Room 17

Term 3

Inquiry Learning

This term we are doing a History Inquiry Learning Unit to find out

“How technology in the home has affected daily life over time?”

Display Table:  In our classroom we have a display table full of old things from the past that were used in the home. Thank you to all who have contributed.

The students are using reasoning and inferring skills to try and work out what some of the items are.

Library lessons and class lessons: On Monday afternoon we go to the library to have Inquiry lessons with Mr Parsons, who is supporting the implementation of some aspects of the unit. Through library and class lessons the students have  found out out that Technology is 1. Manmade 2. Solves a problem 3. Makes things easier 4. Doesn’t have to use electricity or batteries. We did Think Pair Share and a Place Mat activity where students worked in groups to figure out items that were under some cloths. We watched ‘My Place’ on the internet to see what peoples’ houses were like in the past.

Students have written  “I wonder….?” questions that they wondered about the past. There were lots of interesting questions. They also did a Y- chart about what Home- Looks, Sounds and Feels like. In one lesson they put some pictures like sewing machines, ovens, phones, irons, washing machines and cameras in order of Long ago-Past-Present Timelines working in pairs.We  have watched some videos of “Daily life of a Pioneer Child” to see what had changed and what was the same

Home Survey: We did a home survey to record technology in the home. Then we collected the data by using tallies.

Interview: The students are interviewing an adult, somebody like a grandparent or friend that is old. each student has written six questions to ask about daily life when they were little and how it is different now. We will share our interviews and do a follow up task.

The excursion in week 8 to Ayers House will consolidate the learning in this history unit.

In Maths the students are learning about arrays to gain a deeper understanding about repeated addition and multiplication.

The students are learning about  the Engineering process. They were given a STEM task to engage, working in small groups. 

STEM TASK: Design and create a structure that is higher than 20cm and can hold a small soft toy for 20 seconds. Use only the materials that are provided. 

After testing, improving and sharing several times, all group were successful.

Here are our budding Engineers!!!!



This term in the Child Protection Curriculum the focus area was “The right to be safe”. We participated in activities and discussions relating to Topic 2: Being safe and Topic 3: Warning signs. Content covered: How do we make it safe?, stories about being safe, identifying a safe place, introducing warning signs, risk-taking and emergencies, defining an emergency, personal emergency and thinking and feeling in an emergency. Please continue listening and speaking to your child about their network of people that they trust.

Maths content this term  included Addition and Subtraction in Number work. We  learnt more difficult concepts such as carrying and trading/regrouping in harder number sentences. We had many lessons focussing on how to solve these types of problems. Other Maths lessons  included e.g. properties of 2D and 3D shapes, graphing, symmetry, tallying, position, measurement- length, height using cm. At times, the students worked individually and with their peers. We also continued our daily Mental Routines and worded problem solving tasks to challenge and consolidate the Maths learning.

 Constructing 3D shapes.

We celebrated Naidoc week by the students discussing important women in their lives to support the theme- “Because of her- We can!” in Talk and Share.  The students also demonstrated  creativity, patience and perseverance in creating some Aboriginal inspired CD Mandalas. They are absolutely stunning.

 Next term Mr Ryan Parsons (teacher-librarian) will be assisting the Year 2 teachers to implement a series of lessons. The unit of work is based on the History component of the Australian Curriculum.

Year 2 History Inquiry Unit: Technology in the Home: Long ago, Past and Now. Big Idea/Inquiry question: How has technology in the home affected daily life over time?

There will be some additional homework tasks that the students will need to complete. We also hope that we can source some items to contribute to our classroom museum.    Further information will be sent home next term.

Geography Unit Term 2

We have been inquiring “How  Aboriginal people are connected to places?” Our findings include “That Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are connected to places through Dreaming stories and  artwork”. We invited Tracey, our Aboriginal support teacher to share her Aboriginal culture and paintings that she created.

The students have created some amazing Aboriginal inspired artwork. In Reconciliation Week they chose two different coloured hands to symbolise “Coming Together” and dot painted designs.

