Geelong Cats Football Clinic

Yesterday, the Grade Four students at Leopold Primary School were treated to a visit from two Geelong Cats football players.

Geelong is a team in the Australian Football League (AFL) and they are very popular in our city. In Australia we use the word “barrack” to say who our favourite sporting teams are. About half of the students in 4KJ barrack for Geelong.

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Two Geelong Cats players, Steve Johnson and Josh Walker, ran a footy clinic for all of the Grade Four students. The students enjoyed practising their skills in the following four rotations:

  • Kicking goals from different angles and distances
  • Kicking and marking with a partner
  • Taking dive marks
  • Tackling with a tackle bag

Check out the photos of the 4KJ footy stars!

Thank you to Steve and Josh for visiting us at school!

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What skills did you enjoy practising at the footy clinic?

Who do you barrack for?

What sports do you play?

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Farewell, Mrs Morris!

Today is the last day of Term Two. It is also the last day of school for Mrs Morris, as she is expecting a baby girl in a few weeks!

Mrs Morris has been teaching at Leopold Primary School for nine and a half years and she has made a big impact on many students and teachers during that time. Mrs Morris has also made many connections with teachers and students from around the world through blogging collaborations. She is now looking forward to the new adventure of motherhood!

Mrs Morris and her husband, Nate, are very excited about the birth of their first child. To farewell Mrs Morris, we held a class party at school yesterday. Everyone enjoyed the activities, games and party food, and Mrs Morris had fun sharing this special time with 4KM and 4KJ.

 

Miss Jordan asked some of Mrs Morris’s blogging buddies to record messages on this VoiceThread. Others are welcome to contribute too!

Here is a special message from Mrs Morris.

We welcome Mr Bao to Leopold Primary School as he takes over 4KM for the remainder of 2013.

Miss Jordan, 4KM, 4KJ and everyone at Leopold Primary School will miss you, Mrs Morris! We can’t wait to meet your baby girl!

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We are all looking forward to a two week holiday after a very busy eleven weeks at school!

Term Three begins on Monday 15th July.

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Leave a comment to farewell Mrs Morris!

Do you have any exciting holiday plans?

What are you looking forward to in Term Three at school?

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Bike Ed

This week, the grade four students are involved in our school Bike Ed program.

Each day, students complete four rotations designed to improve their riding skills and road safety awareness.

Students have practised the power position, riding safely from a driveway to the road, endurance riding, braking, riding on different surfaces, scanning, indicating, turning, riding single file, riding with a partner and riding in a straight line. Everyone is looking forward to learning more riding skills in the coming days.

Post on our Padlet! Just double click anywhere on the Padlet below to post a brief comment about bike riding.

 

Here are some photos of the 4KM and 4KJ students enjoying the Bike Ed rotations

 

We are looking forward to continuing our Bike Ed program for the next few days. We will practise all of our riding skills when we go on a street ride around Leopold next week.

Everyone is excited about our camp to Maldon next term, where we will do a lot more bike riding!

What do you like about Bike Ed?

What have you learnt so far in Bike Ed?

Do you like to go bike riding?

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Billy Carts Incursion

Our inquiry topic at the moment is called “Smooth Moves“. We’re exploring how forces and motion affect movement.

To learn more about this topic, we had a special incursion about billy carts yesterday. We had lots of fun learning with our instructor, Brent.

Students were involved in a rotation of activities providing them with the skills and knowledge to safely build and drive a billy cart.

The four rotations were:

  • Design: designing a billy cart. Creativity was encouraged!
  • Workshop: building an object out of different materials,
  • Construction: making a billy cart from start to finish, and
  • Racing: driving a billy cart safely.

During the incursion the students learnt about using tools, driving techniques, knot tying, force, motion and more.

After we finished the four rotations, Brent chose the best boy driver and the best girl driver to have a race. He selected Andrew and Jess for their precision and speed. Andrew chose Jake and Liam as his pushers. Rochelle and Paris were chosen by Jess as her pushers.

It was then time for the boys V girls final race. Watch the video to see who won!

Here are some photos from the incursion.

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Have you ever made a billy cart? Do you think you’ll make one in the future?

What did you learn from this incursion?

Explain how force and motion affects the way a billy cart moves.

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Melbourne Storm Rugby League Clinics

For the last few weeks, the Grade Four students have enjoyed being involved in three Melbourne Storm rugby league clinics.

Rugby league is a football code that is popular in Australia, particularly in Queensland and New South Wales. Here are some facts about rugby league:

  • It is a full contact sport (but we didn’t play the contact version)
  • It is usually played by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular field
  • You can only throw the ball backwards
  • Rugby originated in 1895 in England
  • Rugby is played internationally and it is very popular in England, Australia, New Zealand, France, Tonga and Papua New Guinea
  • The main method of scoring is called a try
  • The Australian rugby league competition is called the National Rugby Leage and it consists of 16 teams
  • Melbourne Storm is Victoria’s only team and they joined the NRL in 1998
  • Rugby league is known as one of the toughest, most physically challening team sports.

