Thursday, 27 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Rostrum 2017

Rostrum (Public Speaking)  Years 3 - 6


This year’s topics are:
A quiet achiever
Australia Day
The year of the rooster
I love it when...
Transport 50 years from today

Your speech needs to be 3 minutes.
  • Choose a topic that you will enjoy speaking about.
  • Write out your speech. You might get a point or two from what you know or your own experience, and you might consult, for instance, the library. You will find you don't need many points, just one or two with examples or explanations.
  • Time yourself and, if possible, record your speech. (The competition speeches are for three minutes and you should time your speech to within 30 seconds either side of that limit.)
  • Remember to start your speech by addressing the Chair "Mr or Madam Chairman" or "Chairperson".
  • Have an opening that is "attention grabbing". There are several ways of doing this - sometimes a short quotation that leads into the topic might be used, or pose a question to the audience. Try to end with a "punch-line" that your audience will take away with them.
  • Read your speech through several times so that you have a good idea what to say, but don't try to memorise it word for word.
  • Put down headings (memory joggers) on little note cards if you think you need them (palm cards).
  • Speak out so that you can be easily heard. Don't speak too fast.
  • Please don't read your speech to the audience.
  • It's best not to use "props" (for example, a toy dinosaur). The audience may become more interested in the "prop" than your speech.
Students are encouraged to bring their speeches on palm cards to school and practise during our Readers’ Workshops throughout Weeks 1- 3. Students will begin presenting speeches in Week 2 Term 2.
To view the top speeches from 2014 go to the following link:

Friday, 7 April 2017

Smooth Moves - Forces

In Science, we have been investigating the different forces used when performing tasks with every day items. We have also been exploring friction involving different surfaces. We have been using large force arrows to show when big amounts of force are needed/present and small force arrows to show when small amounts of force are needed/present.

Take a look at us exploring friction by experimenting pushing a box across different surfaces.

We also looked at a range of forces including pushes, pulls, friction and gravity when using everyday items.

What forces can you see in our photos?

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Smooth Moves - Games Galore

Our Science inquiry, Smooth Moves, provides students with the opportunity to explore forces and motion.

Through hands-on activities students identify forces that act at a distance and those that act in direct contact and investigate how different-sized forces affect the movement of objects.

They will explore why balls roll? Why apples fall from trees? Why some things slide across ice but not on carpet? What makes our bikes stop when we brake? We will explore all types of forces including friction, gravity and pushes and pulls when we exercise, ride bicycles and drive cars.

This week, one of our experiments was to explore the forces present when playing a range of everyday games.

Can you see all the forces at play?

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Genius Hour

Each Wednesday all of Year 3/4 participate in Genius Hour. During Genius Hour, students have an opportunity to explore and investigate their own passions. It gives students a choice in what they learn and encourages creativity. Students begin by coming up with a driving question which becomes the big idea for their research. They then come up with smaller questions to help them focus their research and organise their learning about their driving question. Finally, students have an opportunity to share their learning with others.

Take a look at the incredible work that some of the Year 3/4 students have shared during Genius Hour this week.

What is the tastiest flavour of cake? - Survey made using Google Forms

What are the benefits of Yoga? - Powerpoint

What makes a volcano erupt? - Powerpoint and experiment

What are the world's fastest cars? - Powerpoint and Youtube videos

What causes a volcano to erupt? - Experiment and fast facts

Monday, 27 March 2017

Readers' Workshop

Can you list 3 different emotions Mr Hatch feels after receiving the Valentine's Day card?
Are they positive or negative emotions?

Sunday, 19 March 2017

History Inquiry- Our Fleeting Past

This term we have been investigating early European Explorers including William Dampier, Matthew Flinders, Willem Jantszoon and Captain James Cook just to name a few. We have also learnt about what life was like back in England and in Australia before the First Fleet. We have been learning about some of the reasons that people were sentenced to transportation and became convicts and which ships they sailed on as part of the First Fleet. 

Take a look at some of the convict 'Wanted' posters that we made after researching some of the convicts from the First Fleet. We learnt about their crimes, their original sentences and which ship they were transported on.

We also read a book called a Penny To Remember written by Kirsty Murray, which is about a boy named George who is sentenced to seven years transportation and wants to give his sister something to remember him by. The story is insipred by the convict love tokens that were made by convicts, who would beat a penny until its surface was smooth and then carve a message on it for someone they love and is linked to the love token that is kept at the National Museum here in Canberra. We created images while listening to the story and added them to our summary to create a story board for the book.

What have you learnt during the 'Our Fleeting Past' Inquiry so far?