below for your reference.

Animal Oral Presentations

I have been blown away with the effort, preparation and confidence students have shown when presenting their oral presentations. Thank you for supporting your child at home with this task.


Nancy Elder will be in the classroom tomorrow as I have my final report writing day. Thank you all for your patience and understanding with everything happening this week. I can’t believe that I only have 4 more weeks with the wonderful children in Room 22.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Kind regards,


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Pupil Free Day + Other Information

Hi readers,

Just a reminder that tomorrow (Friday 3/11/17)  is a pupil free day. I will also be absent from the classroom on Monday and Friday next week as I will be listening to students read and report writing. The regular class program will continue.

End of Year Concert

The end of year concert will be held in week 8 this term (as long as the rain stays away!). We are performing with Room 15. We will send out some information soon about our song and costuming ideas.



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Week 3 + Zoo Photos

Dear Readers,

We had a whole lot of fun and experienced really valuable learning opportunities at our zoo excursion this week. The children did a fabulous job of observing and researching animals ‘in the field’. An elephant-sized thank you to the parent volunteers who gave their time and support on the day.

Here are some photo highlights…


Here is our other news from Room 22 in Readeville:

  1. Oxford words: Today your child took home his/her latest assessment for the spelling of the Oxford words. The words in grey are the words children know. So, please help your child practise the words in black type – these are the words they are still learning to spell.
  2. Reading: We have also sent home the log-on cards for the Oxford Owl e-books that we mentioned in an earlier post, so your child can read these books at home, too. I will completing reading assessments over the next few weeks.
  3. In maths, we have been closely investigating the minute hand and how it helps us to tell the time. This has really helped many of the children to see that at 10 past the hour, the minute hand is not on the 10! We have also been investigating the language and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Speaking of shapes, we have attached a shape investigation that really stretched many of our learners. It was a good opportunity to discuss what to do when we feel ‘stuck’ in maths (e.g share ideas, draw pictures, work backwards) and we felt the quote we’ve attached was particularly relevant, too.
  1. Writing: We have been reading information texts to help us further explore their features (e.g headings, sub-headings, fact boxes, photos and diagrams). Our zoo visit was a great opportunity for the children to collect their own factual details.
  2. Pupil-free day: Don’t forget, next Friday (November 3) is a pupil-free day.
  3. Term overview: Attached is a learning overview for term four.

Term Four Overview Reade 2017 FINAL-25dgiyg

We hope you enjoy the photos below, too.

See you next week!


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Dear readers,

Week one done and dusted! I have a feeling this term is going to fly by!

Congratulations to Room 22 for being Library Legends in Term 3!  Simone will be throwing us a party to celebrate how we have shown Respect, Care and Safety throughout the term. 

1. We are in the process of testing children on their spelling progress for the Oxford words. We aim to send home the most up-to-date list for them to practise at home by the end of this week.

2. This term, we are exploring time concepts, including reading analogue and digital clocks. If your child has access to an analogue clock or watch (i.e one with numerals and hands – see photo) at home, it should greatly enhance their ability to make connections as we investigate time. Any incidental opportunities that you have to discuss time as it relates to your child’s life (e.g the sequencing of time, the duration of an after-school activity) will also be beneficial.

3. Your child will soon come home with log-on details so they can access e-books to use as an alternative to their hard-copy readers. These e-books have been selected at a level for your child to read with confidence, fluency and enjoyment.

4. Thanks to everyone that has donated tissues and hand wash. It’s greatly appreciated.

5. A friendly reminder that consent and payment for our zoo excursion was due last week. We have attached another photo of the note that we sent home, FYI.

6. This term, our weekly sharing/topic talks will be about endangered animals. Please look out for more information about these talks and a weekly schedule.

7. Lateness: Please note, if your child arrives at school between 8:50 and 9:00, they will now have their lateness recorded in the classroom. If they arrive at school after 9:00, they need to go to the office to have their lateness recorded.

8. Please see attached note for more information about our Child Protection Curriculum this term.

Here is a photo of the children enjoying a tennis session

Thanks for your support.

Kind regards,

Marie 😁



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