Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check!


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Literacy | Posted on April 20, 2015

This week in class we have been practising a useful strategy for learning to spell words. The strategy is called look, cover, say, write and check. We had a look at the 100 most commonly used words and started to choose words on there that we needed to learn how to spell. Here is a copy of the word list as well as a poster explaining what Look, say, cover write and check is all about.


While it took us a little while to get used to it, in the end I think everyone learnt how to spell at least one word that they did not know how to previously spell. We also all learnt what this spelling practise strategy is all about and now we can use it at school and at home to learn how to spell new words.

What words did you learn how to spell?

Do you know any other good ways to learn how to spell words?

Making Pizza’s


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in News and Notes | Posted on April 16, 2015

Today we took a visit to Pizza Express on Verney Road in Shepparton. Marsin and Elsa (the owners) were very lovely and took the time to show us the process of making real pizzas.

We started by making the dough…

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To make the dough we used olive oil, salt and sugar, a little bit of milk, water and flour. We learnt that the magic ingredient of pizza dough is yeast. It makes the the dough grow and get nice and fluffy.

We let the dough mix in a special machine for a few minutes and then we pushed the red button which meant stop.

After the dough has been mixed in it has to be left for two hours so that the yeast can make the dough grow so that we can use it. We then cut the dough into pieces and measured three different sizes of pizza: small, medium and large. Elsa then put the dough through another special machine which rolled the dough into circles.


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Next, it was time to make our pizzas, everyone got a turn of choosing ingredients and putting them on a pizza. We had american style pizza with Salami, we had margarita, ham and pineapple and a chicken pizza.


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Of course eating them was probably the best bit! They were so yummy! We want to say thankyou very much to Elsa and Mersin for showing us how to make pizza!


What is your favourite pizza?

Oktapodi: A lesson about…Octopus??


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Literacy, Science | Posted on March 18, 2015


Today we looked at a great animated video clip called Oktapodi. We Had a bit of a chat about Octopi and some things we knew about them we also made some predictions about the story based on this picture from the start of the clip.

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Here is the video:

Even better you could have a look at some of the questions we talked about in the classroom by following the presentations below:

What do you know about Octopus? Did you like the video? Have you ever eaten Octopus before?

What I am!


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Literacy, News and Notes | Posted on March 12, 2015

Hello everyone!

We have recently finished our assembly performance of ‘What I am’ by Will.I.AM. The song has a great message about being ourselves, working hard and trying to be our best all the time which fits in with our school motto perfectly. Check out the song below:

We designed some actions that we thought went along well with the lyrics. Check out the lyrics here: What I Am

Here is some photos from us practicing the song:

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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

2015 Timetable


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in News and Notes | Posted on February 5, 2015

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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!