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Outdoor Classroom Day

On Thursday November 1st our class participated in Outdoor Classroom Day. The day was hotter than expected at 30 degrees. To start with our class joined Ms. Pratt’s class in creating an array using natural elements like leaves, stones, bark etc. The teams were then set the challenge of figuring out the patterns in other group’s arrays and continuing the pattern on.   After this we worked on our literacy and specifically poetry. The 2/3s were tasked with creating acrostic poems u...
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Black Out Remembrance Poetry In The 5/6/7

Today the students experimented with Black Out poetry on the theme of Remembrance Day. Using letters from WW1 soldiers, the students read the texts before selecting words to highlight and string together into poems. Unused words are blacked out or covered with artwork. The students enjoyed the activity and the poems they created are touching, challenging, creative and visually beautiful.  
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Week 4 in The F/1 class

This week our learning will focus on the following topics.   If you have any time in the mornings to listen to children read this would be greatly appreciated.   Mrs Grubb will be teaching the class on Monday and Tuesday this week . On Monday I will be attending a STEM Professional Development day. This is part of the project that Mrs Pratt and I have been involved in this year. On Tuesday I will be attending an Early Years Teachers Professional Development day with other Early Years ...
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Outdoor Classroom-building and mixing

We made a mud kitchen area at the rock circles to explore mixing different items. The children had a great time experimenting with making runny solution, thick solutions, adding hard objects like rock and bark or adding soft objects like leaves, flowers and grass to see what happened to the mixtures. Children also used their natural collection to create a water city with a catapult. They worked together to engineer a town where the water could flow and the water filters ...
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Outdoor Classroom Day- Making Nests

To start our outdoor classroom day, the Year4/5s and F/1 classes buddied up to make nests. Children worked in pair to create nests using natural items they found around the school yard, as well as string or pipe cleaners to hold some pieces together. It was a great morning of collaboration, problem solving, communication and being resourceful. Have a look at what we created!  
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Outdoor Classroom day

This Thursday 1st November is Outdoor Classroom day. Our school has registered to take part in learning in the outdoors throughout the day. Our learning will look different across the school with classes utilising our spaces in a variety of ways. As it is going to be a warm day please make sure your children are dressed appropriately, including their school hat, and have sunscreen applied before coming to school. Please pack a spare change of clothes in you are worried about your child getting...
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Police Role-Playing in Discovery Learning

This week in our Discovery Learning the children have set up a role play area using the police dress ups. They have shown great strength to be sensible in their role playing and think of ways to play ‘police’ without running and catching ‘robbers’. The children created an elevator where people could be trapped then the Police rescue them, also a Police Station and made a set of traffic lights for the ‘traffic police’ to monitor. Throughout role playing childre...
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How do objects move?

In science, we are exploring ways objects can move. We found and discussed ways to move objects by pushing or pulling. Then we used the lego kits to create an object that can be pushed or pulled to move. The children had to make their object on their own then explain to their peers what they did and how the object moves.
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Our learning intentions

This week our social learning focus is around the value of “it takes great strength to be sensible” Below is an image of our learning intentions for the week. These are displayed in our room so we are all aware of the focus for each learning area throughout the week. A class newsletter has been sent home with your child outlining learning and events for the term. If you are able to stay and listen to children read in the mornings this would be greatly appreciated.
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Ancient Greece Alive!

The 5/6/7 class is busy getting ready for their Ancient Greece Museum, which will open its doors on Friday morning for the school’s other classes. The students have been researching different aspects of life in Ancient Greece. Displays will be varied and take the form of posters, mannequins, artefacts, an archaeological site reconstruction, a live play, a short film, games, Powerpoint presentations followed by Kahoot quizzes, as well as food dishes! We are all excited and looking forward t...
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Year 2/3 harvest week

This week we have harvested the vegetables growing in our vegetable garden. A few days ago we harvested our carrots and beetroots, and the children all got to take some home. Today we picked the lettuce and we all enjoyed making lettuce sandwiches with it!  
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Police Visit

This morning George’s dad Owen and 2 of his colleagues, Simon and Sophie, came to our school to talk to us about what they do as Police.  They showed us their equipment including the handcuffs, baton, bullet proof vest. We were all able to try the vest on (without the metal plates as this would be too heavy!) They showed us how their radios work, we even said “hello” to the Mount Gambier Police Station and they spoke to us through the radio! We climbed in the Police wagon and waved as they...
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Investigating Electricity With Makey-Makeys

