Friday, July 27, 2012

Digestive System

Today we conducted an experiment to see how our body digests food.

We used cooking ingredients to demonstrate how food goes into our mouth, passes through our stomach, small intestine, large intestine and finally turning into waste and exiting the body.


This is how your digestive system works-

Here is a video of pictures and some footage of our experiment-

More information about our experiment can be found on our 'How Do Living Things Work?' website.

Why is the digestive system important?

What are two new things you learnt from conducting the experiment?

What was your favourite part of the experiment and why? 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Term 3

Welcome to Term 3!

What a start to Term 3! So far this term we have started Glogging, continued Blogging, are participating in a Virtual Exchange Student program and a Virtual Olympics! It is sure to be a very busy term.

Meet Andrea- our Virtual Exchange Student from Colegio Del Sol in Paraguay. We will be participating online in activities to learn about her school, country, culture and life. Kyla from our grade has been sent to Andrea’s class so they can learn about us!
Keep updated with the Virtual Exchange Program here-


In Reading, we will continue to develop a deep understanding of reading skills based on the CAFE reading model- Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Extended Vocabulary. We will be focusing on activating our prior knowledge and schema, making and supporting our predictions, extending our ability to make inferences and increasing our understanding of new and interesting words in texts. 

In writing, we will continue to use our VOICES menu to develop our understanding and knowledge of the six traits of writing- Voice, Organisation, Ideas, Conventions, Excellent Word Choice and Sentence Fluency.

Students will continue to work in small groups and participate in teacher conferences to work on individual writing goals based on the VOICES menu.

Maths this term will be very busy with students learning about patterns, number sequences and being introduced to algebra.

Students will also focus on volume and capacity, converting units, 3D Shapes, surface area, angles, fractions, decimals and percentages and chance and probability.

This is our Maths Menu that we have recently started.

Our Inquiry topic for Term 3 is ‘How Do Living Things Work?’. Students will investigate and compare functioning systems in animals and plants, in particular digestive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems. They will investigate how systems operate; for example, the human body as a large system consisting of smaller separate systems working together, and life cycles as systems for survival. 

Our learning for 'How Do Living Things Work?' will be documented on the following website-

It is a requirement that students are reading at home every week night. We ask that readers are returned to school every Wednesday and Friday SIGNED by a parent.

Homework has been placed on our website again this term. 
Students are required to bring their homework in EVERY Friday for check in. 

What are you looking forward to most this term? 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy Holidays

Hi Grade 5/6,

These holidays, I am visiting my family in Newcastle, NSW.

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My mum lives in Stockton and I am staying at her house. 

Today, my mum, brother, his friend and I went to the Hunter Valley Gardens 'Snow Spectacular'. The 'snow' wasn't very spectacular but it was still a fun day. It doesn't actually snow in Newcastle, the 'Snow Spectacular' was a special event put on at the gardens for the winter school holidays. We are also planning on going to see the new Ice Age movie in the next few days too. 

I hope you are all having a fabulous holiday.

Miss Spink 

What are you doing in the holidays? 

Have you ever been to the snow? 

What exciting places have you visited in Australia?