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Homework Week 4


You are expected to have your diary and homework book (reading log is at the back of this) at school EVERY MONDAY.

This week you need to do:

  1. Reading log signed 5 times for the week
  2. 100 Word Challenge
  3. SRC letter (Due to be presented next week)
  4. Hot Maths task
  5. BTN reflection (click on link below for article on Democracy)

SRC speech


All students are required to write and present a speech explaining why they should be the class SRC rep. This is due on Monday 26th of February and will be spoken in front of the class.

When you write it, take into account what our class shared as important qualities in an SRC representative.

One of last year’s SRC reps in 5/6C was Brynn.

You might want to check out this link to her speech from last year to help shape your speech:

My SRC application.


Example vs. Definition


When we want to explain something new we can help people understand it in two ways.

We can offer an EXAMPLE or a DEFINITION



EXAMPLES-are usually the easiest to come up with. They tell us one of the different types. An example is one real-world type of the overall group. It helps us see one variety of the new thing, and how it is in the real world.


Sometimes dictionaries offer examples of how words are used after they have given the definition.

An EXAMPLE of a joke would be “What is brown and sticky?-A stick!”



DEFINITIONS– are usually a bit harder to come up with. They tell us exactly what the new thing is. It tells us all the varieties in one overall sentence. Dictionaries always give definitions of words. Sometimes when we see or hear a definition, we are not always sure what the different types of it are in the real world. That’s when we need an example.

Where possible you should not use the term itself within its definition.

A DEFINITION of a joke would be “A funny thing that is shared to make people laugh”



Choose one of these words and give a definition for it and an example:

(if you are having trouble, you could use a dictionary to help you)


animal; transport; game; building; fruit; machine




Welcome 5-6C for 2018!


Welcome to our class’ blog for 2018. Here we will share and celebrate our learning as well as sharing information about upcoming events and other things we need to know about being a part of 5/6C. There will be links to educational websites as well as links to other classroom blogs and a link to your personal blogs and email.


Our blogs offer us a chance to communicate with the whole world about our learning. Please leave comments and ask questions…but remember to keep your comments appropriate, constructive and related to our learning.


I’ve written you a letter introducing myself- I’d love you to read it and write me a letter in response.



Hi kids,


I’m Ant and have been teaching for 13 years- the whole time at our wonderful school, so chances are you may know a bit about me already. I adore reading, listening to music, and dancing. My favourite musicians are probably Bjork, or Nick Cave, although I’m forever learning about new music I love. This summer I was excited to get to see one of my favourite bands The XX at the beautiful Sydney Myer Music Bowl. It was a wonderful night I’ll never forget.


I have two gorgeous kids, Astrid and Amon. This year Astrid is beginning her VCE year 11 at Fitzroy High School. She adores music as well and is an amazing artist. Amon is starting year 8 at Fitzroy High. He loves soccer more than life itself, and hopes to be a You-tuber one day.


My wonderful partner Sharon is a creative arts counsellor at the Australian Childhood Foundation. So she works with kids like I do. She uses art activities to help kids manage and understand when things are hard for them. She uses a lot of the understanding and knowledge about mindfulness and brain-science we have been learning at MPPS over the last couple of years.


My mum died a few years ago (I still miss her terribly) and my dad lives in China so I don’t get to see him as much as I’d like. My older brother Stuart is a professor of Philosophy in New Zealand and last year my younger brother Greg became a judge in Hong Kong. He makes decisions about the refugees who are hoping to move there. I’m very close to my brothers and very proud of them!


In a couple of weeks, I’m off to New Zealand to see my brothers. It’s Stuart’s 50th birthday this year and he wants to celebrate by going on an amazing trek through a part of the South Island of new Zealand-the Routeburn Track: .

It is an awe-inspiringly beautiful part of the world and I am very excited to be going. I will make sure I post some pictures of the hike here on the blog.


These holidays I had a very relaxing break. At the end of last year, my family had to move house unexpectedly which made us all very stressed, so it was great to have some time to settle into our new home and unpack and relax. We made the most of the sunny weather by visiting some of our favourite beaches. We went to Cape Conran in far eastern Victoria, Skene’s Creek on the Great Ocean Road, Tidal River at Wilson’s Promontory, and my favourite beach of all time, Smith’s Beach at Phillip Island. It has great surf for boogie-boarding, and the most amazing rock pools I’ve ever seen. I LOOOOVE the beach!


One interesting thing you may not know about me is that I have a metal rod inside my leg. Disappointingly, it doesn’t make the metal detector beep when I walk through the metal detector at the airport, but you can feel the bolts going into my knee and ankle-pretty gross! I’ve got this because when I was training to be a teacher in New Zealand, I had a dreadful accident where I was hit by a car. It happened because I wasn’t careful enough, so the metal rod is a constant reminder to always be careful, and also of how lucky I am!


I love teaching because I love being constantly amazed by how kids learn and the things they notice and love that I hadn’t noticed. Everyday your optimism and enthusiasm energises and inspires me. Most of all I feel proud to be a part of the lives of so many wonderful people! Two things I think are incredibly important to learning are asking questions and making mistakes. I love asking questions…and I make a lot of mistakes… but that’s when I learn the most! I’m very much looking forward to this year-getting to know so many gorgeous kids. I’m also REEEALY looking forward to our Canberra camp later this year – it is such an interesting place.



So now, what about you? I want to find out more about you. What are your favourite things? What’s your family like? Have you done something that you’d like to share? What did you do in your holidays? What do you hope to do in the future? Write an entry onto your blog- show it to a family member and make sure you review it to fix mistakes before you publish it. If you were in my class last year and told me all about these things then, try to tell me some things I might not know- how have you changed or grown in the last year? I can’t wait to read about you!


From Ant


Getting to know each other


Post a comment down below with 5 things about you…..we have to guess who you are….don’t make it too easy or too hard….

  • Make sure you AREN’T logged on (normally when you comment you should ALWAYS log on- your comments will be deleted by the teacher otherwise)
  • Fill in the name with a name that won’t give away who you are (e.g. ‘someone123’)
  • Put in an email address-either one you own or ‘someone’
  • DON’T put in a website
  • Write a comment that says 5 things about you that are real.
  • Fill in the antispam word
  • Submit comment
  • Now login (if you don’t remember your login, you may ask Ant to login for you
  • Keep refreshing your page and the comments will start appearing- as they do, write a list and see if you can guess who each person is

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

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