I will be back tomorrow so please work hard and show your teacher for today just how well you do things in Room 6.  🙂

9:00 to 10:00 – Indonesian

10:00 to 11:00 – Writing preparation.  On my desk there is a set of NAPLAN writing prompt sheets.  Please be very careful with these and hand them back, as they belong to Mrs Downing. Today you are not writing the exposition, but you are going to do the same brainstorming with a partner (or 3 people together) that we did for the last exposition.  Teacher to organise groups and briefly explain topic and discuss pictures.  Then students each to write down ideas for REASONS why you AGREE OR why you DO NOT AGREE.  Give a 5 – 10 minute time limit.  Then just like last time, discuss how to write a good HOOK introduction where reader will know your point of view, but you are starting in an interesting way.  Eg. Could start with a question (like last time); could start with a statement.. “Some people might say that….but I.” Students each to attempt a good hook on back of their piece of paper.  Share and then hand in both papers (make sure you have your name on your paper).  We will be writing the full exposition tomorrow, so be ready!  😎


11:25 to 12:15 – MATHS – On front of teacher’s desk is a set of folded A3 Maths sheets (Targeting Maths) ADDITION.  Students to work through these.  

12:15 to lunch – LANGUAGE AND GRAMMAR – Students have started an A3 Concept Map on Parts of Speech.  They are on the little blue set of drawers near my desk.  Please get them to complete it.  We are doing it in a very teacher-guided way, using the Smart Panel.  Look for the file (ask Lewis or Nic) in Desktop/Room 6 Share/mindmap parts of speech (or something to that effect.  You will be able to locate it when you are in Room 6 share as it is a Notebook file and you’ll see the icon.  They have colour-coded Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives and now need to add colour-coded VERBS and ADVERBS, then finish off with PREPOSITIONS and INTERJECTIONS.  You will notice I have written the definition of each in black around the bubble, then given examples in same colour as the bubble word.  [Have a look at the last post on this site – and I have some coloured charts with definitions ready for laminating on right-hand side of my desk.]

LUNCH -Teacher to do 1st Lunch duty in Sun area

INQUIRY – Yesterday we read “Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck” and discussed story of Grace Bussell and Sam Isaacs. Students completed one side of A3 sheet where they drew a picture and wrote a retell of their favourite part of the story.  Today they need to do the other side, which is the HISTORICAL INCIDENT factual side where they give the historical facts of the event.  (I have brought their work home to mark, so teacher will need to copy one of the A3 sheets on my desk for students to complete the side marked “Historical Incident”.  You will find that with the handout 2 photos of Grace and Sam which will also be stuck onto that sheet.)  Teacher please to read through information sheet for students (there is an A3 class set on my desk called “Georgette…”) which tells the story and students can highlight key facts to write into their worksheet.  Please take time to do this job neatly and thoroughly people, and get it finished today, please.

See you all tomorrow.  🙂

Mrs Veary


A number of years ago, two students (Catie and Ben S.) published their expositions.  They were writing about “PLASTIC BAGS SHOULD BE BANNED!” and wrote very convincing arguments for banning plastic bags. (This was when you could still use all plastic bags in shops.) Listen to what they had to say and you will notice:

  • INTRODUCTION – gives their point of view (agree or disagree)
  • REASON 1 and example or explanation
  • REASON 2 and example or explanation
  • REASON 3 and example or explanation
  • CONCLUSION – tries to convince you about their point of view again to sum up their ideas.

Ben S. and Plastic Bags!   (click on the name to play)                                  Caitie and Plastic Bags (click on the name to play)

Now it’s your turn to write very convincingly about why “Lollies Should be Banned!”


Expositions or Persuasive Arguments

We’ve talked about them. We’ve done one orally (ballet). Last week we brainstormed reasons for “Lollies Should be Banned!’ and now this week we will be writing those reasons as an exposition or persuasive argument.  You used your planner and today you will be writing it in your draft writing books.  Here are some video clips going over the criteria for an exposition and some examples to give you a better idea of what we are aiming for.








These are all helpful video clips to give you some ideas when writing a persuasive text.

Let’s see just how convincing you can be! 🙂
Mrs Veary


Today there was an Anzac Ceremony because Anzac Day will be during the holidays.

Back in class as you watch the powerpoint on Anzac Day look for things which will help us to understand what Australians need to remember on that day.  Anzac Day is on the 25th April every year.  ANZAC stands for:






SIMPSON AND HIS DONKEY – on this Anzac website you can read all about Simpson and his bravery.  This statue stands outside the War Memorial in Canberra.

simpson and his donkey

Here is a news clip from England from Simpson’s home town which explains the story of his bravery.

As you listen and read information on these websites, think about the true meaning of Anzac Day for Australians, so that you can talk about this on the real Anzac Day during the holidays.


CHALLENGE: – Try and find out what wars Australian soldiers are fighting in right now?


Today we will be having our very first philosophy lesson.  There are special rules about how to act to be able to listen to other people’s ideas respectfully.  Today we will be learning what the question matrix is and how to use it.

Meanings of some of the older words:

  • pail of water – bucket of water
  • broke his crown – cracked or fractured his skull (or head)
  • caper – to run or skip or dance about in a playful manner  
  • bound his head –  bandaged his head

Global Goals Video #1 – World’s Biggest Lesson

This video clip introduces the idea of the 17 Global Goals for you to understand what they are and why they are important to each of us.

This is the book Malala wrote to explain her own story and why the Global Goals are so important for so many people all over the world.

Now you are going to complete the information sheet about Malala and Greta Thunberg, and have a go at using your own magic pencil  to fix up our world.

Malala introducing the The Worlds Largest Lesson from World’s Largest Lesson on Vimeo.