Radio adverts

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Gosh we had some fun today! Firstly, students revised the language features found in persuasive texts, then they were put into small groups to create short ads. Each group was given a task card which told them what they had to advertise and to whom. We loved Ellie's short closing statement, and everyone was in hysterics with Blake's accent. Well done 4F!


Persuasive language

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

We continued our work on persuasive language in advertising today. The class viewed commercials, then discussed and analysed them.

Students: Add a slogan you hear (and the product) during a television or radio advertisement

Week 9 Maths

Our focus today was learning how to convert a written fraction into a decimal. During teacher time students each got a lolly snake and cut it into tenths. We then practised writing different numbers as fractions and converting to decimals.

Here is also a link to a fun little revision game.

Week 9

Week 9 spelling list has been added on Spelling City. Next week we will have our end of term spelling test, so this week would be a great time to start revising previous spelling lists.

We have begun our new English unit which is focused around Advertising. Last week students brainstormed what they already know about advertising and Mrs Kippen has created a fantastic display from students answers.

Our focus today was on the persuasive language used in commercials to make children want to buy certain products. We viewed a clip on the Typhoon II. At the end of the commercial we stopped the clip and students wrote what they would like about the product. Students then watched the next part of the clip where children evaluated the Typhoon II. 4F then discussed the differences between the commercial and what the toy was truly capable of. Some students shared their own experiences of being disappointed with a toy they had previously seen advertised. 


After that we did our own analysis on Buzz Lightyear. As a class we compared an advertisement for Buzz Lightyear with the actual toy.

Students: What kind of tricks / language do commercials use to persuade you to buy their product? 

Week 8

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Week 8 spelling list has been added to Spelling City

Spelling Rule: Prefixes - They are syllables placed at the beginning of a base word that change the meaning of the base word. The prefix itself is always spelt the same way.

English: This week we are using our drafts to write good copies of our Rowan of Rin chapter.

Math: We looked at capacity during rotations today. Students completed a teacher time activity involving estimating and measuring millilitres in different sized containers. Mathletics activities have also been updated to measurement activities. Remember you can log on at home!

The independent activity involved students revising what they know about measuring length. We definitely still need practise on converting cm to mm! Play the game below for some revision.

History: This term we have been learning about Australian history from the perspective of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Over the last few weeks we have been talking about the Yolngu tribe that lived in Eastern Arnhem Land, and began trading with the Macassans. Ask your student about what each group traded, and why they were able to trade peacefully.

Today we revised the different types of sources that we can use to learn more about our history. We looked at Visual, Oral, Physical and Written. See if your child can give you a specific example of each of these sources.

Maths Rotations

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It's pretty awesome as a teacher to have students walk in after a break, ask if we're doing math rotations and when I reply yes, they fist pump with a 'Yes!'

If you walked in to our math session, you would see students engaged! Today we were focusing on measuring length. Students completed activities in teacher time involving estimating the length of lines using a personal referent for a centimetre (little finger), then paced out metre steps to measure distances between objects in the room. The independent activity involved students measuring between points on a map with their ruler and answering relevant questions. 


Please check with your child if they have run out of anything. Several students are in need of a glue stick. If you kept some books home at the beginning of the year, now is the time to send them in. 


Monday, August 24, 2015

Forms for the Premier's Reading Challenge are due back this week! No late forms will be accepted. 

Week 7

Welcome to Week 7 - we are on the home stretch of the term!

Our English focus for this week:
  • Create a plan for Rowan of Rin chapter. Talk with your student about their plan - Who are the characters featuring? Where is their chapter set? What is the main problem that will occur? Who is going to have a fear of something and what will that fear be?
  • Begin first draft of chapter (assessment)
  • Use strong verbs in our writing - Ask your student to use their 'brain thesaurus' to give you a better word for 'went', 'ran', 'said'.
  • Spelling - hard g / soft g (Week 7 list has been added to Spelling City)
Our math focus for this week:
  • 9 times tables
  • Measuring length 
  • Measuring mass 
  • Reading graduated scales 
  • Flip, Slide, Turn
  • Symmetry
  • Fractions 

Week 6

Monday, August 17, 2015

Spelling City

I have added our Week 6 spelling list to There is also a Spelling City app available.
Jump on and practise this week's spelling!

Eight times tables