Friday, July 22, 2016

Marvellous Maths Strategy for Problem Solving.

Maths Problem-Solving Strategy #1: Draw a Diagram

Hannah A: It's easier to look for patterns in the numbers-you don't always have to add everything.

Rosie: It causes you to be organised.

Miles: You can combine the strategy with other ones such as trial and error.

Lucas: you draw what you visualise.

Caitlin: you don't need words!

Annie: key words, when reading, are still important.

Sophie: you need to put the numbers (labels) on your diagrams.


Using the inspiration of Vincent Van Gogh, we created pastel sketches depicting "Autumn."

Monday, June 20, 2016

If I were the PM Competition

We have been busily preparing our speeches for the If I were the PM competition.

Ava described the process that we followed, "First we had to write our speech - long or short, then we worked with a friend and we timed each other so we knew whether to make it longer or shorter.  After that we edited our drafts to make it the right length.  The final stages were practising reading it out loud and then filming them"

The film crew (Alexa and Hannah A), experimented with a Chrome App, that allowed us to film and record straight to our Google Drive.  We also moved the camera around and tried to get the best results.

Tom thought "I thought it was good for learning how to speak out loud.  I liked how we write our own speech and said what we thought"

Friday, June 17, 2016


This week our learning in reading has been,"How to read worded Maths questions." Here is what we are thinking so far...

Declan: use the diagrams to help your understanding

Rosie: find key words about what the question is asking

Caitlin: the key words lead us to answer correctly

Hannah B: check the text and the diagrams before trying to answer the question

Jordi: if the question is tricky, eleminate the obvious non-answers

Can you help us with some more?

Sunday, June 5, 2016

100WC - Week 20

The 100WC presents us with ideas for writing and the challenge of responding in 100 words. Here are some examples of responses to this prompt:

As I sat on a bench  reading a book something strange happened. I felt a cold tap on my shoulder.Then I looked to my left. Suddenly a statue appeared. I wondered.
“That was strange,” I quietly whispered to myself.
“You got that right,” the statue replied. As I slowly turned my head around the statue was as still as a wall. Suddenly he started to move. “You got me, you got me,” the statue replied.
“I’m from another dimension,”said the statue. As I turned back around the statue disappeared.
“I’m never going to this bench again!” I declared.

“Hello, old chap,” the time traveler said.
“Wh…wh…who was that?” The old man jumped as he saw a bronze, eighteen hundreds man looking at him.
“Who are you..where are you… what time are you?” the old man was blurting out everything he was thinking.
“I’m from Werribee in 1854. You should also know I am a time traveler,” the time traveler explained.
“A TIME TRAVELER!” the old man screamed
“Well, I better be going now,” said the time traveler,
“Going! You only…” the old man couldn’t finish,
“Byebye” whispered the time traveler and the old man awoke.

Statue alive
Outside a cafe a man sat down near a statue. Sitting down, he started to read.  There was no one around that could talk to him. After he read one page, he heard someone whisper something.
”Who is there?” he asked.
He thought, “No one can talk to me. No one is here.” He heard the person say something again,
“I’m a statue that talks,” the statue whispered.
The man sitting next to the statue jumped, in surprise and yelled, “WHAT!”
Now it was time for the man to go, but he added, “I will see you again.”

Suddenly I found myself sitting on a chair next to a man who looked like he was from the future. I tapped him on the shoulder and asked…  
“Are you from around these areas?”  
“Yes, I live just over there,” the other man replied.
“I’ve never seen you here before,’’ I said with a big grin on my face.
That’s because my sister has a job here now,’’ the man started to exclaim.
“Wow!” I shouted, “Maybe I can get a discount.”
The man replied saying, “Sure.”
So I ran to the counter and asked
“Can I have a coffee?”…

I was reading my book on a bench with an old statue next to me. When I just finished the chapter, someone tapped my shoulder. I turned my left to see who it was. It was the statue. “A-are y-you a-alive?” I asked frighteningly.
“Yes,” the man replied “my name is Edward.
“Hello Edward” I squeaked, feeling a bit more confident “Have you ever talked to someone?”
“No,” Edward answered sadly ,“This is my first time.”
“Don’t be shy, just go out there,” I said. The statue smiled at me and I smiled back.

