BTN-The Solar System

Fact 1:The solar system is 4.5 billion years old

Fact 2:The solar system moves at 200,000 kilometres per hour

Fact 3: The sun is at the centre of the solar system

Question 1: How many planets in the solar system are extremely hot?

Question 2: How long has the big red dot been raging on Jupiter?

Understanding: I understand that if humans could live on Mercury, it would be very hard to.


Literacy Circles Week 8

Title: Then

Page 18-33

Vocabulary Expander

Word 1: Vital

Page 19. ‘I don’t like it either, but it’s a vital and important part of the plan,’

Meaning: absolutely necessary; essential.

Word 2: Brute

Page 20. ‘I try to get between Zelda, who’s cowering and whimpering, and the vicious killer brute,’

Meaning: a savagely violent man or animal.

Word 3: rears.

Page 24. ‘The horse rears up,’

Meaning: ??

Word 4: zloty

Page 29. ‘They’re worth more than four hundred zloty and two bottles of vodka.

Meaning: the basic monetary unit of Poland, equal to 100 groszy. 400 zloty is worth 150.63 Australian Dollar

Word 5: pleadingly

Page 31. ‘I look at the woman pleadingly,’

Meaning: the act of a person who pleads.


Literacy Circles #3-Once

Passage Reflector-Literacy Circles

Passage 1: ‘Zelda is standing by the haystack rigid with fear. Next to her, pointing a machine gun down at her head, is a Nazi soldier.’

Page 60, Paragraph 2?

This passage surprised me because I had no idea that a Nazi would just randomly come out of no- where. I also got scared because I thought Zelda would die here because the Nazi would shoot her.

Passage 2: ‘Also because I’ve got a horrible suspicion I know the answer to the question. Maybe it’s not just our books the Nazis hate. Maybe it’s us.’

Page 65, Paragraph 1.

I learnt something from this passage. The whole time, as well as Felix, I also thought that it was just the books that the Nazis hated. Maybe it actually is the Jewish people themselves.




Why would Felix try to comfort Zelda by not telling her that her parents are dead?

Why do Nazis hate Jews so much that they would kill them?

Why would the locals laugh at the Jews?



eSafety Webinar Reflection ft. eSafety Greg

Today we did an eSafety webinar about cyber safety as a cohort of all the 5/6s. We all were supposed to answer the questions in groups of two but the login did not work so we did it all together. We did well in answering the questions and got them all right. All of our knowledge on cyber safety put together made us all do really well in the webinar, which was kind of a test. It was about keeping private things in your home secure. It was called ‘My Home, My Rules’. Here are some notes that I took on the day:

Privacy is about controlling your personal information in the outside world. 12% of young people (grades 3-6) have experienced fraud or downloaded a virus to their device. Be safe and try to identify ransomware, viruses and scamming messages. Scamming messages do not always come from the people that you don’t know, some people who you think are your friends may betray you, scam you or cyber bully you. Keep all passwords strong.

How can you take action to protect yourself from things like this?

-Always try to identify a scam message by looking at what the message say and if something pops up on your screen, stop to read it. NEVER click on it first!

-If someone sends you are friend request it is OK to accept it, unless they start asking you for personal information, then decline them or just do not reply.

-If you do get a friend request, always come to school the next day and just let your friends know what has happened and ask them if it was them sending you a friend request, if it was then it is fine, if it is not, do not tell them anything.

-Do not use your real name on a game or website, choose a nick name, for example Zezdo23, because using your real name could be dangerous, and even that could be putting out too much information to the outside world.

-Never share your passwords.

-Set firewalls on things to keep them private.

Literacy Circles-Animal Farm (By George Orwell)

Passage 1: Paragraph 3-Page 47 to 48

Here’s the passage: ‘Comrades,’ he said quietly, ‘do you know who is responsible for this? Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill? SNOWBALL!’ he suddenly roared in a voice of thunder, ‘Snowball has done this thing! In sheer malignity, thinking to set back our plans and avenge himself for his ignominious expulsion, this traitor has crept here under cover of night and destroyed our work of nearly a year. Comrades, here and now I pronounce the death sentence upon Snowball. “Animal Hero, Second Class,” and half a bushel of apples to anyone who brings him to justice. A full bushel of apples to anyone who captures him alive!’ I chose this passage because it was surprising to me.

Passage 2: Paragraph 1-Page 45

I’m not going to write the passage for this one, because it’s a bit easy so someone can read it out.

I found it funny that Boxer always obeyed Napoleon, but I think he is the traitor.

The lady in blue

5 BIG QUESTIONS-The lady in blue

Question 1: What makes this book/story good?

I think the twist at the end makes the story really intriguing and good to read.

And I also think that the show not tell makes the story really good.

Question 2: What would make this book/story better?

I think it would be better if the girl told her that she was her mum.

I think it’s a really good story, the link is here for more details.

I can use the 5 BIG QUESTIONS with ‘The Lady in Blue’

Project reflection-Dromedary Camel


In term 2 we have been learning about animal and plant adaptations. Me and my partner, Asantha, did the Dromedary Camel. We have learnt a lot about the Dromedary Camel and its unique adaptations.

Science Knowledge:

I learned this term that there are two types of adaptations. Structural adaptations and behavioural adaptations. Structural adaptations are adaptations that animals are born with. (E.g: Dromedary camels are born with long eyelashes). Behavioural adaptations are adaptations that animals do to help them survive in the desert. (E.g: Camels look around with their long neck just in case of predators). These Dromedary Camel will always have these unique adaptations and they will always help them survive in their harsh, humid conditions.

