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4A Barwon Heads Primary School.

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
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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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April 24, 2015
by Miss Curtain



This week our grade has been learning about ANZAC Day. ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action by the combined Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Every year on the 25th April we honour and remember all the men and women (and animals) who have participated in wars or conflicts, as well as those who are still serving in the Defence Forces today.

Today our school is commemorating 100 years since the landing at Gallipoli with a special assembly. Our grade 5 students have done a fantastic job of organising this special event.

We have utilised many resources as part of our learning, including Behind The News segments and picture story books that we have read in library.

These are two of the Behind The News segments that we watched:



These are some of the stories that Ms Browne has shared with us in library.

Anzac Ted by Belinda Landsberry


Roly The Anzac Donkey by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper


Meet The Anzacs by Claire Saxby and Max Berry


Anzac Biscuits by Phil Cummings and Owen Swan


The Last Anzac by Gordon Winch and Harriet Bailey


Do Not Forget Australia By Sally Murphy and Sonia Kretschmar


My Grandad Marches On Anzac Day by Catriona Hoy and Benjamin Johnson


The Anzac Puppy by Peter Millett and Trish Bowles


Below are some poems that our talented Grade 5 students (who are organising our special assembly) wrote about ANZAC Day and poppies.

We celebrate this day,

In every possible way,

And because of our,

ANZACs we are here today,

They fought for OUR freedom,

Brave and rough, under constant attack,

Aussie mateship shone through,

The ultimate sacrifice for me and you,

I’d like to thank all diggers,,

Past and present,

Long live the ANZAC spirit.

By Molly


THEY REPRESENT 10,000 men,

Lying underneath the dark sandy ground,

Spread all around with a proud smiles on their bright red petals,

Representing those who fought and those who stood up to save their country,

They can whisper all the long-lost voices from the forgotten fields of war that lie at the bottom of a soldier’s heart.

By Anna



The colour of the battle fields where the men fought for our freedom,


The flower we wear to remember,


Where it all started,

Wear the poppy with pride,

It also made France thrive,

Lest we forget.

By Nell
In Flanders fields the poppies grow.

Between the crosses, down below,

Cherished ANZACS rest in peace.

As fellow soldiers quickly decrease.

Today we stand here, remembering them,

Tomorrow we stand there, holding the stem.

The stem of the poppy, red against the sky

Tied in bunches, saying goodbye.

The only flower that grows in battles,

While gunfire happens the earth rattles.

The only flower that makes peace,

For brave hearts motionless underneath.

Lest We Forget

By Ella & Bebe


As we watch,

Those beautiful poppies shine,

Around those warriors wounded,

And passed,

As we commemorate the soldiers,

I stop and visualise the poppies on the battlefield,

Giving hope to those that went to war

And fought for our country,

They make us who we are now and forever.

By Emily


I saw a poppy when I was walking along,

One day,

It reminded me of the ANZACs,

That day,

The ANZACs fought for Australia 100 years ago,


I remember the ANZACs with poppies.

By Sam


As those poppies stand silent

And the years pass by

The flower returns year after year remembering

Red standing for courage and vravery

Black standing for death

Green standing for the life and spirit

Those soldiers we will never forget

Those soldiers who rought for us and our country

Those soldiers who were our fathers, our brothers, our uncles, our sons.

By Tilly


Poppies in the meadow

Standing nice and tall

Many soldiers fell young and old

At the wake of dawn and of the rising sun

We will remember them

Poppies fill the meadows

You wear me on ANZAC day

We stand for the soldiers that fought for us

They protected our country

In our hearts they will always stay.

By Sienna


The soft red petels,

The big black dot,

Remind us of those who fought

And if it weren’t for them

We wouldn’t have what we’ve got

We remember them from day to day

And when they come to mind

Those many brave ones

Who faught many battles and found

Themselves in a bind

We use that flower

That small red poppy

To remember

To remember them

By Hero


I stare into the field.

The blank field.


Except for one poppy.

One special poppy.

A poppy to remember,

A poppy to thank.

A poppy more powerful then any.

An ANZAC poppy.

By Ané


100 years ago

The ANZACs went to war

They were only very young

It was awful what they saw

They left their families behind

To defend our country

We now live in a better place

Thanks to the ANZACs

My great grandfather was in world war 2

My grandfather was in the Vietnam war

It was scary what they had to do

Happy Anzac Day to you.

By Archie


Sometimes the best and most beautiful,

Things in the world cannot be seen or touched,

They can only be felt through the heart.

As I look down, I see a field of red poppies,

But why, why did the ANZACs go, not me?

I remember that every day I would look out,

And hope that I wouldn’t go.

Because I left, I wouldn’t get to say that I fought for Australia

Our freedom, for our rights.

By Emma


What did you learn about ANZAC day?

What ANZAC day picture story book was your favourite and why?

April 14, 2015
by Miss Curtain


The students of 4A are very excited to be back at school for Term 2 and have enjoyed catching up on each other’s holiday stories.


This week we are focussing on:

  • Reading – inferential comprehension
  • Writing – learning how to construct a good fictional narrative story
  • Maths – mental strategies to solve division problems.

We are also starting to play chess and working on our persistence skills with a variety of tasks – such as Target word challenges, mental maths quizzes and Sudokus.

We have a lot to look forward to during our busy eleven week term, including:

  • A new history-based inquiry topic
  • Fictional narratives and information reports in writing
  • Focussing on important reading strategies, including inferring, evaluating, reorganising text and questioning
  • Improving our mathematical knowledge in division, fractions, decimals, money and more
  • An exciting excursion to Melbourne
  • The district Cross Country for selected students
  • Student/Parent/Teacher interviews at the end of the term.

What did you enjoy about your holidays?

What are you looking forward to in Term Two?

Have you set yourself a learning goal for the term?

March 27, 2015
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Earth Hour



Tomorrow – 28th March –from 8.30pm to 9.30pm is Earth Hour!

Our school held our own Earth Hour between 11.30am and 12.30pm today so that we could recognise and participate in this fantastic event. Earth Hour is designed to raise awareness about caring for our environment and the positive difference we can make by using less power.

During Earth Hour we switched off lights and electronic devices and utilised our natural resources.

Earth Hour is a brilliant Australian initiative that now has the support of people all over the world.

The Earth Hour website has lots of information about how you can get involved in Earth Hour.


There is also an information clip that you might like to watch about the damage global warming has on The Great Barrier Reef.


 What positive things do you and your family do for the environment?

What did you learn from the Earth Hour website and Great Barrier Reef information clip?

What other initiatives could our school take up to help the environment?

March 24, 2015
by Miss Curtain




Today was our last music session with Mrs Robertson until Term 3.

Next term we have drumming with Mr Robertson.

We have really enjoyed singing with Mrs Robertson and had fun learning lots of new songs, such as In Anay, Apples And Bananas, Junk Food, Count On Me, On Top Of Spaghetti and Shark Attack. We also got to use boom whackers and learn about music theory.

 What did you enjoy most about Music this term?

What did you learn during Music sessions this term?

Do you learn an instrument?

Who is your favourite musician?

Mrs Robertson is a very talented singer and you can listen to some of her songs on her website.


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