Last Post

This will be the last post on this blog as our school year ended in December.  The Grade 6s are off to Secondary School and the Grade 5s will be Grade 6s in 2014.

We would like to thank everyone who has been part of our blogging journey in 2013.  You have all helped flatten our classroom walls and we have been able to learn with people all around the world.   We would like to thank all our family, friends and teachers who have visited our blog and left comments for us to read.  It’s been a big year!

We have been very lucky to work with different classes on a number of collaborative projects. We say a HUGE thank you to the teachers and students who have blogged with us throughout the year, especially the following people:

* Mrs Monaghan and Class 2 in England for being our ePals, Skyping with us on several occasions, including singing Christmas carols with us and leaving lots of comments on the blog.

* Mrs S and 4/5DS and 5/6CS in Tasmania for working with us on Artist Trading Cards, The Alien Project and 100 Word Narratives.

* Miss Fraser and the Frole Islanders for the Asia Skype Quiz, 100 Word Narratives and Mystery Excursion.

* Rinku and Vaila in England for teaching us about India.

* Mrs Monaghan, Mrs Todd, Mrs Gioia, Ms Majithia, Ms Williams and their students, along everyone else, who helped us research articles for Global UPdate, our magazine about life and learning worldwide.

The Grade 5s (2014 Grade 6s) and Miss Crowther’s

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What A Day!

Today we launched our magazine, Global UPdate. Parents, grandparents, friends and guest speakers joined us from near and far to hear about how we wrote our articles, what we learnt and to get their copy of the magazine.  We even had two special guests who weren’t actually in Victoria!

Earlier in the week we were interviewed by Amy from the local newspaper and on Tuesday it hit the stands!  Amy came earlier in the term to talk about writing newspaper articles and we used the information to help write our own articles.  It was great to have Amy come back and see the finished product.  The only problem was that the people in the photo below weren’t actually allowed to open the magazines!  And we’ll let you in on a little secret…they’re only the proof copies that the magazine publishers sent to us so Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther could check things.


We wore red to support our chosen charity, Red Cross. Nicole from Red Cross spoke about the work Red Cross does and how our money will help people who have been affected by natural disasters. We learnt about natural disasters this term and were affected by the Black Saturday bushfires, so we were really happy to help such a great cause.

Some of us spoke about how we researched our articles by emailing people at schools around the world.  We explained the process and shared some facts about our articles.  We also had a panel of students who answered questions from the audience on everyone’s behalf.




Mrs Monaghan was a special guest speaker…all the way from England!  It was only 9:15am in Australia but it was 10:15pm on Tuesday night for Mrs Monaghan!  We’re very grateful that she stayed up so she could talk to us about all the great projects we have worked on with her class.  Technology means that we can work and learn with people on the other side of the world and feel like we know them.



Our third guest speaker was Jeremy Scott who is cycling 50 000km around the world to raise money for The Heart Foundation.  At the moment he is in Sydney.  Click HERE to visit his blog and read about his adventures.  Today was a rest day for Jeremy which was lucky for us because he could talk to us!  Jeremy told us about the things he has seen on his adventure.  In one photo there is an ‘elephant’ road sign!  He has cycled in temperatures of -20 degrees and met bears.  Sometimes it has been really hard to keep going, but he does.  His trick is to think of a hard thing he has done in Turkey and remind himself that nothing is as bad as Turkey.  Jeremy is nearly at the end of his trip as he only has about 5000km left to ride.



At the end of the launch we finally got to see a copy of the magazine and it was AWESOME!  We ate red velvet cupcakes, red grapes, red apples and red lollies whilst we read our articles.



We all enjoyed sharing our magazine with our family and friends.  We hope we get to write one next year!

What was the most important thing you learnt from publishing the magazine?

If you wrote a magazine, what would you make it about?


Christmas Countdown!

