Sea creatures on the IWB

K-6PR created these murals yesterday on the IWB. Their current theme is “Sea creatures”.

Stage 2 group:

Sea creatures 1

Once upon a time, there was a mermaid. She was looking in her mirror to put on lipstick. A shark came to eat the fish swimming around her. The mermaid could see the shark behind her in the mirror.

The man caught a fish on his fishing rod. The man saw a dolphin jumping high. It was going up and down.

The crab is finding a pearl in the clam.

The whale is coming up out of the ocean to spray water out of his blowhole.

The seahorses were watching the shark chase the fish. They were hiding in the seaweed because they didn’t want to get eaten too.

Stage 1 group:

Sea creatures 2

The whale can move through the water by swishing his tail. It is looking for krill to eat.

The shark is swimming and wants to eat the turtle. The turtle is on the beach so he can be safe. He wants to go into the water to find food but he is scared of the shark.

The dolphin wants to make friends with the clownfish.

The crabs are digging lots of holes in the sand because it is time for bed.

The mermaid is cuddling a fish because he is her friend. The sunblock on the beach belongs to the mermaid. She uses it when she comes out of the water and her magical tail has turned into legs.

Early Stage 1 group:

Sea creatures 3

We can see a whale.

We can see a mermaid putting on her lipstick. She has a fish tail instead of legs.

We can see a fish with bubbles coming out of his mouth. There are five orange fish blowing bubbles.

We can see a dolphin swimming.

We can see some crabs swimming in the water. They are playing “Hide and Seek”.

We can see two fish swimming together.

The eel is chasing the fish because he wants to eat them.

The fat dolphin wants to eat the fish.

The blue fish is in a bowl.

Stage 3 group:

Sea creatures 4

Once upon a time there was a shiver of sharks. The sharks wanted to attack a seal because they were hungry. This is why the seal looks so worried.

Meanwhile, a dolphin was swimming towards a catfish. He was going to teach the catfish how to jump. This was so the catfish could get away from the sharks.

The crab was planning to use his nippers to catch the seahorse’s tail. The seahorse wants to make friends with the catfish.

The sea turtle is swimming towards the shallow water where the sun is shining through. She is ready to lay her eggs in the sand.


When we were writing the above story we needed a collective noun for a group of sharks. We read that it could be a school, a shoal, a pack or a shiver of sharks. Here are some more interesting collective nouns:

A cast of crabs.

A pod of dolphins.

A school or shoal of fish.

A gam of whales.

A bale of turtles.

A bob of seals.

Fundraising and the firies

Today, students at Penrith PS held a fancy dress mufti day to raise funds, coordinated by the SRC, to support the people who suffered losses in the Blue Mountains bushfires. Congratulations everyone for your generosity.


Mrs Sanderson’s class had also make the above “thank you” poster for the volunteer firefighters – and they recently sent back a photo of them posing with it! Well done 1/2Sa!

Fire poster


Stage 1 and Early Stage 1 are learning facts about rats and mice this term, after having read the fable, “Town mouse and country mouse”.

A mother rat visited Class 1/2St today!

Rat pinkies
Here are her “pinkies” (offspring).

Rat dad
This is the rat Dad guarding his pinkies.

Some Youtube video versions of the famous fable are HERE.

1/2Sa English has this Advice for the Country Mouse:

Watch out for mousetraps!

But if I am with you I can teach you how to avoid mousetraps.

Step 1. Put your foot under the mousetrap.

Step 2. Quickly take your foot out from under the mousetrap.

Step 3. Then grab the cheese.

Step 4. Run away as fast as you can because the mousetrap is going to go SNAP if it hasn’t gone off already!

Stage 2 learn about blogs

This is Class 3/4L preparing a message using Internet technology to send a message to our friend, children’s author/illustrator Emma Quay.

We have been investigating wikis, blogs, email and a few Web 2.0 sites (such as Photo Peach and Flickr). We always use these working as a group, and when Mr McLean has put in his secret password, so we are Internet safe.

Class 3/4M is helping us. You can’t see that they corrected some of our spelling! You also can’t see that Class 3/4W fixed up some of the bolding and italics.

We are planning to send Emma an email to tell her how spectacular her new picture book, Not a cloud in the sky, is!

This is Class 3/4B. You can’t tell that we found a comma was missing, so we edited this paragraph and fixed it.