In Science, we have been investigating circuits and electricity. Using “Makey-Makeys”, little invention kits that allow us to turn everyday objects into touch pads that can interact with computers, we tested different materials for their conductivity. We also experimented with creating circuits that will allow electrons to flow through them. Zac’s question: is human hair a conductor or an insulator? Jorja and Ava were the first pair to successfully create a circuit incorporatin...
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Excursion to the Library, Cave Gardens and the Theatre

Today we went on our excursion to the library, cave gardens and the theatre to watch ‘The Cranky Bear’. We were given a tour of the library where we were shown all the different places within the library and even got to sit around the large table in the history room where we had to be very quiet as it is a ‘soft noise’ room. We went through the cave and listened to the book ‘Rodney Looses it’ which is very funny. Due to the weather we could only explore the Cave Gardens for a short time, but we...
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Crazy Hair Day

   The Yr 4/5 class will be having a crazy hair day next Tuesday 4th of September. This is a reward won for the class by Mia, who wanted to spend her Class Dojo points on this day! There is no obligation to participate, and no donation required.
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Goodbye Winter!

To celebrate the end of winter on Friday the 31st of August the Yr 4/5 class will be having a winter fun day!   Students are invited to bring slippers to wear in class, wear a favourite beanie, scarfe, or gloves, have a hot chocolate, and participate in some fun activities!
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Exploring weight

Today we made balance scales using a cylinder shaped container (like a pencil pot or cardboard roll,) and a cardboard egg carton or small box. We then tested how to make it balance on the cylinder. Children discovered that the cardboard needs to be in the middle on the cylinder so that it will have the same about on each side to make it balanced. After they were able to balance their cardboard, they began exploring with various items to see what objects would weigh the same. There was lots of pr...
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Mrs Johns’ visit

A very big thank you to Mrs Johns for visiting the Year 2/3 classroom today to talk to us about the Mil Lel Hall. Learning about important local places is part of our HASS curriculum and we certainly learned a lot today about the Mil Lel Hall and why it has been important to the Mil Lel community.  
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Chiropractor visit

Today our class and the F/1 class have had a visit from Dr Nathaniel Thorpe who is a chiropractor at The Chiropractic Domain. He taught us about the role of the spine in protecting nerves and how important this is. We also learned about how to sit properly to take care of our backs, and how to carry schoolbags. We also practised some exercises we can do to keep our spine healthy.  
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Science Week Technology Challenge

Last week was National Science Week, and to celebrate it we ran some special activities. In Design & Technology, the students were given a challenge to design a toy car powered by a rubber band. This task was given without any concrete instructions, and it was fascinating to see the students work in groups to arrive at a solution: And here are a couple of movies showing the two vehicles that actually managed to move beyond the starting line: https://cdos.run/u-0/sites/813/2018/08/...
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Readers Theatre In The 5/6/7

Last week we practised our fluency and expression through a readers theatre exercise. The students chose pieces to practise and read out in groups. Their aim was to create an entertaining rendition of their chosen piece for their audience. The performances were enjoyed by all and Mrs Harradine’s costumes were very much appreciated, once again! https://cdos.run/u-0/sites/813/2018/08/12160116/My-Movie-1.mp4
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Being scientists to explore light

We have been exploring light. Yesterday we used black cardboard to make a telescope. We put a sticker on another piece of cardboard and had to explore how many holes were needed to be able to see the sticker. This lead to great discussions about the size of holes letting in different amounts of light, the angle of the sticker and the angle of the light coming into the telescope, where people were standing in the room-close to a window/far from a window. We also came up with interesting wondering...
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Year 2/3 excursion to Woolworths

Today we went on an excursion to Woolworths for an excursion to learn about fruits and vegetables and how they are grown. When we got back we wrote wote a paragraph each, in small groups, to put together to come up with a class recount. Here is a recount we made by using some of the paragraphs that we wrote.   Our excursion “Wow, look at all the different fruits there are!” I said to Grace. “This excursion to Woolworths is going to be fun!”. The first thing we did at Woolworths was to go to...
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STEM challenge day

Today the Year 4/5 class were given the challenge to work in teams of three or four to design and build a marble run. The objective was to engineer the run which would take the maximum amount of time for the marble to reach the end. Teams used trial and error in their designs, with testing and re-testing, modifications needed to happen on the spot as creations failed when put to the test! Overall the students showed persistence and ingenuity in their creations, and displayed an excellent level o...
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Maps for the BeeBots

