Inspired by the Chinese Willow Pattern

Soon it will be Chinese New Year

We listened  to the story of the

Chinese Willow Pattern.



Then we acted out the story.

To finish we made ‘statues’

of that dramatic point in the story

where Li Chi’s Father tells Chang he must leave

and Li Chi begs her father to let her marry Chang.

We would love to hear what you think of our art.


A Song for Chinese New Year from ‘Children’s Music’ by Nancy Stewart.

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A Reminder:

Please don’t leave your child to explore online unattended

The internet is a portal to the world outside.

Children should be accompanied on this journey 😉

Moments in the Sun – Being Successful – Taking Turns

We were talking in class about ‘moments in the sun’,

how every now and then some one has a day

where their talents are celebrated.

The children who took part in the Kilcoole Feis

had this ‘moment in the sun’.


Mark and Fiona had their most recent moment

when they got prizes in the art competition

organised by Junior Art Gallery.


More success will occur when the class enter

the Write A Book competition.

Winners and runners up will be picked from each class.


We will also enter the Junior Spiders Awards

and the Texaco Art competition

and who knows what might happen.


We talked about how we can’t expect

to climb to the top of the mountain

and be successful every day.


Being successful takes hard work.

Being successful also takes good luck.

If the weather was sunny every day

we would take it for granted.

The children in 2nd Class, Room 6

agreed that they all love snow days

but if it snowed everyday

they would eventually find this tedious.

Winning the Lotto would be

a dream come true

for many people,

but if it happened every day

we might say:

‘Oh No, not another

Lotto win’ 😉


We can take it in turns to be successful

and have our ‘moments in the sun’.

We can congratulate friends

who are successful

and enjoy their success

with them.


Today Nicole was successful.

Her lovely picture received praise

from Junior Art Gallery:

Nicole’s picture on Junior Art

Well done Nicole 🙂

This link will bring you to other successes 2nd Class Room 6 have had.

Visualizing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

We visualized what happens in the song

‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

Here is a detail from Shauna’s visualization:

Here is JC’s very detailed visualization:

Double click on JC’s picture

to see the ‘twelve lords a-leaping.’

Kind Words Make The World Go Round

Julia’s poster.

Every month the whole school reviews a school rule: 

The first school rule is

‘Respect: Kind hands. Kind feet. Kind words’.


We made posters for a school wide competition:

Posters on the theme of ‘Kind Words Make The World Go Round’:

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This week was Anti Bullying Week, Term One

We have renamed it, more positively:

‘Be A Good Friend Week’.

Teacher will give out Good Buddy Awards certificates

from Seomra Ranga

Best Buddy Award from

Rebecca’s colourful poster.

Can you spot your masterpiece? on Photopeach. Adult supervision of children on the internet is always necessary.

Teacher found this useful website when she was preparing this theme:

A Website about Getting Along

AnswerGarden: Give some examples of ‘kind’ words.

We are doing a whole school poster competition.

We have to design a poster about good behaviour in school.

The theme is:


Kind Hands

Kind Feet

and Kind Words.


As part of Anti Bullying Week

a.k.a ‘Be Kind and Be a Good Friend Week’,

we were talking in school about kind words.


These are the ones we thought of.

John Paul did very well.

He thought of five phrases

and John Paul’s first language is Spanish.

Well done John Paul!


We used ‘Answer Garden’ to record the words we thought of.

Give some examples of ‘kind’ words…. at

‘The spatula is the commander!’

Teacher played us ‘March Past of the Kitchen Utensils’

by the English composer Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).

We drew the march as we imagined it.

Chloe drew the kitchen utensils looking strong, marching along with determination!

Ryan explained ‘The spatula is the commander!’

Patrick’s blender was a tank 🙂

You can see the work of the children who completed their pictures here on

PHOTOPEACH AS ALWAYS 🙂 Vaughan William’s piece is used as the sound

track on this slideshow.


Then we played along to the music using some kitchen utensils as percussion.

If you found this post interesting,  this exhibit

From the ‘Kitchen’ on

may interest you.

Silhouettes and Coloured Pictures

Link for ‘Colour My World’ on Photopeach

The pictures are displayed as a ‘spiral’ on this link.
Click on ‘story’ at the bottom right hand corner of the screen to change to a slide show.

The following link contains some online art activities for children from the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

Some online art activities for children

The children from Room 6 have found the following activities on that website interesting:

* Patterns of Infinity

* Kumasa’s World of Dots

* Justine Cooper’s ‘Call of the Wild’ – A memory game

You may have to scroll down that page to see them.