Sunday, 24 March 2019

Weeks 7, 8 and 9

Dear Parents/Caregivers,
Please read the last post about parent teacher interviews.

RELIGION: The children have complete Moral Living.  We are now covering the unit 'Creation'. The children are learning about the relationships in Creation and explaining order in Creation. We will also look at celebrating diversity and living in harmony with each other.

ENGLISH:  The children are learning to write Persuasive texts. We are using the books: Don't Open This Book Again   and   Too Many Toys which both use persuasive language and pictures.
  • Learning rules for contractions
  • using the long e rule in spelling
  • oi and oy sound
  • Design own island on a grid, labelled with co-ordinates, a title and a key.
  • Measurement; length ( cm, m, km), capacity ( mL, L) and mass ( g, kg)
  • Continuing exploring numbers to 999
  • Revise concepts from previous weeks.
  • Daily Maths Mentals book
  • What causes day and night. Introduce terms: revolve, rotation, orbit, axis, clockwise, anticlockwise
  • What causes seasons.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Thank you to the parents who have booked an appointment with me to discuss their child. This will be a three way conference for the first 5 minutes. This means that your child has been invited to participate in the interview; sharing their successes, goals and challenges. 

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Week 6 - Wellbeing Week

Good morning Parents/Caregivers,

This is Wellbeing Week. We have a no homework policy, with the exception of reading, for the week.
After learning about democratic decision making in HASS, the children of 3 Green voted for their class representatives for Semester 1 .Through discussion, the children believed that a girl and boy should be chosen ( not two of the same gender).  Congratulations to Kash Poi and Talia Hovan.


Complete Moral Living:  Learn about Catholic Mission and Caritas and the Beatitudes they follow.  Relate Beatitudes to everyday life.


Read ' Fredrick Goes Bananas' - a book about resilience.
  • Rewrite main ideas in form of a cartoon strip
  • find striking words and match synonyms to these words
  • Look at stylised words in text describing fish. Innovate by describing bananas.
  • Rules for adding suffix 'ed' to words
  • 15 minutes of Independent Reading per day
  • Guided reading groups daily
  • punctuating activities
  • Revising verbs

Writing:  Genre: Creative Writing


Revise money, interpreting graphs, time ( o'clock/half past)

  • Democratic decision making
  • Understanding the difference between participating in and contributing to a community

Friday, 22 February 2019


Good morning Parents/Caregivers,

From Week 4, Sonya Telford will be teaching from Mondays  to Thursdays and Mandy Dencher will teach every Friday.  We are in contact with each other on a regular basis; discussing the needs of the students, behavioural expectations, curriculum content and classroom routines. Included below this entry, is a copy of the Term 1 Newsletter that your child should have taken home.

Homework also began in this week.  Home Readers should be returned on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This ensures that your child reads the book to you the first night of borrowing. It is important that an adult sits beside the child and follows the text as he/she reads. This will indicate if your child is reading the correct words and adhering to the punctuation.  The second night is an opportunity for your child to re-read the book with more fluency and understanding. It is also important that you ask your child to summarize the content and for you to ask questions. If your child isn't borrowing from the Home Reader box, please ensure that they read a book of their choice for 15 minutes per day. Again, please sit beside your child as they read, have them summarize the content and ask questions to aid comprehension. PLEASE WRITE THE NAME OF THE BOOK FROM THE HOME READER BOX or  WRITE DOWN THE PAGES OF THE BOOK CHOSEN on the homework sheet.
Homework is due each Friday.  The list of words need to be written into sentences.  The Maths component comes from the concept taught the week previously. Addition/subtraction number facts should be written out nightly.

  • PE uniforms can be worn on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Tuesdays:  Music lesson, Banking
  • Wednesdays:  Assembly at 2:25pm
  • Thursdays: PE lesson, LOTE lesson, Library lesson ( Library books returned)
Complete unit on Moral Living.  Begin unit on Creation.

Activities based on the book 'A Sick Day for Amos McGee.  There is a link to this book under 'Websites' on this blog to read online.

  • Revise reading time ( o'clock and half past on both analogue and digital clocks)
  • Revise money - recognising and understanding the value of notes and coins, making equivalent amounts of money.
  • Properties of 3D shapes.
  • Revise 2D shapes, differentiate between odd and even numbers, read a calendar, place value, number facts
HEALTH:  Complete the Daniel Morecombe curriculum

:HASS:  Roles and Rules- Why we have rules, understand the different communities we belong to, democratic decision making, understanding the difference between participating in and contributing to a community.

Year Three Term One Overview


Welcome to Term One. The four Year Three class teachers contact details are below:

3 Green


Twitter:             @sontelford




Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions. Our mornings and afternoons are busily spent preparing for your child’s learning, thus, we are unable to meet with you without a prior appointment. To make an appointment, please contact your child’s teacher through the school office, write a short note or email your class teacher. We will be able to reply to you before and after school, Monday to Friday with a suitable time to meet.

Munch and Crunch

All students in Year 3 will have a daily fruit or vegetable snack. Please ensure your child has an adequate snack in their lunchbox every day. Students will also require a water bottle each day.