We studied several Aboriginal artists including the Keringke Artists in Northern Territory and David Malangi. The students used modern and traditional techniques in their artwork. Please come to visit our class gallery to see the artwork. Some of the paintings are also displayed in the front office foyer.

Week 3

Invention Hour!

 Last week, the students worked hard constructing, critiquing, testing and modifying  their inventions. Throughout the lessons the students referred to the ‘Success Criteria’ of this task to ensure they worked to their potential. Hooray!!!! All the students  completed their inventions. On Friday the students presented their inventions to the class using Six Hat Thinking. The students were active listeners asking many questions. They also made relevant suggestions and comments while critiquing the inventions. There was evidence of creative thinking, perseverance and clever designs. Some students also chose to work collaboratively with a  partner. On Friday  afternoon the students  shared their inventions with Mrs Thorpe’s class. Well Done everyone!

Showcasing the  next generation of budding inventors!




Welcome to Term 2!

The students have settled in quickly back into the school routine and are very eager to continue their learning.

In the first few weeks the students will be doing “Invention Time ” as part of the Design and Technologies curriculum. The students are learning to use perseverance, flexible thinking and creativity to invent a new and improved classroom item or tool. Design plans have been drawn, ideas shared and documented. Construction  will commence this week. There will be cycles of testing, modifying, critiquing  and sharing to ensure the students have created a successful invention to their satisfaction.

Examples include:

  • an iPad holder
  • a table caddy for shared class equipment
  • a new and improved chair
  • an improved reader bag 
  • an improved tray for student belongings
  • a drink bottle holder

    Thank you to those families who have sent materials e.g. boxes, fabric, wool etc. to school for the students to use.


Buddy Class

Creating Mandalas with our Buddy Class!

Ms Weir’s Year 4 class is our Buddy class. We  work together every fortnight, implementing a range of activities which foster collaboration, mentoring and co-operation.  Our class worked with our Year 4 Buddy class to create Nature Mandalas on the last Monday of  term 1.

Mandalas which are circular designs, are found in many artworks in many cultures. Creating mandalas create a sense of calmness and are very therapeutic. Nature mandalas make connections between Maths, Art and the environment. Concepts such as e.g. patterning, number, shape, size, texture, symmetry, colour and seasonal natural items are explored. When creating these nature mandalas with our buddies, working in groups assisted in positive interactions in sharing,  taking turns, valuing all input and building team spirit. The experience  provided opportunities for conversations, developing oral language.  It was also about the process of making the mandalas rather than just the end design result. The students were motivated, on task, co-operative and produced nature mandalas that they were very proud of.

Why not try making a natural mandala at home!




Room 17 Junior Primary Assembly

 In conjunction with Ms Wier’s Yr4 class, we hosted the first school R-7 assembly.Thank you to all the parents and other family members who came to watch. Your positive, wonderful comments were appreciated by all. I am so proud of the class for being  organised and confident in front of an audience. They certainly delivered an Anti-Bullying message through their comments, actions, looks and rap. Well Done!!!!


Kalai, our school pastor works with the class every fortnight on Fridays lesson 4. She is implementing a series of lessons to enable the students build a repertoire of knowledge and strategies to address negative emotions, bullying, positive social skills and child protection. The program compliments the Mindfulness lessons and Child Protection Curriculum I implement. She will continue the program next term as well.

In Child Protection Curriculum we covered the following topics this term:

Topic 1: Trust and networks

1.1 Exploring the meaning of trust

1.2 Developing a personal network

1.3 Will you be on my network please?

1.5 People I don’t know who might help

Topic 2: Rights and responsibilities

2.3 Behaviour code and children’s rights

2.4 Rights of children

Topic 3: Use and abuse of power

3.1 Demonstrate the language of safety

3.2 Understanding bullying

3.3 Dealing with bullying behaviour


A letter and your child’s  network was sent home last week. Please take time to talk your child, to remind them use their network if needed.


