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Public Transport Challenge


Here are some resources for our Public transport challenge.

The map:

Moonee Valley TravelSmart Map_




Bus-477 route-



Travel planner

Writing Challenge



Education has the power to transform my life!

A writing challenge has been planned with links to Children’s Week theme: the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 29, focussing on ‘Education has the power to transform children’s lives’.

Here is the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child:

Article 29 states that:

Your education should help you use and develop
your talents and abilities. It should also help
you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment
and respect other people.


Students will choose one item (from this article) to write about how education will help:

  • use my talents
  • live peacefully
  • protect the environment
  • respect others.

The challenge involves children writing a maximum of 400 words on one of the four items listed above.

Grade 6 children who are residents/study in Moonee Valley and attend the designated participating schools are invited to participate.


Prizes will acknowledge selected student effort and school participation.

ENTRIES OPEN: 24 October, 2017, 10am

ENTRIES CLOSE: 20 November, 2017, 4pm

JUDGING: ends 1 December

PRIZES: allocated from 4 December

TO ENTER: submit entry with entry form, see conditions of entry below.

Entry form: Short story_Entryform

Short story challenge – Conditions of Entry                  

‘Education has the power to transform my life!’

  1. Participants must reside or study in the City of Moonee Valley and attend one of the designated participating schools.
  2. One entry per person.
  3. The writing challenge will be judged on literary merit.
  4. Exceeding the word limit will result in disqualification.
  5. Entries must be the entrant’s own original work.
  6. For the purpose of this challenge, a short story is defined as a work of fiction written in prose or narrative format and does not include poetry or scripts.
  7. Entries must be typed and in a minimum size 12 font and submitted as a text/word document.
  8. Entries will be judged on content and responding to one item from Article 29.
  9. Entries must be verified by a parent/guardian via the entry form and accompanied with scanned entry form.
  10. Entries must be submitted via email to: is
  11. Challenge opens 24 October, 2017, 10am.
  12. Challenge closes 20 November, 2017, 4pm.
  13. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. Personal details must NOT be included on the short story document itself otherwise it will be disqualified from the competition.
  15. Submitted entries may be used and published in part or full by the City of Moonee Valley on their websites and other media UNLESS written notice withdrawing consent accompanies the entry at the time of submission.


Digitech/Science Lesson 10- Designing Digital Solutions Project Introduction



I understand the requirements of the designing digital solutions project.


Watch the following videos as a class, then discuss:

  • Does anything surprise you?
  • In what ways has human behaviour changed?
  • What are the seen and unseen results because of the change in human behaviour?


New Information & Application:

Our project:

How can we create something that makes our world a better place/change human behaviour?

My problem could be seeing which cat bowl is more popular for my cats- I could create this on makeymakey:

And this on scratch: Cat-eating Graph


Here is an example that you can choose to use as inspiration if you don’t have an idea of your own you’d like to explore.

See below for some examples of bins that use technology to entertain or inform:





Share & explain rubric-Digital solutions rubric


Create teams of 3- yr 5 /yr 6 & a confident coder


Goal reflection:

In your teams, share any questions you have and discuss initial ideas

Digitech/Science Lesson 8 Introduction to MakeyMakey



I understand how a Makey Makey links with a computer to make a circuit


What is a circuit?

What are conductors?


New Information:

So…..what is a MakeyMakey?

In groups of 3 unbox MAKEY MAKEYs- draw diagram and identify what you see.  Audit what is in them- ensure all can be packed up neatly

Compare their diagrams to these (discuss labels):

The MAKEY MAKEY basically creates a circuit that connects to your computer. When the circuit is complete it replaces keystrokes or mouse clicks- so it creates INPUTS. It can also be wired to create OUTPUTS


The MaKey MaKey is a two-sided circuit board. On the more simple, top side, the MaKey MaKey has 6-inputs: the up/down/left/right arrow keys, as well as the space bar and mouse left click.

Each of those inputs as well as the very important “Earth bar” are available in the form of what I like to call “alligator-bait” connectors. You’ll use the included alligator clip cables to clip right into the hole pairs. This will all be made much more clear in the next section. For now, let’s keep summarizing your MaKey MaKey.

When you flip the board over, you’ve got access to 12 more keys: W, A, S, D, F, and G on the keyboard side, and up/down/left/right mouse movement and left/right clicks on the mouse side. The bottom header has six ground (aka Earth) outputs, while the top header is an expansion/output header. There are also a few LEDs on the back to indicate whether you’re pressing a mouse or keyboard key.

Making Your First Key

The most simple MaKey MaKey key you can make is one that only uses your fingers. Try touching the Earth bar while simultaneously touching the space circle pad. The LED above the SPACE key should light up, and a space command should be sent to your computer.

Now try leaving one finger on the Earth bar while quickly tapping the space button. Getting a feel for it? It should work just like your standard space key!