We created maps for the BeeBots. We used grid paper and materials to create obstacles for the BeeBot to move around. We then used our coding arrows to show the path to program the beebot around the map. The children used their cooperation, commuinication and thinking skills throughout this learning experience as well as building on their technology and mathematics skills.     
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Hockey Equipment

For PE we are going to be looking at and playing hockey in the next few weeks. This will be a modified version, with softer balls and no goalie. The school has equipment such as shin pads, but if you would like your child to wear a mouth guard you will need to provide one. With softer balls and no sticks above the knee, this should be unnecessary, but I will leave it to your family to decide. Students are allowed to bring their own stick and shin pads if they wish. We start on Friday, weather pe...
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The Wonderful & Colourful Barbapapas!

At the end of Term 2, the 5/6/7 students were introduced to the Barpapapas: French cartoon characters who can take on any shape they want to solve problems. The students’ end-of-term assignment was to create a Barbapapa character out of clay, paint it, and create a bedroom for it reflecting its personality. They had to develop simple descriptions of their character and their room. The descriptions were recorded on audio and linked to a QR code displayed on the side of the bedroom. On the l...
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Save your recyclables!

Can you please save and send to school in the next two weeks any empty paper rolls (such as glad wrap), meat trays and small cardboard boxes (such as cereal and Shapes boxes) for a STEM challenge that we will be doing in Week 2? Thanks a bunch!
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How We Fixed The Fairy Tales

During Term 2, the 5/6/7 and 2/3 classes buddied up for a 3D Printing project. Their brief: in small groups, identify a fairy tale and in it, a character who has a problem. Design a 3D object to solve this character’s problem. The 3D objects designed are very creative. It was fascinating to watch the objects become a reality thanks to the school’s amazing 3D printer. The objects were coloured by their creators. They will be displayed in the front office for the first week of Term 3 i...
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How We Fixed The Fairy Tales

During Term 2, the 5/6/7 and 2/3 classes buddied up for a 3D Printing project. Their brief: in small groups, identify a fairy tale and in it, a character who has a problem. Design a 3D object to solve this character’s problem. The 3D objects designed are very creative. It was fascinating to watch the objects become a reality thanks to the school’s amazing 3D printer. The objects were coloured by their creators. They will be displayed in the front office for the first week of Term 3 i...
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Year 2/3 water talks

Thank you very much to Wendy Telfer who came in today to talk to us about her role helping to manage the district’s water supply in her role at Natural Resources Management. She gave us so much interesting information. We all learned a lot, including Mr Savage! Later in the day, the children interviewed each other about what they have learned this term about our region’s water supply and how to use water sustainably.
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Countdown Maths

“Letters And Numbers” is a game show that used to be shown on SBS. In this Australian adaptation of a French TV show, contestants battle to form the longest possible words out of letters picked at random, and to reach a given number target using only specific numbers also drawn at random. In our class, we use the free web-based program “Countdown Maths” to warm up our brains each morning. Students draw 6 numbers at random. They can choose between “big numbers”...
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Lions Mad Minute Grand Challenge Was Today!

Today Noah, Shaylah and Zac travelled with Mrs Pratt to attend the Lions Mad Minute Grand Challenge at Mount Gambier High School. The venue was packed with students, teachers and supporters from 15 schools.  The Lions volunteers did a wonderful job of running the event. Schools were being drawn at random and our school ended up being the last one to compete! If you are not familiar with the Lions Mad Minute, during this public speaking event students draw a random topic and speak to it for a min...
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“Blue Murder” Play Posters

Last week the 5/6/7 students were given a real job by The Mount Gambier Theatre Group: to come up with a poster to advertise the one-act play “Blue Murder”. The theatre group were urgently looking for a poster, and to thank the students for their work, offered to run a mini-competition with the winning designer(s) to receive two free tickets to the “Blue Murder” play on either Friday 17th or Saturday 18th August. Ashley in our class is playing the part of the landlady in ...
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Year 2/3 guest speakers

A big thank you to Russel and Belinda for coming into our class over the last two days and talking to us about how water is used at their work. The children enjoyed hearing about how water is mixed with methanol and sprayed into airplane engines to help them take off, and also about the range of uses for water at a trucking company. The children thought of lots of interesting questions to ask before and during their visits. Thank you again!
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Marine Biologist Visit

