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Persuasive Writing

Our class, along with many other grade four classes have begun to look at persuasive writing this week. The timing seems natural as it fits well with our Child Rights unit of inquiry, part of which relates to how rights can be upheld. Persuasion is a significant part of this and we are working towards the goal of creating well Read full article »

25 Alternative Ways to Ask your Mantra Ray how School went.

  The following is an extract from a blog from a Mother who, frustrated by the lack of feedback from her child about what they did in school decided to adopt a creative approach to framing her inquiry. Perhaps if your very own Manta Ray in not forthcoming with regard to the detail of their day then some of these questions Read full article »

PTA Used Book Fair Collection.

The Drive is currently on to gather as many books as possible for the PTA Used Book Fair. The collection runs until the 30th April. Any used book or magazine that you have as long as it is in reasonable condition can be included. Books in other languages would also be great as we have a linguistically diverse community. So far Read full article »


    This week the Invisible Tigers have been using their powers of Observation and Critical Thinking Skills to investigate the book "Mirror," by Jeannie Baker. This innovative picture book is comprised of two parts designed to be read simultaneously – one from the left, the other from the right. Page by page, we experience a day in the lives of two boys and their families - Read full article »

Creative Expression.

  Our focus of attention now shifts towards the final unit of inquiry of the semester, Creative Expression. This is obviously a broad concept  so for grade 2 we shall be focusing on written creative expression in particular. A brief summary of the unit is as follows: The unit understanding: Through literature, we can express ourselves, our thoughts and our ideas. Essential Guiding Questions: How can Read full article »

The Phoenixes meet the Whale Sharks.   We were delighted to be invited to visit the Preschool Whale Sharks class with Ms. Nat on Monday morning. Two members of our team have siblings that are in the Whale Sharks class, so we were delighted to have the chance for them to connect with their families and for the rest opf us to spend some time collaborating with Read full article »

Grade 7 Modernised Fairytale Storytelling Visit.

On the morning of Monday, 12th March the Fiery phoenixes were visited by Grade 7 students who had come to share their modernized Fairy-tales that they had been writing over the last three weeks. It was an invaluable experience for both classes, allowing the kids the chance to interact across the elementary / middle school partition to be more of Read full article »


For thousands of years people have stared up at the night sky. They saw a sea of twinkling light and strange cosmic happenings. Some sought to explain what they saw as a cellestial world of Gods and Godesses, mortal heroes and mythical creatures. Our class have been on an inquiry into myths and legends as a context for being better communicators and meeting our literacy goals. Read full article »

Are You the Forest King ? This is the story of our classes' inquiry into the story of "Are You the Forest King?" by local Author Penny Reyes Velasco. Over the last week we have produced many child led responses both oral and written to this text, have made connections to scientific standards within our interconnectedness unit and developed our self directed plus connection/collaboration learning dispositions. Please Read full article »

Fairy Tale Word Search Challenge.

Our class have been inquiring into the world of Fairy Tales and how they have changed over time  in different ways to suit there learning styles and goals that motivate their interest. This week while some of the class typed out stories, prepared play settings and compared Traditional and Fractured Fairy Tales one student decided that as improving writing is Read full article »

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Literacy and the power of words. Reading, writing and verbal communication.

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