# Term Four Begins

Today is the first day of Term Four, our final school term for 2013.

On the holidays, Miss Jordan bought a new camera and enjoyed experimenting and learning about the features.

It will be a very busy eleven weeks in 4KJ. Some of the things we have planned include:

• Miss Smith is back in our classroom for the first three weeks of the term to complete her final teaching placement.
• Our inquiry topic is a history based unit, titled First Contacts.
• Australian author, Mark Greenwood, is visiting the grade fours to discuss his books.
• An incursion presented by Indigenous Infusion.
• A celebration of learning afternoon for family members.

In Maths we will learn about:

• Area and perimeter
• Volume and capacity
• Shape and symmetry
• Problem solving
• Number revision

In Literacy we will be focussing on:

• Information reports
• Poetry
• Narratives
• A variety of CAFE and metacognitive reading strategies

# Welcome to Term Three!

Today is the first day of Term Three. This term is ten weeks long and it will be full of fun for the 4KJ students.

Some special events to look forward to include:

• The Grade Four camp to Maldon
• A bike ride around Leopold
• An AFL footy clinic with some Geelong Cats players
• A new inquiry topic, titled “Plants in Action”
• “August is Family Blogging Month” Challenge.

Miss Jordan hopes everyone had a wonderful two week break. One of Miss Jordan’s holiday highlights was seeing the talented performer, P!nk, perform in concert at Rod Laver Arena.

# Winter Holidays

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.

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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.

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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.

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# Term Two Begins!

Today is the first day of Term Two. The students and teachers are happy to begin this busy 11 week term!

We have lots to look forward to this term including:

• The return of our student teachers, Miss Smith and Miss McKeegan in mid-May
• The conclusion of our Our World, Our Numbers project in a couple of weeks
• Bike Ed starting mid-June
• Pen licences for students with consistently neat joined writing
• Lots of great learning with our netbooks

We hope everyone had a terrific holiday!

Mrs Morris enjoyed:

• Hosting a special lunch for Easter and her husband’s birthday
• Spending a relaxing week at Mt Martha on the Mornington Peninsula
• Seeing Jimeoin perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
• Preparing for the arrival of her new baby and organising the nursery!

Miss Jordan’s holiday highlights included:

• Spending time with her family, and their puppy Mocha, in Pomonal
• Enjoying a yummy Easter dinner (and some Easter Eggs of course!)
• Meeting up with friends for some delicious breakfasts and lunches
• Doing some shopping, cooking, exercising and reading outside in the sunshine.

# End of Term One: Happy Holidays!

Our first term for 2013 comes to an end today.

The students in 4KM and 4KJ have had a fantastic nine weeks and have already learnt a lot.

Some of the term highlights include:

We have some fabulous things planned for Term Two including Bike Ed, the return of our student teachers and the conclusion of the Our World, Our Numbers global project.

Of course there will also be more amazing things to learn in literacy, maths and inquiry.

We wish all of our blogging community a very happy holidays.

# A New School Year Begins!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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# Our Last Day Of 2012

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 99 posts.
• We have had more than 32,000 visitors.

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!

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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!

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4KM and 4KJ wish all of our blogging buddies from across the world a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday break!

# Halloween Questions for Our Friends

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!

# Term Four Begins

Our two week holiday has gone very quickly and we are now back for our final term of Grade Four.

Term Four is going to be very busy with lots of exciting things planned, such as:

• A bike ride to Splashdown for a swim, waterslide and lunch
• The Leopold Primary School Twilight Festa
• The Global Children’s Challenge
• 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.

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?

# The Global Children’s Challenge

4KM and 4KJ are currently on holidays.

Just before the term break, the Global Children’s Challenge was 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.

5. On the Global Children’s Challenge website, students can explore over 50 destinations across the world and learn about geography, history and different cultures.

Over the holidays the students in 4KM and 4KJ are recording their daily step count. When school goes back on Monday 8th October, we will collate the results and see how active everyone was!

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Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan would love to see the 4KM and 4KJ students replying to comments over the holiday break!

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