As part of our Maths program we implement Ann Baker’s daily mental routines. Many students would have engaged in similar mental routines last year. Each child has their own whiteboard marker, plastic sleeve and several relevant maths sheets. We also use  individual whiteboards. Skills and knowledge are consolidated through these activities. The tasks are success orientated which enable all students to participate confidently. It is about ‘Working smarter not harder!”. The children assist each other and talk about their Maths. The students certainly look forward to all the games and tasks.

A Maths word wall at the back of the class displaying Ann Baker’s posters and relevant maths language also assists learning.

Maths content in term 1 included Number patterns, place value and the relevant vocabulary e.g. after, before, between, double, halve, odd, even. Addition and its Maths language (e.g. sum, total, add, plus, more, altogether) has been a focus in Number work. We have learnt some traditional ways of working out answers, however the children are also revising and learning to use some of Tierney Kennedy and Ann Baker’s strategies to solve number work. These include rainbow facts, number splitting, doubling and using friendly numbers. It is so important for the students to be able to understand and apply their learnt processes to worded Number problems. I implement lessons focussing on how to solve these types of problems and will continue to give the students opportunities to engage in challenges to demonstrate their thinking and knowledge. Other topics have included more complex addition, grid work, data, symmetry and simple graphing. Accessing different levels on Rain Forest Maths, Maths Labs and internet games like Hit the Button, Cool Maths games, on the class computer room and iPads  have proven popular and enjoyable. It is also pleasing to see that some students are doing extra practice at home to consolidate their school learning.

Home Readers and Library Books

 There are several ‘Take Home Reading Books’ and library books missing from the class. Please have a good look at home and encourage your child to return any found. We all need to take the responsibility, to ensure books taken home, are returned promptly so others can read them and  loss is minimised.

It has been a very busy, productive, enjoyable Term 1. I am very proud of the learning and social  outcomes that the students have achieved. I will be on leave on the last three days of the term. Ms Cheryl Reeve will be taking the class. I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.

Week 9

This week we had our last guest speaker. We thank Jerome for visiting our class to share his knowledge and experience of New Zealand.

“On Tuesday morning my dad came to our class to talk to us about New Zealand.                                                                                                                    First he showed us a film about New Zealand. The children asked lots of questions.                                                                                                                Then he showed some Paua shells, a bone necklace, some flags and a book. I also helped dad tell the class some information about the Moa bird.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Next dad and I  showed how we say “Hello” to people, by shaking their hand and pressing noses together. That’s called Hongi.                          After dad showed us some chocolate and pineapple lumps that are made in New Zealand.  I gave them to everyone  to eat.                                          I felt happy that my dad and I could share some information about New Zealand.” By Jaxon

Some of our learning after listening to Mr Matthews

“There are many sheep in New Zealand” Ethan                                                                                                                                                                                        “The New Zealand flag is like the Australian flag except it has red stars.” Ameya                                                                                                                           “I learnt there are no dangerous animals like snakes, spiders and crocodiles in New Zealand.” Jonah                                                                               “People have tattoos on their bodies and sometimes on their face.” Franky                                                                                                                             “There was a very big bird called a Moa.” Garry                                                                                                                                                                                             “They do fire dancing in New Zealand.” Aarav

 On Friday 6th April 2018, our class and Ms Weir’s Year 4 class will be hosting the first assembly for the year. Please refer to the latest school newsletter for the changes in the assembly format and time.

Happy Easter to the families celebrating and I wish everyone a safe, four day break.

Week 8

This week we continued having guest speakers in our class, sharing their knowledge and experiences of their country of origin. We thank Silky and Lucy for their time.

“On Thursday afternoon my mum came to our class to talk about India. She had a bag with things to show and talk about. She showed an Indian car, three monkeys, a drum, a doll that  had dancing clothes and something that a queen had many years ago. I felt happy that my mum came to talk about India.” By  Eashaneet

Read some of the learning about India after listening to Silky.

