Celebration of Learning Afternoon

Today the grade four classes hosted parents and family members for our final Celebration of Learning afternoon.

You can read about our two previous afternoons here and here.

The purpose of this afternoon was for students to showcase and present their group projects, which were PowerPoint presentations based on our inquiry topic, First Contacts.

A variety of topics were covered, including life in 18th Century Britain, life for the First Australians, indigenous artwork, the First Fleet journey and convicts.

Students have been working hard for the past week on their presentations. The steps involved in creating the presentation were:

1. Form groups and decide on a specific topic to present.

2. Plan the presentation.

3. Research the topic online and in library books.

4. Put the information you researched into your own words.

5. Design an interesting and visually appealing PowerPoint presentation (including image attributions and a bibliography).

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Everyone did a fabulous job presenting their projects to their classmates, parents and family members. Prior to the afternoon, we discussed the important elements of a quality presentation.

All students worked hard at:

1. Speaking clearly and loudly.

2. Making eye contact with the audience.

3. Elaborating on information when necessary.

4. Engaging the audience with a smile!

Here are some photos from our afternoon. Thanks to our photographer, Ava!

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After each presentation, students and parents provided quality feedback to the group. Presenting in front of an audience, which is called public speaking, is not an easy task, but it can be very rewarding. Miss Jordan is so proud of all of the students in 4KJ for doing such a wonderful job with their presentations!

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What did you enjoy about our special afternoon?

What did you learn about First Contacts from watching the presentations?

How do you feel about public speaking?

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?

Problem Solving with Our Special Visitors

Today we are holding a special event called

This is an afternoon for all the students to show a special person some of the things they have been using their netbook for in class.

We have prepared a problem solving activity for our students to solve with their special person.

We have a toolkit of problem solving strategies that we often use in our maths lessons. Perhaps one of these strategies will help solve today’s problem?

Today’s Problem: Sealed Solution

This problem is from the NRICH website.

A set of ten cards, each showing one of the digits from 0 to 9, is divided up between five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the two numbers inside it is written on each envelope:

 

What numbers could be inside the “8” envelope?

Note: there is more than one solution.

Write your solution in a comment. You might like to say what problem solving strategy you used to work this out.

A Question for Parents: What technology did you use when you were younger?

This blog post is for parents and anyone else who would like to comment!

The Grade Four students at our school are very lucky to be involved in the CLIC netbook program. With all students having access to a laptop computer at school, our learning adventures in 2013 are only just beginning!

We have interactive whiteboards in every classroom at our school, and they are also great learning tools. We use the internet every single day to discover and learn about the world we live in. Our class blog is another source of technology and communication.

The 4KM and 4KJ students love using their own devices at home for learning and for fun. Some popular portable devices include the digital camera, iPad, iPod, Wii, Nintendo DS, X-box and PlayStation.

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Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris remember using Commodore 64 desktop computers and game consoles such as the Atari and Sega when they were young. They have seen technology change a lot since then!

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We would love to hear from parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends about what technology you used when you were younger and how you have seen technology develop over time. Perhaps you used typewriters, polaroid cameras, turntables, earlier model computers or telegrams? We look forward to learning all about your experiences with technology!

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What technology did you use when you were younger?

Be sure to check out Ross Mannell’s extended comment for 4KM and 4KJ by clicking here. 

Family Lunch and CSI Afternoon

Today Leopold Primary School held a special family lunch and Community School Investigation (CSI) afternoon.

This is how we spent our afternoon…

  • At 1.30pm, parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and other relatives arrived at school to join the students for a picnic lunch.
  • During lunch time, our special guests spent time with the students or enjoyed refreshments in the Melaluka Building.
  • At 2.30pm, students and family members gathered in the classrooms before heading outside for the CSI activity. Students and their special guests had to complete 30 questions about our school. To complete each task, they had to read the clues and travel to different areas of the school to hunt for the answers!
  • At 3.15pm, everyone came back to the classrooms to correct their answers.

Here is a scanned copy of the CSI questions our students answered this afternoon

Here are a few photos of some 4KM and 4KJ students enjoying their picnic lunch and CSI afternoon. Tip: click on the bottom right hand corner to view in full screen.

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A big thank you to all of the family members and friends who joined us for this wonderful afternoon!

Well done to the Grade Six students and teachers involved in organising the terrific CSI activity, it was enjoyed by all!

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What did you enjoy about our special afternoon?

What is your favourite kind of picnic lunch?

Have you ever completed a challenge like our CSI activity?

Question for Parents – Healthy Choices

The students in 4KM and 4KJ are enjoying learning about how healthy choices affect the way we all live.

Here are some 4KM and 4KJ students with healthy lunch options

We would love parents and our other blog readers to share some of their healthy tips with us. Please leave us a comment and consider sharing with us:

  • Your favourite healthy meal or snack
  • A healthy recipe you and your family enjoy
  • Your favourite form of exercise
  • A tip for a healthy lifestyle

Feel free to ask us questions too. You can start a new comment or reply to another comment.

We look forward to hearing some healthy advice from parents and our other blog readers!

Question for Parents: Olympic Games

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games begin in London on Friday 27th July. 

In 4KM and 4KJ, we have started learning about the Games and everyone is excited to cheer on the Aussie Team.

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We’d like to extend a special invitation to parents and other readers of our blog to share what you know about the Olympic Games. 

Please write a comment and consider telling us:

  • What do you like about the Olympic Games? Do you have a favourite athlete or sport?
  • Do you know any fun facts about the Olympic Games, the host cities, the athletes, events, mascots or medals?
  • Have you ever been to the Olympic Games or do you have any memories of watching it on television?
You might even like to ask us a question. You can start a new comment or reply to a comment.

 

We look forward to reading and replying to your comments!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday 13th May is a special day for the 4KM and 4KJ students. It is Mother’s Day! This is a day where we thank and celebrate our wonderful mums.

Many students are looking forward to giving their mums the pop-up cards and cinquain poems they made at school with Miss Paul and Miss Hannan. Lots of students also have special gifts from the school Mother’s Day Stall to give their mums.

Some students will be spoiling their mums with a special meal or breakfast in bed. A small number of students look forward to doing the Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run along with Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris.

The students in 4KM and 4KJ have all recorded a special message for their mums. Simple click the arrow to go through the presentation and click on the sound icon to hear each message. We hope you like it, mums!

What do you love about your mum?

What did you do for Mother’s Day?

Mums, we’d love to hear from you too. How did you like our surprise?