Well done to Jedda for her beautiful illustration of last week’s poem – The Poet Tree by Shel Silverstein!
This week in spelling we focused on the homophones "there, they're and their". First, we watched this entertaining clip:
The line 'But Sir, aren't these all the same words?' made everyone laugh...
This week, Mrs Morrie set the 4/5 class a rich Maths task: Yarn Bombing our Walnut Tree!
Mrs Morrie wants the walnut tree at the front of the school to become a special friendship space. The bench under the tree is going to get painted purple and the tree will be yarn bombed! This means that its trunk will be covered by many colourful woollen knitted squares.
Mrs Morrie wants to know how many knitted squares will be needed to cover the trunk of the tree. She already has 78 squares to contribute, but she doesn’t think she’ll have enough.
We went to the tree together and agreed on the surface of the trunk to be covered with yarn. The students were then organised in groups to work out this real-life problem…
During the Rio Olympic Games, our class ran their own Olympic event, The Potatolympics!
To start with, each student was given a potato, which they decorated to create a potato athlete. Students even created mini-movies in pairs to introduce their athlete to their friends!
The next step was to create the Potatolympics events. This was to be the students’ job. They were given the task to create events in pairs. The Potatolympics involved using many measuring skills. The students had to be very clear about what data would be measured in their event, and what tools they would need in order to be able to make the measurements.
The students created 13 events: Potato Float, Potato Soccer, Potato Bowling, Bounce n’ Shoot, Long Throw, Sand Roll Relay, High Jump, Potato Diving, Swimming, Long Jump, Potato Spoon Race, Bobsleigh, Bowling and Mini-Golf.
The events were run in week 4 over three days. Students were responsible for running their event and recording the athletes’ times. This was a very important step, as we were planning a medal ceremony at the end of the Potatolympics!
Here are some photos from the events:
The Potatolympics were a huge success! All but one event ran very smoothly and successfully, and the children demonstrated excellent cooperation skills during the entire exercise.
Potato athletes and their humans participated together in a final medal ceremony:
The Potatolympics are a well-known Maths project. More information can be found from the Mathematics Centre here.
This week, we have been practising creating quality similes that we can use in our writing. The children created some very evocative ones, such as:
“… as slippery as wet muddy grass on a rainy afternoon…”
“… as hot as red iron melting in a blacksmith’s pot…”
“… as proud as Willy Wonka carrying two bags of chocolate…”
You can read all the similes created by the children in the presentation below:
Violin, Eaten, Swept, Yellow, Airplane…
These five words were our prompt for week 22 of the 100 Word Challenge. Our writers had to ensure these words were included in their piece for that week.
Nikita’s writing was selected by the 100 Word Challenge Team to be showcased for week 22! It is always so exciting to have one of our students’ writing showcased in the 100 Word Challenge!
To this unusual selection of words, Nikita responded with gusto and in her distinctive style: click here to read her piece.
To check out all of the selected pieces, head here.
The prompt for week 20 was a photo of a man sitting on a bench next to a statue... We also challenged ourselves to include a 3 -ed sentence in our writing (a sentence starting with 3 adjectives, all ending
At the start of term 2, our class loved creating stunning Autumn Art, using dried leaves, white and blue paint and oil pastels. Click on the presentation below to view our beautiful creations.
During term 1, our class learnt the lovely song 'Waka Nini Yana' in the Yorta Yorta language. The title of this lullaby translates to 'Where Are You Going'. We used a CD by The Tiddas to learn and perform
"... we saw rows and rows of angels. We went to meet them. They greeted us gracefully and asked us if we wanted to be angels.
“Yes please!” we shouted excitedly. Suddenly halos appeared on
On Tuesday this week, we were fortunate enough to skype with children's author Chris Tozier, who wrote the Olivia Brophie fantasy series.
Although our class hadn't yet read Chris's books, the students
On Tuesday this week, we did a fun experiment in Science. You can watch a short video clip below relating this experience:
After this experiment, we talked about what happened when we coated the
On Wednesday last week, we were fortunate enough to be able to skype with the Buffalo Bill Centre Of The West, in Wyoming, U.S.A, for an interactive lesson on the Culture and Stories of the Plains Indians.
This week was our first week back at school. We got put into 5 groups and we had to do a team challenge where we needed to work together to build a jigsaw puzzle as quickly as possible - it
In this very special edition, you will find a selection of quality posts from the 4/5 students at Yahl Primary School in 2015...
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Miss Clarke, our student teacher, has learnt how to create a Scratch spelling quiz. Take her quiz below and practise adding prefixes to words to create antonyms!
The Monster project is back - this time we are teaming up with 5SK in North Queensland. Kids exchange monsters descriptions, then draw their buddy's monsters.
Here's Zac's description:
Last week, we learnt about "sketchnoting", the art of taking visual notes as we listen to a speaker. The students created sketchnotes whilst listening to the story of Ally, from our GRA novel, Fish
This Voki is a lovely example of the type of spontaneous collaboration our students demonstrated during the 'Cindy, Ann & Bones and The Temple Of Boom' movie project: