Great Cycle Challenge


Posted by missdouglas | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 30, 2014

Today is the last day of the Great Cycle Challenge. I have 20km to cycle tonight and I have achieved my goal of 250km. Thank you to everyone that has supported me throughout the month. If you would like to sponsor me to raise money to fight children’s cancer please click on the link below.

Well done to everyone in the Killara Team! So far we have raise $2,792!

Miss Douglas

Powerful Writing


Posted by missdouglas | Posted in English | Posted on October 27, 2014

We have been learning about using ‘powerful writing’ strategies during our writing sessions to make our writing more interesting. Today we focused on writing a ‘sizzling start’. We looked at a photo of a Hippopotamus and brainstormed as many descriptive words as we could. We then watched a short video of a baby hippopotamus and added to our list.

You can watch the video here:

Here are some of our sizzling starts:

Natalie: Splash the hippopotamus went in the water. He swam and swam.

Eli: The hippopotamus went splish, splash.

Hannah W – The hippopotamus is grey, he lives at the zoo.

Riley: The hippopotamus can swim in the creek.

Stay tuned for more sample of our writing.


St John’s Visit


Posted by missdouglas | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 19, 2014

This morning we were very lucky to have Julie from St John’s come and teach us about being safe.

We discussed what an emergency is and who to call if we need help. The number to call for an emergency is 000.

We also learnt about the start of the DRABCD First Aid Action Plan.

D is for Danger – we need to make sure we are safe and not put ourselves in danger. There are lots of ways to be safe around our homes and the classroom.

R is for Response – if someone is hurt we need to check that they have a response. We can do this by talking to them or gently shaking them on the shoulder.

Julie then showed us how to put a bandage on if someone has an injury. See the photos below.

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Posted by missdouglas | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 19, 2014

This week the Prep students will be taking part in a swimming program. Every afternoon this week they will go swimming and learn water safety as well as a range of swimming skills.


A few reminders:

-Please send student’s to school with their bathers already on (underneath their uniform)

-Please send a ‘swimming bag’ with a towel and goggles (if needed). It is also a good idea to send a spare plastic bag to put wet bathers in

-Please label everything (towel, bathers, clothes, underwear) as it is very easy for items to get lost

If you would like to come to the pool to assist with getting changed you must have a Working with Children’s Check (please have the card on you as we need to see it). Our class will be at the pool at approximately 1:45pm each day.

You are more than welcome to watch the swimming lesson however photos are not to be taken.

If you have any questions please see Miss Douglas or Simone.


Reading and Making Numbers


Posted by missdouglas | Posted in Mathematics | Posted on October 14, 2014

This week we are learning to read and make numbers to varying targets.  We are learning to connect number names, numerals and quantities to 10, 20 and 100 (depending on what group we are in).

Throughout the week we will be using a range of concrete materials to develop our understanding as well as using I.C.T to  practice using our skills. Some of the activities we are doing include subisiting (immediately recognising how many items are in a small group without counting) collections,  matching numbers to tens frames, making and breaking numbers using bundles of  icy pole sticks (groups of 10)  and single icy pole sticks and reading and writing the word and numeral for different numbers.

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Posted by missdouglas | Posted in 21st Century Learning, Inquiry | Posted on October 13, 2014

This term we are learning about ‘Cultures’ and Simone taught us that each country has their own flag. Today we looked at a range of flags and copied them on the tablets using a drawing app. After we copied a flag we asked our friends to work out which country the flag was from by looking at the flags on the board and reading the matching country. Here are some photos from our lesson.

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One student then asked: How many different flags are there in the world? We are going to try and research this. Does anyone know the answer?

Great Cycle Challenge


Posted by missdouglas | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 7, 2014

Great Cycle Challenge

I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge throughout October to fight kids’ cancer!

Right now, cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Australia AND 3 children die from cancer every week.

Last year Sarah Round (Prep teacher) participated in event and rode 500km. This year other teachers are taking part and we have made a Killara Primary School team, where we aim to raise funds to support the Children’s Medical Research Institute to continue its work in developing treatments and finding a cure for childhood cancer.

My goal is to ride 250km by October 31st. If you would like to sponsor my challenge you can do so through my fundraising page– or support our team. *All donations are tax deductible.

Stay tuned for my riding progress!

Thank you for your support.

Welcome to Term 4


Posted by missdouglas | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 5, 2014

Welcome back to our last term of school. We can’t believe there is only one term until the end of the year!

We all had a great break (Miss Douglas went to Bali so she had an amazing time) and are ready for a fun filled term. Below are some of the highlights of our holidays.

Hannah C – I got a new dog, his name is Hamish.

Sarah – I went to a farm.

Jacqueline – I had a sleepover at Hannah’s house and I had pancakes for breakfast.

Eli – I had a sleepover at my Grandad’s and I went to Monster Jam. A driver signed my Tshirt.

Fletcher – I went to the Melbourne Show and I wrote my name on a licence.

Yorke – I went to Funfields and I got to go on the cars around the whole park.

Alicia – I went to the Murray River and I saw a little dog called Monty.

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