2017 Athletics Carnival

Today was the annual Barwon Heads Primary School House Athletics Carnival.

All the students from grades three to six participated in eight events at Landy Field:

  • 100 metre sprint
  • 200 metre run
  • Hurdles
  • Triple jump
  • Long jump
  • High jump
  • Shot put
  • Discus

Some students also chose to participate in the challenging 800 metre run.

Mrs Morris enjoyed taking the 200 metre event while Miss Jordan was at a meeting. It was fantastic to see students trying their best with running, jumping and throwing on a mild winter’s day.

Here are some photos of some of the 3/4C students.

As well as trying to achieve their own personal bests, students competed to earn points for their house. The results of the day were as follows:

1st Saturn

2nd Mercury

3rd Jupiter

4th Neptune

Thank you to Mrs Kneebone for organising the day, and all the parents and teachers who assisted with events.

What was your favourite event at the athletics carnival?

Which character strengths did you demonstrate?

Holiday Reflection – 100 Word Challenge

After each set of school holidays, the students in 3/4C enjoy writing about their holiday adventures.

This time we did something a little different. We had to write about our holidays in exactly 100 words!

Students were encouraged to choose just one holiday event to focus on. Usually we enjoy writing lots of interesting details and information in our texts, but we had to use our 100 words wisely for this task.

Below you can read everyone’s 100 word holiday writing pieces.

It was great to see the students displaying the character strengths of enthusiasm, persistence and open mindedness as they completed this task.

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What did you enjoy about your holidays?

What was challenging about this writing task?

Do you have any ideas for future writing challenges for the 3/4C students?

Can you leave a blog comment that is exactly 100 words in length?

Term Two Reflections

Term Two has come to an end, and what a busy and enjoyable eleven weeks it has been!

Highlights have included:

To reflect on the fantastic term, the students in 3/4C wrote a poem about a memorable event. They used a variety of poetry styles that they have explored over the past few weeks.

We hope you enjoy reading our poems.

There is a lot to look forward to next term including Book Week and our Athletics Day!

We wish everyone in our community a safe and happy two week holiday!

This has been another guest post by Mrs Morris. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching 3/4C while Miss Jordan has been Acting Assistant Principal. I hope to see the wonderful 3/4C students again very soon!

What did you think of our poetry?

Leave a comment with your own poem or tell us about your own Term Two reflections.

What are you looking forward to next term?

Wacky Wednesday

Yesterday was Wacky Wednesday in 3/4C.

We read the hilarious Dr Seuss classic Wacky Wednesday and let our imaginations run wild to come up with our own wacky scenarios.

Each student drew a picture in the style of the Wacky Wednesday book. They included some silly or unexpected things in their artwork. Students then wrote a short rhyme to accompany their picture.

Enjoy looking at our wacky work.

This has been a guest post by Mrs Morris who is filling in for Miss Jordan for the rest of the term while she is in the office.

Leave a comment telling us what wacky things you noticed in the students’ pictures.

Can you come up with your own wacky rhyme?

Haiku Poems

As part of their poetry unit, the students in 3/4C have been learning about haiku poems.

Haiku poems originate in Japan and traditionally celebrate an appreciation for beauty and nature. Plants, animals, seasons, water and weather are often the subjects of haiku.

A haiku poem has 3 lines and 17 syllables with the following format

Line 1: 5 syllables

Line 2: 7 syllables

Line 3: 5 syllables

After selecting a topic, the students in 3/4C brainstormed words and phrases associated with their topic.

There was some problem solving involved to meet the required syllable count. Students also had to make sure their poems paint a picture in the readers’ minds. Some students looked at a thesaurus or online synonym generator like this one to improve their word choices.

Here are a selection of published haiku poems from 3/4C.

This has been a guest post by Mrs Morris who is filling in for Miss Jordan for the rest of the term. 

What did you think of our poetry?

Leave a haiku poem of your own in the comments!

Term Two Class Presentations

Today, 3/4C students delivered class presentations related to our inquiry topic.

We have been studying sustainability in class, and the students have been building their knowledge about a variety of environmental issues throughout the past nine weeks.

The class presentations were prepared at home as a homework task. Students chose a specific topic related to sustainability. They completed research at home and created a visual display (eg. slideshow or poster) to complement their presentation.

A variety of topics were chosen, including:

  • Active travel
  • Take Three For The Sea
  • Compost
  • Protecting marine life and endangered birds
  • Recycling
  • Plastic bags
  • Sea Shepherd
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Hooded Plovers
  • Borrow and Bring Back Bags
  • Clean Up Australia Day

Prior to today, we discussed the important elements of a quality presentation.

