Climate and Weather

This video clip is a good introduction to climate and weather.  You need to listen well to work out the difference between them.  Today we are going to learn about the different CLIMATE ZONES OF THE WORLD.  I wonder what climatic zone Margaret River is in…?   See if you can work it out.

Now we are going to work in our booklets to check what we have learned and to see what kind of climate we have in Australia.  😎


Maps showing Aboriginal Language Groups in 1788

Here is the map we looked at today, showing the Aboriginal language groups in Australia.  You can zoom in on this map to see where Margaret River is and where the Wadandi people lived.



TINDALE MAP – this is the very first map ever made showing Aboriginal Australia and you can zoom right in easily to read it.  Norman Tindale published this map around 1940.

Exploring Western Australia

Welcome to our new inquiry – Places Near and Far!

You have been investigating landmarks in Australia and now we are going to focus on places in Western Australia!  As you read about special kinds of places in your “Let’s Explore Australia” booklet, you will be finding out about:

  • National Parks
  • Sacred Sites
  • World Heritage Sites
  • Reefs and Rivers
  • Mountain Ranges
  • Rainforests and Wetlands

We will be investigating West Australian places and natural places closer to home in the South West of Western Australia (in Our Patch)!  Use the planners and find out what you need to know – then you will be creating your own FACT SHEET using PicCollage!  Have fun!


Mrs Veary 😎

Lego News #2 from Fynn

I have made a new big lego ship.  The ship was made from lots of other lego sets.  It took me one and a half days to build. I put big booster jets on the bottom of the ship.  My ship is one that flies in the air.

I also made a balcony at the back of the ship, but I took it off because I thought it didn’t look any good and I couldn’t build a room on with it.

Wow, Fynn!  There is so much detail in this construction.  Please give your feedback to Fynn by using the comments box.  Mrs Veary 😎



Now that we have:

  • chosen the Global Goal we want to tell people about, and
  • researched facts and statistics to convince people why they should act

we are going to work out ACTIONS PEOPLE CAN TAKE to help.

Then we will plan our POSTERS using our booklet with the criteria.

First you need to develop a SLOGAN for your poster.  We will be discussing that today.

Here are a few examples of posters for you to look at.  You need to remember that you have to have all of the criteria so you need to notice what each of these examples uses.

1.What is each poster trying to convince us of?

2. What is each poster asking us to do to help?

3.  Does it have a slogan?

4. What have they done to convince us?

5. What do you notice about their choice of images and use of colour?

6.  What fonts look best?

Talking to Other People Can Help

We are going to listen to the story THE TERRIBLE THING by Margaret Holmes about something that happened to the character and how it made him feel, then how he worked through it.


  1. What could the terrible thing have been?  What things do we think are terrible that we might experience in our lives?
  2. Why does talking about a problem to someone we trust help make us feel better?
  3. Have you ever felt bad about something and then felt better after you have talked to someone about it?
  4. Who are the people in your life that you can talk to if you have a problem or feel bad about something that has happened?

Big Question Thinking

As we come to the end of our Spinning in Space inquiry, we need to think about what we have learned about living on our amazing planet – Planet Earth!

What makes it the only known planet in our solar system with life on it? What are the special conditions on Earth that allow life to flourish?

What are the problems facing our planet and its environment?

What can each one of us do to protect our planet into the future?

To gather our thoughts, we will be writing down all our ideas in a PMI chart (Plus, Minus and Interesting or Ideas).  Then we can work out which problem to focus on to do some research before working out how we can help.

Here are some websites you can use for your research:

  1. 13 Incredibly Lucky Earth Facts website
  2.  What’s Climate Change? (for kids) website
  3. Global Goal #14 – Life Below Water facts
  4. Global Goal #15 – Life on Land facts
  5. Global Goal #15 – Life on Land infographic with ideas

Later we will be able to choose HOW we share what we have found out? and the SO WHAT can we do?  Remember Global Goals #14 and #15 are all about Life on Earth on the Land and on the Water.  

Mrs Veary 😎


This morning you will be learning another strategy to do subtraction.  We will be counting on to take away by finding the DIFFERENCE between the two numbers using the empty number line.

  •  We will be playing a game called CONVICT COUNT ON to explain how this strategy works in a fun way.
  • You can have a go on your own later or at home to use the strategy online with this SUBTRACTION ON A NUMBER LINE activity.  You can change how big the numbers are that you have to subtract and you can actually see the jumps.

You can also watch a couple of videos I made of this lesson, using an Empty Numberline to count on and count back to subtract.  You can find it on Dolphinkids by following these instructions:

This makes subtraction SO EASY!  🙂

Let me know how you go.

Mrs Veary