Investigating the Rainbow Serpent

Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students are learning about Aboriginal Dreaming stories.


The Rainbow Serpent


The Rainbow Serpent (by Dick Roughsey)


Batik painting, inspired by Dick Roughsey’s Dreamtime picture book, The Rainbow Serpent


Rainbow Lorikeets wild and free in their native Australia

Hickory dickery dock… and mice

Stage 1 and Early Stage 1 students are learning about the nursery rhyme, “Hickory dickory dock”.


Hickory dickory dock nursery rhyme with lyrics – Cartoon animation rhymes & songs for children


Hickory dickory dock | Super simple songs


Peppa Pig Cuckoo clock


How to care for a pet mouse

More about whales

Past student book rappers created a digital slideshow on Photo Peach to accompany our work on the Aboriginal Dreaming story, How the whale got a hole in his head:


How the whale got a hole in his head


Humpback whale shows amazing appreciation after being freed from nets

Additional audiovisual resources on whales, starfish and barnacles, used in previous years of the cycle, are HERE.

The simultaneous Brothers Quibble

Yesterday, our school participated in ALIA’s National Simultaneous Storytime. Each Stage gathered in groups around the school at 11am (simultaneously with schools all over Australia) to share the picture book, The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey!


The Brothers Quibble


The Brothers Quibble [Auslan version]


Aaron Blabey – Picture book maker [Story Box Library]

Our previous links are HERE.

Investigating kangaroos

Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students have been learning factual information about kangaroos, after hearing the Aboriginal Dreaming story, How the kangaroos got their tails.


Newborn baby grey kangaroo – Attenborough – Life of mammals – BBC


Kangaroo boxing – Attenborough – Life of mammals – BBC

Previously, we had used these other useful Youtube clips, featuring a young joey learning to hop, and newborns in the pouch. Click here.

Mirragan and Guranggatch

This week, students in Stage 1 and Early Stage 1 are learning about a local Gundungurra Aboriginal Dreaming story of Mirragan and Guranggatch, which tells of the creation of the Nepean River, Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves. It was first recorded Europeans in the early 1900s by RH Matthews. We are watching this Photo Peach slideshow, which uses the art from a school-created “big book” from 1995. The beautiful artwork is by Mrs Bagnell, with one mural panel by a former Penrith PS teacher, Mrs Martin.


Mirragan and Guranggatch

Library rules – Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students

Next week in Library lessons, students from K-2 are investigating rules. Classroom rules, playground rules and home rules are being discussed in class (and in the library), giving us an opportunity to revisit the school library rules.

Our School Library rules have been traditional for many years, with only a few amendments over time. They are:

1. Clean hands.
2. Line up quietly outside.
3. Be quiet in the library.
4. Please walk in the library.
5. Take care of the books, furniture and all library equipment.

* Remember to bring a cloth library bag to borrow books.


Robbie Rules: My first day at school (2013).