Learning Overview

Students recognise how the Scriptures provide for believers a foundation for living a moral life. They will explore this through the Beatitudes and modern Catholic organisations. Students express ideas about God’s presence and action in daily life experiences; and the order and harmony in God’s creation. Additionally, they will discuss ideas about the Christian belief that Jesus in the Messiah.


English will compose of daily reading and writing workshops. Reading comprehension strategies will comprise of main ideas, supporting facts and retell. Students will participate in a writing process in response to a number of stimulus. There will also be a specific focus on spelling rules and patterns, grammar and punctuation each week.


In class, children will be practising daily number fact recall and strategies. They will be exploring numbers to and beyond 1000 and revising time and money. We will also cover the concepts of shapes, spatial awareness, grids, maps, graphing, measurement, chance and area.

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS):

Students are exploring Civics and Citizenship by discussing how and why rules are created. Class discussions on different communities and the difference between participating and contributing will occur throughout this unit.


Students will learn how to recognise, react and report when they are unsafe.


Students will explore the nature of the Earth and Moon’s rotation and orbital paths.


Students will attend a weekly half-hour lesson, where they will learn Italian with Mario Collura.




Yours sincerely,


Mrs Ellen Barrenechea, Mrs Mandy Dencher, Ms Madonna Riseley, Mrs Emily Smith and Mrs Sonya Telford.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Week 1

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Welcome to 3 Green.  Throughout the year, Sonya Telford will be teaching the class from Monday to Thursday and Mandy Dencher will be teaching the children each Friday.  Due to Sonya's son having open heart surgery next week, Mandy is going to work every day in weeks two and three with the exception of next Monday where a relief teacher will be in the classroom.

Today we read 'How Full Is Your Bucket for kids?' We would highly recommend you buy/borrow this book and read it with your child. The messages in the book will be referred to throughout the year.
The main message is: The strange thing was that for every drop he helped put in someone else's bucket, he felt another drop in his own bucket.

2019 Specialist Lessons

​Specialist lessons commence in Week 2 of Term One. 
Sport Uniform Days are Tuesday and Thursday.
           -   Tuesday 9:55 - 10:40
LOTE (Italian)  -   Thursday 12:00 - 12:30
Library             -   Thursday 11:30 - 12:10(Must bring a library bag to borrow)
P.E                    -    Thursday 9:10 - 9:55 

 Our school is proud to facilitate a caring learning environment, which enables students to continually grow academically, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially.

 We look forward to working with you and your children as partners to create a successful educational experience. Please read the below information on key policies and procedures for the year.

Late Arrival

If your child arrives after 8:40am, please do not drop them off in the drop-off area. Students arriving after 8:40am should be signed in at the office using their student bag tags. Please do not bring them directly to the classroom as our attendance rolls are marked electronically. Your child's identification tag should remain on their school bag. If your child has a new bag, please transfer their tag over. If your child has lost their bag tag, please contact the office.

It is also a legal requirement that any parent or helper must sign in at the office if they are on the school grounds between 8:40am and 2:55pm each day. This is to ensure that requirements relating to both fire safety and student safety are met. 

After School
Unless you have signed yourself in at the office (and are wearing a volunteer tag), please remain in the 'Parents Area' until 2:55pm, when the bell rings. If you see other parents entering the school grounds without a volunteer tag, please redirect them to the office.

Students are dismissed from the classroom at 2:55pm. Please make sure you have discussed with your child where and who will be picking them up (it may be the undercover area, the pick up zone 'white post' or after school care).

St Bernardine’s Behaviour Policy
The basis for our behaviour management procedures is our belief in Christian values. We believe that children need to understand that they are responsible for their own behaviours and that we as a school community will support them as they learn how to interact and live within our Christ-centred environment.

A close working relationship with parents is vital and our mutual support of each other will benefit the moral and social development of all children.

 As part of an ongoing program, children will be taught about appropriate behaviours, responsibility and choices. They will explore both the positive and negative consequences of their choices.

Classroom Expectations

The children are each given a card with 20 coloured stars on it. If they have not moved down the STEP chart during the day, they may put a dot on one star.  It will take 20 school days for the star card to be completed if your child has followed the behavioural expectations of the classroom. The children can then choose a reward from the Star Reward Binder which includes: prize box, teacher helper for the day, seat swap, play a board game, sit next to the teacher's desk for the day, line leader, read to the Principal or to the class, lunch with the teacher, use special pens for the day and many more.  

Meetings with the Teacher and
​Parent Interviews

Teachers’ mornings and afternoons are jam packed with lesson planning, marking, emails, meetings and so on (the list really is endless). We spend time doing all these things, to ensure your child is successful in their learning. If you would like to see one of us in regards to your child, please email  to arrange an appointment. Unfortunately we will be unable to meet with you unless an appointment has been scheduled. We will email you back within a 12 hour time period Monday to Friday (please understand that emails will not typically be responded to during class time and on weekends). For any urgent matters, it is best to phone the office. 


