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4A Barwon Heads Primary School.

May 26, 2015
by Miss Curtain

Education Week


Last week was Education Week. This was a great opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the vital role of education and also the talent and achievement of all our students and teachers.

The theme for Education Week was cracking the code with maths. Our school put an artistic spin on this theme by creating art work that involved maths and asking others if they could crack the code to work out what maths used.

To celebrate education week we also invited parents and friends into our classrooms to join in with our learning. Across the school parents and friends be part of many exciting activities. Some of these included maths games, blogging, publishing parties, problem solving, mathletics, shared reading and battleships.

Thanks to all students and teachers for their enthusiastic involvement in education week.

What pieces of work did you enjoy viewing at the exhibition?

What activities were happening in your classrom during ‘open classroom’?

Why is education important?

Below are some photos from our Education Week Exhibition:

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May 20, 2015
by Miss Curtain

Walk Safely To School Day


Friday 22nd May is National Walk Safely To School Day. The purpose of this day is to encourage students to be active and safe travellers to school.

In 4A most students are active travellers to school – even on freezing cold days!

The objectives of WSTSD are:

  • To encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.
  • To promote the health benefits of walking and help create regular walking habits at an early age.
  • To ensure that children up to 10 years old hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.
  • To help children develop the vital road-crossing skills they will need as they become mature pedestrians.
  • To reduce the car dependency habits that are being created at an early age and which will be difficult to change as children become adults.
  • To promote the use of Public Transport.
  • To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles.
  • To reduce the level of traffic congestion.

There is also a National Walk Safely To Competition where you can win an Apple iPad mini. To enter click on the link below.



Why do you think it is so important to be an‘active traveller’?

What do we need to do to ensure that we are safe when walking / riding to school?

May 14, 2015
by Miss Curtain
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Yesterday we were lucky enough to go to Imax and The Melbourne Museum as part of our Inquiry Unit – First Contacts.

We saw Australia Land Beyond Time at Imax, which showcased what a unique country we live in and how it has changed over time. The movie featured some of Australia’s most remote regions – that very few people have ever visited.

The focus of our visit to the museum was the First Peoples exhibition. We were able to learn about many aspects of Aboriginal cultures to support the work we are doing in the classroom.


The other highlights of our museum visit included:


What was your highlight of the day?

What was your favourite exhibition?

What did you learn?

Have you ever been to a museum or IMAX theatre before?

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May 11, 2015
by Miss Curtain
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Last week we used our knowledge of fractions to create paper pizzas. Our task was to design a pizza that represented at least 5 different fractions. We needed to have a good understanding of numerators and denominators to complete this task and we were also required to utilise equivalent fractions.

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We also used straws to make fraction counting strings. We practised counting by halves, thirds, quarters and eights and learnt about mixed numbers and improper fractions.

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May 11, 2015
by Miss Curtain

Mother’s Day


We hope all the Mums had a wonderful Mother’s Day and enjoyed some special time with their children.

The students of 4A worked with Mrs Petersen to create beautiful clay plates for their Mum’s.

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What did you do to celebrate Mother’s Day?


May 10, 2015
by Miss Curtain


This week the students of 4A have been putting the finishing touches on their narratives. They have worked through ‘The Writing Process’ to create narratives that ‘hook the reader in’.

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Source: A Spoonful Of Creativity

What aspect of ‘The Writing Process’ did you find most enjoyable and what did you find most challenging?

What complication did you include in your narrative?

What feedback did you get about your narrative?

What would you change about your narrative if you could write it again?


May 1, 2015
by Miss Curtain

Fun With Fractions


This week we started our unit of work on Fractions.

We started by brainstorming everything we knew about fractions and having a go at drawing and labeling as many different types of fractions as we could. During our first lesson we used playdough to make models of lots of different fractions. After this we used our fraction walls to create  true or false fraction quizzes.

We know that a fraction describes a part of a whole when the whole is divided into equal parts.

We know that a numerator is the number in a fraction above the line (vinculum) that tells us how many parts of the whole are being referred to and that the denominator is the number in a fraction below the line that tells us who many equal parts the whole has been divided into.

A vinculum is the horizontal line used to separate the numerator and denominator in a fraction.

We started to look at equivalent fractions – which are fractions that have the same value but look different.

Our homework task requires us to photograph examples of fractions in ‘real life’ and share with the grade next week.

What do you know about fractions that you didn’t know before this week?

What fraction knowledge can you share with others?

What real-life fractions have you found?

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