Science Inquiry Skills:

The question we created was: If the Dromedary Camel doesn’t have its invisible eyelids, can it cope in a sandstorm?

Personal & Social Capabilities:

One of my personal strengths is art and that helped me I my project to do the annotated diagram.  I feel that another one of my strengths is speaking up in front of others.  I am good in partnerships – in the end my partner and I made a very interesting and informative project.

Asantha and I tried to help each other as much as we could.  We both have different skills for example I am not a very quick typist and Asantha is an is not very good at drawing and I am so we worked well together.  Between us we had a lot of knowledge so we had a lot of facts in the end for our project.

In the beginning, Asantha was not confident to present.  He was insisting that he would not be involved in the final presentation.  This made me nervous because I thought I would need to do the whole project presentation by myself.  By the end of the project Asantha presented and this gave me confidence as well.  He did not let me down.

The balance of work in project was very even.  We tried to share out the roles as equally as we can.  Asantha suggested that to make the power point much more interesting we needed more facts.  So we looked at a lot of difference web sites.  We also used a book – we were one of the only groups that used a book in our bibliography!

A team is affective when the work load is shared between each member, when the members are optimistic towards each other and they work together well without many distractions or arguments.

You have to show leadership if you are the year 6 of the partnership because the year 5 may get off track at some point, and it is the year 6’s job to make sure they stay focused and do their work.

A good leader can distribute the work evenly among the members of the partnership.

If one member of the team did not contribute or do something they were asked to do this could cause conflict because the other team member has been let down. A strategy to prevent this type of conflict is to set goals, write reminders and have regular communication with the team.

3 Facts about the Dromedary Camel

Three facts I have about the Dromedary Camel are that the Dromedary Camel has very long eyelashes, so when there is a sandstorm in the desert, they never get any sand in their eye.

They have big pads on the bottoms of their feet so they don’t sink into the sand while they’re walking.

And they also have thick lips and a tough throat so they can eat spiky plants sticks and bones.

2 Understandings:

I understand that the Dromedary Camel has it’s hump to store blubber, which is then used as energy.

I also understand that the Dromedary Camel has it’s hoofs so they can walk on the sand of the desert without sinking.

1 Wondering:

I would like to know how many babies a female Dromedary Camel can have.


BTN-Weedy sea dragons

15 Kilometres from Sydney, is what they call ‘dragon territory’. If you jump in, you can see the weedy sea dragons. They are interesting little creatures that float around amongst the seaweed. They are native to Australia and they are related to the sea horse. They can be found in the waters mostly off the east and south coast. They drift around in the water and they blend in with the kelp and seaweed. But, they are becoming harder and harder to find, and not just because of their good hiding skills. They used to be quite common on the north side of Sydney, but now they are not common at all. If you’re lucky, you can see one, but sometimes, you don’t see any. Instead of catching them and tagging them, all of the ones that are found, they are asking the finders to take pictures of them and send them in. They are using special software to look at the special, unique patterns on their bodies. They give them names every time they get a new pattern. Weedy sea dragons are classified as near threatened. But scientists think that this research could provide enough information to get them listed as endangered. They think that climate change is part of the problem. The rising temperatures kill the kelp, and it leaves them homeless.

Melbourne Aquarium

We have been learning about adaptations in our science topic. I picked the Gentoo Penguin. They are adapted to their environments. Their fins help them glide through the water. Their webbed feet also help them glide through the water. Their claws help them walk on the snow without sinking into it. Their many layers of feathers help them keep warm. Their feathers have oil on them to not get wet while swimming in the water. I wonder why the feathers have oil on them? Why do they not want to get their feathers wet?


BTN-Tasmanian Devils

A few years ago, BTN reported that the Tasmanian Devils were suffering from a life threatening disease. Many zoos have been trying to keep them alive by using a special breeding program, that might save their lives. Tasmanian Devils population has been cut down by more than 80% and they are now an endangered species. People believed that Tassie Devils died out a long time ago, to be precise, about 400 years ago.

Tasmania used to be the only place where you could find Tassie Devils in the wild, but when Europeans settled in, the animals were being hunted because they were eating all the settler’s chickens. Now, Tasmanian Devils are protected by law. But, since the mid 90s, they have been suffering from a very bad disease. It’s called the Facial Devil Tumour  Disease, and it’s a special kind of cancer, because it’s contagious. We don’t know what causes it, but it happens when the devils bite and scratch each other. The tumours build up around their face and mouth, and it spreads, till it gets so bad, that the devil can’t eat, then, the devils sadly starve to death. Once they have gotten it, they usually only have 6 months to live. Tasmanian Devil babies are called joeys, and are no bigger than a grain of rice. The mother usually has 30 babies, but because it only has 4 teats, only 4 of the babies make it. So far in the Devil’s breading program, they have breaded more than 50 joeys. But it has been a bit challenging, because for some reason, devils born in captivity don’t get pregnant as easily.  The zoo keepers don’t know why, but they are finding out. The goal is to bread a bigger population of Tassie devils, incase the ones in the wild die out. As the disease spreads, we are still finding the cause and the cure to this horrible disease. Otherwise, the ones we see in captivity, will be the last ones we see.