We are the students from 3/4C at Barwon Heads Primary School in Victoria, Australia. There are 26 of us and our teacher is Miss Jordan. We use this space to share all of the fantastic things that are happening in our classroom.
Anglesea is a coastal town, with a population of about 3500. It is a very popular tourist destination, particularly in summer as there are beaches and other outdoor recreational activities to be enjoyed.
Here is the route we took from Barwon Heads to Anglesea.
Everyone enjoyed staying in the camp cabins and meal times in the dining hall were lots of fun. There were many on-site activities at camp which provided fun and memorable experiences for all students.
We had eight fun and challenging rotations to complete:
Rock climbing wall
Leap of Faith
Low Ropes Course
The Leap of Faith is a very popular activity at Camp Wilkin and is a highlight for most students! The Leap of Faith involves climbing up a 7.6 metre pole while harnessed, arriving at a small platform and jumping to reach a red buoy. It certainly gets the adrenaline pumping!
Some of our other activities included:
Building sand castles at the beach
Basketball, volleyball and soccer games
Free time on the playground, trampoline and chess board
Playing in the games room
Observing the many kangaroos that frequent Camp Wilkin at all times of the day!
Here is a video containing a selection of photos from Camp Wilkin. Enjoy!
We had a wonderful time on camp and enjoyed all of the new experiences!
A very BIG thank you to our terrific helpers, Mr Haslam, Miss Campbell, Miss King, Sheridan and Mel!
What did you enjoy most about our Anglesea camp?
What was your favourite rotation activity?
Did you succeed in overcoming any challenges while on camp?
Have you ever been on a school camp before?
If you could go on a school camp somewhere, where would you like to go?
Our first lesson focused on mass. Mass is defined as the quantity of matter in an object. Mass is measured in grams and kilograms.
Our learning focus was:
I am learning how to estimate and record using grams and kilograms.
Our success criteria was:
I can make estimates about the mass of an object using grams and kilograms.
I can make conversions between grams and kilograms.
Students were presented with a variety of supermarket items. They had to estimate the mass of each item and record their estimations. We also had lots of weights in the classroom so students could make informed estimations.
Today, we discovered the actual mass of each supermarket item. We compared our estimations and reflected on how close or distant our estimations were.
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.
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.
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…
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 homework task from earlier in the term
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!
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!
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?
The grade three students had a fantastic time on camp!
Coastal Forest Lodge is a great venue in Anglesea and we participated in lots of fun activities and experiences during our three day camp.
It was an action packed three days and the smiles on all of the students’ faces throughout the activities was evidence of the fun they were having!
The highlights of grade three camp included…
Cooking damper with Mr Haslam
Ropes course with Colin
Archery and mini golf with Miss Jordan
Hut building with Mr Burdess
Nature art with Mrs Kebbell
Initiatives with Miss Merrett
The Eagle Nest Walk
Feeding horses, donkeys and cows
Mr Roskosch and Ms Booth visiting
Doing breakfast, lunch and dinner duty
Playing basketball, volleyball, soccer and footy
The recreation room
Sleeping in cabins with friends
Miss Jordan took lots of photos on camp! Below is a selection of images from each day. Enjoy!
It was fantastic to see the grade three students display excellent behaviour for the entire camp. All students approached the new experiences with a positive and resilient attitude, as well as a keen desire to learn and succeed. Students also showed great teamwork by collaborating, helping each other out and building on their friendships. What an amazing group of students!
Miss Jordan and the other grade three teachers are VERY proud of the campers! It was a pleasure spending time with them all and we hope they made some wonderful memories to reflect upon!
A very big thank you to our wonderful camp helpers…Mr Haslam, Miss Merrett and Colin.
Share your camp experience in your comment!
What was your camp highlight?
Did you learn anything new?
Did you succeed in overcoming any challenges while on camp?
Resilience means the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. If you are resilient, you can bounce back from a situation. The Resilience Project delivers messages and strategies for a positive, resilient and happy approach to life.
Martin shared lots of interesting (and entertaining!) stories which featured some key ideas that can have a positive impact on your own life, and the life of others. The three main ideas Martin spoke about were:
He also explained and modelled how music, laughter and exercise can help to ‘flip your mood’ if you are feeling a bit down, upset or frustrated.
We all learnt a lot from Martin and thoroughly enjoyed listening to his engaging presentation!
Define gratitude, kindness and empathy.
What did you enjoy about Martin’s presentation?
When have you demonstrated resilience?
How can you apply Martin’s key messages to your own life?
As part of our Positive Education approach at BHPS, we have started learning aboutGrowth Mindset.
People with a fixed mindsetbelieve their basic abilities, intelligence and talents are just fixed traits. They believe they have a certain amount and that’s that, they can’t keep improving and developing.
However, people with a growth mindset understand that through effort and persistence you can change and grow your brain to achieve success. The more you try, the brainier you will become because the brain has the ability to grow and change. It is good to make mistakes because mistakes enable us to improve and learn. Instead of saying “I can’t do it”, people with a growth mindset say, “I can’t do it yet.”
We want to instill a growth mindset into all students at BHPS!
We have enjoyed watching the “Growth Mindset” series of video clips. These short videos were put together by Carol Dweck, the lady who developed the idea of growth mindsets to help children to learn.
Why is it important to have a growth mindset?
When have you displayed a growth mindset?
What are some growth mindset thoughts/phrases that will help you grow and develop as a learner?
The CBCA runs Book Week each year, and our school always enjoys celebrating this national event. Books play such an important part in our learning, and to commemorate Book Week, our students are participating in the following activities:
* Dress up parade – students dress up as a book character and participate in the whole school parade.
* Borrowing competitions – students need to return their books in their library session to be in the draw for a prize.
* Book Fair – students and parents have the opportunity to buy books from the Book Fair in our school foyer.
* Donate a book – students can buy a book from the Book Fair and donate it to the library.
Today was Dress Up Day and we all enjoyed seeing the costumes students and teachers wore for the occasion.
Here is 3/4C dressed up in all their glory!
And here is the BHPS staff photo!
The parade in our school gym was fantastic!
Here are some photos of the 3/4C students in their fabulous costumes!
Thank you to Ms Browne for organising another fun-filled Book Week!
Who is your favourite book character?
Did any costumes stand out at the whole school parade?
Which 2016 short-listed book was your favourite and why?