Monday, May 23, 2016

LEARNING TO CODE - Drivers and Navigators

Today, the year 3's worked in partners and helped each other learn new features on Scratch.  We used the TIPS and in each pair there was a 'driver' - who worked the action and a 'navigator' who read the instructions and advised the driver.

We found it hard at times but we certainly learnt new things.   Here are some of our projects (some not quite finished).  We also learnt that to make mistakes is OK and we need to re-read our programs and 'debug' to fix them. 

  •  Press the SPACE bar lots of times to make them run
  •  Click the Green Flag to start 
  •  Try and predict who is going to win
  •  Have fun


  •  When you think the dog is hungry press on the bone 
  •  When you think the dog needs a drink press on the water 
  •  When you think the dog needs to play press on the ball

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Today we've spent time time learning more about the effective use of Google Mail.

What I learnt today!

  • how to delete "read" mail
  • how to make a new label (folder) 
  • how to name a new label (folder)
  • how to change the theme of my mail page
  • mail comes from teachers, bloggers, Google Drive comments
  • how to reach my mail in different ways-through the landing page and via Google Drive
Why was today's lesson important to me?

  • it's an easy way for me to see what's happening on my blog or in my work space on Google Drive
  • it's a skill we can use in the future
  • I discovered it's available any time and any where I sign in
  • we receive our feedback from our mail
  • today was important because it's a way of receiving messages
  • it's a way we can communicate with teachers
  • there a way to file important emails
  • we learnt how to use our GMail effectively
  • it leads us to see our mistakes in our files so we can go and fix them

Friday, May 13, 2016


Gai writes:
You might be wondering what is Ivory trade. Ivory is something that comes from elephants’ tusks that  people carve into jewellery and statues. Ivory trade  is illegal. The African  government leader  burnt ivory in a stockpile to tell people to stop poaching.In 1989  one leader said, “poaching has turned elephants into refugees. 
Zach believes: Ivory Trading is a huge problem in our world right now. There are approximately 500,000 elephants in Africa but 25,000 to 30,000 elephants get killed every year.
During the clip I watched, I saw people were trying different ways to stop poaching like sending drones, personal training and private places for the elephants.
I feel sympathy for all of the elephants around the world and I am very disappointed with the people who are poaching.

I think that there should be more bans in our countries and people should make more donations for the elephants. I wonder what poaching will be like in the future. I wonder if people have finally inspired poachers to stop what they’re doing or it will improve and the elephant numbers will go down until there nearly extinct.
I learnt a lot about elephant ivory today. I’ve learnt that ivory can be turned into lots of beautiful things. I’ve also learnt that there are a couple of ways to save the elephants such as people using drones to spy on people if they are poaching and then report it.
So, what do you think about poaching?

Tom thought:What I sawI saw hundreds of millions of dollars go up in flames. Even though it is illegal worldwide people would do anything to get ivory.

What I felt:I feel distraught knowing that all of those elephants are getting harmed and dying because of these people. I also feel horrified by what they have done. The Gabon president quotes, “Poaching has turned elephants into refugees.”     

What I wonderedI wonder how  this catastrophic ivory trade happened in the  first place. I also wonder what items have ivory in them that we don’t know of.Are there any problems that you want to talk about and please give some detail?

Luke wrote:

How do you feel about Ivory trade? I feel that we really need to stop killing animals such as elephants.What did I see? I see that they, are getting lonely especially baby elephants.What did I think? I think we are not treating  elephants as we should.What did I wonder? I wonder why people would kill elephants just for their tusks?What did I learn?I learned that people carve pictures  into tusks.

Alexa reflected: Stop poaching! I think poaching elephants is wrong. Poaching is when someone kills elephants or hurts an elephant for Ivory.What is happening?25,000 – 30,000 elephants have been killed every year and most of them from poaching. To stop poaching, countries have been burning ivory to show people that poaching is wrong. A leader even said that poaching is making elephants refugees.How I feel!Elephants are beautiful animals and I think many people feel sad for elephants and so do I!What do I wonderI wonder why people think ivory is more important than our elephants?What I learntI learnt how elephants are being affected by us.I also learnt that we should save our elephants.

