Friday, 10 November 2017


Over the last 2 weeks we have been learning about poetry: what it is and why people like to write it. We have learnt about some different types of poetry such as Diamante, Haiku, Concrete and Rhyming poetry.
Below are our poems and some reflections on this very rich writing genre.

Patrick's Diamante Bunnies Poem can be found here.

Nato by Eve
Stubborn, German shepherd
Barking, licking, sleeping
Bones, meat, rug, laziness
Stealing clothes, running, playing
Cute, guard dog

By Ryan 
Lovely, Friendly
Buying, Shopping, Amazing
Food, Love, Health, Help
Walking and Driving to places, Taking to places, Helping for Homework
Caring, Nice

Tess - by Daniel 
Furry Cute 
Rolling, curling into ball, Playing 
Park, soccer ball, gold fur, cubed food 
Fast, Can do gymnastics 
Tiny when young, old now 
My dog

🐈 Finn 🐈 By Emma 
Grey Tabby
Sleeping Sniffing Jumping 
Food mess basket comedian
Running Chasing Meowing 
Cute Playful 

Trees by Celia
Brown Green
Shaking Helping Glowing 
Water Air Paper Leaves 
Shimmering Blowing Growing 
Tall Amazing 

🍎School🍏 by Caitlin 
Friendly Fun 
Learning Playing Teaching 
Maths Inquiry English Friends 
Wondering Counting Testing 
Colourful Safe 

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Mr.Chucky by Oscar
Brown fast 
Runs eats sleeps 
Grass outside vegetables cage 
Plays naps walks 
Adorable fluffy 
Guinea Pig 

By Madeleine K
Black and white, cute
Licking, sniffing, wagging
bones, food, games, sleep
running, barking, chasing
Hairy, girl

Blog post on poetry by Scarlett
What’s poetry? you may ask, well poetry is a good way to express your feelings or maybe something to do when you’re bored. There are many types of poetry most are complicated like Haiku a form of Japanese poetry or Diamante. There are also simple types like concrete or maybe just a simple acrostic poem.
Here’s an example of a Diamante poem:

Small hairy
Tracking sniffing digging
Spikes desert eggs snow
Waddling sticky tongue
Cute spiky
Most poetry has rhyme, rhythm, sound and visual language. You can take moments, memories, events or a second of reality and make a poem out of it!

By Victoria:
Fire and water
Orange yellow
Leaning Wobbling dripping 
Candle, wax, flame, light
Hot cold warm 
Blowing moving staying still
Candle melt

Diamond Shape Poem by Joel
Colours, wheels,
Cool-looking, Rims,
Noisy, Gas, Steering, Wheels 
Convertibles, Symbols,
Engine, Fast, Types,

Supergirl (by Rosie)
Bold, Awesome,
Saving, Helping, Rescuing,
Supergirl Will Overtake Villain
Destroying, Stopping, Sneaking,
Mean, Evil,

🌞 Port Douglas 🌞 by Georgie
Hot, Fun
Running, Ocean, Walking
Pool, Shops, Restaurants, Ice cream
Happy people, Nice shops, Hot sand
Shopping, Jogging, Swimming 
Nice, Big 

Max by Nick
Green black
Pecks flies talks
Food outside plays get out of cage
Fun cute

Lilly by Inti
Lilly is crazy as a duck.
She chases bikes like they’re chew toys. 
She’s fast like sport car.
She’s fun as a friend.
She’s more playful than any other animal 
She’s cuter than a cat 
She’s the best dog in the world, 
but in the end she's just a dog 

Poetry by Josh D.
A poem is a piece of writing to make people emotional and they usually rhyme (they don't have to rhyme)
Here are some examples:

There's some big diamonds
In that big and very dark mine
Get some for me now

Old Wrinkly
Walking aching Fighting 
Lightsaber Force Starwars Jedi 
Meditating Jumping leading 
Green amazing 
Walking stick 

Mustang (by Alexander)
Fast, powerful
Driving, racing, skidding
Colours, speed, engine horsepower
Heart-racing, thrilling, energising
Cool, happy, noisy

Soccer by Simon
Passing Exercise 
Kicking Scoring Running 
Both use a ball
Slam dunk Hoop Ankle breaking 
Swish Trick shot

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Coding with Bee bots, Ozobots, and Sphero balls.

Over the next 3 weeks the Middles will be exploring how to code and manipulate these mini robots to make them move where we want.

The Sphero balls were insane!!! I loved them, because they can move as fast as a click. Also you could put covers on them, to make them go fast or slow. I also used the Ozobots and I made my Ozobot Track, The graffiti S and the Halloween maze. It was really cool because the Ozobot followed the lines that you drew. It's a 5 Star Rating from me. - Declan
In I.C.T we played with some bee bots on the top of the bee bots the was keys which had  Forward, Backwards, Left and Right. My partner was Sophie and we made a course for the bee bot with sticky tape it was really fun. We had turns of making a course for the bee bot but sometimes I accidentally pressed Left when i was meant to go Right. It was very fun experience Everyone very much enjoyed it - Georgie 

Group 1 was with the beebots, group 2 was with the sphero balls, group 3 was with the ozobots.
I was with the beebots and you had to make a track and your partner had to make the bee bot go along the track. I noticed there were different ways to turn and it was hard to get it right - Josh

I did the Ozobots with Deco, Hamish and Alexa, Ozobots are small robots they just follow lines, each line has a colour code that makes it go fast or slow.  I think the Ozobots are really fun - Joel
Ryan and me did Ozobots and we had to draw lines. Mine went off track and there was no black line and the tornado was so cool and the was slow one went like a snail and I did it and there 1 min to get across a line. Victoria     

It was really fun because you get to work with a partner and do Ozo bots, Bee bots or Sphero balls. When doing the Ozobots I noticed you have to be careful about where you draw the black line on the paper. It can't be too close to the edge or the ozobot stops - Maddie W

Friday, 22 September 2017

Term 3 reflection by Middle S and photos from our class party

What did you like the most about term 3, what did you learn that you didn’t know before, what helped your learning? What are you looking forward to in  term 4?

