Year 5 have are working on a Project Based Learning activity to help improve communication with peers, parents and the wider community.

First we had to plan what we were going to do. People worked in teams and the came up with different ideas to communicate. Some of the ideas were: using drones, technology glasses, school magazines and Youtube  and School TV channels.

We collaborated with all the ideas and put it to the vote for the best, most realistic ideas.

The most popular ideas were to create a School Magazine and include a Youtube channel.


Experiment News Reports!


Does it float or sink?

From your experiment earlier this week you have demonstrated why some things sink and some things float. You know this is because of the density.

WALT: report the results of an experiment

TIB: Good scientists can report clearly and accurately about an experiment they conduct


You are going to use an app called TELESTORY to report your results….just like a real news reporter.



3/4R Why did our boats float, then sink?

Last week, we tested whether our boats floated or sank. All of them floated for at least one minute with no ‘passengers’ (marbles) in them. We then put marbles in the boats to see how many ‘passengers’ they could hold. All boats held between 24 and 97 marbles before they sank, well done!

Testing boats

We now need to think about why they floated and then why they sank, using the knowledge we have learnt so far. What do you think?

WALT: use an online design program to create a poster on why your boat floated.

TIB: good communicators use a range of programs to communicate their message.


  • access the Canva website
  • ‘Log in’ using your email address and password (email = firstname.lastname@education.nsw.gov.au)
  • Select ‘Create a design’ and then the ‘Poster’ option
  • Create a poster to explain why your boat floated when it had no marbles in it. Remember to use the scientific concepts we have learnt about this term.
  • When your poster is finished, select ‘Download’ in the top right corner of the screen and then select ‘PDF: standard’
  • Your poster will download. Open it and then save it in our folder in the Collaboration drive.
  • ‘Sign out’ by clicking the face on the top right of the screen

3/4 EH Sink or Float?

Using Popplet to share what we know!


Effectively use web tools to record your scientific predictions.


Record your scientific predictions using popplet

Explain What is density?

Task Sink or float

  • View the YouTube link


  • Open a new web browser and search ‘Popplet’


  • Create two headings titled sink and float
  • Your task is to list objects you think will sink and list objects you think will float. Highlight objects you wish to experiment with in class later this week.
  • Take a screen shot by pressing prt sc (print screen) on the key board.
  • Open a Word Document
  • Paste the image
  • Explain What is density?
  • Save the work document under your name in the 3/4 EH science folder

3/4R discover a new webtool!

Today you are going to learn how to use a new webtool.


Canva is an online graphic design website where you can design documents including posters, advertisements, invitations … the possibilities are endless!

WALT: access and use an online design program.

TIB: good communicators can use a range of programs to communicate their message.


  • Access the Canva website
  • Click “Sign up with Email”
  • Type your details as follows:

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  • For the question “What would you like to use Canva for?” answer “Education”
  • Watch the tutorial on how you can use Canva
  • Start exploring Canva by selecting from the options on the left-hand side
  • Discuss with your EEKK partner what you could use Canva for
  • “Sign out” by clicking the face on the top right of the screen

Our buddies from Wellington Primary School, England


2K has been emailing 3HLO, from Wellington Primary School, England this term. 3HLO is a multicultural class of 16 boys and 13 girls, who live in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.

Each of us has our own buddy who we email each week. We have been sharing information about our school, friends and family. Also, we share interesting things we do each week and teach each other new things. This week our buddies taught us how to CC friends into an email and we taught them how to attach photos. On display in our classroom, we have our buddies’ photos along with a description for all our visitors to see.

We love hearing from them each week! We hope to one day meet them face to face 

2K =)

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5J’s Literacy Big Buddies!

A trial literacy buddy program has arrived at GPS and 5J took the opportunity to become “Little Buddy’s” to a corporate company known as Cuscal. The program consists of sending 2 screened letters per term (similar to the ‘penpal’ system) to professionals within the workforce. Students plan, draft and publish their letters in accordance with their classes writing cycle, drawing upon critical thinking, varied language and creativity.

Their letters include:
* Deeper level questions for their buddies. For example- What are the most important things to you and why?
* Information about who they are.
* Personal touches such as pictures and drawings, individual interests and favourite things.

They were very surprised at how much they had in common with their “Big Buddy’s” and look forward to continuing their communication throughout the year.

Pallavi’s Reconciliation Week Writing Challenge.

Never Was, Always Will Be

It’s finally the big day. I am the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person to get to vote in the ballot. I’m so happy that my family, friends and I get to have a say after such a long time. There has been such a big change in our society now everyone is diverse because of our ever-changing government. This is closing the gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people.

My family and I are so happy we are trying to calm down before we leave to vote. My brother Tom shouts out, “Hip Hip Horayyy!” Mum gets everyone into the car to go to Parliament. I get to do the honours for my Indigenous people. Our votes will count this time.

We have finally reached Parliament. Mum gets me set up and fixes my tie. Oh no! Max is here with a slushy. I’ll tell you why it’s a bad thing. One day I was playing peacefully and Max, my classmate, comes along with a slushy and purposely spills it all over me.

See why I am afraid of him. Max is a BIG, TERRIFING, MEAN BULLY. All he does all day is ruin peoples effort and time. Why… Why … Why is this happening to me right now? Max is jealous I can tell from his scrunched up face. He comes up to me looking pretty angry with that purple, red slushy. ‘SPLAT ’. That slushy is all over my no longer white shirt. I tell mum we need to get home right away and meanwhile I told dad to hold off the election.

I jump into the car, and tell mum to drive full speed ahead! Did mum listen to me? NO! Why? It’s because she always has to drive the perfect speed on the road. We finally reach home and I quickly rush off to change my shirt. Meanwhile there was a call from the Press Adviser of the Prime Minster asking where I am. WH … WH… WHAT A PHONE CALL FROM THE PRESS ADVISOR ASKING WHERE I AM. It’s nobody else the prime minister is looking for it’s me she’s looking for. OH DARN! I’M IN TROUBLE!

I quickly take my shirt off so mum can wash it right away. I check my wardrobe to find a white shirt. I’m lucky I found one of my white sophisticated shirts. In a flash of a light we are back in the car all ready to go back to Parliament. Again, I told mum to go full speed ahead, did she listen? Yesss! Finally mum will rush to get our vote. I’m just sitting down and enjoying the ride.

I get there and there’s a red carpet so I can walk up to vote. Before I can have my vote the Prime Minister Pallavi Kamoda gives a few words. I get introduced. It’s time. I take my vote. This is just the beginning of a new chapter.

34K – Computer task: Week 7

Today we are learning how to summarise.


You will need to read the text:

emu and Jabiru

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You will need to create a popplet that summarises the story.

Remember to include a beginning, middle and end.

It should look a little bit like this:




What is the key message?

Stage 2 RFF groups are working on discovering the key message from a text.

What is the message from this story?

WALT: infer hidden messages (Connecting, Predicting, Monitoring)

TIB: Good Readers can use a range of strategies to help them to understand all possible meanings of events in a text.

  • Read the text with a partner: The lion and the Mouse

lion and mouse

  • Identify at least 3 important parts to the text and explain how you know
  1.  specific vocabulary
  2. stage directions
  3. tone of voice/attitude