Celebrating our Learning Tomorrow!

Hi everybody –

Just a reminder that tomorrow afternoon is our classroom celebration, celebrating the intense learning that has taken place in our inquiry – “Spinning in Space”.

Don’t forget “the fun stuff” for tomorrow – bringing your space dress-up gear and any space-theme finger food (if you are bringing any to share) to class in the morning.  You will change after lunch.  Parents, you might need to bring your ‘space awareness’ with you as we’ve got a quiz for all of you!

What an awesome bunch of young environmentalists and scientists you were today!  I love the way you showed respect to the presenters and threw yourselves whole-heartedly into whichever activity it was that we were at!  I’d be interested to hear from you in a comment to this post – which activity did you enjoy most?  Why?

Mrs Veary 😎


Our Kitchen Garden Bed

First we did a tour around the kitchen garden. Next we saw the chickens and compost. After that we dug some holes and planted some seeds, plants and veggies. We did lots of planting.

We planted:

  • broad bean seeds
  • carrot tape seeds
  • strawberry plants
  • beetroot seedlings
  • lettuce seedings

Lastly, we watered the plants with worm wee.

Written by Matilda L.

Henry also wrote a report for our website.

At first we had a really good look around the kitchen garden.  Then we flipped the soil really well to mix it.  People came up with seeds and we made holes and put the seeds in.  We put in carrots, broad beans and some lettuce.  We put fences up for the rabbits.  We put other seeds in too and watered them.  Now we have to grow them…

Written by Henry

Since then our garden has just grown and grown and we have had our gardeners: Isaac, Callum and Henry down there adding more and more plants to our patch.  Watch this space for updated photos.  🙂  (Mrs Veary)


Luca V., William and Rory have been working on this podcast to let you know about interesting events in Space Exploration, and they’re sure you also have a good sense of humour.  [PS.  Listen for that ‘evil laugh’.]

Click on the arrow to play and enjoy their first podcast!  🙂

This is a first boys, and after a lot of hard work, you have done a great job!  Congratulations!  🙂

Mrs Veary


My Out of This World Adventure – Writing Task

Today, as part of our little book about our aliens, we are going to write about an adventure we have with our alien friend.  You can choose what the adventure is, but it needs to be something ‘out of this world’.  Remember when you are writing that for a narrative you need to include:

  • setting – with some really good adjectives and similes to let your reader actually picture and feel what it is like to be there
  • characters – make sure that you give your characters personalities as well as telling us what they look like or what they do or say.  Try to use our Writer’s Circle strategy of show don’t tell (eg. She stamped her feet and beat her fists onto the table. instead of She was angry.)
  • complication (or problem) – which is what your story will be about as it will guide the events of your story
  • at least 3 events before
  • your resolution – where the problem or complication is solved
  • ending – which is the ribbon you tie around your story to bring it to a good end.

Here is some inspiration, but in this piece from the book the adventure is not with an alien like yours will be, but with a Big Friendly Giant!  (BFG by Roald Dahl)

or your alien might take you on a mystery flight where you discover great freedom or secret powers or understandings…like Harry Potter when he flies off with Buckbeak (look at the special effects for some ideas…how do his wings move….think of some really powerful verbs)

Have fun with your writing task and I look forward to reading and hearing all about your special out of this world adventure with your alien friend!

Mrs Veary


We had so much fun working with Tracy on our wetlands excursion.  The wetland was full and the macroinvertebrates were hiding under logs and other snags or swimming in the sun, just waiting to be scooped up in our big nets.

You did a great job identifying them and proving that our Margaret River and associated waterways are healthy!

Next term, Ian Dowling (who helped one of our groups on the day) will be working with our Year 3 students to create clay tiles using your experience from this excursion, which will make a sculpture for the new school.