Dear Emma,

This message is from the Stage 2 students at Penrith Public School. We wanted to tell you that your new picture book, Not a cloud in the sky, is sensational. We really liked the part when Bird was sleeping in the tree and there were lots of other birds on the other branches. Suddenly we realised that the last page in your book was the same image as the beautiful gicleé print you sent us last year!

We were wondering, in that last picture, is the white shape the moon, or Cloud pretending to be the moon, watching over his new friend?

Thank you for your wonderful books!

From 3/4L, 3/4M, 3/4W and 3/4B at Penrith PS.


And Emma replies!:

Dear Mr McLean, and the students of 3/4L, 3/4M, 3/4W and 3/4B,

Thank you so much for writing to me about my picture book, Not a cloud in the sky. It makes me happy to know you really like it. I spent many months working on the illustrations for the book, and to know it is out there being read and pored over… and being enjoyed too… makes it all worthwhile! I can imagine Mr McLean reading it to you all – very well, I’m sure!

I like the roosting birds pictures too. It was nice to be able to draw them on their tree in the deep blue of night, after all those blue skies in the first half of the book! I enjoyed drawing lots of birds because I knew they would be lovely friends for Bird to meet when morning came.

The reason I wanted Bird to have friends to meet is because Cloud has had to move on. I imagined him drifting away, as clouds do, but always remaining a big part of Bird’s life. I do like your interpretation of the final page, though. Perhaps you’re right. I know I wrote the story and painted the pictures, but once a picture book is out there and being interpreted by readers, it is open to many different meanings. I know that if Cloud were able to watch over Bird, he would. He made sure he led Bird to that particular tree.

Keep enjoying books. And thanks again for your email!

Love from, Emma

Emma Quay's gicleé print

Book Week 2013

Aliens in library
Read across the universe!

Here are this year’s displays from classes to help us celebrate Children’s Book Week.

Python by 3-5R
Python by 3-5R

Apollo by KP

Owl by KP
Apollo the powerful owl by KP

It's a miroocool by 1/2RH
It’s a miroocool! mobile by 1/2RH

A forest by 1/2IW
A forest by 1/2IW

Read across the universe by 3/4W
Read across the universe mobile by 3/4W

Coat by 1/2SA
The coat by 1/2Sa

Read across the universe by 1/2ST
Read across the universe by 1/2St

Pros and cons of being a frog by 3/4B
The pros and cons of being a frog by 3/4B

Whale shark song by 1/2B
The whale shark song by 1/2B

Read across the universe Culture Pod by 5/6E
Read across the universe Culture Pod by 5/6E.

Yes, it’s space culture – in a pod!

With Nan by KF
With Nan by KF

Lyrebird! by 3/4M
Lyrebird!: a true story by 3/4M

Tom the outback mailman by 3/4L
Tom the outback mailman by 3/4L

One very tired wombat by KB
One very tired wombat mobile by KB

We have also had a lot of fun with these hilarious picture books (from New Zealand) this Book Week. By Mark and Rowan Sommerset:

Smarty tablets and lemonade

Whatever you do, don’t accept smarty tablets from a sheep. Nor lemonade from a turkey.

Remembering Apollo

Over the weekend, the world remembered the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Penrith Public School’s then-fledgling magazine was named after NASA’s Apollo program.

Apollo vol I no 1 1968

“The ‘Apollo’ magazine blast off is taking place. Like its big brother at Cape Kennedy this vehicle is one of adventure and discovery… This is our magazine’s beginning. Who knows to what heights our ‘Apollo’ may climb?” – A.K. Allan, Principal (1968).

Apollo vol II 1969

“We cannot thank the Department enough (that poor old lady so often criticised for her many shortcomings) for its assistance in transforming a once useless area into a lovely place [a new assembly hall] where the WHOLE SCHOOL can experience together matters of such earth-shattering importance as the T.V. viewing of the initial landing of man on another world, and the visit of Miss Australia to our school…” – A.K. Allan, Principal (1969). Artwork by Mrs Casey.

Apollo 11

3D Apollo
Apollo display at the Smithsonian Institute’s Air & Space Museum, 1984

Apollo astronauts
The same display at the Smithsonian Institute’s Air & Space Museum, 2013

Apollo buggy
Lunar rover vehicle at the Smithsonian Institute’s Air & Space Museum, 2013. Identical vehicles were used in the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions.