Donegan’s Farm

Today we’re off to Donegan’s Farm!!!

We’re all so excited and can’t wait to see what animals there and the jobs the farmer does.

This week in literacy we’ve been thinking about our favourite farm animals and some of the animals that we might see there. Some of the animals we’ve thought of include:

  • pigs
  • bulls
  • chickens
  • cows
  • dogs

If you know anything about the animals listed above, please post a fact in our comments. 


Cows and calves at the farm


Our amazing teacher, Bri


Play is our work

In Pod 1 we have ‘Discovery Play’ each morning. Play helps us to learn all kinds of things like how to share, turn taking, giving compliments, problem solving and learning lots of new words.
We have lots of adults who play with us each day and they learn just as much as we do.

We’d live to know something you learnt through play. Please click comment and let us know.








Letter writing

Today I recieved a letter from one of our students (Jamie) asking if I could add an app to his iPad.

Jamie uses his iPad each day to plan out his learning and to record what he learns.

Plants vs Zombies is a game that lets you have a pet and you need to learn to look after your pets by planting plants that repel the zombies.

Wikipedia explains the game like this:
In Plants vs. Zombies, players place different types of plants and fungi, each with their own unique offensive or defensive capabilities, around a house in order to stop a horde of zombies from eating the brains of the residents. The playing field is divided into a number of horizontal lanes, and with rare exceptions, a zombie will only move towards the player’s house along one lane (the main exception is if it has taken a bite out of a garlic). Most plants can only attack or defend against zombies in the lane they are planted in.

I’m looking forward to more letters from Jamie to find out how his pets are going.

Sing a Song of Sixpence



Sing  a song  of sixpence, 

A pocketful of rye; 

Four 4 and twenty 20 blackbirds,                       
Baked  in a pie. 

When the pie  was opened,

The birds  began to sing; 

Wasn’t that a dainty dish, 

To set before the king? 

The king  was in the counting-house, 

Counting  out his money;   

The queen  was in the parlor,

Eating bread  and honey. 

The maid  was in the garden, 

Hanging out the clothes; 

When down  came a blackbird, 

And pecked off her nose. 

*Sourced from Enchanted Learning

Polar bears and penguins…how many?

Where do polar bears and penguins live and what do they eat? You might know a lot about Polar bears and penguins already, but I wonder if you know the answer to the video problem below?

What’s for lunch?

Check out this cool video question from CoolSchool and see if you can solve the problem together.

How did you go? What did you do to work out the answer? Can you think of a question like this one?
Be sure and leave a comment to share your answer and maybe your question.
Good luck

Merry Christmas to all

Wow, we can hardly believe that the year, 2012, is almost over and that our school year is coming to an end.
When we look back over the year there is much to celebrate.

Can you remember these:

  • learning about trains
  • learning about shops and shopping
  • learning about super heros
  • learning about houses
  • learning about pirates
  • learning about the beach
  • learning about dinosaurs
  • learning about the Olympics
  • using iPads to help us read, write, make books, make videos, create comics, play games and so much more
  • literacy workshops
  • cooking with Emily each week
  • sport
  • woodwork
  • art
  • performing arts
  • working in the garden
  • cooking with Nat in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen

In discovery learning we learnt a lot about being organised, taking turns, sharing, role playing, making things, discovering what we liked to do, designing things, learning new words, cleaning up, looking after things, being responsible, signing up to activities and so much more.

Being a good mathematician helps you to work out all kinds of things to do with numbers. We have been learning skills and strategies to  help us be good mathematicians. To do this we have learnt lots of games and investigated all kinds of math problems. Our maths program has been a highly engaging and successful part of learning in our POD this year and I’m sure if you ask any of the students and teachers they would all say they ‘love maths!’

  • In maths we learnt some great games like the kebab game, nearest numbers, face off, traffic light counting and we investigated lots of math concepts like measuring, chance and data events and making 100 and 1000.

There are so many more things we could write about but really when it comes down to it, we have had a FANTASTIC year of learning in POD 1. We would like to thank all the children, parents and the school community for their support this year.

We wish you all a safe and happy Christmas. Enjoy the holidays and we look forward to continuing to share in your child’s learning journey in 2013.

All the team in POD 1. 🙂