June 24, 2015
Yesterday (Monday the 24th) the grade 5/ 6s went to the Life Education van to learn about drugs and what affect they have on you. We played all sorts of games for example, a game where we had to sort out which drugs were stimulants and depressants. Another game we played is where we had to sort out if they had drugs in them or they were drug free. We watched a video about this girl called Maya and her friends went to a party with her sister Mel who got drunk, we had to decide the least risky option to get home. We decided to call the parents was the safest option. At the end of the the session we got to meet Harold the Giraffe. Written by Dom and Thor
What is something you learnt from the session?
Give an example of a drug we learnt about? Is it a depressant or a stimulant?
What is a strategy you could use to deal with a peer pressure situation?
June 4, 2015
This week we helped our buddies with Craftanoon. We were learning to weave paper. How do you weave paper you ask, well it’s easy.
1. Fold one piece of paper in half (portrait)
2. Cut almost all the way up using scissors, 1 cm apart and leave 1 cm at the top. Make sure you cut from the middle, where the paper is folded.
3. Cut the other piece of paper into strips, the other way so they are short
4. Use one of the strips to weave in and out of the other piece of paper, under and over, under and over
5. Glue the end down
6. Do the same with the next strip but the opposite, over then under, over then under
7. Repeat steps 4 – 6 until you’ve finished
What other craft activities could we make?
What is your favourite craft activity?
May 8, 2015
May 8, 2015
On Thursday the 23rd of April Grade 5/6 went to Kyneton Secondary College for a pre-orientation day. First we had a tour of the school where we found out about the school. Then we had sport and we played D-Ball, the blue team won 86-72 over the green team. Then we had recess where we could do whatever we wanted. For 3rd period we had french and she taught us some new actions to french words. After that we had science and we got to make toothpaste out of flavouring, salt, bicarb soda, colour dye and sugar if we wanted to. We then tested them to see how they tasted, the majority of the toothpastes tasted horrible. For our last period we had english where we made a label for our toothpaste to advertise it. In all it was a good day where we got to learn about a high school experience!!
By Dom and Jack P
What are you looking forward to most at High School? (Not the canteen)
What will you miss most about Primary School?
May 8, 2015
This term we have been working on a visual text challenge. Our challenge is to make mini lego figures, by following the instructions (the pieces are tiny and the instructions are very detailed). We have to work as a team to successfully make our figures. The figures are Raphael from the Ninja Turtles, Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street, Optimus Prime from the Transformers and Popeye the sailor. We have finished Raphael and Popeye, and we have almost finished Oscar and Optimus. We have had lots of fun doing this so far, it has been very challenging and rewarding.
By Jasmyn and Chiara.
What is a challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?
What is the best thing you have ever made out of lego?
May 8, 2015
This week we have started this reading program called the Brainy Bunch, where we choose a chapter book that we are going to read cover to cover. Aiming to finish the book in around 3 weeks. We each got our pictures taken and made into a display out the front of our classroom, it reminds us what book we are reading.
I’m (Thor) reading ‘What body part is that?’ written by Terry Denton and
illustrated by Andy Griffiths.
I’m (Jack T) reading ‘Too small to fail’ written Morris Gleitzman and illustrated by Michael Crampton.
By Thor and Jack T
What book are you reading?
Who is your favourite author and why?
May 8, 2015
Grade 5/6 made ANZAC cookies last Friday. We worked in our school houses and the preps were the judges of our cook off. We had to put all the ingredients together (oats, flour, golden syrup, butter, etc) and then we put it in the oven and cooked them for 15 minutes. Out came ANZAC cookies. We had lots of fun and hope to do it again. Chisholm came first, followed by Freeman and Hollows. They were all yummy!
By Elizabeth and Maya
What do you think is the secret to cooking the best ANZAC cookies?
What else did soldiers eat during the war?
(Photo from )
May 8, 2015
Grade 5/6’s and 3/4’s have been practising for the Cross Country competition at Hanging Rock. We practised on Friday, Monday and Tuesday last week. We had the trials to qualify for the team on Wednesday. Everyone did seven laps around the school to try and qualify for the Cross Country team. 20 students are selected to make up the Malmsbury Cross Country team. Tomorrow (Tuesday 5/5) Tara and our team of 20 students will compete against other schools at Hanging Rock, for the chance to move onto regionals (Top 10 from each age group). Well done to everyone who tried out for the team and Go team Malmsbury!
By Isabel and Tess (Written Monday 4/5)
Have you ever competed in a Marathon or fun run?
March 23, 2015
Today we compared and contrasted a diary about a cat and a dog. We read it together and then discussed what we noticed. We noticed that –
- The dog’s diary has times, but the cat’s diary has paragraphs.
- The dog’s diary is about times (it’s like a schedule), on the other hand the cat’s diary is about it’s thoughts and feelings.
- One is about a dog and the other is about a cat.
- The dog’s diary uses basic and repetitive text, where as the cat’s diary has more details and complex language.
- They are both funny.
- The dog likes everything, but the cat hates everything.
What clue words have we used in our points?
Write your own animal diary?
March 23, 2015
On Thursday (19th March) the whole school went to the Castlemaine State Festival. We saw a show about dinosaurs, we did a dance and song workshop, we did an art activity and had a tour of the art gallery and museum.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo – First we watched a show that was about Australian dinosaurs (they were puppets). Michael was the presenter of the show. First Natalie and Eddie got to meet the baby dinosaurs. Then a huge dragonfly flew onto stage and into the crowd, some of us got to touch him. We also saw a dinosaur that looked like a big emu and another that had a long neck (only its head could fit on the stage). Michael had forgotten to feed the babies Mum, she had escaped and walked onto stage and scared everyone. At the end we checked we still had all our limbs, which we did. It was amazing!
Dance and Song Workshop – Bernie began his show ‘Mana’ by telling us about his genealogy (his ancestry, where his family has come from). He then taught us a song that used sign language (Auslan) that was about ‘climbing the ladder’. He also did dances from New Zealand (Hakka) and Hawaii. He did a fantastic dance using 7 hoops to make different animals, like snake, butterfly and bee. We finished with a hip hop dance.
Art Activity – We did an art activity about Australian birds. We drew them using pens, water pencils and a water brush.
Then we finished with the tours before we went back to school. It was an amazing, educational and tiring day.
What was your favourite activity and why?
Where has your family come from? What is your genealogy?
Bernie talked about how each hoop represents a challenge. What is one challenge you have faced in your life and how did you overcome it?