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During the previous sessions, the students learnt all of the important skills and rules needed to play rugby league. Today, all of the Grade Four students assembled on the oval to participate in several matches of rugby league. It was wonderful to see the students putting their skills to the test as they competed to score tries for their teams.

Here are some photos of the 4KM and 4KJ rugby league stars in action!

Thank you to our instructor, Ben, from Melbourne Storm for teaching us so many wonderful rugby league skills. All of the students loved the experience of learning a new sport!

What did you learn about playing rugby league?

Do you know any other rugby league facts?

How did you go in the rugby games?

What sport do you enjoy playing?

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Grade Four Special Visitor Afternoon

On Thursday afternoon, all of the Grade Four classes held a “special visitor afternoon” to celebrate the netbook program.

Our netbook program is called CLIC. This stands for Collaborative Learning In Classrooms. The aim of our CLIC afternoon was to celebrate the  learning that is happening in Grade Four with the netbooks. Students invited a family member or special visitor to come to the classroom to complete some fun netbook tasks.

Students each made an invitation for the event

In 4KM and 4KJ we use the netbooks every day. We regularly use them in our reading activities and sometimes include them in our writing, maths and inquiry lessons. We also do lots of learning with our books, paper and pens, concrete materials and other learning tools.

The students had a wonderful time sharing a variety of netbook activities with their special visitor.

The menu below shows the tasks everyone completed.

Here are some photos of the afternoon.

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One of the netbook activities was visiting this problem solving post on our class blog. The challenge was to solve the number problem and write a blog comment with the solution. Well done to everyone who had a go at solving the problem! The task came from the NRICH website. There are many solutions to this problem. Check them out here!

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It was wonderful to see so many mums, dads, siblings, grandparents, uncles and aunties learning from the 4KM and 4KJ students.

We thank all of our special visitors for joining us to celebrate the wonderful learning that is happening in our classrooms!

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What was your favourite netbook task from the CLIC afternoon?

What did you teach your special visitor?

What have you learnt through the netbook program so far this year?

Do you have any other ideas for netbook activities that could be done at a future CLIC afternoon?

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday May 12th is Mother’s Day. This is a day to celebrate mothers and all the wonderful things they do for us!

The students in 4KM and 4KJ wanted to give their mums a special surprise on Mother’s Day.

Here is a video we made for our mums!

Music
Happy Mother’s Day by The Gun and Doll Show

What’s special about your mum?

How are you spending Mother’s Day? 

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50,000 Visitors

The 4KM and 4KJ blog reached a big milestone on the weekend…

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan set up this blog at the end of 2011 in preparation for the start of the 2012 school year. Since then, we have had more than 50,000 visits on our blog. Wow!

Each day we look at our Clustrmap widget to discuss the visitor total. We have a place value flipchart in our classroom that we change each day to show our blog visitor tally.

In the time it has taken to reach 50,000 blog visitors we have published 122 posts and approved 4,956 comments!

We thank all of the students, parents, teachers and community members who have taken the time to visit our blog. We love connecting with you all!

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Take a look at our Clustrmap and share something you notice about our visitor information.

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How many visitors do you think we will get by the end of the school year?

Have you ever reached an important milestone or goal?

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4KM in The Age Newspaper

Last term Mrs Morris was interviewed by a journalist at The Age newspaper about our classroom blogging program.

Educational blogging is something both Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris are very passionate about as they see the students learn so much from it.

Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris have spoken to a great deal of teachers about blogging over the past few years, both locally and overseas. We always encourage other teachers to use blogging in their own classrooms.

Last Wednesday a photographer from The Age visited 4KM to take a photo of us blogging on our netbooks.

Today the article was published in The Age newspaper.

Click here to read the article.

We hope you enjoy it.

Have you ever been in a newspaper?

What do you like about blogging?

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Our House Athletic Sports Day

Today the Grade 3 – 6 students participated in the annual House Athletic Sports.

It was a very warm day, so hats and sunscreen were a must! It was wonderful to see many parents and grandparents cheering on the students as they rotated through each activity.

The students participated in a variety of athletic track and field events, including:

  • 100 metre run
  • 200 metre run
  • Hurdles
  • High jump
  • Long jump
  • Triple jump
  • Discus
  • Shot put

Each student is in a particular house (which are identified by different colours) and the points they score in each event goes towards their overall house total. It was a very close competition, with only 16 points separating first and second place. The eventual result was:

  • First place – Lawson
  • Second place – Dennis
  • Third place – Gordon
  • Fourth place – Patterson

Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris were on the hurdles event all day, and they enjoyed seeing the students trying their very best. Here are some photos of the 4KM and 4KJ students enjoying the fun!

Well done to all of the 4KM and 4KJ students for their excellent efforts and sportsmanship!

Thanks to Mr Hair for organising another terrific House Athletics Sports Day!

What was your highlight of the Athletics Sports?

Did you find any of the events challenging?

What skills do you need to perform the different athletic track and field events?

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