All students worked hard at:

  • Speaking clearly and loudly
  • Making eye contact with the audience
  • Elaborating on information when necessary
  • Engaging the audience with a smile!

Here are some photos from our presentations.

After each presentation, students were provided with quality feedback from the class. Presenting in front of an audience, which is called public speaking, is not an easy task, but it can be very rewarding. Miss Jordan is incredibly proud of all of the students in 3/4C for doing such a wonderful job with their presentations!

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What did you think of the homework task?

What did you learn from listening to your classmates’ presentations?

How do you feel about public speaking?

 

Scope IT

The grade 3/4 students at BHPS are fortunate to currently be involved in the Scope IT Education program.

The Scope IT sessions focus on teaching students the foundations of coding. Coding is used to create computer software, apps and websites.

We have had two sessions so far. After an explanation from our instructors, Marita and Jess, students work in pairs to practise their coding skills on MacBook Air laptops.

So far, we have learnt about:

  • Algorithms
  • Creating code to give directions and instructions
  • Pixel art

The slideshow below features photos of the 3/4C students enjoying their Scope IT sessions!

Grade 5/6 students are also participating in the Scope IT education program. They are focussing on 3D printing, which is also an extremely interesting process.

A big thank you to Mr Steven who has organised and co-ordinated the Scope IT program. We look forward to continuing to develop our coding skills!

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What have you learnt about coding so far?

What has been your favourite task in the Scope IT sessions?

Have you had any other experiences with coding?

What character strengths have you displayed during the Scope IT sessions?

Fun With Figurative Language!

This week, we started a poetry study in our writing lessons.

Students have participated in “poetry investigation” all week. This means we read lots of poems and analysed how they are written. Students observed the mood of different poems and the writing craft that is used.

We discussed what we sometimes see in poems. Here are some of our thoughts:

  • Humour
  • Emotions or feelings
  • Rhyming
  • Rhythm
  • Repeated words or phrases
  • Descriptive language
  • Inferences
  • A message or moral
  • A twist

We also focussed on how figurative language is used in poetry. We investigated six different kinds of figurative language:

  • Alliteration
  • Metaphor
  • Simile
  • Hyperbole (hy-per-bol-ee)
  • Personification
  • Onomatopoeia (on-o-mat-o-pia)

Figurative Language

Some of these types of figurative language were new to the students and they enjoyed learning the new vocabulary. Learning how to say hyperbole, onomatopoeia and personification was a challenge!

For their main task today, students worked in pairs to read a variety of poems. Their challenge was to identify which types of figurative language were present in each poem. Everyone did a fantastic job and it was great to listen to the conversations as they investigated the figurative language.

 

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Write some examples of figurative language in your comment!

What have you learnt about poetry so far?

Do you have a favourite poem?

Grade Three Visit To The Lobster Pot

As part of our inquiry topic, the grade three students visited the Barwon Heads Estuary Heritage Centre, commonly known as the “Lobster Pot”.

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Maddie, who works at Barwon Coast, met us at the Lobster Pot and shared lots of interesting information about how we can help to look after our coastline.

The students were keen to learn and participated enthusiastically in the informative session. We discussed the different types of rubbish that can affect our local environment’s flora and fauna. We investigated how we can:

  • Reduce the amount of rubbish we use
  • Reuse some items of rubbish instead of throwing it away
  • Recycle appropriate items of rubbish.

Here are some photos from our visit…

The Lobster Pot is a wonderful resource for Barwon Heads, with lots of learning opportunities available for all members of the community. Thank you to Sophie’s mum, Shara, for walking with us…we luckily avoided the rain!

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What did you learn at the Lobster Pot?

What can we do to help to look after our town?

How do you reduce, reuse and recycle?

Money, Money, Money!

This week, we have been learning all about money in our maths lessons!

Enthusiasm and engagement have been high in our classroom as the 3/4C students participated in a range of fun warm up games and real-life maths tasks related to money.

Our learning has focussed on:

  • Adding totals of money using mental strategies
  • Adding totals of money using calculators
  • Calculating change
  • Rounding prices to the nearest 5 cents.
  • Estimating the prices of grocery items
  • Creating a daily menu within a budget using online catalogues.

We have had lots of class discussions about money this week. One interesting fact is that Australia used to have 1 cent and 2 cent coins but they were eliminated from our currency system in 1992. The video below investigates whether the Australian 5 cent coin will eventually be phased out too.

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How has your money knowledge improved this week?

When do you use money in real life?

Were you surprised by the prices of any particular grocery items during your class tasks this week?

Have you ever saved up your money to purchase something special?