Today was a very lucky day for the 5/6/7 students, as they were visited by marine biologist Simone Ramage, an alumni of Mil Lel Primary School. We have been learning about the ocean for two terms now, focusing first on the impact of the ocean on climate, and then on its importance as a living environment. The students brainstormed questions to ask Miss Ramage before her visit. Simone presented the students with very interesting information based on her personal experiences. Her presentation answ...
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Lions Mad Minute Nominees 2018

Friday last week was the day all Year 5 students had been excitedly waiting for: the Lions Mad Minute judging day! Lions Rory McEwen and Elizabeth Hodges visited our school and ran a very entertaining public speaking competition for all students from Year 4 to year 7. The children in both the 4/5 and 5/6/7 classrooms had been busy practising their skills at speaking to a topic for one minute. The quality of the performers’ voice, language and posture were taken in consideration, as were el...
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Y567 PE

Yesterday the weather denied us the chance to complete our PE lesson outside. It was the perfect opportunity for students to use their critical and creative thinking to make indoor games using a selected range of objects, two players and a maximum game duration of four minutes. Students instructed their peers, tried new games and used the time to modify games to improve them. As they have consistently done this semester students applied themselves to their work and did a great job!
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Macroinvertebrates (water bugs) in the Year 2/3 class

Today Damien from Natural Resources Management SA came to our classroom. Since we have been learning about groundwater systems, and how to keep water sources clean, in general, he brought some water from the Valley Lakes area. We were able to assess the health of the water by examing the macroinvertebrates that we found in it. Some of the macroinvertebrates we found were ones that are very resilient and can live in most bodies of water. But we also found lots of macroinvertebrates that are very ...
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Creating Habitats

On Tuesday we created habitats for worms and snails. We had researched what snails and worms need to survive and found out that they like to eat scraps. Mrs Cameron brought in some food scraps and we collected our fruit scraps as well to add to the habitats. We used the spades to dig the scraps into the dirt. We put leaves and stick in for shelter and used the watering cans to add water as worms and snails like damp, cool places.    
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Plastic Pollution Posters & Infographics

Since our beach excursion a couple of weeks back, the UP students have been busy analysing the data from our rubbish collection. Using Excel, we sorted the information into tables and generated percentages and graphs. The first one shows the breakdown of the different types of rubbish we found on the beach: 64.2% of all rubbish was plastic! The second one drills down into the different types of plastic we found: Of all plastic, 52.7% was made of packaging items (bottles, wrappers, lids, tops, ...
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Year 2/3 excursion

Today the Year 2/3 class went on an excursion. We had two different areas of focus. The first was a HASS focus where we gathered as much information as we could about who (and what) uses the Blue Lake, and for what purposes. We will also be using what we’ve seen today as a catalyst for studying how the Blue Lake area has changed over time.   The second focus was a Science/Geography focus where we learned about groundwater – how water gets underground, the flow of groundwater int...
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Preservice Teacher- Mrs Cameron

This week we welcomed Mrs Cameron to our class. Mrs Cameron is a 3rd Year Pre-service teacher who will be with our class for 5 weeks. Throughout her 5 weeks Mrs Cameron will gradually increase her teaching load to gain as much teaching experience as she can. Please make Mrs Cameron feel welcome and feel free to have a chat with her next time you are in our class.  
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Team Work in The F/1 class

So far this term we have had a focus on working together and getting along. We have participated in hands on learning experiences to practise working as a team and develop our problem solving skills. The children are enjoying these STEM based challenges and are using critical and creative thinking and developing problem solving skills as well as learning ways to communicate and work as a team. Challenge 1- Create a bridge using cups and pop-sticks to hold 20 teddies. We had 3 different challenge...
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Mothers Day Buddy Activity

Last week the 4/5 students worked their F/1 buddy to create a card for Mothers Day. Siblings were able to buddy up and spend their time creating one card for mum. The 4/5 students were great buddies and helped the F/1’s with writing in their cards. They all turned out fantastic!
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Beach Clean Up Mission Is A Success

On Monday this week, our excursion to Brown’s Bay was back on! The 5/6/7s enjoyed a tremendous day at the beach. The students all had a lot of fun whilst doing their bit for the environment and consolidating their Science learning. Since the start of the year, we have been focusing on the ocean and its importance to humans. We’ve explored the mechanisms of ocean currents, the impact that the ocean has on climate, and the impact that Climate Change is having and will likely have on t...
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Autumn Art in the 5/6/7

Lovely Autumn Art produced by the students last week. A three-step project, including white paint impressions of dried leaves, cool colour background and soft & oil pastels in warm colours over the white leaf prints. Some artworks burst with loud and joyful colours, others are more subtle – all are a delight to look at. Come in to our classroom to admire them – they look so much nicer in real life!
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Les Marrons De l’Automne: French Craft