Write Reflection
This term was a very good term because we went on an excursion and I loved the Expo. My favorite part of this term was the Expo that we did not long ago that we did on My Family's Immigration story. I did it on my dad’s side of the family, in other words my nonno and nonna (that means Grandpa and Grandma in Italian.)
hat I am looking forward to next term is the knitting and board games with the senior citizens
This term was probably the best term ever because we had an expo on our family or someone’s immigration story to Australia. Most people did their family some people didn’t, I did my Grandma’s immigration story.
This week all the middles did a expo and a lot of people came to see me. Today we are having a class party and we had to bring our own country that we came from and the food that there was is Dutch, Italian and Canadian. A lot of food was there and this is the last day of school and then it is the school holidays. On Monday and Tuesday we did measuring and we went outside and we used measuring tools and it was really fun.
This term we did Australian History. I did my Immigration story but other people did Cuc Lam and similar people. We saw what Cuc Lam brought she brought a mini bag, with money and photos of her family. I did not know what immigration was but now I know lots of information. We did an expo and it went very well. We went to ACMI as well it was very fun acmi stands for Australian Center of the Moving Image.
This Term the middles had an expo on the last week of term. I was so happy about Australian History because Australian history is about people who have migrated to Australia and why they moved to Australia.
This term middles was learning about history of Australia. We went on an excursion to the Immigration Museum to learn about old stuff.
We learnt about Australian history and the middies did a  expo on people's immigration story.
This term we were learning about immigration and history. We had a lot of learning to history for example the first fleet came to Australia in the 26th of January 1788. When I was sick the rest of the middles went to the immigration museum. The thing I learnt the most was my family immigration story. First I hardly knew about my family immigration story but now I really know about it. It was fun presenting my family immigration story. Next term I am looking forward to learning about environment and how to help the environment.
This term we had an expo of our grandparents or anyone is our family. So we had to work on it for a couple of weeks some people got to present because they were finished. When it was time at school  we got our stuff ready in the library after lunch we would come back and present our presentation and some people made it on posters. After when the lunch bell went, the one that meant that lunch is over, we went to the library and we got ready for the school and parents to come in. Then Ms Scott gave made reports to take home at the next 2 or 3 days then it was home time.
This term we had our expo and we had to do another person's immigration story. Mine was about my family's immigration story it was so fun. Also we are having a multicultural class party today. Also we had a excursion earlier this term we went to Acmi and the immigration museum It was awesome!
This has been the best term ever !
This team we have been learning about immigration and we did an expo on immigration also. At the end of the term we get a class party.
This term in middle.s we were learning about immigration and why people immigrate
to Australia. Our immigration excursion was to ACMI and then to the immigration museum.    
In this term we learnt about subtraction and  next term i want to learn about the other stuff i love this year.
This week has been the best week. We have been practising for the production because we have school holidays and then the production. On Tuesday we had our expo on our Immigration of coming somewhere else to coming to Australia. I did my family on my dad's side and I got 41 people coming to my station including adults. I got a picture taking with my mum. Now today it’s the last day of the term and we are going to have a party!
Madeleine K
This week have been doing practicing our school production. We also have been doing our family immigration story and 25 people came to my presentation.
Maddie w
This week in inquiry we have been learning immigration and made a slideshow.  Mine was about Eva Warhurst and she left with one sister and three brother and got sent to Australia.
This term we have had lots of fun with our inquiry topic “Immigration stories.” I found it really fun. I can’t wait until term 4 because our topic is Environment and sustainability. Also next term on the first Thursday of term we are doing our school play. Me and scarlett  are writing a story together and it's called A Pip For Ellie. I am having SO much fun writing it.      
This term we learnt about Australian history and we had an expo on it, because we learnt about Australian history we went to the Australian immigration museum. It’s the last day of term and we're only here for half a day, the last day of term is always the best because we normally have a end of term party but this term we’re having a multicultural food festival but it’s only the middles. For the last couple of weeks our class has been doing partner narratives. My partner is Eve and our story is about a pug called Ellie and a numbat called Pip that travel all around Australia to find their owner Sidney Lewis Smith. I can’t wait till next term which is term 4 because the topic is Environment & sustainability! I personally can’t wait because I love the natural environment and nature.
This term was AMAZING I have learnt so much and had so much fun. Our inquiry unit was immigration to Australia, the Middles went to the Melbourne History Museum and ACMI ( Australian Centre for the Moving Image ) for our expo I chose to do Anh Do’s Immigration story. We had our multi cultural food party I bought scones for England. I can't wait for next term!           
This term we have had lots of fun because today we are having a class party and I was the one thought of the idea of doing a multi cultural party. I brought neenish tarts from England.
This term we have been learning about Australian history and immigration and we did a P.L.T on either your family’s immigration story or a famous immigrant. I did Caroline Chisholm.
This term we have also practiced our concert. I think the concert will be really good and my sister has one of the main part because the concert is called the legend of the three trees and my sister is the olive tree. Personally I think this was the BEST TERM EVER!!!        
This term has been fun learning about Australian history! I already knew a bit about the first fleet and things like that but this year we flipped it around and saw it from the Aboriginals’ point of view. We also learnt a lot about immigration from other countries. I learnt that my family came from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Some of our food from the Multi-cultural party:

Friday, 15 September 2017

What is Reciprocal Reading?