All children are required to wear the correct school uniform. All children will wear:
Day uniforms worn three days per week, on special occasions and for educational excursions.
Sports uniforms worn on the designated HPE days each week and for sporting carnivals and special sports events.
Light blue ankle socks
All black leather or leather-look shoes
(if you choose to buy your child school shoes with laces rather than velcro, please make sure they know how to tie them)
A school hat EVERYDAY (no hat, no sun)
Neat and tidy hair, tied back if long, as per the parent handbook information
Jewellery in accordance with the parent handbook.

Home Readers

Home Readers will commence for some students in Week 3. If your child has moved on from home readers, we encourage reading chapter books. It is crucial that your child is reading aloud (side-by-side) to an adult every night. It is important that your child retells (summarises) and answers questions (comprehension) about the book as well. Home Readers will be changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This gives your child the opportunity to develop and consolidate their fluency and expression when they are rereading the text a second time.

Movement Breaks

In our classroom we will frequently have 'movement breaks'.  We use these in our classroom so students have the opportunity to refuel learning through the power of movement. We will be using 'GoNoodle'. ​You can also create a free account at home, if you like! 

Munch and Crunch

Each day we will be having 'Munch and Crunch'. I ask that you send your child's fruit or vegetable in a clearly labelled, separate container, zip lock bag or paper bag (if you can't write on the fruit. e.g. apple). Munch and Crunch gives the students an opportunity to put some nutrition into their bodies and increase their energy to learn at optimum levels. It should be small enough to eat in 5 minutes. 
Some examples of foods to bring include: fresh fruit such as apples; mandarins; cut up oranges; seasonal fruit (stone fruit in the summer months); cut up watermelon; bananas; pears; cut up kiwi fruit; grapes; cherry tomatoes – the list is endless. Vegetables such as carrot and celery sticks; snow peas; cooked pumpkin and sweet potato squares; fresh broccoli florets are just some possibilities.
We ask that students not bring any packaged or processed food as we are promoting healthy, natural foods.

Movement Breaks

In our classroom we will frequently have 'movement breaks'.  We use these in our classroom so students have the opportunity to refuel learning through the power of movement. We will be using 'GoNoodle'. ​You can also create a free account at home, if you like! 


Our school tuckshop is open every day.
You can choose between ordering your child's lunch/afternoon tea online (before 8:30am) through the QKR app or through the old 'brown paper bag' system with cash. I highly encourage you to use the online system. If you ever forget to send your child with lunch you can order an emergency lunch through the app before 11:30am.
Please carefully consider the food that you order for your child from the school tuckshop as we aim to educate the children to make healthy choices in their lives.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Term 3 Weeks 3 and 4

Dear Parents,
Please check the recent 'dates to remember' section.  More events will be inserted at a later date.

RELIGION: Revisit the three Sacraments of Initiation.  Revise the Sacrament- Baptism and the symbols. Introduce Confirmation.

ENGLISH:  Mentor Texts: Good Enough For a Sheep Station ( Writing trait - voice) / Flame Stands Waiting ( Writing trait- word choice) , morphology ( suffix-ly), phonology( or, ore, a, aw, au, t, tt ) Orthography ( add s for plurals, rules for adding ing) , Etymology ( carousel, melodies, queues, twilight, beast, ,paddock, chores, shearing, homestead, stockman ), compound words.    Make innovations from sentences.
                Writing: Continue to write daily.  Use lively verbs, adjectives, adverbs and nouns from books and brainstorm rich language from pictures to assist with writing. Continue to  model how to write historical diary entries.

MATHS:  Continue to revise subtraction regrouping, subtraction number facts, multiplication number facts and calculating change to the nearest five cents from simple transactions.  Introduce reading maps using directional language.

HASS: Continue exposing students to what life was like for a child in the 1800s and what the EKKA was like in the 1800s.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Term 3 Weeks 1and 2

Dear Parents,
This term in Week 5, the children will be attending the  Brisbane Royal Exhibition ( The Ekka) as part of our History unit. We are making comparisons between the 1800s and now. The Ekka began in 1876. Each group of five children will be accompanied by an adult. Further information will be provided closer to the date.
RELIGION:  Introduce the three Sacraments of Initiation.

Writing genre:  historical diary entry.  In class, we will be writing diary entries from the perspective of a child in the 1800s. They will be based on chores, games and school of this era.
Reading Workshops: the children are enjoying reading independently for up to forty minutes while the teacher conferences with individual children. The decoding strategies we are working on are  chunking and reading on for meaning.
Literature: We are reading books based on the 1800s. The children have enjoyed listening to 'The Dog On the Tuckerbox' and  the poem  'My Country'.

Division:  dividing by 2 number facts ( relating this to the 2x table and halves)
Subtraction number facts ( relating these to addition number facts)
Subtraction regrouping
Money: calculating change using the count on method

HASS: Life in the 1800s - transport, clothing, chores, school, punishment, games, family life

Art: Last week the children made a sheep using finger prints of white paint to make the image of the wool. This week the children will draw a charcoal picture of worker's cottage with a wooden fence which will show as a reflection on the nearby river.