Thank you Sally for taking all these photos!  🙂



Work for Today – Thursday 24 August

Good morning everybody and welcome to our relief teacher for today!  I am sorry but I am unwell and won’t be in today but I will definitely be in tomorrow for Friday’s Space Constructions!  Don’t forget to bring in your materials and any parents who would like to be involved – starting first thing

Work for Thursday 24 August

Good morning everybody and to our relief teacher for the day.  I am sorry but I am unwell and won’t be in today but I will definitely be in tomorrow for your Space Constructions.  Remember to bring in all your materials for tomorrow morning’s constructions and we will be starting at 9:00 for any parents who would like to be involved.  🙂

Work for Today:

9-11  Students go to LIBRARY and then SPORT

After recess:

WRITING:  Students will be continuing their vocab gathering and idea grabbing by watching the animation PLANETS. (Click on the link to watch).  They need to continue using their A3 folded sheets (on table near Purple Planet Eaters…. near the window) which were divided into 12 blocks.  In each as they watch they write the name of the planet, then write down as many adjectives or similes as they can think of to describe that planet.  Or a simple phrase…. then draw a quick picture to fix it in their mind.  [This activity could take a while but guide with colours, shapes, textures, feelings words….]  We have done the first 2 planets, see how many you can do but if it takes too long, limit it to another 4.  You will see their names written below the film in short notes.

SPACE-CRAFT CONSTRUCTION PLANNERS – please have the last few finish their planners (their planners are on my desk – about 5 needing labels etc.  Then check that RYAN has done his – he took his home or needs to start again before anything else.  Others who took them home were the 4 on choir camp – Arley, William, Maia and Luca G.

SPELLING CONTRACTS – students know how to conduct this activity – independently.

LUNCH   – Usually I hold WRITERS CIRCLE in my room at lunch.  Please could you put a note outside on the door that it is cancelled for today.  Sorry! 🙁

After lunch:

U.S.S.R. – only reading except for 2 groups of 3 students who are working on special journalist projects: podcast team and photos of garden planting team.

INQUIRY AND READING – whole class activity

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Please download these sheets and one is an information sheet for the teacher to guide the task.  Students will be summarising their learning about day and night and then as a class read and compare normal science with Dreamtime story – When the Snake bites the Sun.

Have a good day and remind students to bring in materials for tomorrow’s constructions.

Mrs Veary 

Exmouth Watches Over Space Junk

While Luca V. was away in Exmouth, he wrote this article about Space Junk to publish as a journalist.  He went to the Harold E. Holt Naval Base in Exmouth where they have a space telescope and this is what he found out…

You might know some messy people who leave rubbish behind, but did you know that there is also lots of rubbish left in space?  It is called space junk and it is a major problem.

Last year it was thought that there were more than 300 000 items of space junk orbiting Earth.  This includes old satellites, burnt out rocket stages, lost tools from spacewalks and specks of paint and dust.  Because the junk is travelling at hypersonic speeds, even the tiniest paint specks can cause damage like bullets when they collide with satellites and the International Space Station (ISS).

Every day we rely on satellites for watching TV, weather forecasts, GPS and even banking.  So, what can we do?

Scientists are working on ways to clean up space junk.  In the meantime, a Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) and a C-band radar was installed at the Harold E. Holt Naval Base in Exmouth, Western Australia.  It can detect where the space junk is and it will alert satellite operators and spacecraft so they can move to avoid collisions.

When I was visiting my uncle’s bowling alley near the SST, I saw the SST moving – scanning the skies.  It moved faster than I expected.  It’s really tall and skinny and looks like it’s reaching into the clouds.

The telescope and radar will even detect and track the launch of Chinese satellites and missiles, but this is top secret, so I can’t tell you any more!

Very interesting information, Luca!  We will have to watch the news to see what happens here.  Mrs Veary 🙂


Science Experiment at home – Gravity on our Bodies

Don’t forget to bring in your measurements from home so that we can all find out whether gravity actually does change our bodies during the day….?  We’ll be looking at the data from your Science experiment in class tomorrow morning (Tuesday)!  🙂

Also – we will be doing BUDDY READING with T5 (Year 4) tomorrow afternoon, so don’t forget to bring in your favourite book to share!  I wonder what you will choose…?

And – remember to start collecting your recycled materials for your Spacecraft Constructions this week on Friday!  (We hope to see some Mums and Dads there too….9:00 a.m. on Friday.)

Mrs Veary 🙂