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4A Barwon Heads Primary School.

May 3, 2016
by Miss Curtain


This term 4A have been learning all about fractions.

We started by learning that a fraction is a part of a whole and then we looked at numerators and denominators.

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We expanded our knowledge of fractions by looking at equivalent fractions, comparing the sizes of fractions, mixed numbers, fraction number lines, improper fractions and simplifying fractions.

Our homework task for last week was to photograph fractions that we could find at home.

Below are some of the photographs that the students took:


April 22, 2016
by Miss Curtain

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Last week in library we started the Premier’s Reading Challenge. The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has challenged every student in Victoria to read a set number of books. Grade four students need to read 15 books before the 9th September 2016. 10 of these books need to be from the ‘challenge list’ and 5 of them can be ‘free choice’.

There is an extensive range of books that students can choose from and the list is updated regularly by an expert panel.

A copy of the book lists can be found at:


Miss Browne reminded us about the importance of choosing ‘good fit’ books and that we read to read a variety of genres and authors.

Did you know that since the challenge began in 2005, over two million students have read an incredible 38 million books?

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Can you recommend any Premier’s Reading Challenge books for other students to read?

What new books have you discovered by participating in the Premier’s Reading Challenge?

What are your favourite books and authors?


April 15, 2016
by Miss Curtain


Welcome to Term 2! 4A has had a fantastic start to the new term.

Some of the exciting learning we have done this week includes:

  • Starting our new unit of work on persuasive texts
  • Working on this weeks reading strategy, which was ‘identifying the main idea’
  • Developing our mapping skills and knowledge of lots of different countries all over the world
  • Solving division equations mentally – including equations that had remainders.
  • Getting new spelling words
  • Starting a new set of rotations for grade 3/4 sport: netball, football, soccer and basketball
  • Beginning the Premier’s Reading Challenge

We also spent some time this week thinking about what our goals will be for the new term. We spoke about setting S.M.A.R.T goals and the importance of setting goals for ourselves.

What have you enjoyed learning during the first week of Term 2?

What goals have you set yourself for this term?

What are you looking forward to this term?


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August 11, 2015
by Miss Curtain

Art Walk

On Friday our school hosted a Multicultural Art Walk. Each class made a different artwork from a particular culture and time and displayed these in their classroom for everyone to come and view.

It was a wonderful experience to look at all the other student’s art work and we thoroughly enjoyed learning about art from different cultures.

What did your enjoy about the Art Walk? 

What did you learn during the Art Walk? 

Below is a list of the artwork produced by each grade and some photos of what we saw on our art walk.

Year 1A African necklaces               KENYA

Year 1B Aztec Calendar stone            MEXICO

Year 1/2C Kente Cloth                    GHANA         WEST AFRICA

Year 2A Matryoshka Dolls              RUSSIA

Year 2B Kokeshi doll                        JAPAN

Year 3A Paper Molas                                    KUNA INDIANS

Year 3B Day of the Dead                   MEXICO

Year 3C Totem Poles                          NORTH AMERICA


Year 4A Henna Hands                        INDIA

Year 4B Egyptian Art                         EGYPT

Year 4C Ojo de Dios                           MEXICO

Year 5A Mandalas                              INDIA

Year 5B African Masks                     AFRICA


Year 6A Origami                                 JAPAN

Year 6B Notan                                    JAPAN


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August 4, 2015
by Miss Curtain

Book Week

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Later this term we will be celebrating Book Week. The theme this year is ‘Books Light Up Our World’. Each week in library we are reading one of the shortlisted books for book of the year in our age group.

The books that are nominated for Picture Book Of The Year are:

Rivertime. Written by Trace Ball

One Minute’s Silence. Written by David Metzenthen and illustrated by Michael Camilleri.

The Stone Lion. Written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Ritva Voutila.

My Two Blankets. Written by Irena Kobal and illustrated by Freya Blackwood.

The Duck And The Ducklings. Written by Glenda Millard and illustrated by Michael Stephen.

Fire. Written by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley.


What shortlisted book have you enjoyed the most so far?

What is your all-time favourite picture story book?

What costume are you wearing for our Book Week Parade?

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July 24, 2015
by Miss Curtain


world in hands

This term our Inquiry topic focuses on sustainability. The title of the unit is “Eco Warriors – Every individual matters, every action counts”. We have been researching a variety of environmental issues and will select one that interests us to become ‘experts’ about. Our unit of work on sustainability will conclude with an Eco-Exhibition at the end of term where we will showcase what we have learnt.

What does ‘sustainability’ mean?

Why is this an important topic to learn about?

What interesting discoveries have you made during your research?


Below are some of the many texts that we have examined during the research stage of our Inquiry topic.






June 4, 2015
by Miss Curtain

Calculating Time

As part of our unit of work on time, 4A had some fun calculating approximately how much time we spend doing certain activities.

After we finished our calculations we got very excited about the link we were able to make to a story in Just Crazy by Andy Griffiths. In the story Bandaid, Andy calculates how long he has had a bandaid on for:

“It’s been on for the last six months. I’ve grown quite attached to it actually, and it’s grown quite attached to me. . We’ve spent a lot of time together. I did some calculations and I figured that I’ve had the bandaid on for 182.5 days, which is 4380 hours, or 262800 minutes or 15 768 000 seconds. Tried to work it out in milli-seconds but there wasn’t enough room on the screen for all the zeros.”

Below are just a few of our many calculations:

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We also watched an interesting clip on Behind The News about the leap second, which explained why an extra second is being added to the end of this month.



What do you know about ‘time’?

What do you know about the earth’s rotation?

What interesting facts have you discovered about the history of ‘time’?

How would you explain the leap second to a friend or family member who didn’t understand?

What were some of your time calculations?

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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