Jam Sandwich Algorithms

On Friday in Info Literacy, we learnt all about algorithms.  An algorithm in simple terms, is a set of instructions. We use algorithms when we are coding or programming.

Today our challenge was the create an algorithm to program a robot (Miss Crowther and Mrs Brough) to make a jam sandwich! Sounds easy, right? Well, we found out it wasn’t as easy as we thought to create a bug-free algorithm!

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I’ll upload some more videos of Mrs. Brough the Robot next week!

Miss Crowther


Age Restrictions for Social Media Platforms

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This is a friendly reminder, that social media based apps are not suitable or on the approved core app list. Please see the table below which details the required age to create an account for. If you currently have these apps, you will need to remove them from your device as they are not aligned with our digital citizenship student contracts.

If you have any questions, please see the Information Literacy Team.

App Age
Twitch 12 years
Instagram 13 years
Snapchat 13 years
Facebook 13 years
Music.ly 16 years
Live.ly 17 years
Vine 17 years
YouTube Accounts 18 years


Adobe Spark Video

This week we had a go at a very new and exciting app – Adobe Spark Video. 

Adobe have recently released three new apps – Spark Video, Spark Post  and Spark Page. Within minutes you can now turn your ideas into impactful and professional quality social graphics, web stories and animated videos.

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A letter went home on Friday to ask all Year 5 students to have these three (free) apps on their iPads by Week 1 of Term 4. Until then, we have access to the Adobe Spark range of apps via the library iPads.

Spark Video is a video story telling application available on the iPad and computer. It combines motion graphics, audio recording, music, text and photos to produce short, animated, narrated explainer videos. It has recently been named by Apple as an App Store Best App of the Year and already been downloaded over 3.5 millions times – wow!

Over the next term, you are sure to see plenty of our fantastic creations via the Spark range. Next week we will jump into Adobe Spark Page, which will be exciting for those of you with an interest in graphics, drawing and poster making!

Have a look below at one of our fantastic first attempts using Spark Video

Miss Crowther

Olympics Closing Ceremony and Blogging

This week we begin counting down the days until the closing ceremony for the Rio Olympics which takes place on Monday morning. We have enjoyed keeping up with the highs and lows of the different events, the medals won and the inspiring performances by so many athletes from around the world. What was your favourite moment of the Rio Olympics? You can leave a comment below!

Today we also revisted our classroom blogs and the importance of keeping blog posts and commenting up to date. We followed 6 easy steps to posting effective blog comments:

  1. Add something to the conversation
  2. Comment early
  3. Don’t be rude
  4. You can disagree without being disagreeable
  5. Ask questions
  6. Have a purpose

Make sure you keep these in mind when commenting on other people’s blog posts this week. Below are some images of our fabulous blog work this week –

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Don’t forget to use the time before our session next Friday to keep practising posting and commenting on blogs!

Miss Crowther

Go Aussies!

What an exciting week it has been at the Rio Olympics! We started our lessons in Info Lit this week by recapping on the highlights of the Rio 2016 Olympics, including all the medals Australia has so far won. You can access our NearPod quiz below, see how many you can get right! Tip: Be sure to enter in your own name if you complete the quiz!

This week we focused on inserting audio recordings and hyperlinks into our eBooks. Next week as the Rio Olympics begin to wind up, we will complete our A-Z Books about the Olympics. We will compile our pages to complete whole class books. We will then make our books available online for anyone to access.

As we move on from the Olympics, we will begin to look at coding. Coding is a language that makes it possible for us to create and program computer software, apps, games and websites. Your internet browser, phone operating system, apps on your phone and even this website – they’re all made with code! Different types of code are like different languages, some include: Python, Java script and HTML. We are starting by exploring block coding, which encodes data in blocks. Below you can see an example of block coding from the program Scratch. On the left is the basic click and drag block coding and on the right is the actual code that is being directed.

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Some of us got a head start with our coding this week by exploring Code Studio. If you’d like to continue practising before our session next week, you can go to https://studio.code.org/  Make sure you begin on Course 2 – Stage 3 – Level 1. Please make sure you complete every stage before moving to the next level. For example: Course 2 has 19 stages!

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These stages include coding tasks that require you to block code for Angry Birds and Flappy Bird!

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Good luck!

Miss Crowther

Let the Oat-lympics begin!

What better way to build up excitement to the Rio Olympic Games opening ceremony on Saturday, than to run our very own Oat-lympics on Friday – and what a day it was!

We began with the opening ceremony to welcome all countries to the event. The gym was full of flags, bright coloured outfits and lots of cheering!

After recess, all Year 5 students made their way to the soccer oval where they competed for their country in a range of fun activities which included – sack races, ‘pizza’ throwing, egg and spoon races, gumboot throwing and tennis ball and bucket shots.

We were lucky enough to have a beautifully sunny afternoon to enjoy the activities. It was wonderful to see such excellent sportsmanship from all competitors – a fabulous effort!


Don’t forget to tune into the Olympics over the next few weeks. There’s already been a very exciting start for Australia as over the weekend we already won three gold medals across swimming and archery. Keep your eye out for the sport or athlete that you are creating your eBook on – you may find some new and interesting information to add to your pages. Below is a video of Mack Horton, our gold medalist swimmer, take a look at his very exciting race! Try and keep up to date with all the medal winners as we will be completing a Nearpod quiz this week!

Miss Crowther

Explain Everything and Nearpod

This week in Information Literacy we continued to explore the use of Nearpod by looking at the theme A Week in your World. We discussed the meaning of gratitude and what it means to feel grateful for something or someone. We used this idea when testing out another new app, Explain Everything, where we made animated and interactive slides about things we are grateful for.  You can access this week’s Nearpod session below.

Keep trying out Explain Everything as your free trial will end within the next month! Also, please make sure you have downloaded the Showbie app ready for next week’s session! Only a week left until the Rio Olympic Games begin!

Miss Crowther

Rio Olympics and Nearpod App

This week we’ve continued to create our A-Z Rio Olympic Games books on Book Creator. We’ve been researching, planning, writing, drawing and recording to create interactive pages all about the different facets of the upcoming Olympic Games.  Below are some examples of our work so far:

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We also had our first try with the Nearpod app, which is a digital tool for students and teachers to engage in interactive lessons and presentations. If you would like to share with your family and friends the Nearpod session we completed you can try it here.

Miss Crowther

Welcome back to Term 3!

Welcome back to Term 3 and what an exciting term we have ahead of us! In 21 days time the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will begin so we will be keeping up to date with all the action that takes place.  Together as whole classes, we will be using Book Creator to write our very own A-Z of the Rio Olympic Games eBooks. Our eBooks are digital and multi-modal meaning they will include text, audio, visuals and movies. Below is the short trailer we watched about the upcoming Olympics. We used this video to brainstorm events, athletes and countries competing in the games. You can also click here to find a list of the countries competing and here to find a list of all the 2016 events.


Next week we will continue to plan and draft our allocated pages, including experimenting with audio and visual recording. We will also look at NearPod and Explain Everything, so if you haven’t yet downloaded these free apps, please do so before next Friday. Please note: Although I used the blue Explain Everything logo, you only need to download the silver free version.

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Miss Crowther