Grade 4/5/6

What is going on in Grade 4/5/6?

May 8, 2015
by malmsburyps

Lego Figures

Lego Figures

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
by malmsburyps
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Brainy Bunch

Brainy Bunch May

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
by malmsburyps

ANZAC Cookies

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?

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May 8, 2015
by malmsburyps

Cross Country – Trials

Cross CountryGrade 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
by malmsburyps

Compare and Contrast


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
by malmsburyps

Castlemaine State Festival

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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?


March 17, 2015
by malmsburyps

Responsible Pet Program

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On Monday the 16th we completed a Responsible Pet Program session. Sharon and Chester came in to talk to us about being a responsible pet owner.

One important thing we learnt was what to do if an angry dog approaches us.

Step 1 – Stand still: because if you start running the dog will panic and chase after you.

Step 2 – Hands down: If your hands are in the air the dog will think you’re trying to harm it, if your hands are in your pockets the dog will think you’re hiding something and will attack you.

Step 3 – Quiet as a mouse: Dogs have better hearing than us, so yelling will hurt their ears and it would alarm them.

Step 4 – Look at the ground: Dog’s find it very offensive if you stare them in the eyes so they will get very angry. Then wait until the dog goes away.


We also learnt how to approach a happy dog, and that we need to ask the owners permission to pet their dog.

Step 1 – Walk up slowly and stop. You should be a lead length away.

Step 2 – Ask the owners permission. If you don’t ask the owner the dog may get scared.

Step 3 – Let the dog smell the back of your hand (closed fist, thumb in), so they can identify you.

Step 4 – Step to the side of the dog and stroke gently from the collar to the start of the tail. This way the dog will not get scared and you are safely away from their head.


My favourite part was when we got to meet Chester, he licked me -Tahlia

My favourite part was all of it, because I had so much fun doing it. Especially when Chester licked my hand.-Jasmyn

Written by Tahlia and Jasmyn

Do you have any pets at home? How many and what types?
What animal makes the best pet and why?
If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose and why?

March 17, 2015
by malmsburyps

Australia: The Story Of Us


This year as part of our learning in History and Civics and Citizenship, we have been watching a show called Australia: Story of Us. Australia: The Story Of Us is a show all about the history of Australia. We have watched 5 episodes so far and plan to watch them all. During each episode we take notes and at the end we answer the quiz. It’s really Amazing how people risked their lives for other people and to help give us the world we have today. The show is very inspiring.

We have learned about The Death Fleet, WW1, AFL, Caroline Chisholm, Phar Lap and about the Kokoda track to name a few. My (Jack.T) favourite part was about the Sydney Harbour Bridge because the arches nearly didn’t link up which would’ve been a disaster. I (Jack P) liked the AFL part because the first mark was a speckie and I enjoy watching or playing football.

Written by Jack T and Jack P

What is your favourite segment of Australia: The Story of Us so far? Why?
What is an interesting fact about your favourite character or topic?

March 17, 2015
by malmsburyps

Crazy Hair Day – Worlds Greatest Shave

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On Friday the 13th, Malmsbury Primary School had a crazy hair day. Everyone came to school with crazy hair and made a donation to the World’s Greatest Shave. Students came to school with coloured hair, mo hawks, braids, messy bed hair and some students even had bugs (pipe cleaners of course). I had red and purple hair that was in three ponytails (Chiara), and I had blue, purple and silver sparkles in my hair (Beth). We raised $82.60 from our crazy hair.

At assembly Kirsty, Paul Andrew and Rainer all had their heads shaved, to raise money and awareness for the leukaemia foundation. Kirsty raised over $1000 to shave her hair, Well done Kirsty you were very BRAVE!

Written by Beth and Chiara.

                           What would your craziest hair style look like?
       Would you be brave and shave to support the leukaemia foundation?


March 17, 2015
by malmsburyps
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Inventions – Genius Hour

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This term, the grade 5/6’s watched an episode of Shark Tank. Shark Tank is about Entrepreneurs that need an investor to put their money into their invention. If the investors ‘Sharks’ like the product, they will make an offer. Then if they choose an investor to work with them, they will hopefully make a successful business.

After watching the first episode, Tara thought of an idea. We each made our own invention from homework, and presented it to the class. Saying what it did, how it was made, and who we thought would use it. The week after we had an inventions genius hour, we could either make a model (that may or may not actually work), or one that is the ‘real deal.’ After we presented our inventions before we took them home.

Written by Tess

Have you ever made your own invention? What was it?
What do you think is the most important invention?
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