MaKey Key-Making Materials

To make your “standard” key with the MaKey MaKey you need the following:

  • A connection to a MaKey MaKey input. This can be done using alligator clips on the top side, or jumper wires on the bottom.
  • Connection to a MaKey MaKey ground (Earth). Again, you’ll connect to earth using either alligator clips or jumper wires.
  • Some sort of key material. This is the fun/creative part! There’s a world of MaKey MaKey keys out there. Anything that’s even slightly conductive is just waiting to become a computer input. The classics, of course, are your fingers, bananas, and pencil scratchings.
  • Something to activate the key, by connecting between the key material and the ground input. Your fingers work pretty well for this. Anything even slightly conductive will do though.

Making a Key

Activating a key means creating a closed circuit. For the circuit to work, electrons have to be able to flow from the MaKey MaKey input key to MaKey MaKey’s ground. Usually your fingers will be the missing link between those two:

Let’s try making a bona fide MaKey MaKey key. First, you’ll need to find some sort of key object. Dig around your house, check your fruit basket, your coin purse, or grab a pencil and make a drawing.

Pick out your favorite-colored alligator clip cable, open one of the jaws, and snap it down onto your key. And clip the other end of the clip into one of the MaKey MaKey top-side inputs. SPACE is great for testing purposes:

Now, grab a second cable for the ground connection. Black is the classic “ground color”, but set your own trend and pick whatever you want. Clip one end of one cable into the Earth bar, and let the other end dangle for now.

Open up some sort of text editor (Notepad, Word, TextEdit, etc.) on your computer. Remember that, just as with your boring ol’ keyboard, your computer will interpret keypresses differently depending on what program is active.

Finally! Grab the dangling end of the ground cable with one hand. Make sure you’re touching the metal part of the clip. Then use your other hand to touch the banana, or whatever your key might be. BAM! Space!


MAKEY MAKEY combines with coding- so when you input say a space bar click, it will do whatever the code has told it to- this is how you get it to become a musical instrument.

Have a look at




Your challenges-

Challenge 1:

Simple Circuit: Can you figure out where to plug in the LED on the Makey Makey and complete a circuit by touching playdoh?

(Remember that LEDs have a short leg to indicate the negative side. You need to create a loop for the current to flow!)


Challenge 2:

Can you use people to complete the circuit? Can you add people and the LED still light up? How many people can be in your chain and still complete the circuit?


Challenge 3:

What are insulators and conductors? Use items provided to find out what materials work well as conductors and insulators- create a table with your findings.


Challenge 4:

Create a Makey Makey keyboard using the scratch program:

What objects will be your keys?


Challenge 5:

Building a Switch: What other materials can you use to build your own switch? What materials work? What won’t work? Why?

Explore the possibilities on these videos:



ENSURE ALL IS PACKED UP NEATLY-teacher ensure all boxes have everything they are meant to


Goal Reflection:

Draw a circuit diagram of something you made today-label what the parts are.

What excited you? What are you hoping to find out or explore? What questions do you have?

Homework Week 9


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This week I would like you to respond to this video as you would a BTN reflection with 3 facts you recall, 2 questions you are wondering about and 1 insight or understanding that you came to while watching the video- an inference, a connection or a conclusion that wasn’t directly stated in the video!/media/1568044/let-the-electricity-flow

Mindfulness Survey


Please complete this survey about mindfulness to help us develop our mindfulness program.


Digitech lesson 2- networks



I can describe how digital systems connect together to form networks to transmit data.


What do these things have in common?


New Information:

A NETWORK is a system of interconnected things.

Watch these, take notes and discuss:


List all the things the computers in our school are linked to-

What are the things that make up our school’s Local Area Network?

As a class, create a diagram as a class to express it



Draw a network that would exist in your house OR at our school OR at a university OR at a workplace


Goal Reflection:

What is a network?

What are some advantages and disadvantages of having computer networks?

Book Week Multi-Age art response- “The Patchwork Bike “


Today kids from all classes joined together to share the Australian Children’s Books of the Year.

We looked at “The Patchwork Bike” By Maxine Beneba Clarke.

book week art activity-

Look at the wonderful art we made! (click to enlarge )


Literature Circles


This week we begin Literature Circles. In groups you will read and discuss a novel using the prompts provided in this booklet:

Literature Circles -job outlines-

Please download the booklet and keep it as a resource for your homework.

If you need a hard copy, please ask your teacher.

Remember, Tally masters should take notes using the reciprocal teaching model- notes should be taken on prediction, clarification, questioning & summary so that you have something to share with the group discussion


School Captain speeches


Each year in Term 3 we elect the school captains for the next year.

Now is your chance to use the skills you have been learning in class masters to convince your teachers and peers of all your wonderful qualities that would go towards you becoming an important leader of our school.

Each year 5 student is expected to prepare and present a speech to the 5-6 students outlining their strengths as a leader and what they would bring to the role of school captain.

The criteria and process for becoming school captain are outlined in this document:

School Captains Application and Selection Process

Please download it and read it to get an idea of what you might write.

Speeches will be presented in Week 8 of term (from 4-8 September).

All speeches should be emailed to your teacher before the 4th of September, and posted on your blog after you have presented it.

Feel free to speak to your teacher, this year’s captains or last year’s short-listed candidates if you would like advice on creating an outstanding application.


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