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?

Term Four Begins!

We are back from our holidays and we are ready for our final term of 2016!

It was great to hear about everyone’s holiday adventures and the students enjoyed sharing their highlights from the past two weeks.

To reflect on their holidays, students wrote in their gratitude journals.

We learnt about gratitude during The Resilience Project presentation a few weeks ago. Martin Heppell explained the importance of gratitude. Gratitude is also part of our Positive Education program at BHPS.

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Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Students started their gratitude journals at the end of last term. Each day, students record three things they are grateful for. Today, students wrote about what they are grateful for from their holidays.

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How did you display gratitude on the holidays?

Why is gratitude important?

Term Three Begins!

We are back for term three!

After a two week break, it was great to see all of the 3/4C students again.

To reflect on their school holidays, students had to think of one specific activity or experience they enjoyed during the holidays. Students were required to write at least three interesting clues that described or explained the activity without using really obvious words. It was quite challenging! Students then drew a picture of their holiday memory to go alongside their clues.

Read each student’s holiday clues below. After each page of clues you will see the drawn picture with the answer!

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We are all looking forward to another fantastic term of learning and fun!

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What did you think of the holiday clues?

What writing skills were required for this task?

Describe your holiday highlights.

What are you looking forward to this term?

What are your learning goals for term three?

We Are Back For Term Two!

After a two week break, we are back at school and ready and raring to go!

Today was the first day of term two and it promises to be another fun and busy time in 3/4C. Everyone enjoyed their holidays and it was great to hear the adventures the students had over the past fortnight.

Miss Jordan had a great break. Over the Easter weekend, she volunteered at the Good Friday Appeal, assisted at the Sheepwash Classic Fun Run and spent time with her family (including her beautiful baby niece, Estelle) on Easter Sunday. She also went to Mount Martha for a few days with friends and visited her parents and brother in Pomonal.

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Miss Jordan with her three month old niece, Estelle

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The 3/4C students also enjoyed a variety of holiday experiences. Read their highlights below!

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What was your holiday highlight?

Which holiday reflections did you enjoy reading?

What would be your dream holiday?

The 2016 School Year Begins!

Today is the first day of the 2016 school year at Barwon Heads Primary School in Victoria, Australia.

After nearly six weeks of summer holidays, Miss Jordan is excited to begin the school year with her new students in her new grade 3/4C.

We have a lot to look forward to this year including our 1:1 iPad program, Bike Ed, our camps and many, many fun learning experiences!

All of the students in 3/4C will learn a lot in 2016 and enjoy being part of a wonderful classroom community. This blog will be a big part of our program and it is a great way for students, parents and families to reflect and share in our learning experiences.

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Miss Jordan is looking forward to finding out what the 3/4C students got up to during the holidays. Miss Jordan had a great break. She spent time with friends and family, and enjoyed having the chance to relax!

Some of Miss Jordan’s highlights included Christmas with her family in Pomonal, going to the Australian Open tennis, visiting Sovereign Hill and, most importantly, becoming an aunty to beautiful little Estelle!

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Miss Jordan spent a lot of time at school during the holidays getting organised and preparing the classroom for the 3/4C students.

This is what the classroom looked like at the beginning of January.

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Here is what it looks like now!

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Leave a comment and tell us about your holidays.

What are you looking forward to in 2016?

 

We’re Back For Term Four!

We are back for our final school term for 2015.

We had a very hot day to begin our term!

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We are looking forward to a very busy term, with some significant events including:

  • Bike Ed
  • Grade Four Camp
  • School Concert

We began the term with a busy day, including our first concert practice session, P.E with Mrs Sing and Music with Mr Robbo.

To reflect on their school holidays, students had to think of one specific activity or experience they enjoyed during the two week break. Students were required to write three interesting clues that described or explained the activity without using really obvious words. It was quite challenging! Students then drew a picture of their holiday memory to go alongside their clues.

Read each student’s holiday clues below. After each page of clues you will see the drawn picture with the answer!

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 What did you think of the holiday clues?

What writing skills were required for this task?

What are you looking forward to this term?

What do you like doing on hot days?

Welcome To The 2015 School Year!

Today is the first day of the 2015 school year at Barwon Heads Primary School in Victoria, Australia.

After nearly six weeks of summer holidays, Miss Jordan and Miss Curtain are excited to begin the school year with their new grades, 4A and 4B.

We have a lot to look forward to this year including our 1:1 iPad program, Bike Ed and our camp to Anglesea.

All of the students in 4A and 4B will learn a lot in 2015 and enjoy being part of a wonderful classroom community. This blog will be a big part of our classroom program and it is a great way for students, parents and families to reflect and share in our learning experiences.

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Miss Jordan and Miss Curtain spent a lot of time at school during the holidays getting organised and preparing the classroom for the students. We are looking forward to a fantastic year of learning with our fabulous new students!

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Leave a comment and tell us about your holidays.

What are you looking forward to in 2015?

100 Word Holiday Writing Challenge

After each set of school holidays, the students in 4A and 4B 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! We got this idea from the 100 Word Challenge blog.

Usually we enjoy writing lots of interesting details and information in our holiday recounts, but we had to use our 100 words wisely for this task. Some students described just one event of the holidays, while others recounted a few different activities.

Here are some examples of our 100 Word Holiday Recounts.

