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Year 5 eSmart day



cyber[smart:]-Play the games and identify the issue in each game

(30 min)



Cybersmart Hero

watch the video & discuss:

Mid video:

* Why would Riba be wanting the others to make comments?
* Should the group be sharing passwords?
* What could happen when you share passwords?
* How could you be a Hero to Anna?

END VIDEO—Discussion break
* When Hero realised what Riba was doing what actions did she take?
* What could she have done?
* When does making funny comments about someone become bullying?
* What actions can a bystander do when they recognise that someone is being cyberbullied?
* What are the rules about cyberbullying?

Read the following scenarios to your students and ask them to stand at the sign which they
think describes the behaviour:

Bullying, cyberbullying, not bullying, or undecided.

discuss the steps in this infographic:


(45 min)

(period 2)

#GameOn tells four stories:

  1. Grace, Bianca and Claudia’s story
  2. Joel and Dean’s story
  3. Ryan’s story
  4. Ollie’s story.

What are the issues that each story concerns?

Watch each character interview before answering these questions in a group. Choose a different representative from your group each time to summarise your group’s thoughts.


#GameOn - Grace

Claudia: I only meant it as a joke. Bianca’s my friend. I didn’t know this was cyberbullying.

Claudia feels lucky that her friends have forgiven her for posting the photograph of Bianca on Grace’s page. She meant it to be a joke but Bianca and Grace did not find the post funny. The post hurt Bianca’s feelings. When Bianca knew that Claudia was responsible for the post she felt betrayed. Grace also got hurt. Bianca blamed Grace for something she didn’t do. Knowing that someone had used her password made Grace feel scared.

What is cyberbullying?

Why Claudia’s behaviour is considered cyberbullying?

Why does Claudia feel bad about her behaviour?

Did Grace do anything wrong?

What lessons have the friends learnt about sharing passwords?


#GameOn - Dean

Harry: He was totally obsessed with Star Warriors. It was like he cared more about that game than he did about his friends or anything.

Dean knows that he was spending too much time online playing Star Warriors. He admits that staying up late at night playing the game made him tired and grumpy. Now that Dean isn’t playing Star Warriors all the time, he is hanging out with his friends. Dean’s friend Harry is happy that he has gotten the old Dean back.

Why has Dean decided to change his online behaviour?

What does Harry mean when he says, ‘It’s like the old Dean’s back’?

What has Dean learnt about balancing his time online?



Ollie: I was just mucking around on my phone. I wasn’t doing anything you’re not supposed to do. Everyone takes selfies.

Ollie knows that he has to be more careful online. Posting selfies is risky, especially if you allow the public to view and share these images. Ollie has also decided not to chat to strangers. He has listened to Sarah’s cybersmart advice and made sensible decisions about his online behaviour.

Why has Ollie decided to change his online behaviour?

Does Sarah give her brother good advice?

What has Ollie learnt about being cybersmart?



Who Are You?

Do you think that you are like any of the characters in #GameOn? Check out the ‘meet the characters’ page if you need a refresher- write who you think you most resemble and why



Extension activity: What if …?

What if you could add a story to #GameOn? What would the story be about? What characters would appear in your story? What would be the message of your story?

Write a one-paragraph description of your story.


Draw a ten-panel comic that provides a summary of your story.



Period 3-5

Look at the list of issues we made yesterday about being “Cybersmart”

Which of these issues are important at lower levels of school?

We will be working with the yr 4s about the cybersafety issues. They will have watched & discussed this video.

You should come up with a range of questions for an interview- questions you can ask them and other questions they can ask you. We will make a film of these interviews for our blogs.

Consider your audience and the language and persuasive/informative techniques you will include.

Before you begin, present a one paragraph description of your presentation to Ant.


  • the age you are aiming at
  • the issue and why it is important to this age group
  • the questions-for you to ask them
  • the questions for them to ask you
  • the persuasive and informative techniques and formats you expect to include.


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Let’s begin with a survey-your answers will be completely anonymous, but your nickname should be your name the internet

Digital Licence Quiz

As we do this quiz, your job in pairs is to identify the issue that each question is asking about. Make a list. We will refer to this list later.


Taking care of each other online

For the next 2 activities, please get into groups of pairs- a year 5 with a year 6.

As we work through the unit, it asks you to download and fill in sheets. Work with your partner to answer the questions and fill in the sheets.

After each unit, find another pair and compare the answers you got.



If you could give one sentence of advice that sums up each of these units what would it be?



If you were to create a poster about one of the issues from our list made from the Digital Licence Quiz, which would it be? Why would you choose this issue?

Why would you choose this issue?

What would the audience be for this poster?

What details and key words would you want to include?

If you have time, begin a design for this poster


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Digitech lesson 3-Binary!



I understand the counting system of binary and why computers use it.


WHAT ARE CODES? Name some- explain them to your partner

What’s the point?

New Information:

Quickly review meanings of data and information.

Binary is a way to communicate data & information when the only thing you can do is switch on or off- so it’s not a code to keep things secret, but one that makes use of a the limited capabilities of a computer- basically all it can do is switch on or off (Lucky it can do it AMAZINGLY QUICKLY!)

So….how does it work?

Take notes & discuss

Basically it uses a different place value system- instead of base 10 (where there are 10 different symbols and we move up to the next place value when we get to 10 times the value of a unit/one, and shifts a place value whenever it gets to 10 times bigger), Binary is a base 2 system-it only has two symbols (representing off-0 or on-1)

Watch this & discuss:

(mistake at 1:24- she means “1 X 2” not “1 X 1”)

Another explanation if you’d like:

What’s it all about?

