50 Best Books For Kids

Our class LOVES to read everyday! Our Daily 5 reading sessions start every school day for us. We love to share different books, authors or series of books with each other – especially in our book sales. Our book sales are a time we recommend books to each other and why others may like them.

Here is a list of 50 of the best books for children to read. I know many of the children in our class would’ve read some of them – how many have you read?

Have a look at the list on the link below, take the survey and see how well you score. If there’s some books you haven’t read you might like to have a look in our Library to see what they’re like.



New Stick Insect Home

Last week our class was very lucky to receive a new enclosure for our stick insects. We have 3 insects left and Ben’s family kindly donated their old fish aquarium for the insects to live in. Martin, Ben’s Dad, added some mesh so the insects get plenty of fresh air and we can all easily see the insects,
A HUGE thank you to Ben’s family for the new home!
Here’s a couple of photos of the insects in their new home.



Craigburn’s Got Talent

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Today’s Craigburn’s Got Talent was another show stopper. It’s one of our favourite days of the year because we love to watch so many of Craigburn’s students show their magical, singing, musical or dancing skills. Over the last few weeks Mrs Rayner has been running the try outs for any students who wanted to perform. She has been working very closely with some of the Year 6/7 students to watch and judge their performances.

Today’s final showed just how talented Craigburn children really are!

We saw students perform many different acts. Some were playing the violin, break dancing, magical card tricks, playing the piano, playing the piano and singing, playing the drums, dance items, telling jokes, playing the flute, playing the guitar and singing, playing the saxophone, performing the cup song, dancing to a mash up of songs and singing duets.

A huge thank you to Mrs Rayner for running all the trials and organising today’s performances – it’s a huge effort!

James from our class played the drums and we all loved his performance especially.

We’d like to congratulate everyone who tried out for Craigburn’s Got Talent and especially those who made the finals.

Congratulations to Ashlyn and Jack who came first today! Well done – it was a wonderful duet!!

Check out today’s photos and you’ll see just why we love Craigburn’s Got Talent so much.

Craigburn’s Got Talent 2013 on PhotoPeach

What part of Craigburn’s Got Talent did you enjoy the most?

New Class Pets

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We have been offered some new class pets. Mrs Chick, who teaches next-door, has offered to give us some spiny stick insects.

We have got a shelter that they can live in ( a critter keeper ) and Ben’s Dad is going to make a mesh cage that they can live in. We think it’ll be better than the plastic case they’re in now as they’ll get even more air to breathe.

We’ve found out that they need to eat Eucalyptus leaves to eat. They also need to be kept in a environment (classroom!) that has a temperature of around 18deg C.

Mrs Chick bought lots of insects in today because she’s giving some to the children in her class, as well as having some as class pets too.

We had lots of spiny leaf insects to hold and look at – we could feel the little suckers at the ends of their legs that help them hold onto plants that they live with. Today they held onto our hands, arms and jumpers!!! It was really exciting to hold onto the insects and have a really close look at them.

Here’s what their heads look like up close.

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These leaf insects appear to have the head back to front. The mouth parts are between the arms and the base of the antennae.

Here are photos of us handling the insects.

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Yesterday we went to the Year 1/2/3/4 assembly. It was an entertaining assembly, hosted by Ms Humphrys class – we thought they did a great job running the assembly so smoothly.
Our class shared the 3D newspaper models that we’d made as a part of our current Inquiry unit. The challenge was to make a strong and stable 3D structure. At the assembly we showed boats, ships, bridges, prison gates, teepees, triangular prisms, bus shelters and “random” structures. Ethan did a really good job introducing our item and explaining about triangulation – how and why triangles are used in structures because they are the strongest shape.
We’d like to congratulate George, Holly W, Holly B and Liam on receiving their assembly awards.

Here are some photos from the assembly.

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