“I learnt that spicy food is good for your body.” Ethan                                                                                                                                                                                   “When people dance they tell stories with the dances.” Sameer                                                                                                                                                                  “I enjoyed looking at the special mirror that the queen used many years ago.” Cassidy                                                                                                           “The three monkeys mean, See Good, Hear Good, Talk Good, Do Good.” Garry

“On Friday morning my mum came to talk about China.  I was her assistant. I sat in Mrs Pallotta’s chair and used the computer to show photos on the whiteboard. First mum showed us a map of China. Then she showed photos and talked about what school was like in China. Next my class made comments and asked questions. Finally some of the children shared what they had learnt. I felt  very proud that my mum came to my class.” Molly

Read some of the learning about China after listening to Lucy.

“The students go home between the morning and the afternoon when they are at school.” Isabella N.                                                                            “Assemblies at school are held outside. There are many students.” William                                                                                                                               “The school day is very long. The students finish at 5 o’clock.” Dwij                                                                                                                                            “There are 60 children in each class.” Isabella P.                                                                                                                                                                                  “Kung Fu is taught in China.” Walleed

Swimming : A BIG Thank You to the parents who walked with us to the ARC Centre to ensure safety and assisted students putting on their shoes and socks. It was also wonderful to see some of you at the pool to watch.

Parent- Teacher- Student Interviews begin this week.   Your child has prepared a presentation about their learning which they will deliver first. After there will be some time  with the teacher only. Please be on time to ensure the 15mins time slots run smoothly. I am looking forward to meeting with you all.

Week 7

The students are very motivated to find out about life in other countries in our Geography Inquiry Unit.

A carousel activity ( the students rotated to different images) using inferring skills to record which country the image was from?

We  explored how there are different ways to obtain knowledge e.g. books, images/pictures, surveys,  internet, videos and people sharing their knowledge and experiences.

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to come to our class to talk about their birth country and culture. In one of our lessons last week the students focussed on writing open and closed questions to ask our guest speakers. We have had two speakers so far and three planned for next week. At the end of each session the students  reflect and share a new fact that they learnt by listening to the guest speaker.

 Meet our guest speakers who presented this week!

Nishita Joshi – India

 “Last Friday my mum came into our class to talk about life in India. Her name is Nishita.

  First she told us about growing up in India. She didn’t have a playground at school and her school was a tower.

  Then she talked about that there isn’t a lot of water and India has lots of people living there.

  Next mum told us the meaning of some Indian names. My brother’s name Hemil means gold and golden. My name Dwij   means saint and moon. I have a small name with two meanings.

After she told also told us about the food, where India was on a map, costumes and cultural festivals.

Finally some children asked questions for my mum to answer.

I felt happy because my mum came to our class.

Maybe next time my dad can come too.”

    By Dwij

Read some of the learning about India after listening to Nishita.

“I learnt that children don’t have playtime at school in India. There are many children in the class like fifty.” Franky

“The beds have no springs in them. the are only made from cotton.” Hayley

“There isn’t a lot of water in India. The people have to store water to use for drinking, cooking and washing.” Waleed

“It is very hot in India. It is only cool one month of the year.” Michelle

Nwe Khine- Burma

“This morning my mum came to our class to talk about Burma. She told us what life was like in Burma. My mum grew up there. Mrs Pallotta helped my mum by showing pictures  on the whiteboard from the internet. The pictures were about  food, the flag, the map, water festival, costumes and houses in the village. I felt a bit nervous first because my mum doesn’t really talk to the class. Then I felt really happy because I thought she did a good job!” By Michelle

 Read some of the learning about Burma after listening to Nwe.

“There are no lifts in many buildings in Burma. People have to climb many stairs” Garry 

“There is a festival called the water festival in April. People spray each other with lots of water. it is very hot in April in Burma.” Ethan

“There are not very many electronic devices like computers and iPads in Burma.” Isabella N.

“I learnt that the people in the villages are born in their own homes.” Elias

“I  didn’t know where Burma was. Now I do. Burma is located in the Asia continent near India” Ameya

“People in Burma have to cool their food by using ice. They don’t have fridges” Molly

“Myanmar and Burma are the same country.” Dwij

Harmony Week!

