Natural Disaster News Reports

Well at last, here they are, our finished news reports!

Our year fives did an amazing job of researching their natural disaster, making an animation on it, and filming their news reports.  The finished projects were put together using iMovie.

Take a look at a small sample of what we achieved:

Great job everyone! ūüôā


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Police Visit

We were super lucky to have two members of the police force come to visit our school today! Leading senior constable Steve, and his partner senior constable Carol gave us a presentation on what their job entails and the three most common criminal offences comitted by young people. These are assault, theft and criminal damage. Cyber bullying and cyber offences come under the ‘assault’ heading. We found out that people can be arrested and charges at the age of just ten years old, and that you could have a permanent criminal record if you were found guilty in court. I hope it was a big reminder to always choose to do the right thing, even when we are doing things like using the internet, social media and playing online games! 


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Do Ink Animation

This week, the year fives have been revising the Do Ink Animation and Green Screen apps.  Take a look at these tutorials we watched:

We had a go at making these two animations, then we made one of our own.  Since the year five theme this term is Space, we made our animations of outer space.  Here are a few examples of what we made:

Aren’t they cool?!¬† Leave us a comment if you like them ūüôā

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Coding Apps

This week, the year fives began using some apps which are designed to teach coding. We used Cargo-Bot and Kodable.




Cargo-Bot is a puzzle game where you teach a robot to pick up and move crates. Sounds easy right? The students started out by completing the tutorial. It seemed easy at first, but as we worked through the lessons it became very challenging.  Take a look at one of levels in the tutorial (you can play the video):

It took me hours to work out that program. Some of the kids worked it out before I did!

Once our brains had been strained enough on Cargo-Bot, we moved on to the Kodable app.  The year fives loved programming the cute furry little creature to move through the levels.

We are looking forward to more coding in the weeks to come!

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Making Videos on Quality Commenting

This week in Info Lit we began to make instructional videos on how to leave quality comments on blogs.  Working in partners or groups of three, we revised what we have learned about good quality comments and wrote scripts for our videos in Notes before starting to film. When writing our scripts, we had to include specific headings and then add more information to each heading. The headings we needed to include were:

  • Compliment the¬†Writer in a Specific Way
  • Add New Information
  • Make a Connection
  • End with a Question
  • Proofread your Comment
  • Keep your Personal Information Private

All groups worked really well, but we will need to continue making our videos next week because we didn’t have time to finish them in one lesson.¬† One group did get their video finished and they managed to email it to me.

Here it is:

Well done guys, you have made a great video!  Stay tuned and I will post some more videos as they get finished off.


Mrs Paterno ūüôā

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Writing Quality Comments

The grade fives have begun learning how to comment on the school blogs.¬† This week we watched a short¬†movie¬†on¬†how to write quality comments, and we¬†learned the difference between a ‘thumbs up’ and a ‘thumbs down’ comment.

Good quality comments:

  • begin like a letter
  • compliment the writer
  • add new information
  • make a connection
  • finish with¬†a question
  • are a about the post
  • do not include any personal information, including your last name
  • are proofread and edited carefully

The students practised writing ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thumbs down’ comments in their notes before they posted their comments onto their class blogs.¬† The students are becoming really good at writing quality comments and¬†it will be great to see them¬†writing lots of comments on the school blogs from now on.

Have a look at the video we watched in class this week:

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Strip Designer

The grade fives worked with the Strip Designer app this week to create some fantastic pieces of work on prominent indigenous Australians. The students were asked to choose three famous Aboriginal people and write about who they are, why they are famous, and how they have helped out or been a role model for the indigenous community. Their work also needed to have ‘wow factor’, and include references to any websites used. The completed pieces of work turned out very well, they look great! Here are just a few examples. Let us know what you think ūüôā

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Setting up our Email Addresses

This week in Info Lit, the grade fives set up their school email addresses.  These school email addresses can be used to send and receive emails to do with school, but they will also be needed when the students are blogging.

When it comes to emailing,¬†the following points from the ‘Oatlands Primary School Acceptable Use Agreement for Ultranet, internet and digital technologies’ are important to remember.

When I use digital technology I agree to:

  • be a safe, responsible and ethical user whenever and wherever I use it
  • support others by being respectful in how I communicate with them and never write or participate in online bullying (this includes forwarding messages and supporting others in harmful, inappropriate or hurtful online behaviour)
  • seek to understand the terms and conditions of websites and online communities and be aware that content I upload or post is my digital footprint
  • protect my privacy rights and those of other students by not giving out personal details including full names, telephone numbers, addresses and images
  • use the internet for educational purposes and use the equipment properly
  • use social networking sites for educational purposes and only as directed by teachers

To read the full Internet User Agreement click here: Internet User Agreement

Make sure you always remember your Student Agreement when you are emailing!

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