Sunday, 23 December 2018

Friday, 14 December 2018

Our Whoville inspired Dutch canal houses. Other individual houses can be found in the Gallery.


Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Excursion: Field of Mars

A great day out with so many activities that were fun and engaging.

more photos are in the Gallery.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Science: Roller Coasters

In class we have been busy building Roller Coasters to help us understand forces and motion. It was a very engaging task with everyone working well together to design, test and build some amazing Roller Coasters.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Fireflies by Owl City in Auslan

In class we have been learning about metaphors and other figurative language. We recently read the book 'My two blankets'. Cartwheel, the main character, comes to a new country to be safe, but everything around her is strange. She cannot understand what people are saying and she doesn't feel like herself anymore. This book, by Irena Kobald and Freya Blackwood, explores the power language has to make us feel included and safe, like a blanket. As Cartwheel's confidence with the language grows, and she learns to weave words together, she doesn't feel so foreign anymore.

Using Auslan, Australian sign language, we tried to put on Cartwheel's shoes. We learnt a basic conversation so students were able to say 'Hello, my name is _____, question/answer, question/answer'. 

The video below is of the class performing Fireflies by Owl City in Auslan. We focused on the sign language so they are using a video to help with the lyrics. 

This video is unlisted and only available via the class blog

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Excursion - Sea Life Aquarium

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Excursion - Sea Life Aquarium
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Monday, 24 September 2018

VR with the Oculus Go and Ocean Rift

This term in class, we have been looking at 'More than rain goes down the drain', a Geography unit about litter pollution and how marine creatures are affected. Today, and later this week, students have been given the opportunity to swim with a variety of marine creatures using Oculus Go and Ocean Rift. The app is quite realistic and students are able to listen to information about each creature and explore their habitat.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Analog Time

For those students who are still finding it difficult to read analog time. 

Monday, 10 September 2018

Heather Galler style Marine Creatures

In Geography we have been studying 'More than rain goes down the drain', a unit of work that shows the problem of litter, especially plastic, and the affect on marine creatures. To go along with this work we created these wonderful arts works of marine creatures in the style of Heather Galler.

more photos can be found in the Gallery

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Friday, 7 September 2018

Art Dispaly 10 Second Origami Fish

We need to create many of these or other marine creatures for our art display. They need to be quite small, so using paper that is around 12cm² or smaller is best.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Spring Fair Poster competition

Do you think you can create a prize winning poster? 

We are looking for posters to tell people about the Spring Fair. A poster will be chosen from each class and it will be displayed in the playground.

Details you need to include:
• Event: Spring Fair
• Date: Sunday 16th of September 2018
• Location: Thompson Park, Artarmon
• Time: 10am – 3pm

You could include the following: cake stall, 2nd hand book stall, face painting, crazy hair, nail painting, Beyblade stall, chocolate wheel, lucky dip, water pistols, paper aeroplanes, bowl a wicket, Ninja Warrior Training Ground, kick a goal, chocolate toss, Chinese food stall, Indian food stall, sushi and Vietnamese rolls, sausage sizzle, slushies and drinks, gelato, inflatables and

Please return your poster by the 29th of August.

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Monday, 6 August 2018

Homework Assignment: APS Public Speaking Competition (Monday 27th August)

For the school Public Speaking Competition, you are required to write a three minute speech about one of the topics listed below. These are persuasive topics and your task is try and convince the audience to your point of view.

Image result for public speaking kidsDUE: Monday 27th August (Week 6)


  1. Graffiti is art
  2. Pocket money should be earned
  3. PE should not be compulsory in schools
  4. My life as a fly on the wall
  5. If you were a superhero for one day, what would you do to impact the world?


  • Write a strong opening. Before you can begin persuading your audience, you need to open the speech in a way that will make them want to pay attention. ...
  • Offer persuasive evidence. ...
  • Address the counter-argument (the other point of view)

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Monday, 30 July 2018

Excursion: The Concourse - 78-Storey Treehouse

All of Year 4 were lucky enough to attend the theatre production of 78-Storey Treehouse at The Concourse. Everyone was very well behaved on the public transport and seemed to have a great time watching the performance.

'The legendary Mr Big Shot has arrived to make a Hollywood blockbuster! But when his first step is to fire Andy and replace him with a monkey – well, a gibbon named Mel Gibbon – the battle is on. Will the Treehouse Blockbuster ever get made? Who will win the battle of Andy and Terry? And why are those mysterious spy cows turning up everywhere?' 

Studying before the performance?

Monday, 18 June 2018

Assembly Rehearsal -The Dreadful Menace and The Ski-Jump Scare

For our assembly item we are going to perform The Dreadful Menace (from the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 Trailer) as well as Allison's response ' The Ski-Jump Scare'.

This is from work we were doing in class about Imagery, visually descriptive or figurative language. Figurative language includes several types of language like personification, hyperbole, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, etc.

These recordings are from rehearsal we have had in class. Hopefully we will have them perfect for the assembly.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Can you solve the multiplication with written methods?

This program needs Flash. 
Click to play 'Written multiplication game'
Click on image to begin

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Assignment: Why do we need to recycle? Due: Monday July 2nd (Week 10)

Why do we need to recycle?
Learning Intention: To understand the process of recycling and its importance to sustain our environment.