The Christmas Countdown is on!  Shops have been filled with decorations for over a month and there are now only seven school days left before the start of our Christmas holidays.  However, there is a lot to look forward to before the end of term, including:

* Magazine launch of Global UPdate

* Class Party & KK

* Christmas Carols Night at school

* Skype ‘n’ Sing  with Mrs Monaghan and Class 2 in England

* Grade 6 Graduation


We will be singing Christmas Carols with students in England next week.  Mrs Monaghan’s Class will sing ‘Shine Jesus Shine’ for us and we will sing ‘We Wish You a Ripper Christmas’ for them. We might also sing ‘Frosty the Snowman.‘   Class 2 have been learning about Australia and have been practising ‘Deck the Shed with Bits of Wattle’ and we will ALL sing this together at the end.  You can sing along with ‘Bucko and Champs’ version of the song below.



What is your favourite Christmas Carol?

What is your favourite thing about Christmas time?

Exciting News!

Just over a week ago we were honoured to discover that Mrs Monaghan and A Room with a View in England and Mrs Todd and her Going Global students in America nominated our blog for ‘Best Class Blog’ in the Edublog Awards.  The shortlists have just been announced…and we’ve been shortlisted



Voting is open until Wednesday 18th December.

If you are under 13, please CLICK HERE to vote for ‘5/6JC @ UPPS’ for Best Class Blog. Please vote EVERY DAY! 

People over 13 have to vote using a new tool called  CLICK HERE.  Scroll down until you find ‘5/6JC @ UPPS’ and click on the ^ button to ‘vote up.’  You can vote for more than one blog in the category.   Mrs Monaghan and A Room with a View have  made it on to the shortlist too so you could vote for them as well.

We also have four UPPS student blogs that have been shortlisted!  To vote for Chelsea’s Blog, Eve’s Everything Blog, Roma’s Round Up or Welcome to Daniel’s Blog CLICK HERE.  You can only vote for one blog per day BUT you can vote every day until Wednesday 18th December.  This is the first time we have had student blogs shortlisted.  There were hundreds nominated and only a small amount that made it onto the shortlist.  Congratulations Chelsea, Eve, Roma and Daniel!

We’re also happy to announce that Mrs Monaghan and Class 2  have been shortlisted in the ‘Most Influential Blog Post’ category too.  CLICK HERE to vote for their post; Kids Microadventure.

What do you think makes a great blog?

Do you have any tips to improve our blogs?

Maths Games

Yesterday was our last session of ‘Split Maths.’  This year, on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we have split into three different maths groups to work on the areas of number and algebra.  Mrs Placek takes one group, Mr J takes another and Miss Crowther takes the third group.  There are students from 4/5P and 5/6JC in each group.

All groups have been focusing on problem solving for the past fortnight.  We have solved word problems and number sentence problems with missing numbers.  Yesterday was used our problem solving skills and logical reasoning when we played some games.  Some students were surprised to discover that playing board games needs you to think strategically and logically – just like a mathematician!



Sudoku (above) is a Japanese game that requires lots of logic.  You can use numbers or symbols.  The aim of the game is to position the numbers or symbols so that there is only one of each in every row, column and box.  It’s harder than it sounds!

We played another game where we had to create number sentences. The ‘=’ sign shows equivalence which means that the equation on each side of the sign must equal the same amount.

What equation could go in the missing spaces to make the number sentence true?

Do you have a favourite maths game? 

Global UPdate!

This term one of our main focuses has been to publish a magazine comparing similarities and differences of countries around the world.  And…we’ve done it!  We’ve called our magazine Global UPdate.  The ‘UP‘ is for Upper Plenty.  Our magazine has articles about life all around the world.  From Germany to Tokyo and England to Canada we’ve got it covered.

We worked in teams to write the articles about all sorts of things, including literacy, foods, favourite things, numeracy, schools, fun and games, natural disasters, hobbies, sports and animals.

After weeks and weeks of planning and gathering information through emails and Skype we finally finished our articles!  As we type this post they are being processed at the publishing company.  The company sent us two ‘proof’ copies so that we could check that the layout is perfect and there are no spelling errors or typing mistakes.  We get one more chance to see our updated proofs.


The Front Cover

Once we have approved the new proofs the company will print 100 copies of our magazine!  We have decided to sell them for $15 each. We have to pay the publishing company and would like to raise some money for a charity.  Any profits made will go to Red Cross.  This charity was chosen because they support children all around the world and children all around the world helped us write our articles.

