Farewell, Miss Jordan!

(This is a surprise guest post from Mrs Morris!)

The final week of the school year has arrived. It is a time of mixed emotions as 3/4C and the Barwon Heads Primary School community say,

Goodbye, Miss Jordan

Miss Jordan taught at Leopold Primary School for ten years before beginning her seachange at Barwon Heads Primary School in 2014. After four wonderful years, she is moving on to an exciting new teaching opportunity in 2018.

The students in 3/4 have put together some messages for their fantastic teacher.

All of the 3/4 C students also worked very hard to create a personal letter and card for Miss Jordan to take with her.

Picture of children's cards to their teacher

So many wonderful reflections were shared!

We wish Miss Jordan all the best and invite you to leave a message on the Padlet below or write a comment on this post.

We know Miss Jordan would love to hear from you whether you’re a current or former student, parent or colleague!

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Have a wonderful last week of school for 2017!

Two Truths and One Lie: A Culture Exchange

In 3/4 C we love learning about the world!

World globe

We have been working on a global project with Mrs Morris and our American blogging buddies to understand more about life on the other side of the world.

The project is called:Two Truths and One Lie

This is a collaboration between 3/4 C and Mrs Yollis’ third grade class in California, USA. We live nearly 13,000km apart!

Map showing distance Barwon Heads to LA
Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan connected with Mrs Yollis through blogging back in 2009. They have worked on many global projects together to help their students connect and learn.

In September, 3/4 C collaborated with Mrs Yollis’ class for International Dot Day.

About Two Truths and One Lie

This purpose of this project is to share some information about life in Australia and learn more about America. To add an element of fun, we made this project into a guessing game!

This is how Two Truths and One Lie worked:

1) 3/4 C students chose a category they were interested in, for example: Famous Australians, Australian Animals, Cricket, School Trends, etc. Most students worked with a partner.

Catergories on whiteboard

2) The students researched information about their category. We presented our ideas to the class for feedback before publishing.

Research

3) Students then created a Google slide on their iPads with three statements about their topic.

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4) The students made two of their statements true, and one not true.

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The students sent their slide to Mrs Morris who added it to the class master slideshow.

Mrs Yollis’ class followed a similar process and shared their slideshow on their blog.

Presenting our Slideshow

Check out out slides below and see if you can guess which two statements are true and which one is not true.

Hint: You might need to do some research to confirm your thoughts.

CLICK HERE TO SEE MRS YOLLIS’ CLASS’ SLIDESHOW

Please leave a comment and tell us which statements you think are not true!

Remember to address your comment to the person/people who created the slide. You will find their names on the slide.

The Science Master Replied!

Earlier this week the grade four students reflected on science topics they were curious about and sent a question to The Science Master.

Click here to find the original post.

The Science Master is a safe site run by a retired teacher/scientist to help students learn more about the world we live in.

We are amazed and excited to report that The Science Master has personally answered all of our questions in a matter of days!

Alice, Daisy and Eliza asked, “what chemicals make objects glow in the dark?”

The Science Master explained words that end with the term “escence” and suggested an experiment the girls could try with an adult. Click on the image to find The Science Master’s response.

Silas and Zakk asked, “why do volcanoes erupt?”

The Science Master discussed how volcanic eruption is all about pressure. He invited the boys to ask another question if they want clarification.

Billie and Zali wanted to know “how does the activator form slime?”

The Science Master gave an explanation of the chemistry behind slime ingredients and included a video. 

Chelsea and Ashli were curious to know, “if all living things were in one food chain, what would be at the top?”

The Science Master linked to a game to learn more about food chains and explained a ranking system called the trophic level.

Update!

Chelsea has already replied to the Science Master. Well done, Chelsea!

The Science Master replied back to Chelsea.

Angus and Lachy want to know “are aliens real?”

The Science Master offered a very interesting opinion and also linked to another question about aliens. 

Our last question was an explosive one! Freddie and Flynn asked “when the Sun blows up will Mercury smash into Earth

Luckily for us, The Science Master doesn’t think this will be happening any time soon and offered some interesting insights into the solar system. He also included a video and asked the boys a question.

We want to say a big thank you to The Science Master and his team for all the hard work he put into our answers.

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Now it’s time to comment…

Look at the clues The Science Master offered and discuss the topic with your family or friends. What do you think the answers are?

Science Master

Our students love their weekly science lessons with Mrs Olsen. This year they have been learning about the Earth, properties and materials, and how to conduct experiments. 

Today the grade four students tried out a fun resource called The Science Master.

www.sciencemaster.co.uk

This is a safe site run by a retired scientist and teacher in England. It is a place where you can submit your own science question and get a personalised answer.

The Science Master won’t answer your question directly, but give you clues to figure it out for yourself.

Our students brainstormed their ideas with a friend. The Science Master tells us that science is ‘applied curiosity’ so we had a think about what we were curious about. How do things work? Why are things the way they are?

We don’t know all the answers to the way the world works, but science can help.

Here are the questions we submitted on the The Science Master website.

We will be on the lookout for responses to our questions. Stay tuned!

Want to try The Science Master for yourself?

Here is some information that might help:

  • Anyone between the ages of 7 and 13 can submit a question on The Science Master website.
  • You don’t need an email address and don’t need to submit any personal information.
  • Before you submit a question, you need to search the site to see if the question has already been answered.
  • Always have a teacher or parent check your question before you submit it.

What question would you like The Science Master to answer?

What do you think the answers to our questions are?

What is your favourite area of science?

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?

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!

Winter Solstice

Mrs Morris had the chance to teach 4A and 4B again during the week while their teachers had a planning day. We investigated the Winter Solstice. 

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year. It will be happening in the Southern Hemisphere this Saturday 21st June. After the solstice, the days will start to get longer again.

This video helped us understand more about the seasons, solstices and equinoxes.

Many people from different cultures enjoy celebrating the solstices each year. In some countries, like the USA, the solstices mark the first day of winter and summer.

Many 4A and 4B students noticed that the sun had been setting earlier and rising later recently. We investigated the sunrise and sunset times throughout the year to see how they change during each season.

The students worked with a partner to create a table in Pages on their iPad. They used the website timeanddate.com to calculate day lengths.

Bebe and Jaz investigated the 24th of each month over the last year.

Bebe and Jaz sunrise sunset table

Eevie and Alex researched the 8th of each month.

Eevie sunrise sunset table

Tip: click on the tables to make them larger.

What patterns can you see from looking at the tables?

What other facts could you share about the solstices?

Colour Poems

Yesterday, Mrs Morris taught 4B while Miss Jordan was at a professional development day. One of the activities the students worked on with Mrs Morris was a colour poem.

We take in our surroundings using all five senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. The students in 4B reflected on this and created a poem that described a colour using the five senses. They used lots of adjectives (describing words) and descriptive imagery in their writing.

The students created their poems by:

    1. brainstorming their ideas
    2. drafting their poem
    3. publishing their work

The published pieces are all fantastic and really create a clear image in the reader’s mind!

Tip: click on “full screen” to view the poems more clearly.

4B now have a colourful display of their poetry to brighten up their classroom!

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What feedback do you have for the 4B poets?

Could you write your own colour poem in a comment?