Brand New Climbing Frame!


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in News and Notes | Posted on February 26, 2015







Our school has been very lucky and over the last few days we have some brand new equipment at the end of our oval. The climbing frame is ropes that are joined together to make many different shapes and platforms. It has been very popular at recess and lunch times so we got some time to explore the new climbing frame all to ourselves. It was heaps of fun, we certainly have a few monkeys in our class!

We talked about safe behaviour on playground equipment and everyone in our class certainly demonstrated safe behaviours.
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Welcome to JGD! 2015!


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in News and Notes, Uncategorized | Posted on February 22, 2015

Hello to JGD and everyone else across Shepparton or even across the world who might be reading our blog!

On this blog we will be putting up news from our classroom. Please stay tuned and we would love for you to comment on our blog!

JGD, MDH, & SBP: Buddies for 2015!!


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 12, 2015

Wow,  we are so lucky! Every class in the school has another class to buddy up with but we actually have two buddy classes. There is us (JGD-Grade 1’s) and MDH-Grade 3’s and SBP- Grade 5’s. Having three classes involved in buddies is going to be fantastic. We are planning to buddy reading every single week and every time our classes don’t have assembly we will also do an activity together. Here is a collage of our buddies on our first meeting of the year!Buddies_AutoCollage_15_Images

Making Comics


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 7, 2014

Today we are looking at Make Belief Comix. This is a great website that makes it easy to generate your own comic strip. This would have many uses in the classroom, you could easily incorporate a comic strip into a reading reflection or to highlight something about your day, week, or holidays.

Today to practice our comic making strips we are going to make a short comic strip that is related to our current affair topic for our projects. Enjoy

Cybersafety: Let’s get virtual!


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 12, 2014

Good Morning everyone,

Today we have an opportunity to join students all across the country to participate in an online session related to cybersafety. We will have the session on the TV in the classroom. There is also an opportunity to join a conversation with students across the country. To chat about the issues in the session all you have to do is follow the link below:

Once you are in their you must put a name. To help us identify who is typing we are going to use the code bsps-initial. So my initials are GD so I would use bsps-gd

Have fun and be safe online!

Be Confident, not too confident: ‘ph’ words


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Literacy | Posted on November 10, 2014

This week we our class spelling focus is on ‘ph’ words. Quite often in english words that have a /f/ sound in them are spelt with a ‘ph’. We are simply going to record our spelling words in our English books this time. Remember you must five ‘just right’ words as well as five of the class words. Remember to be very careful when you are recording your words, dont be confident like this guy…

Below are our class spelling words for the week. Make sure you pick words that are appropriate for you no goos choosing words you already no how to spell! Challenge yourself!




4.6 Spelling 2014


Remeber to work hard and have phun!

Quality Blog Comments


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Literacy | Posted on November 9, 2014

It is very important when blogging that any comment you leave is a quality comment. On most blogs you need to scroll down under a post and look for the ‘leave a comment’ section. You then might have to put in some details that allow you to leave a comment. Once you have found yourself in the right place there are several steps you need to remember:

1. Start with a greeting, and close it officially as well-sort of like a letter.

2. Always remember correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.

3. Make your comment relevant! Add more information about the post, compliment the author or ask a question regarding the post make sure it is related.

4. Always re-read and edit the comment before you submit it.

Never include personal information about yourself and have fun commenting!

I would like you to practice quality commenting by visiting other Bourchier Blogs and leaving them a Quality comment. Let’s all do one comment for something on JAS’s blog. After you have done this get a friend to check that it really is a ‘quality’ comment. Then you can go to another Bourchier Blog and do the same thing. You will then have some real experience in quality commenting and be on your way to becoming an excellent digital citizen!

This is a great video about how to write quality comments from a class in California:

Feel free to leave a quality comment on this post.



Some Issues…


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Literacy | Posted on October 30, 2014

Today in our Literacy session we had a look at some issues that we might be likely to see on a current affairs show at the moment. First we had a look at a three minute video from Behind the News. Check it out below?

After some healthy discussion about homelessness. We then split into small groups and read about 4 different issues that might affect people at the moment.  What we noticed is that quite often some of the features of a written text are very similar to a video text like a current affairs segment. Both forms of presenting a issue had the following features:

  • An appropriate introduction to the issue.
  • Facts and figures.
  • A personal story, from someone that is affected by the issue.
  • Advice on how you can get involved in tackling the issue.

These things might be good to remember when we are planning our own current affair programs.

Check out the articels we looked out here: Articles

Recounting your two weeks


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Literacy | Posted on October 5, 2014

Hello and welcome back to school!

I hope that your two weeks were full of fun and relaxation. Term four is a pretty exciting term with lots of stuff going on around the school.  We have inter-school athletics, Melbourne excursion, school fete and lots more coming up, so get ready to get busy!

To start of the term I want to give everyone a chance to share what they did for their holidays. When you tell others about events that have been happening or have happened it is called a recount or a personal narrative. You have 25 minutes (5 minutes planning) to write a recount about your holidays or a particular event that happened during your holidays. Have a think about what sort of things you think should be included in a recount.

After the twenty minutes writing time is up. You are to publish your work and visit as many classmates blog as possible. You then have to write to write 5 ‘Guess Who’ questions about what your fellow classmates did during their holidays. These questions will then be used as a class quiz later in the week (so you have a bit of time to study everyone’s posts).

It would be great if you could provide some comments on the blogs you visit as well.


Reflecting on Term 3


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Learning Goals | Posted on September 16, 2014

Good morning readers,

Today we will be reflecting on our term. This term has been another busy one. We have been flat out with things like:

  • Earn and Learn project
  • Science
  • Athletics
  • Information Reports
  • Song Room
  • Blue Earth
  • Winter Sport
  • Maths Blitz
  • Homework
  • Lots, lots more

I want you to think about all of the things that we have been doing this term and ask yourself some questions and write your answers in a personal blog post:

  1. Talk about something that you have enjoyed this term.
  2. Can you list one personal achievement?
  3. Tell me something that has been frustrating this term.
  4. Tell me an area that you could improve on.
  5. What would you  like to see happen in term 4?

Once you have finished your ‘quality post’ please visit at least three classmates blogs and comment on their “Term 3 Reflection post”