Oh, it felt very nostalgic for me today in the 5/6/7 class! I introduced the students to the art of making creatures with conkers. Conkers – “marrons” in French – are the seed of the Conker or Horse-Chesnut tree. These trees are extremely common in France – indeed, just about every French schoolyard boasts at least one Conker tree. French kids love creating creatures out of conkers and matchsticks – I spent many hours as a child making small toys out of conker...
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Mixtures in Science

This morning was a busy morning in the Year 2/3 class. We watched a YouTube video about oil spills in the ocean and the impact that they have on birds and other wildlife. Then we set to work to discover how oil spills could be cleaned up from the ocean, and from bird’s feathers. We tested three liquids to see which one mixed with oil the best. We worked out that detergent mixed with oil the best. We also worked out that paper towels were the most absorbent type of cloth that we had. So we went ...
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Easter Maths

On Thursday, the 4/5 class worked on an Easter themed problem solving activity. A container filled with 15 hollow Easter eggs, was emptied and then re filled with solid mini eggs. Students were asked to find a way of working out how many eggs would be in the container. Students did a great job working out what information was important and coming up with different strategies to solve the problem. Towards the end of the lesson we counted the eggs, then worked out how many eggs each student would ...
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Shaylah’s Lesson: Easter Baskets Weaving

On Thursday last week, Shaylah taught the 5/6/7 class how to weave Easter baskets. She’d had the idea to make them, so she was asked to research the method, trial it and organise supplies with the help of Mrs Jones, prior to teaching the class how to make the baskets. Shaylah did a fantastic job, explaining the method clearly and helping everyone through a task that tested all children’s motor skills and persistence. It was interesting to hear Shaylah’s peers comment on how ve...
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Maths: observing patterns to solve problems

In Maths, we love using problems from the Nrich website: they’re designed to make you think, use visualisation and be resilient… it’s not about speed, it’s about making connections and developing our enjoyment of problem-solving. “Which Script?” is the title of a problem tackled by some students, in which they were presented with a table containing 6 numbers written in 5 different scripts… Here it is below: Students had to sort out the different scripts...
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Science

For Science this term we have been exploring mixtures – who uses mixtures, for what, where they are found etc. Over the last couple of days we have been seeing how a range of substances mix with other substances. We have combined cocoa powder, icing sugar, and puffed rice in different combinations. Also, we have been testing what happens when cornflour and water are combined, and how the mixture changes when different amounts of water are added. This afternoon we were mixing water, oil, an...
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Mil Lel 5/6/7 Students’ Writing Showcased In Writing Challenge!

Most weeks, our class participates in the “100 Word Challenge” global writing competition, using our blogs as a platform. Last week the students brainstormed in small groups how to “tighten the tension” in their writing, especially through the use of descriptions focusing on the five senses. The writing was published on their blogs, and the feedback we received this week was really exciting! Mrs McKenzie, a 100 Word Challenge commentator from New Zealand said this about ...
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Pizza Fractions

In the 4/5 class we have been working on equivalent fractions and placing them on number lines. Today in small groups students made a Hawaiian pizza and used an app on the iPad called Explain Everything to show different fractions on their pizza. Students worked excitedly in anticipation of eating the final product.
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Mystery Class Video

The 5/6/7 class is about to buddy with another class… somewhere in the world! Part of our getting to know each other is playing the “mystery class” game. Both classes make short videos which are shared privately with each other and in which they drop hints about where they are located. Following the videos, we will ask each other yes/no questions and race to be the first class to guess where the other is located! We will be watching our buddies’ video on Tuesday. Here is ...
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Buddy Cricket

On Friday, the 4/5 students assisted their F/1 buddy with cricket skills in preparation for our Pink Stumps Day.  Students first participated in throwing and batting stations, then ended by playing a buddy cricket match. The 4/5’s demonstrated great patience and were very supportive while helping their buddy to bat and bowl.
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Clean Up Australia Day

Since Clean Up Australia Day is this weekend, the Year 2/3 class did a rubbish pick-up in the school grounds today. Below is a photo of the children’s reactions when I suggested the rubbish pick-up (there may have been just a touch of acting!) We had a spare 5 minutes after we finished so we wrote some sizzling starts together. The names listed below each one is the name of the person who came up with the idea, but we worked on each one as a class to refine them… “AARGH!! Help, a s...
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