Sunday, May 8, 2016


Enjoy the latest art from Middle Matters! After studying Sidney Nolan's Gallipoli soldier images, we researched soldiers and nurses from the Gallipoli campaign. After practising our sketches, we applied a thick layer of paint, then sketched our chosen images with the handle of our paintbrushes.
Gallipoli Soldier from Marg Yore on Vimeo.

Amazing Grace by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (

Friday, April 22, 2016


Our Oobleck Experiment:

This week we made Oobleck! We mixed cornflour and water and watched for the reaction. We were amazed to see that Oobleck could act as a solid or a liquid, depending on how we treated it!

First of all, our reflection about doing science....

Ava: science is fun because it's about trying something different!
Emma: I enjoy the hands-on approach of science
Eva: we learn from seeing and doing- I like learning that way
Ben: agreed that a hands on approach is a great way to learn
Annie: everyone got a go at being involved in an experiment
Lucas: I love the fun and mess of science
Tom: Science is important for future learning

Now for our conclusions about Oobleck....

Ben thought it happened because the corn flour solidified it and the water made it liquify
Alexa thought that because you mixed a solid and liquid together, it was like they were fighting to be the star
Tom thought there was a chemical reaction between the water and the cornstarch
Caitlin thought it was because there was a solid and a liquid and the solid kicked in with pressure and the liquid had no pressure
Jordi learnt that when you hold the oobleck the "cogs" hold it together and when you relax your hold, the "cogs" separate

Now we'll ask the scientists??

So we Tweeted it and this is what has happened so far? 
So now one of the Middle MY students will try Cam's suggestion  for their personal learning task!

Monday, April 18, 2016


We have been using a rubric to self-assess our writing. This is what we thought about afterwards!                    

 Annie said, "You can use your mistakes to improve."

Emma reflected, " You get to know your strengths and challenges and begin to work on the challenges."

Ben thought, "You know what you are good at so you can improve in other things."

Ava said, "It helps you know what you should improve upon."

Alexa noted," You will know where to improve the next time you write this sort of text!"

Monday, April 11, 2016

Coding Adventures begin

Today we learnt about a tool that allows us to make a computer do the things we want it to. We started with a simple program called Scratch Jr.  (thankfully there is a Chrome Store App for this and we can use it on our Chromebooks)
Here are some of the things we learned :

I learnt how to make my cat small then big – Emma
I learnt how to change a background – Jordi
I learnt how to program my cat – Tom
I learnt how to change my sprite – Sophia
I learned how to turn to the right and left – Ebony
I learnt how to change my background – Ava
I learnt how to add characters – Niamh
I learnt how to program a different way to what I knew – James
I learned to change my person and make voices – Rose
I learned how to make sounds – Lucas
I learnt how to make a cat invisible and visible. – Sienna
I learnt to change my cats direction – Siena
I learnt how to get big then small – Elva
I learned that you can make a play out of Scratch – Chantelle
I learned how to change animals and make plays – Matthew
I learned how make a voice – Jennifer
On Scratch Jr I learnt to change the background and add new characters I also learnt to change the colour of my cat – Raphael 
I learned how to change my person’s colour – Sam
I learnt that you can make your sprite talk – Caitlin
I learnt how to make it flip, small and big – Annie 
I learned to change characters – Hannah
I learnt how to change the colour of the person – Zach
I learnt that you can make the cat move over and over again –Hannah 
I learnt how to make him talk and how to turn him into a lizard – Ava
 I learnt how to make 2 different pages on 1 project – Sophia
I learnt how too use Scratch – Frances
I learnt how to change characters and delete them. – Declan
I learned to shrink and grow – Mia
On the first video I learnt how to make a car move. On the second video I learnt how to make animals race . – Frances
I learnt how to make a race! – Patrick
I learnt sounds speed and race’s and everything – Emma 
It was great I could make a dog shoot a Basketball into a basketball hoop with only using three buttons – Lucas

We also used Google Classroom to shared our resources (our toolbox), our learning and our questions.
It was really exciting to see what we achieved in just one hour.  Watch out for more sharing about this fun new adventure.
Why code? 

Monday, April 4, 2016