Student Blogging Challenge Week 3

This week’s challenges are all about using video and photos in our posts. The students of 4 A have created some awesome camp reflections videos using the app, Explain Everything. You can visit their blogs by clicking on their name in the blog list on the right.

Looking through Miss W’s suggested activities for this week, we decided Activity 9 looked like lots of fun. We followed the link to Jigsaw Planet and made our own jigsaws.

Click on the link below to see my puzzle. Click on the refresh button in the bottom left corner to start the puzzle. It took me  1minute and 1 second to solve. Can you beat my time?

My jigsaw

Blogging Challenge Week 2

Last week’s blogging activity was all about posting comments. We learnt about commenting when we first set up our blogs. We always try to write quality comments that adhere to our guidelines that you can find on our Why Blogging?  page.

A few years ago I attending a special blogging day for teachers. I met a wonderful teacher by the name of Miss Jordan. Miss Jordan’s blog is full of great posts where her students also write great comments. Miss Jordan gave me permission to use her poster about how to write a great comment.

Over the coming weeks, we will be trying to visit lots of blogs that are also a part of the Blogging Challenge and leave some great comments for them.

Blogging Challenge Week 1

We are taking part in the 2017 Student Blogging Challenge. Our class is joining many other classes around the world to learn more about blogging and to connect and communicate with each other. You can learn more about the Challenge by visiting here. (You can also click on the Student Blogging Challenge image in the widget bar.)

Each week we will have a blogging challenge to complete.

Week 1’s challenge was to create (or update) our blog’s About Me page and to create an avatar. I am happy to report that I have fulfilled both these challenges!

You can find a link to our ‘About Me’ page underneath our header image. We are very proud of New Gisborne Primary School so I decided to include lots of photos of our school so other classes can see where we work, learn and have fun.

I used Cartoonify to create my new avatar. After having a little bit of trouble on my iPad, I persisted and was able to upload my new image by using my laptop.

My new avatar

The students of 4A will soon be creating their ‘About Me’ pages with information and photos about their favourite places around our school. Some students have already uploaded their widgets too. We are looking forward to completing Week 1’s challenges and moving on to Week 2’s challenge.

What are your favourite places around your school? (Be sure to justify your response with a reason.)


Lighthouse Investigation


What is a Lighthouse?

A lighthouse is s building that was made to guide ships. The most important part of a lighthouse is the light that it casts at night. Almost everything else at the lighthouse is designed to help keep the light as bright and visible as possible.

Sometimes lighthouses guide ships to a port or harbor. Other times they guide ships away from a hazard. Sometimes they do both.

At night, lighthouses guide ships with their light. Mariners can tell what light they are seeing by its characteristic.

During the day, lighthouses guide ships with a day mark. A lighthouse’s day mark is simply its size, shape and colour.

Where do we find them in Victoria?

Have you ever… ever seen a lighthouse like this?

Click on this picture link to read about Splitpoint Lighthouse.


Read more about the lighthouse by following this picture link.

Students of 4A, I would like you to write me a comment about the lighthouse. You may like to answer one of the following questions:

How do you find your way safely when travelling?

What about travelling at sea?

How do sailors know if there are dangerous rocks sticking up?

Do you know any lighthouses? Where are they?

Do all lighthouses look the same?

Does the light from a lighthouse shine continuously?

How does a lighthouse tell you where you are (as well as warning you of land/danger)?

How did lighthouses work long ago?

Do you know any stories about lighthouses?

Remember to follow our quality commenting guidelines which you can find again  here.

I look forward to reading your comments.


Place Value Persistence

Ones, tens, hundreds! Ready set go!

We have been having fun learning about place value. The students have participated in individual, partner and group activities, practising trading, renaming and expanding numbers.

On Monday we went out on to the basketball courts with lots of base ten blocks (MAB blocks) to play Place Value Races.

Teams worked together to create numbers using the base ten blocks. One person in the team rolled the dice while another person ran the width of the basketball court to collect their base ten blocks. On returning to the team, students counted their blocks, traded if they needed to and then rolled the dice to do it all over again until the time was up.

In order to trade teams had to keep counting their blocks and remember that:

ten ones = 10
ten tens = 100
ten hundreds = one thousand

Performing Arts Award for 4A

Performing Arts is all about the ukulele this term. 4A are doing a wonderful job with their playing. They have been working in groups to learn their chords and play melodies from popular songs. Thanks to their hard work, they were awarded a special class award from Mrs Coote at last week’s assembly.

Congratulations 4A! I loved hearing your songs and seeing your smiling faces in Performing Arts on Monday.

Thank you also to Mrs Coote for our award!

Have you enjoyed your Performing Arts lessons with the ukulele?

What other instruments do you play?

Reading about Ecosystems

The above two links are website addresses. If you click on them, they will connect to websites on the internet that have information about ecosystems. This type of link is also called a hyperlink.

We are going to read the information and see what we can find out. Let’s get to it!

Cooking in the Kitchen

Friday’s fun in the kitchen saw 4A cooking fresh and healthy smoothies. We were the first class to cook as part of our school’s Year 4 Kitchen Garden program. It was so much fun! I loved seeing so many happy faces learning new skills, trying new tastes and working in teams.

Thank you so much to our wonderful parent and grandparent helpers: Vivienne, Jodie, Susan, Heidi, Jane and Tanya. Without our wonderful volunteer helpers we would not be able to have our cooking sessions. Thank you!

Welcome to 4A

We have had a busy and wonderful start to the new school year! We’ve been so busy that this is my very first post for 2017.

The Year began with our ‘Positive Start Program’, setting up our routines, exploring new goals, developing our learning behaviours, investigating our anti-bullying policies and more.

A big part of our year in 4A will be using our iPads and creating a responsible and positive digital footprint.

We are proud of our classroom and thinks it will make a great learning space for us for the year ahead. Take a look through the photos below and you will some of the work we have on display already.

The conferencing corner.

Our Classroom Library.

Our happy fish.

Values balloons.

Our very handy world map and maths posters.

Our paper digital footprints and Writer’s Notebooks.

Anchor charts and thirsty plant.