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?

 

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?

Our Eco Exhibition!

Today 4A, 4B and 3/4C hosted an Eco Exhibition!

This special event was a celebration of the knowledge gained and work completed this term during our “Eco Warriors” inquiry topic.

Usually our classroom looks like this…

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During our Eco Exhibition today, it looked like this…

And then this!

Each student had a stall containing lots of work from the term. Students each chose an environmental issue to investigate and a lot of their work focussed on their individual issues. Work samples at the Eco Exhibition included:

  • An information report
  • A picture story book
  • A mascot
  • A poster
  • A homework task from earlier in the term
  • A slideshow

Nearly every class at BHPS visited the Eco Exhibition, and it was fantastic to see so many parents attend as well. As classes, parents, grandparents and teachers walked around the exhibition, the students shared the knowledge they had learned, discussed environmental issues facing our planet and showed off their fantastic pieces of work. Check out the photo slideshow below!

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Miss Jordan is very proud of all the students for their hard work during our “Eco Warriors” unit and the enthusiasm they displayed today at the Eco Exhibition!

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What did you enjoy about the Eco Exhibition?

What skills did you need to demonstrate to engage people in conversation during the exhibition?

Were there any particular stalls that impressed you?

Can you share some facts you learnt during our Eco Warriors unit of work?

“First Australians” Incursion

Today the grade four students enjoyed a fantastic incursion!

This term, the grade four students have studied Australian history for our inquiry unit. We have specificially foccused on the indigenous Australians, the First Fleet and European settlement during our First Contacts topic.

To conclude a great term of inquiry learning, Cynda and Barry from The History Box visited to expand our learning even more. To start the session, we learnt about and discussed a variety of topics relating to the first Australians, including:

  • Aboriginal history
  • Clans
  • Languages
  • Clothing
  • Art
  • Toys
  • Games
  • Symbols
  • Artefacts

Students then participated in three fun rotational activities. They were:

  • Learning and playing the ngaka ngaka game. It’s similar to the popular game noughts and crosses, but it has a twist!
  • Designing and creating jewellery using shells.
  • Sculpting an animal using clay and native materials.

Here are some photos that show the fun we had!

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What was your highlight from the First Australians incursion?

What did you learn?

Inquiry Update

This term, we are studying two inquiry topics.

  • Grade three students have been learning all about the history and geography of our beautiful town, Barwon Heads.
  • Grade four students have been focussing on the indigenous Australians, life in Britain in the eighteenth century and European settlement in our country.

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Last week, students delivered class presentations related to our inquiry topics. Students prepared their information and slideshows as a homework task and Miss Jordan was impressed and proud of all students. Everyone did a fantastic job sharing their knowledge with the class!

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How did you find the experience of delivering a class presentation?

What are your presentation strengths? What would you like to work on?

What did you learn while preparing your presentation?

What did you learn from your classmates’ presentations?

Lobster Pot Excursion

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 the history of Barwon Heads and how we can help to look after our coastline.

The students were keen to learn and participated enthusiastically in the informative session. After listening to Maddie, students were free to explore the array of educational materials, displays and tanks. It was great to see the students asking questions, reading facts and interacting with each other as they learnt about our amazing town.

Here are some photos from our time at the Lobster Pot.

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What did you learn at the Lobster Pot?

Share a historical fact about Barwon Heads that you found interesting.

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

What was your highlight?

 

Grade Four Eco Exhibition!

Today was the grade four Eco Exhibition!

This special event was a celebration of the knowledge gained and work completed this term during our “Eco Warriors” inquiry topic.

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Usually our school gym looks like this…

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During our Eco Exhibition today, it looked like this…

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And then this!

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Each student had a stall containing their inquiry work from the term. Students each chose an environmental issue to investigate and a lot of their work focussed on their individual issues. Work samples at the Eco Exhibition included:

  • A persuasive text
  • A picture story book
  • A mascot
  • A “facts and figures” poster
  • A homework task from earlier in the term
  • A slideshow

Nearly every class at BHPS visited the Eco Exhibition, and it was fantastic to see so many parents attend as well. As students, parents and teachers walked around the exhibition, the grade four students shared the knowledge they had learned, discussed environmental issues facing our planet and showed off their fantastic pieces of work.

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Miss Jordan is very proud of all the grade four students for their hard work during our “Eco Warriors” inquiry topic and the enthusiasm they displayed today at the Eco Exhibition!

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What did you enjoy about the Eco Exhibition?

What skills did you need to demonstrate to engage people in conversation during the exhibition?

Were there any particular stalls that impressed you?

Can you share some facts you learnt during our Eco Warriors unit of work?

Class Presentations – Eco Warriors

Yesterday, students delivered class presentations related to our inquiry topic.

Our inquiry topic, titled Eco Warriors, focuses on being sustainable and aware of global environmental issues. To make this unit more student-directed, everyone chose their own environmental topic to study. Students have been completing tasks relating to their topic and one requirement was to prepare a class presentation as a homework task.

Students were able to choose their own format for their individual presentations. They could prepare and film their presentations at home to share on the interactive whiteboard or deliver them “live” in front of the class.

The presentation options included:

  • Creating a television commercial
  • Behind The News (BTN) segment
  • Rap or song
  • News segment about how your home is environmentally friendly
  • News report about the environmental features of Barwon Heads
  • Stop motion animation
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster

Some of the environmental issues selected by the 4B students included:

  • Global warming
  • Endangered animals
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Marine life
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Deforestation
  • Renewable energy

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All of the students did a fantastic job preparing and sharing their work! It was wonderful to see the creativity demonstrated by the students and everyone learned some interesting facts from each presentation.

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Describe your presentation.

Is there a particular presentation that stood out for you?

What makes a good class presentation?

What did you learn from the presentations?

 

New Inquiry Topic!

Our new inquiry topic this term focuses on the environment and sustainability. We have called our unit…

Eco Warriors

To launch the topic, we brainstormed different environmental issues or actions. You can see some of our ideas in the Tagxedo word cloud below.

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To increase our knowledge about the environmental issues facing our planet, we have been reading a variety of articles and online texts, and listening to BTN stories. All students are analysing each of these on their iPads.

Early next week, students will select an issue they would like to investigate further and they will complete a variety of tasks during the term to demonstrate their learning.

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Can you share an interesting fact about a particular environmental issue?

How do you help the environment?

What does the phrase, “Every individual matters, every action counts” mean?

Inquiry Class Presentations

Earlier this week, the students in 4B presented class talks based on our inquiry topic.

This term, our inquiry topic is First Contacts. Our focus questions during this unit of work are:

  • What was life like for Aboriginal people before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • What was life like in Britain in the eighteenth century?
  • Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?
  • What were the early interactions like between the Aboriginal people and the European settlers?

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The presentations were prepared at home as a homework task. Students chose a specific topic related to the unit of work to study. They completed research at home and created a slideshow on their iPads to complement their presentation. A variety of topics were chosen, including:

  • Life for the first australians
  • Indigenous food
  • Indigenous art
  • Dreamtime stories
  • Life in 18th Century Britain
  • James Cook
  • Convicts
  • The First Fleet
  • European settlement in Australia.

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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.

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Everyone did a fabulous job presenting their projects to their classmates. The quality of the iPad presentations (created in Keynote or Slides) was excellent and all students tried very hard to speak clearly and confidently.

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 so proud of all of the students in 4B for doing such a wonderful job with their presentations!

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What did you think about the homework task?

What did you learn about First Contacts from watching the presentations?

How do you feel about public speaking?