What a wonderful, exciting Harmony Week! The strong themed messages “Everyone Belongs!’ and “Our Diversity is our Strength!” were highlighted with school and class activities.

I would  like to acknowledge Eashaneet from our class for her bravery and love of dancing. Eashaneet with her Indian dance teacher, Dr Khurshid Shroff demonstrated traditional Indian dance moves in front of the whole school. Eashaneet wore  traditional costume , entertained and captured the audience with her performance. After back in class, Eashaneet  taught us a few of the Indian dance moves. Thank you Eashaneet  and Dr Khurshid Shroff for sharing your talent and culture with us all!!!

The Harmony Week Parade was very successful with students dressed in beautiful national costumes or wearing orange. A highlight of the week was the shared lunch.  The students came together for lunch. We certainly had a variety of delicious food from many different countries. It was great that many parents and other family members were able to join us.

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence was on Friday 16th March 2018.

‘TAKE A STAND TOGETHER BULLYING NO WAY!’ was the main focus.  The students learnt to identify what ‘Bullying’ behaviour was and to take an active role as bystanders to help those being bullied if the need arose. They also learnt strategies to use, if they themselves were being bullied. The students created poems, role played, , viewed videos and listened to raps and songs against ‘Bullying.







Week 5

Gong Xi Fat Cai! (Happy Chinese New Year!)”  to all my students and families, who celebrated ‘The Year Of The Dog’. A BIG THANK YOU to all who contributed items to our Chinese New Year display table.The students were very interested to learn about Chinese culture and celebrations.  They participated in various tasks and activities integrated across many curriculum areas.

These included for example: 

  • reading and listening to Chinese fables

  • learning about Chinese culture (e.g. language, food, customs)

  • viewing Lion dancing on the internet

  • brainstorming and writing adjectives to describe dragons

  • writing dragon poems

  • matching  dragon descriptions

  • writing open and closed questions

  • sharing information during Talk and Share

  • engaging in reading comprehension and cloze tasks

  • making paper Chinese lanterns and kites


    Year 2 Geography Inquiry Unit

    We are well into our geography inquiry unit.

    Our Big Idea is: There are many places around the world.

    We have three driving questions:

    1. How is the world divided?

    2. What are the features of different places?

    3. What is life like in different places around the world?

      The students have been very curious to explore this unit of work. They are using a variety of resources which include: E.g. books, pictures, iPads, atlases and prior knowledge to seek answers to  the questions. They are also generating their own questions beginning with “I wonder….?”

      This week the students have been sharing their cultural backgrounds during our Talk and Share. I am very impressed  how the students have been so organised with their presentations. We are certainly a very multicultural class, with lots of interesting information to learn about each other.

      Working collaboratively on ” I see…. I think….. I wonder…?” tasks based on Australian landscapes. 

We would appreciate items from different countries that represent the cultures, for a display in our classroom. These could include costumes, souvenirs, pictures etc. Please do not send anything fragile or precious.  Thank you for your support.

Welcome to Room 17!

Mrs Pallotta’s 2018 Year 2 Class.

Dear Parents / Caregivers,

I would like to thank those who attended  ‘Acquaintance night’ last week. It was a pleasure to meet you all. There were interactive tasks,  discussions and questions.  I appreciated the feedback, that it was interesting, relevant and informative.  Ongoing communication is important to support positive learning, social and emotional outcomes for your child. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or need further clarification on any issues.

 Our year began with a two week “Learning Lift Off” programme. It enabled the class to  learn about each other and build positive relationships with peers and teachers.  Many activities were also implemented to identify and establish a positive learning environment. The students are demonstrating character strengths and school values of Teamwork, Kindness, Gratitude and Respect, a focus for the last four weeks.  

STEM Teamwork Cup Challenge

We began the year with a focus on social skills, creating a positive class culture and finding out about each other. For example:- we played social games, wrote poems, negotiated our class rules and created collage portraits.