Computers today use the binary system to represent information. It is called binary because only two different digits are used. It is also known as base two (humans normally use base 10). Each zero or one is called a bit (binary digit). A bit is usually represented in a computer’s main memory by a transistor that is switched on or off, or a capacitor that is charged or discharged. When data must be transmitted over a telephone line or radio link, high and low-pitched tones are used for the ones and zeros. On magnetic disks (floppy disks and hard disks) and tapes, bits are represented by the direction of a magnetic field on a coated surface, either North-South or South-North. Audio CDs, CD-ROMs and DVDs store bits optically—the part of the surface corresponding to a bit either does or does not reflect light. One bit on its own can’t represent much, so they are usually grouped together in groups of eight, which can represent numbers from 0 to 255. A group of eight bits is called a byte. The speed of a computer depends on the number of bits it can process at once. For example, a 32-bit computer can process 32-bit numbers in one operation, while a 16-bit computer must break 32-bit numbers down into smaller pieces, making it slower. Ultimately bits and bytes are all that a computer uses to store and transmit numbers, text, and all other information. In some of the later activities, we will see how other kinds of information can be represented on a computer.



For this activity, you will need a set of five cards, as shown below, with dots on one side and nothing on the other. Choose five children to hold the demonstration cards at the front of the class. The cards should be in the following order:

What do you notice about the number of dots on the cards? (Each card has twice as many as the card to its right.)
How many dots would the next card have if we carried on to the left? (32) The next…?
We can use these cards to make numbers by turning some of them face down and adding up the dots that are showing. Ask the children to make 6 (4-dot and 2-dot cards), then 15 (8-, 4-, 2- and 1-dot cards), then 21 (16, 4 and 1)…
Now try counting from zero onwards.
The rest of the class needs to look closely at how the cards change to see if they can see a pattern in how the cards flip (each card flips half as often as the one to its right). You may like to try this with more than one group.
When a binary number card is not showing, it is represented by a zero. When it is showing, it is represented by a one. This is the binary number system.

Ask the children to make 01001. What number is this in decimal?

What would 17 be in binary?
Try a few more until they understand the concept.

Make a binary table:


Cut out the cards on your sheet and lay them out with the 16-dot card on the left as shown here:

Make sure the cards are placed in exactly the same order.
Now flip the cards so exactly 5 dots show—keep your cards in the same order!-


represent this with a 0 when it’s blank and a 1 when there’s a number- so how do you write 5 in binary?

Find out how to get 3, 12, 19.

Is there more than one way to get any number?
What is the biggest number you can make? What is the smallest? Is there any number you can’t make between the smallest and biggest numbers?

Extra for Experts: Try making the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 in order. Can you work out a logical and reliable method of flipping the cards to increase any number by one?


Binary decoding game-

Next level up-

Goal Reflection:

What are some interesting things you noticed about the binary counting system?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using binary?

Share reflections

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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 )


A new unit- Digital Technologies/ Science /Design Technologies


Image result for digital technologies

In this Mega-Unit we will be exploring the new Digital Technologies area of the curriculum.

We will learn about technological systems, the way computers ‘think’, electronic circuits and coding. We will bring all of this knowledge

We will make use of all this knowledge to design a solution to a problem that we identify can be solved using technology…it’s new, and exciting!

Our first lesson is about

Digital Systems

The Parts of a Computer


I understand how the parts of a computer work as a system


Draw a labelled diagram of a computer.




New Information:

Take note of all new vocabulary and definitions to use during the Application

When thinking of systems we can generalise that they have:

  •  Inputs (things that go into it)
  •  Processes (things that are done to the inputs)
  • Outputs (things that come out at the end changed by the process).

Here are some examples:

What are others you can think of ?

Can you say for each one what the inputs, process and outputs are?


Computers can be thought of as a system


They have:

  1. Inputs (data)-how does this get inputted?/interface
  2. Processes (turns data into information ready for output)
  3. Outputs (intended- e.g a picture or game or answer & unintended-e.g heat or sound…?)

Where would storage  &  feedback fit into this model?


data- unprocessed information (just the facts/ numbers- no organisation)

information- data that has been processed and organised so that it provides a solution

interface- the place and way humans can make inputs and receive outputs



Look at the website- -particularly sections 2-5     &  the deconstructed computer in our class

Find all the labelled parts of the computer- Draw a labelled diagram-using input/ processing/output in brackets….are there any that are more than 1.

What are some of the functions/jobs computers do for us?

Make a flow chart of something a computer does using the terms input/ processing/output and any other vocabulary you can include.


Goal Reflection:

Reflect on the picture you drew at the start- what would you change now?

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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.


Writing Competition


Write4Fun are running a writing competition!

You write a poem or short story and are in the running for great prizes for you and for our school.

Entries close at the end of this month-31st of August

The link for the details and to enter the competition is here:


the rules for the competition can be found here

Make sure if you enter that do enter that you also copy the piece of writing onto your blog to share it with your learning community.

I’m happy for you to send me drafts to get feedback before you publush.

Good luck & have fun!

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Coastal Ambassadors Survey


Brynn, Carah, Ebony and Phoebe are the 2017 coastal ambassadors.
To start our project on teaching kids we have created a survey on survey monkey.
The survey is about knowing how much the school knows on the environment and
coastal ambassadors.


Link to survey

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