Heroes – Australian of the Year

As a part of our  current Inquiry topic about Heroes in our Community we have researched different Australian’s of the Year.  The children did their research as part of their preparation for Sharing Time and presented their understandings to the whole class.

It was very interesting to hear about all of the wonderful Australians who have won Australian of the Year and how they contribute to our country. Some of the people were: Adam Goodes, Paul Hogan, Tim Conolon, Arthur Boyd, Fred Hollows, Steve Waugh, Dr Fiona Wood, Sally Goold, Dawn Fraser, Jessica Watson, Cathy Freeman and General Peter Cosgrove. We had some people repeat that same Australian of the Year but they chose different information to present.

A major part of our conversations about these famous Australians was why they were chosen by the students in our class and how each of our students related to their choice. We really valued what they’ve contributed to Australia – in so many ways. The children think we are lucky to live in a country that has some many wonderful people contributing to it’s rich diversity.

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We’re going a on a reading picnic!

Today our class went on a reading picnic. It was such a lovely day outside we decided to read outside and enjoy the warm weather. We packed our picnic blankets, book boxes, chairs and pillows. We went out to the oval and sat under the shade of the big gum tree and got into our reading.

We did read to self or read with a partner and loved our reading picnic.

Here’s the photos from our picnic.

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Personal Inquiry Time – Genius Hour

With a new term upon us, everyone in the class was very excited to be getting back into our Personal Inquiry time. This week we had lots of new creations made and it was another busy session. Lots of class members already had ideas that they were keen to pursue and couldn’t wait to get started. Our making time was busy and everyone in the class was highly independent and worked collaboratively with each other.

Some of our creations were:

  • cardboard arcade games – continuing a different weekly game being made. Their goal is to create an arcade of games to be played by students in our courtyard area during recess and lunch times.
  • ‘shape it’ models (a fast setting paper mache material) e.g.  a volcano
  • iMovies
  • Boxtroll models.
  • clay model pencil holders – added to a cardboard desk organiser
  • Chupa-chupa art work
  • just to name a few!


A major part of our session is the ‘gallery walk’ we do at the end of our session. Each person/ group explains their creation so we are clued in to the details presented in their creations – it gives all of us the best chance to fully understand their ideas.

We complete a self reflection sheet that’s a part of our initial planner. It gives us a chance to explain what went well, what we could improve, the skills we’re developing and how well we worked with others.

The reflection session also includes class discussions. Our reflections are vital to our learning – we’re tracking our own learning and learning from others too.

Here’s our latest photos.

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Next week we are having “the paper challenge”. What can you create using paper – of any kind!!???

Our Goals and events we’re looking forward to in Term 4.

Today we all wrote down our learning goals for term 4. We also named an event that we’re looking forward to this term.

There were a variety of ideas and learning goals – lots of learning to do!!

Term 4 is a really busy term for our school – like many others- we can’t wait for the different events to start.
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