Task: Create a slide presentation about 'Why do we need to recycle?" You will be given five weeks to complete this task. It MUST include a bibliography (keep track of your websites/where you get your information from as you go). To help you keep on track, try complete an activity every few days.

Success criteria (slide presentation requirements):
  • Title slide
  • 2-3 slides on recycling logos and the different types of recycling
  • 1 slide on the process of a recyclable material
  • 1 slide of a table of items you recycled in your house
  • 1 slide of pictures of the recycling bins you made (paper and plastic)
  • 3 slides on what items can be recycled (paper, plastic and glass)
  • 1-2 slides on the importance of recycling
  • Bibliography

Your work needs to be brought in and presented on

Monday July 2nd (Week 10)

Activity 1

Research the different types of recycling there are. Put this information on your slides, including the symbols and bins that are used.

Activity 2

Pick a recyclable item, on your slide draw the process of how this item gets recycled. Starting from when it is first manufactured.

Activity 3

Within your household, create a paper waste bin and a plastic waste bin. Put your newly designed logos on these bins. Encourage your family to use the recycling bins. At the end of one week, record in a table the items put in the recycling bins. Draw up your table into a slide on your presentation. Upload photos of your bins to your slide as well.

Activity 4

Create 3 slides, on each slide design a new recycling logo. Put lots of images of what can be recycled into that bin.

Activity 5

Now that you know how to recycle, write 1-2 slides about why we MUST recycle to sustain our environment.

Activity 6

Prepare a talk that goes with your slide presentation that you will be presenting to your class in week 10. Your presentation must go for 1 to 3 minutes.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Excursion Photos

Some great photos of our class during our excursion to The Rocks and Hyde Park Barracks.

Excursion: The Rocks

Friday, 25 May 2018

Additional Homework Task: Convict Report and Poster

Convict Report and Poster

Task 1
Investigate a convict and create a detailed report about his crimes and description. The report should be neatly hand written and presented with a self drawn Wanted Poster of your convict.

Task 2
Create a self drawn wanted poster for the convict (in pencil only)

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Logo Programming

For those students who are interested in learning raw programming (no GUI interface). It is a very basic program, although there are some quite advance things you can do with it, if you are willing to spend the time.

The repeat command is one of the easiest and most useful commands to use. repeat 4 [fd 10 rt 90]

It is also important to remember the correct spacing.

If you make something interesting bring a print out in, or use sendfile, along with the code you used.

Enjoy :)

Monday, 19 March 2018

Assignment: Who were the early navigators and explorers in the age of discovery? Due Monday 9th April

Assignment Due: Monday 9th April

For your assignment, you need to research and present your work on one of the early explorers or navigators from the age of discovery (1400-1799). Captain Cook should not be chosen, was studied last year.

Your research should include the following information:
  • Facts about your explorer.
  • What voyages they made.
  • Why they made them.
  • What impact it had on other cultures (Important).
  • Other Inquiry questions to supports your research.
  • Both Primary and Secondary sources to support your presentation
You will present your PowerPoint presentation (or other appropriate software) in the last week of the term (Monday 9th April). A random name generator will choose the order of the presentations.

Primary and Secondary sources
A primary source is an original document or other material that has not been changed in any way. It is a reliable first-hand account usually written at or near the time the event(s) occurred. Primary sources are better than secondary sources. Secondary sources are documents based on primary sources.

Example of Primary Sources
  • Letters
  • Manuscripts
  • Diaries
  • Journals
  • Memoirs
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Objects or Artifacts
Captain Cook's Journal 1775 (more information)

Example of Secondary Sources
  • Most work that includes/discusses primary sources.
  • Most books about a topic.
  • Articles about a topic, especially by people not directly involved.
  • Documentaries 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Excursion: Kamay Botany Bay National Park (Wednesday 7th March)

In conjunction with our Term One History unit of work 'First Contacts of Australia', we will be taking the students on an excursion to Kamay Botany Bay National Park and Education Centre. We will be visiting Captain Cook's landing place and learning about our Aboriginal heritage.

You would have received a permission note via the Skoolbag app, please ensure this is completed as soon as possible. The excursion will be next week on Wednesday 7th March.

What to bring:
  • Morning tea and lunch (you are unable to buy food there)
  • School hat and sunscreen
  • Comfortable enclosed walking shoes (runners) and sports uniform.
  • Wet weather gear (no umbrellas)
  • Small backpack to carry everything in.
  • Water bottle (labelled with name)
Bus leaves promptly at 9:00am - please be at school by 8:45am

UPDATE: Excursion Photos


Monday, 26 February 2018

Task: The Voyage to Van Diemen's Land

You are the Superintendent of a convict transport ship. Your job will be to look after the convicts on the long journey ... making sure they stay healthy in body and mind.

Before you set off you will need to select a ship and a captain, and then you need to buy supplies and load them below deck.

It's a long journey so make good choices. 

Click on the image below to begin.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Welcome to 4NR''s class blog. You will find your homework on the Homework page above. We will start in Week 4, although I will put it up early so any issues can be sorted out before the due date.

Your homework is due each Friday, if it is not at school, it is marked as incomplete. If you are going to be away, you can bring it in on Thursday.

If you have any questions about the homework, we will be discussing it more in class as we go along and you are more than welcome to ask any questions.