We are the students from 4KJ and 4KM at Leopold Primary School in Victoria, Australia. Our teachers are Miss Kelly Jordan and Mrs Kathleen Morris. We use this space to share all the great things that are happening in our classroom. Please leave a comment!
Victorian schools are currently having their mid-year two week holiday break.
Australia is in the southern hemisphere, so it is winter here. Our blogging buddies in North America and England live in the northern hemisphere, so they are enjoying their long summer vacation.
The image below shows a world map. (Click on the image to see it more clearly). The red line is the equator. The equator is an imaginary line that is drawn around the earth, dividing the two hemispheres.
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AWorld_map_with_equator.jpgBy User:Cburnett (Image:World-map-2004-cia-factbook-large-2m.jpg) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
All countries above the equator are in the northern hemisphere, while countries below the equator are in the southern hemisphere. Areas that are close to the equator are warmer than other areas.
We live in Victoria, a southern state of Victoria. The days and nights are pretty chilly here at the moment!
Here are some winter facts:
The winter months in Australia are June, July and August.
July is generally the coldest month in Melbourne (Victoria’s capital city). The average July temperature in Melbourne is 13.4 degrees.
On average, Victoria receives about 49mm of rain during each month of winter.
In Victoria, snow generally only falls in the mountains in the east of the state.
Victoria’s lowest ever recorded temperature was -11.7 degrees celsius at Omeo in 1965, and then again at Falls Creek in 1970.
Today is the first day of the 2013 school year at Leopold Primary School in Victoria, Australia.
After nearly six weeks of summer holidays, Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are excited to welcome the 54 new 4KM and 4KJ students. Some of these students were in 2KM or 2KJ in 2011!
We have a lot to look forward to this year including our new 1:1 netbook program, Bike Ed and of course our camp to Maldon.
Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are certain all the students will learn a lot in 2013 and enjoy being part of our wonderful classroom community.
We had a very warm summer in Leopold and we look forward to hearing how all the students spent their holidays.
Mrs Morris and her husband, Nate, enjoyed Christmas with Mrs Morris’s family. They also spent some time at Indented Head where Nate’s parents rented a holiday house. Mrs Morris and Nate enjoyed a holiday to the historic town of Beechworth and our nation’s capital, Canberra.
Miss Jordan travelled back to her family’s home in Pomonal (near Halls Gap) for her Christmas celebrations. In January she painted her house and she also enjoyed seeing friends, exercising, going shopping, cooking and reading. Miss Jordan loved meeting her family’s chocolate Labrador puppy, Mocha.
Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan also spent a lot of time in the holidays preparing for Technify Your Teaching in 2013. This was a professional development day held at Leopold Primary School on January 24th. We had 60 teachers attend from all over Victoria to learn about how to use technology in their classrooms.
Today is our final school day for 2012. 4KM and 4KJ have had a fantastic year together, and Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are so proud of the students’ efforts and achievements.
The 4KM and 4KJ blog has been a big part of our class this year. Since we started this blog at the beginning of the year…
We have published 99posts.
We received over 4,000comments.
We have had more than 32,000visitors.
There have been so many highlights in 4KM and 4KJ this year. The students have learnt so much and improved their skills in all areas. We would love our students to complete this poll to tell us which special event they enjoyed the most about the school year!
Here is a special message from Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan.
Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are looking forward to teaching Grade Four again in 2013 with 54 different students! There will be some familiar faces from our Grade Two year in 2011 and some great new students too. We know we’ll have another fantastic year!
We have all enjoyed connecting and collaborating with our fabulous blogging buddies from around the world. One of our closest friends is Mr Avery and his sixth grade class in Massachusetts, USA. They recorded a special post this week, titled 12 Days of Blogging.Check it out here and listen out for the mention we receive!
4KM and 4KJ wish all of our blogging buddies from across the world a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday break!
4KM and 4KJ return to school on Wednesday 30th January, 2013.
Please leave us a comment on our final post for 2012!
For our current students:
What was your favourite post on the 4KM and 4KJ blog this year?
What did you learn or enjoy in 2012?
For our new 2013 students:
What are you looking forward to in 4KM and 4KJ next year?
We are currently working on a Halloween monster global project with our friends in Mr Avery’s class. Mr Avery’s class lives in Massachusetts and, like many people in the USA, they celebrate Halloween.
We were hoping to post the results of our monster global project for 31st October but Mr Avery’s school closed for Hurricane Sandy. Look out for the post in a few days!
Halloween celebrations are not too common in Australia, although over the last few years we have noticed more shops selling Halloween supplies and more people celebrating the day.
4KM and 4KJ have some questions for our friends overseas about Halloween. We would love you to answer one or more of the question below in a comment!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jack_O_Lanterns.jpg Attribution: CC BY-SA 3.0
Learning about poetry, procedural texts, healthy living, measurement and space (maths)
You can look at the calendar on the left hand sidebar of the blog to find out more about our special dates.
Mrs Morris’s Holiday
On the holidays Mrs Morris and her husband, Nate, spent a relaxing week at Byron Bay in northern New South Wales.
Image from Google Maps
On the way to Byron Bay they had to stop at Sydney. Here is a photo taken from inside the plane. Can you see the famous landmarks at the back of the photo? (tip:click on the image to view a larger version and zoom in)
The beaches at Byron Bay are beautiful. Every day, tourists and locals swam, surfed and walked along the golden sand. What do you like to do at the beach?
One day when Mrs Morris and Nate were going for a walk, they came across this very bold lizard. Do you know what bold means? What type of lizard do you think it is?
Just before the term break, theGlobal Children’s Challengewas launched. We are taking part in this event along with other grades at Leopold Primary School and classes worldwide.
What is the Global Children’s Challenge?
The Global Children’s Challenge aims to help students learn about the importance of health and fitness. Classes join up, receive pedometers and track how many steps they take every day throughout the challenge. The students’ daily steps in the “real” world takes them on an online web-based journey throughout different countries of the world.
Who can participate?
Primary/elementary school classes (Grades 4 – 6) from around the world.
How long does it run for?
The event goes for 50 days, beginning on Wednesday 19th September and finishing on Wednesday 7th November.
How does it work?
1. Teachers sign their class up online to join the challenge.
2. Students receive a pedometer to wear each day and a recording booklet. A pedometer measures how many steps you take.
3. Each day, students record their step count in their booklets. These steps are also recorded on the Global Children’s Challenge website and the average steps taken per day (per class) is calculated.
4. Classes compare their performances with other grades on the leaderboard.