Our Maldon Camp

We have just had a fantastic three days at our


On Monday 29th July, 4KJ and 4PR boarded the bus, full of excitement about what was ahead. After three hours, we arrived at the Derby Hill Blue Light Youth Camp in Maldon, in central Victoria.

Maldon is a small country town, with a population of about 1500. It is approximately 175km from Leopold. Maldon is in the heart of the Victorian Goldfields and the town has preserved a lot of its authentic historical appearance.

Here is the route we took from Leopold to Maldon.

Everyone enjoyed staying in the camp units and meal times in the dining hall was lots of fun. There were many on-site activities at camp and we also ventured into and around town for some bike rides and exploring.

Police officer, Ric, took us on our bike rides and gave us lots of riding advice along the way. It was great to practise the skills we learnt in Bike Ed on our road rides in Maldon.

Here is an itinerary of our time in Maldon. (Tip – click on the full screen button at the bottom right hand corner).

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Here is a selection of photos from our camp. Enjoy!

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We had a wonderful time on camp and enjoyed all of the new experiences. We improved our bike riding skills, explored an interesting historical town and had lots of fun with each other!

A very BIG thank you to our terrific helpers, Sandi, Miss Smith, Sue and Brad for joining us on camp!

What did you enjoy most about our Maldon camp?

What bike riding advice would you give to students going to the Maldon camp?

Have you ever been on a school camp before?

If you could go on a school camp somewhere, where would you go?

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Plants in Action

Today we launched our new inquiry topic, “Plants in Action”.

During this unit of work, students will learn about:

  • Plants and plant growth
  • The changes that occur in a germinating seed
  • How pollination occurs
  • How fruit develops.

During the term, students will increase their vocabulary and make observations about plant growth and seed germination in their individual science journals.

To begin our topic, students formed inquiry teams in class today. Each team member has a special role within their group. These roles are:

  • Manager – Collects and returns all materials the team needs.
  • Speaker – Reports back to the class during discussions.
  • Director – Makes sure that the team understands and completes each step.
  • Recorder – Records any notes and observations that will assist the team to complete their science journal.

Our focus today was bean seed germination.

Students planted broad beans and some long beans in snaplock bags. Over the coming weeks, students will observe the seeds and record any changes in their science journals.

Once the seeds were planted, students wrote a procedural text to explain the process in their science journals. You can read Millie‘s procedural text below with the photos.

HOW TO PLANT SEEDS IN A SNAPLOCK BAG

Equipment: snaplock bag, cotton wool, broad beans, long beans and water.

1. Grab a handful of cotton wool (enough so that your bag is half full) and put in in your bag. You may have to squish it down a bit.

2. Carefully wet the cotton wool. It cannot be drenched, so do not turn the tap on very hard. Turn it on so there is just a little trickle and the  cotton wool is just damp.

3. Take 2 – 3 broad beans and 5 long beans (you may choose to do a bit more or a bit less depending on the size of your bag) and push them gently into the cotton wool.

4. Hang your bag up on a window, where it will get sunlight. You need to leave the top of your bag open, so the beans will have air.

5. The beans don’t grow instantly, you may have to wait for a couple of weeks. You may need to water your beans during this time.

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What do you know about plants?

What do you hope to learn this term about plants?

Do you or does anyone in your family like gardening?

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Learning About Time

Last week our maths topic was time.

Our learning intentions focussed on:

  • Identifying times on analogue and digital clocks
  • Recognising times that are important to us
  • Using 12 hour and 24 hour time
  • Calculating elapsed time.

We used this interactive clock to practise telling the time.

Everyone enjoyed matching the digital and analogue times with these Stop the Clock games.

In this game, players need to match the digital clock with the time displayed.

For one task, students viewed the Geelong to Melbourne VLine train timetable on their netbooks. They had to calculate the elapsed time for distances travelled between a variety of train stations.

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What did you learn about time in class last week?

Do you have a favourite time of the day or night?

List some “time words” in your comment.

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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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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.

What did you enjoy about your holidays?

What are you looking forward to in Term Three?

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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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What do you like to do in winter?

What is your favourite season?

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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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Glogster

Today the students in 4KM and 4KJ learnt how to use Glogster.

Glogster is an online tool that allows you to make interactive posters, or “glogs”. The word glog is short for graphical blog.

You can add text, images, photos, audio, video and special effects to create a glog, and finished glogs can be embedded into blogs so they can be shared with everyone. Glogster is easy and fun to use!

We used Glogster today to create reflections about Term Two in 4KM and 4KJ. It was fun to remember all the fun we have had and the new things we have learnt.

Here are some of our Term Two reflection glogs

*Hover over the GlogsterEDU logo on each glog and select “view full size” to see the glogs more clearly*

What do you think of our glogs?

Have you used Glogster before?

What would you make a glog about?

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Understanding Apostrophes

In 4KM and 4KJ we have been learning about apostrophes.

An apostrophe is a type of punctuation.

apostrophe

On a keyboard, you can usually find an apostrophe to the left of enter.

keyboard apostrophe

Apostrophes can be confusing. Here are some tips that might help.

Unfortunately, there are many people who don’t know how to use apostrophes correctly. In an effort to teach the community about correct apostrophe use, 4KM and 4KJ students created some posters using Kerpoof. They chose one of the apostrophe rules to demonstrate in their poster.

Check out our work…

Tip: click on the full screen button for a clearer view.

Did our tips help you learn about apostrophes?

Can you make up a sentence to demonstrate your understanding of one of the apostrophe rules?

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Ed’s Excellent Bike Adventure

All the grade fours at Leopold Primary School are enjoying their practical and theory Bike Ed lessons.

Practical means actually trying out our skills on our bikes. We have been having two hour practical sessions daily for the last week.

Theory means building our knowledge. We have been learning about the road rules and safe riding in class.

Last week, we watched a great video called Ed’s Excellent Bike Adventure.

This ten minute video follows Ed as he discovers his ‘bike brain’ and learns to ride safely on the road.

We encourage all students to watch this video with their families and talk about safe riding.

The following A Family Guide to Bike Ed also provides excellent information for both students and their parents.

While we are learning a lot during Bike Ed at school, it’s very important that students continue to practise their bike skills with their families.

What did you learn about safe riding from the video or the guide book?

Do you like riding with your family members?

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