Grade 234 R

Grade 234 R at Malmsbury Primary School

April 14, 2015
by malmsburyps

Alison Lester

Today myself and all of the grade ones (both rooms) had an amazing experience spending a session with Alison Lester the author and illustrator of Noni the Pony and Kissed by the moon and many many more fantastic titles. We walked to the Botanical Gardens at 1:00 and spent about an hour talking to Alison and having fun learning how to paint with water colour paints. Alison showed us some great techniques to incorporate when using water colour paints including the use of oil pastels then painting over the top and how we can different effects by applying water to the page before painting on it. Here are some photos from today.

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March 2, 2015
by malmsburyps

Hello from Rainer

Hi everyone, I am writing to you to formally introduce myself to the parents of the children in the grade 1/2 classroom. My name is Rainer Canobie-Harris; I have recently completed my Bachelor of Education at La Trobe University in Bendigo. This is my first year out as a qualified teacher and look forward to learning as much as I can from the staff and students at Malmsbury PS.

I grew up relatively close to Malmsbury in Chewton and went right through school in Castlemaine where I currently live with my wife.  I consider myself to be a very open, understanding and approachable person and I would like to extend an invitation to all parents and carers of the students within my room to feel free to contact me at any time the best way to this is via email the best address to reach me on is: or

In Grade 1/2 we read for half an hour first thing each morning, I would be happy (and I am sure the kids would be too) for any parents or special family friends to come in and listen to the children read during this time, obviously no obligation and if you can some weeks and you can’t others that’s fine.

Take home readers

Take home reading should be easy and enjoyable and in the early years be familiar books that have been read before

  • It should allow the student to rehearse the strategies that he/she is learning in class take home books that are easier to get started
  • Often after the long break students forget some skills and strategies and need to go back to easier books to rebuild confidence and skill.

Our focuses this term are:

Literacy – This term in literacy we will be focusing on narratives, we will look at how to write them and discuss what is meant when we talking about the orientation, complication and resolution. We will focus on incorporating this language into our own writing as well as identifying and addressing these aspects in our reading.

Numeracy – In term one there will be a focus on Number and Algebra – Addition, Subtraction Multiples of ten, Skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, Measurement and Geometry – Months of the year, Seasons, Geometrical shapes & Statistics and Probability. 

Inquiry – the focus for inquiry this term is community.

Events coming up in term one


This year grade 1/2 will be going on camp to the Discovery centre in Bendigo, the camp will be in April on the 23rd and 24th. There will be a number of planned activities organised for the children including a visit to the art gallery and the Chinese museum. I will send out more information regarding this within the next week or so.

Ride to school day

On the 13th of March it is national ride to school day, Malmsbury primary encourages all students to take part in this health promoting fun activity, we understand not everyone has a bike so we’ve adapted ride to school to wheels day, scooters skateboards etc.  More information on this will be released soon.


September 3, 2013
by cfrost

Tell me your life story…

Today Malmsbury students between P-2 will begin work as historians, taking home some interview questions to find out about an older person they know. We would like to compare modern childhood and childhood in the past, so the older your interview subject is the better!

To practise, students have been answering life story interview questions themselves. Grade P-2 students have already thought of possible interviewees to talk to but might need to get on the phone or somehow ask these older people whether they are okay about telling their life stories.

Think about the ways you could record this interview. You could write down some answers, create a picture or photo story of the telling or record audio/video of the interview process. The most important element for an oral history interview is talking about that person’s experience and making it conversational.

Children will be asked to describe how their interviews went in the last week of term (starting 16 September).

Malmsbury P.S. oral history interview questions

Who will you interview? What do you think will be the biggest differences between your childhood and theirs?

August 25, 2013
by cfrost

My Grandmother’s Toy Box

Students in Grade 1/2 read the online story from Museum Victoria website, My Grandmother’s Toybox. In the story, a girl called Hannah is at home feeling sick and looking for something to do. Finally, her mother shows her an old wooden chest filled with toys! The toys once belonged to Hannah’s mother, her father and grandparents, even great great grandparents. All of the toys tell a story about a particular time or memory, a person Hannah’s mum knew about or about what life was like in the past. When Hannah is all finished playing she learns that one day she will need to put a toy in the box that tells a story about her own life… Which toy will she choose?

Our class thought carefully about the same question and brought in their own toy to tell a story about a certain time, person, place or event. Look at the pictures below to see the toys emerging from the old wooden chest.

Which toy would you choose to keep in the old wooden chest? What do you think someone in the future would say about it?

August 14, 2013
by malmsburyps
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Science Day with Tylden P.S. students

Today we had a Science Day. All the Prep – 2 students from Tylden Primary School visited us at Malmsbury. We had lots of fun with them and many people made friends.

Students learnt about the biological sciences when they created animals fit to live in certain environments. “I liked making the camoflauged butterflies.” Blake wrote. They practised being botanists by observing and illustrating wattle flowers. They also investigated forces and energy when they made balloon rockets.

All the Malmsbury students enjoyed hosting students from another school and especially the chance to share snacks and a meal. Kiara wrote: “I liked playing with the Tylden people. I played chess. Everyone in the school had sausages.” Eliza wrote: “My class got frogs in the pond. The Tylden kids got snake in a lake.”

Thank you to all the Tylden students for coming and sharing your scientific understandings with us.

What scientific learning will you remember from our Science Day?

How was it different working with students from another school? Have you ever worked like that before?

May 15, 2013
by malmsburyps

A chill breeze

Today our class left our doors and windows wide open while the heater was still on. It wasn’t a mistake, we were actually investigating what effects the open air would have on the warmth of our classroom.

In 5 minutes our room cooled down from 20 to 17 degrees. The heater was still on that whole time – not a very smart way to use energy! Here is what Brodie P had to say after the experiment:

A chill breeze by cosmic_cam

When our room cooled down, where do you think the heat went?

May 5, 2013
by malmsburyps

How are we smart with energy?

Grade 1/2 is thinking about a big question this term: How are we smart with energy? This week students jumped right in and recorded their ideas about what energy is and how we are smart with it. Click on the soundcloud to hear what Grade 1/2 thought before we even started learning about energy…

Do you think we are smart with energy? In what way(s)?

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