Teaching & Learning Together

3D Maths and Art

This week our class has been looking at three dimensional shapes during maths and learning about their properties. We have gone on a 3D hunt around the school to find these shapes in our environment and tried to draw three dimensional shapes on 2D paper (- not easy!) as well as try to make nets for these shapes. Students had to find the edges, faces and vertices of common 3D shapes and record these. As a fun activity to finish off the week our students made 3D shapes and decorated them to look like the “Angry bird” characters. I got this idea from the following website Little Plastic Man It was a lot of fun!

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Carrying on with the theme of three dimensional objects, we also made 3D sculptures using the letters of our name decorated in hot and cold colours during our visual arts lesson. This was quite a challenge for some of our students, so we had to regroup and brainstorm some different strategies to join the letters together so they could stand up. They decided to use a range of methods including gluing, stapling, using sticky tape and cutting slits to slide the letters together (more challenging). Some students used a range of joining techniques. The results were stunning and these are now proudly on display in our classroom. Please come in and have a look. Meanwhile here is a sneak preview of a few that we made!

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“Some students in our class brought some pets in. Some of them were millipedes, Queensland green tree frogs, stick insects, mice, a long haired guinea pig, goyuldian finches, geckos and a hermit crab. Oh and I forgot some long necked turtles. The guinea pig had to go home early because it was scared.”
Written by Beau

In science we have been learning about animal classification. On Friday I organised for some of the students to bring in a range of small animals for us to study and observe. These were placed around the classroom and the students rotated around to each group to observe each animal. Characteristics which they had to record on their sheet included what type of animal, it’s body covering, number of legs, type of ears . Students also needed to draw on their own knowledge to make predictions on what were some unobservable characteristics of animals, such as wether it was warm blooded/ cold blooded, lay eggs or gave birth to live young and wether they were invertebrate or vertebrate.


Tihana recods her  observations. Alexs' observations. 







The students were completely engaged throughout the lesson and worked well together to record their observations. Once we were finished we focussed on the gouldian finches, as one of the students had observed that they were different colours and this lead to a great conversation as to why this occurs in the bird species – do you know?

One of the students, Makai asked his cousin Hayley, to bring in her turtles for us and we were delighted when she allowed us to name one of them. After much discussion we decided to call him “Turbo”!

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My only regret was that we couldn’t get any fish to observe but we will use some photos I have collected to make observations with.


This week we had the Naplan test. Naplan is really fun. I was nervous at first but now I am fine with it. I think I will do really good next time. I think the people who thought of Naplan are awesome because Naplan is really good for kids because kids learn new things and it is good for kids to remember what they did in the past. I liked that all my friends were doing it.

Written by Lola

Reading Really Rockz

“Reading is all about turning words into pictures by using your imagination”.   Phil Kettle, May 5th 2014

Children's author talks to us about his work.

Children’s author Phil Kettle, talks to us about his work.

On Monday we went to the library to see , Phil Kettle the children’s author.

Phil Kettle has written 160 books in full total. He is the author of  the Too Cool, Boyz Rule and Girls Rock series of books. He has also written the  Our Australia series which is part fiction and part non fiction information about Australia. Phil Kettle not only writes children’s books but he has also written for the Australian geographic and newspapers as well.

Phil Kettle gets his ideas from three main sources, from the things he SEES, the things he HEARS and the things that he DOES. He then mixes these ideas up with a good dose of imagination to create a GOOD STORY. It was great to hear Phil Kettle talking about how good stories need to have a complication (that’s the problem) and a resolution as that is what we have been learning about while writing narratives! (okay so this bit was written by Mrs Warner!)

Phil told us that reading is very important because it is good for your brain. You should read more often than watching t.v. When you read it turns on your own private television in your head. He told the boys that every night you should take a book home and ask your brother or Dad to read it with you. He also said to tell your Mum and or Dad about the book that you have been reading.

Phil Kettle has his own website and you can read more about him and his books at www.philkettle.com

Written by Alexander and Maya

So what did the children think? Here are some of their thoughts;

Alexander:- ” It was very funny because he told us that he wiped his boots on the curtains when he was a kid!”

Maya:- “Phil was awesome because he wrote 160 books!”

Esther:- “He was really interesting because he talked about what his life was like way back after school – that was interesting.”

Lucius:- “He was funny ‘cos he made his own imagination in his backyard.”

Tihana:- ” He’s really good ‘cos he wrote 160 books!”

Jay:- “I liked when he talked about the making of your imagination go wild, like when he used his to make his backyard into a football field or swimming pool. I liked it because sometimes that’s exactly what I do when I get home. My sisters just watch T.V.”

Selena:- “It was okay but it (he) could be better at concentrating on his work because he only does 4 copies or edits and I think he should have to do more than that!”

Lachy:- ” I thought he was good and I liked how he explained things slowly so I could understand more.”

A big thank you to our Parent Network who through their tireless hard work helped to raise the money to fund Phil Kettles visit to our school.

Teachers footnote:   No,  the ‘ z’  in the title for this post is not a typing mistake but rather a play on letters, – just like Phil Kettle did in his “Boyz Rule” series.

This year we have been using the web based program Mathletics to practice the skills we have been learning in our maths lessons.


Recently I printed off the certificates earned so far this year and it was great to see so many students had recieved bronze and silver level certificates. Congratulatuions everyone!

In term one, my students wrote a persuasive text about who their hero is and why. We used the writing stimulus from the 2013 Naplan test. The aim was to write a text to convince someone else that the nominated person was a hero. The students had to pick a real person that they knew and couldn’t write about any superheros. I was amazed at who they picked and their reasons why and it made for some lovely reading. The students wanted to publish their writing and we will now give these to the people that they wrote about.

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I think they did a pretty good job. I hope you enjoy their writing too.

Historical recounts

Our class has been learning about the local history of Port Elliot and making connections to how it’s history has shaped the township today. We have explored our town on many historical walks and were very fortunate to have local historians Mr Chris Tapscott and Mrs Lorraine Pomery guide our tours.

One aspect of local history that fascinated the students in our class was the story of local identity Agen Dent and his heroic efforts to save the crew from the failing and soon to be shipwrecked schooner, the ‘Flying Fish’ in 1860. The students were able to make connections to our school as it is today. The Flying Fish is the emblem on our school uniform as is a horseshoe to  signify Horseshoe Bay. ‘How high can our fish fly?’ is our school vision and motto, arising from the story of local hero Agen Dent and his rescue of all on board in the 1860 wreck of the Flying Fish in Horseshoe Bay. This vision is a challenge to all members of the school community to do our best in all of our endeavours.

I read the story of the rescue performed by Agen Dent and  then asked the students to write a historical recount. They also wrote on s scroll what the story was able to teach them about life. When they were finished we created art depicting the Flying Fish and Agen Dent’s rescue using the mixed media of collage and paint to display with their recounts. They did an amazing job and we proudly displayed these in our classroom and general learning area. They were also displayed in the school library during a Australian History Professional Development for our teachers and received lots of positive feedback! Our school librarian even posted them on the library blog! We hope you enjoy them too!



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