Our Week 9 blog post on Reciprocal Reading
Last week the Middles began learning about and doing Reciprocal Reading in class. At the moment we are doing it with our teacher but eventually we hope to run our groups independently. Below are our thoughts on what reciprocal reading is and how it help us to be better readers...
What is it? How does it help me?
We all know how to read…. But do we all know how to make it super easy.
Reciprocal reading is a form of reading that makes it really easy to predict with a group or solo (by yourself). It shows how to predict, read, clarify ask and discuss also sum up. Doing it in a group first helps then when you get the hang of it you can eventually do it solo. It helped me because I stopped making as many mistakes and it also helped me understand the book, the concept and the content and you can get into groups and not buffer as much (more fluent). It also helps with reading faster and understanding words or phrases. With predicting, you predict what the subtitle/heading might be about before reading it read when you read you read the book or a few pages and then with clarify you clarify any tricky words phrases or sentences in the text with ask and discuss you discuss what the text is about  and things you realised and with sum up you briefly explain what the text is about.
Reciprocal reading is to read a story and to predict, read, clarify and to ask a question and discuss and sum up. It helps me by reading and knowing more words.
I am talking about reciprocal reading. Reciprocal reading is about how we can read a easy book then a harder book or a longer book. First is Predicting, Reading, Clarifying, Asking Questions and Summing up. It had helped me a lot me because now I can read harder book.
This week we did reciprocal reading and it was fun. Reciprocal  reading is when you have a group and you have all of these five questions. The first two are Let’s read and predict. The second two are: Clarify and Ask any questions to discuss and the last one is sum up.we took turns and the first to we used were Predicted and Read. Then this week and next week we do clarify,ask question and discuss and last but not least sum up. Then  It helps me to learn new words and I can help other kids to learn.   
This week we were learning how to make reading fun and easier so we are all learning how to make it easier to read and fun to read. So the class and our teacher made groups of four and there is four cards so the cards that we have we read out and mine was in my group predict and read so I need to say for an example:  I think that ( chapter )  is gonna be about  that is alone would anyone like to add  then i'll pick someone and they will add then the clarifier would ask if anyone has a ord they don't understand and if someone does not understand a word the clarifier would write it down on a whiteboard and then get the teacher's Ipad and search the word up and then they would find out what the word is. After the Ask Questions and discuss person would say What have we learnt then they will pick people to say what they have learnt after at the end the Sum Up will say what was (Name) About also they would pick what it was about After the group would Give the cards to the teacher and pack up and that's all.
This week in Middle S we did reciprocal reading, reciprocal reading is when there are 5 roles that people take part in. The first role is to predict, you predict about what the book might be about and if anyone would like to add to your prediction. The second role is to read, you tell everyone to read to check if the prediction was correct. The third role is to clarify, you ask if anyone needs to clarify any words or phrases. The fourth role is to ask questions and discuss, you ask everyone about what they learnt  and what they’re wondering about. The last role is to sum up, you tell everyone what the book was about and if they would like to add to your summary. After all the roles are finished you swap over and the rotation starts again.