Thank you to everyone who helped us with the magazine.  We are looking forward to seeing our published magazine soon!  If you would like to order a copy, please leave your details in a comment below, use the contact form (under ‘Contact’ at the top of the screen) or drop into the School office.

If you wrote a magazine, what would you write about and why?

What magazines do you enjoy reading?  Why?


Let Us Explain…

Yesterday was such a lovely day that we decided to work outside for an hour.  Under the shade of an old oak tree, surrounded by fresh country air and a refreshing breeze we drafted and revised our explanations about Egyptian Mummies.




The previous day we gathered information and recorded it in a planning template like the one below.  This was a very important part of the writing process because we didn’t know a lot about how mummies were made.  The template was split into sections to help us write our explanations in the right order.  We had to record the information in our own words.



After organising our ideas it was time to draft.  We had to make sure we followed the correct structure.

An explanation has:

* An introduction which is a general opening statement that introduces and defines the topic

* Sequenced statements that describe the actions in the order they happen

* A concluding statement

* Supporting diagrams (optional)


Aidan’s explanation:

How Were Mummies Made?

A mummy is a dead human body that has been preserved for a long time.  People made mummies 5000 years ago.

It took 70 days to make one mummy.  First, the mummy makes removed all the internal organs, including the brain.  However, they kept the heart because they believed that the soul was kept in the heart. 

Next, the Egyptians applied chemicals to remove the moisture from the body.  Then they wrapped the body in bandages made of linen cloth.  They placed lucky charms between each layer.

Once the body was prepared. It was put is a stone or wood coffin.  The coffins were decorated with pictures of the gods.

Finally, they carried it to a tomb.  The priests performed a ceremony called the Opening of the Mouth ritual.  Family members placed items and food in the tomb to keep the spirit alive.

Making mummies was a long process but Egyptian people believed it was very important.


Explanations are a non-fiction text because they are about true things.  Other non-fiction texts are procedures, information reports, recounts and persuasive texts.


Have you ever worked outside?  Tell us about it!

What type of non-fiction texts have you read or written?

What would you like us to explain next?


Edublog Awards

Nominations for Edublog Awards are open.

The purpose of the Edublog Awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of blogging and social media.  It’s tough to decide who to nominate because you can only nominate one blog for each category and there are many, many super blogs to choose from worldwide!

*drum roll*

Our nominations are:

Best New Blog: Mrs Placek & 4/5P, Australia


Best Class Blog: Mrs Monaghan & A Room with A View, England


Best Group Blog: Mrs Todd & Going Global, USA


We think that the above bloggers do a great job keeping their blog up to date with interesting, interactive posts.  They are also very good at replying to the comments we leave on their blogs.

Instructions on how to vote will be announced by the Edublog team once nominations close.  Good luck everyone!

What do you think makes a good blog?


We’re Moving

It’s been a week of packing and moving in 5/6JC.  We’ve moved out of our classroom and into a temporary room for a few weeks.  Our old classroom is going to be transformed into an art room.  The carpet has already been removed and even a wall knocked down!

From this…


Our classroom at the start of the year



To this…

Our classroom today



Our old classroom is not the only room having a makeover.  The old art room and library (a double portable) will be transformed into classrooms for 2014.   All being well, we should get to move in before the end of the year.  We can’t wait!


What would your ideal classroom look like? 

What would it have in it?


The End

Earlier this term our friends Mrs Smith and 4/5DS in Tasmania sent us the first 100 words of a narrative.  Our job?  To write the ending in 100 words.  We did a similar project in Term 2 with Frole Island, except we wrote the first part of the story and they finished it.  Click HERE to read our Term 2 narratives.

The Frole Islanders thought the ending was harder to write than the beginning.  So, we were keen to test out the theory and we AGREE!  We had a great time thinking of possible endings and wonder if they are the endings the original authors had in mind?  Our endings are written in purple.


Do you think the beginning or ending of a narrative would be harder to write? Why?