Mollie

On the first week of the holidays, my grandparents took Oscar and I to the Royal Melbourne Show. As we walked in, it was completely jam-packed with people. I went on one ride called rock star. It was great!
One of the rides caught my eye straight away. But it had height restrictions to 150cm! I didn’t think I was that tall.
Instead we went to the animal shelter. We first looked at the dogs. They had all sorts of breeds.
Lastly, we went and got 2 show-bags each. The shelter was absolutely  packed with lots of people.

Mitchell

On my holidays, I went to Ballarat to see some of my friends from my old school. We went to Fun Bugs which is a play centre where you can run away and be free. Some of my friends who went were Adam, James and Ryan.

Another thing that happened was that my cousin left to Korea for two whole years. It was sad to see them go.  Afterwards I went to the playground . When I got home I sat on the couch and played a little bit of ps3 (it stands for play station 3 ). It was very fun.

Georgie

On the first week of the school holidays, my family and I got to go to Noosa. Everyday the sunshine looked down at us, and only once did it rain. Everyday when I got in the glistening water at the beach, I felt fish nibbling and swimming around me.
On the second last day of being at Noosa, we went for a walk around the tropical National Park. The animals we saw were in the oddest places! We saw a frill-necked lizard and three goannas.
We also saw a bearded dragon, but he/she lived in our garden.

Ane

During the last week of the holidays, I went to a fantastic soccer school for five days. It went for 7 hours a day. My coach was Papolo. He taught my group a different topic each day.
On Monday, we did passing. On Tuesday, we did first touch. On Wednesday, we did accuracy. On Thursday, we did shooting, and on the last day we did a bit of them all.
My favourite activity was shooting, because I am very accurate and engaged with power and helping my team win
I absolutely loved the Arsenal soccer school and am going back!

Ella

On Wednesday the 24th of September my cousins (Alex and Max) and my uncle and auntie (Peter and Yvonne) took me on an amazing holiday to Singapore!

We went on the night safari at the Singapore Night Zoo and saw lots of creatures great and small. The bus took us around the bus and a lady talked about the different animals and why we needed to protect and not hurt the environment so our children can experience these flora and fauna. She told us that there’s a new one of the three Rs, replant. There even was a bull elephant!

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Cuboree is five awesome days of fun, adventure, bush, injuries and mud.

At Cuboree there are eight great activities: Time Lords, Great Australia, Great Senses, Far Far Away, Never Never Land, Cherry Lane and Robin da Hood. One of the best activities, Time Lords, is all about Doctor Who. We got to sling shot muddy balls at garlics, hide from Weeping Angels and dig for fossils.

This is the eighth Cuboree and the biggest, and more than 3500 cubs attended. All the cubs agree it was great.

The Cuboree website is http://www.vicscouts.com.au/cuboree-2014 You should check it out for more information!

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Thanks to the 100 Word Challenge blog for this great idea!

What did you enjoy about your holidays?

Do you have any ideas for future writing challenges for the 4A and 4B students?

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

Term Three Begins!

Today is the first day of term three.

After two weeks of holidays, the students in 4A and 4B returned to school today. We have a great term three ahead of us, with plenty of learning and fun to be had!

Some of our learning will focus on:

  • Time
  • Problem solving
  • Sustainability
  • Joined handwriting
  • Writing information reports and narratives

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At the end of last term, the students were taught how to write haiku poems. This form of poetry is traditionally written about the seasons, nature or the environment, however you can really write them about anything you like!

Haiku poems are a Japanese form of poetry, and they do not rhyme. They have three lines and each line has a specific number of syllables. The structure of a haiku poem is:

Line 1: Five syllables

Line 2: Seven syllables

Line 3: Five syllables

Read our haiku poems below.

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What are you looking forward to this term?

What do you think of our haiku poems?

Can you write a haiku poem in your comment? You could write a haiku poem about your holidays!

Term Two Begins!

Today was the first day of Term Two. The teachers and students in 4A and 4B are happy to begin this busy ten week term.

It was great to hear about everyone’s Easter holidays today. Many students participated in our major school fundraiser, the Sheepwash Classic Fun Run, on Easter Saturday. And of course, everyone enjoyed some yummy chocolate Easter Eggs over the break!

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Sheepwash Classic photos courtesy of Mrs Linda Jordan

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We have lots to look forward to this term, including:

  • The district Cross Country next week for selected students
  • A new history-based inquiry topic
  • An exciting excursion to Melbourne
  • The return of our student teacher, Miss Campbell, in May
  • Lots of great learning on our iPads.

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Our term commenced with a fun maths lesson today.

Our focus in maths for the first three weeks is fractions, decimals and percentages. To launch this topic, we had a great extended maths session learning about fractions. Here is what took place:

  • Students worked in pairs – called “Fractions Friends” – to make play dough.
  • Everyone completed a “Brainstorm Splash Page” individually to show Miss Jordan and Miss Curtain their current knowledge.
  • The class had a great discussion about fractions and learnt about numerators and denominators.
  • Students worked with their “fraction friend” to make examples of fractions using their play dough.
  • Students labelled their play dough fractions and took photos using their iPads.
  • Students reflected on their fractions learning by beginning a Keynote presentation on their iPads. They will complete daily updates on their learning so they will have a complete fractions reflection journal by the end of the unit.

Check out our photos to see the learning in action!

Tip: To view the images in a larger format, click the “full screen” button

We are looking forward to extending our knowledge and applying our skills in more complex fractions, decimals and percentages work this term.

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What did you enjoy about your holidays?

Did you participate in the Sheepwash Classic fun run?

What are you looking forward to in Term Two?

What do you know about fractions?

What did you learn about fractions from this lesson?