Today  our literacy groups did  Reciprocal Reading where we had 5 jobs  predict,read,clarify,  questions and sum up. We did history books like moving from  home,migration and immigration. E.g Clarify you say is there any tricky words, ideas or phrases that you need to clarify if they say … you type it up then and share what it means e.g voyage    voyage means someone on a long journey.
Reciprocal Reading is when there are 5 people that have a job each that are predicting, read, clarify, discuss, sum up. It is an independent job with usually no teacher. This week was with a teacher because we were starting. I think
Reciprocal Reading is fun for people that like to read with other people
This Week for literacy we did reciprocal reading. Reciprocal reading is a way of learning to read.  We had four people in each group. The first person predicts it means you try to guess what you think the story is about.  Then you have to read to find out about your predictions. After you clarify and tell the words that you do not know if one person does not know what the word means and everyone else knows it you still need to search up the word. The last thing you do is summing up you need to check out the predictions from the start. Reciprocal reading helped me with my comprehension  and to learn new words that I do not know and to do stuff with a group.
When I did Reciprocal Reading was really good because we got to calibrate, What you do in reciprocal reading is when you each get a card and you have to follow what it says on the card, one of them ses what can you predict so then you predict what the story is about, then there is one that says “Now let’s read and find out if any of the predictions are right” so we read and find out. Then we clarify any words or phrases that we don’t know about. Then we ask questions and discuss stuff about the story or book. Then we sum up and try and tell the story in a shorter version. Reciprocal reading helps me READ, PREDICT, CLARIFY, DISCUS AND SUM UP.
This week middle s did reciprocal reading. reciprocal reading is when you have 4 or 5 people and you get a card and whoever is the first one to read they get two cards .everyone else gets one card and the first person reads a card out and says I predict … and other people say some other things.  it helps me because I do not know what it is about and then I predict that … and then I guess what it is about and that is what you.     
This week the class has been learning about reciprocal reading. Reciprocal reading is when the class is put in a group. One group is with ms scott and the other groups are doing their literacy task. The group dose 5 thing. The 1st thing they do is to predict the story. The 2nd thing is to read the story. 3rd is clarify the words. 4th is asking questions. 5th  is summing up.
This week we have been learning about reciprocal Reading. Reciprocal reading is when you sit in a circle and you read a book and there are 5 things you have to do. The 1st thing you have to do is predict what the story is about. The 2nd thing you have to do is read it. The 3rd thing is clarify which is when you ask what some words mean. The 4th thing is asking questions and discuss. The 5th is summing up which means clear everything up so you don’t keep wondering about something. Reciprocal reading helps me to pay more attention when I am reading because if someone asks me what the story is about and it also helps me to understand words. I have only done it once. The people in my group are Georgie, Scarlett, Sophie and I (Celia). The book that we read was leaving home which is about Immigrating to Australia and how they got here, what they brought and how hard it was to leave your family, friend and country.      
Madeleine K
This week we have been doing  reciprocal reading. Reciprocal reading is when you get into a group and have four five or six people and you get a card each. What you have on your card you have to do and we all get a card and we read the book and after we read the book we have to say what it was about. Before you read the book you have to look at the picture and say what you think it might be about and the whole group and you have to discuss what they think it might be about.
This week in middle.s we are learning about Reciprocal reading. It is when you are in a group and you discuss about a book. It will really help you and you also know lots more about it.
This week in middle S we practiced our Reciprocal Reading.  Reciprocal Reading
is when there is a group and then there is a predictor , reader (you need to know how to read), a clarifier and then they will sum it up and ask questions.
In my group we read “Leaving Home”. I predicted that it would be about families in bad situations that means that they have to leave home.

I think  Reciprocal Reading helps us to understand what we are reading.      
This week our class did reciprocal reading. Reciprocal reading is a form of reading, it’s when you get into a group of 4 and each person has a job.
  • Leader is in charge of predicting and reading
  • Clarifying
  • question asker
  • summing up
The leader (predicting and reading) says “Ipredict… about this book, does anyone like to add to my prediction or ask any questions?” then once the leaders done that the leader says “let’s read to check our prediction and find out more” after that the group reads to themself (you need to know how to read). Once they’ve read the page the clarifier says “is there anything you need to clarify such as tricky words or perhaps even ideas?” Eventually at the end after the question asker has said “what did we learn? What else are you wondering about?” the person summing up says “i think the book was about… would anyone like to add to my summary?”
Do you know what reciprocal reading is? Reciprocal Reading is a five part step that goes Predict, Read, Clarify, Question / Discuss and Sum Up. There are four people in the group the first person predicts what the book will be about then asks if anyone else wants to add to the prediction and then says let's read to see if we were correct. The second says does anyone want to clarify any tricky words, phrases or ideas. The third person says what did we learn and what else are we wondering about? The fourth person sums up what the book was about and asks if anyone wants to add to the summary.

I think Reciprocal Reading helps because you can discuss what you’ve read, so you understand more about what you are reading.       
This week we have been doing small reciprocal reading groups. Each group had about 4 people in it and some groups had Ms. Scott working with them. Each person had a different role out of Predict and read, Clarify, ask questions and discus or sum up. Sum up was probably the hardest one because you have to really understand the book and be able to sum it up in a few sentences. Reciprocal reading helped me understand the book more and made reading an information book really fun!
Madeleine W.
This week Middle S have been doing reciprocal reading with Ms Scott. What is reciprocal reading? reciprocal reading is reading a book and there are positions like clarify, predict, ask Question and sub up. It’s lots of fun to work  in a group. It helped me read better and I Learnt some words.