Quality literature about “Mighty Girls”

This term we are going to be doing a reading challenge. We had to choose a book of our own choice that fits into the topic of a ‘Mighty Girl.’ The book I chose was Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. It is about a girl who has cerebral palsy and shares her life in book form.

My blurb

Fingers pointing, people laughing, deadly looks. I can’t yell at them to stop. This is my life in a wheel chair. From the day I was born I knew that I was different. I am now 11 and I want change for the way people look at me. It doesn’t matter what is on the outside, but its what is on the inside that matters.

This is a heart warming story about 11 year old Melody who can’t walk, talk or write. Stuck in a wheelchair her whole life she is determined to feel like a normal person without a disability, who can just walk down the street without being laughed at or being teased.

This book was recommended by my older sister who suffers from cerebral palsy. When she was 3 weeks old she became really sick and that was when her life changed. This book is very close to my heart as I read a book about a young girls prospective and who lives with cerebral palsy

by Lexi

To find out about other books, click on the individual blogs on our Year 6 page.


3D shapes in our world

Have you ever looked closely at 3D objects in our world? Next time you do, consider why designers and architects have selected the shapes they have. We have been investigating where 3D prisms and pyramids are in our world. We discovered there is a famous building in Paris shaped as a Square Pyramid. What might be a reason a Toblerone is shaped as a Triangular Prism?

Where do you see “Power” in our world?

We have been exploring the concept of “Power” as part of our latest unit of inquiry. In particular, we are looking at people in power in our government and more broadly, in governments around the world. We have been discussing how people use power in our world. To get us thinking outside the box about power, we created some images that represent Power to us. Here are some initial ideas.


What would you draw if you were drawing something to represent “Power?”

Have you mastered your times tables?

How do you learn ALL of your times tables for quick recall?
Many of Year 6 are meeting before school to play games relating to their tables to fully master them.

When discussing our tables, we found that it is the 6, 7 and 8 ones that cause the most trouble. We are using playing cards to play a speed game which we are enjoying. The game of memory is helpful too. We are also sticking post it notes all over the place with the question on the front and answer underneath so that we can revise them as often as possible.

If you have any great games or ideas for how to master your times tables, please let us know.


Blogging about our Passion Projects

Year 6 are working hard on their Passion Projects this term. We have students creating cookery books and redesigning bedrooms. They are learning new skills such as archery. They are building lego creations and sewing leotards. Their blogs are filled with images of wonderful recipes and videos of gymnastic skills. There are reflections on mistakes, paintings that developed holes in them and sewing that just didn’t work.

This week 6MW can recommend the following blogs for you to read this week.

Chloe, Ruby and Veronique

Check out all our blogs from our student blog roll on the left hand side of this blog.

Novel study and human rights

These are our thoughts about how the rights of the characters in our novel study literature have been compromised:

In Nanberry, The aborigines deserved to have the rights to safety that the Europeans had in early settlement such as when they had small pox. I think the sick white settlers were looked after better.

In Nanberry the Europeans blamed/got angry at the Aboriginals for having black skin.

In Who am I, Mary had her order disrupted because they took her from her family.

In Sally’s story, Sally is different to the other people around her so she had trouble making friends because she was different.

In Who am I, the main character wasn’t treated well when she went to her new family in St Ives.

In Poppy’s story, the reverend wants to change the aboriginal boy’s “wandering ways” and make him more “God fearing.” Do they have the right to stop someone following their cultural lifestyle or change their faith?

Human rights and freedom

Today in Library we talked about what a right is. We decided that a right is something everyone should be able to do.

What rights should humans have?
The right to vote. (Annick)
To have clean water (Adelaide)
To have an opinion. (Sophia)
To shelter (Hannah)
Clothing (Georgia)
Be heard (Amber)
Practice our own beliefs (Sophie)
Support/guardian (Polly)
Healthcare (Ella)
To influence change (Sophie)
To do anything we like within the norm (Sasha)
Migrate (Jacqui)
Protest (Sasha)
Safety (Georgia)
To be free (Sally)
To be free from war
To be free from Sexual abuse
To be free from Discrimination
To be free from Slavery – child labour (Adelaide)
To be free from Racism (Phillippa)

Have you ever read “The declaration of human rights?”

This video link about “Everybody – we are all born free” outlines what it states:

We have many questions:
What happens if someone doesn’t want to be a part of the UN? Ashleigh K
What happens if a fight breaks out in the UN? Does this start a war? Jada
What happens if people disagree in the UN meeting? Georgia
Haven’t we signed a treaty to say that we won’t have a war? Adelaide
What if you have to do something that goes against the UN? Jacqui
What happens if no one puts the treaty into place? Phillippa
What if a country in the UN breaks the treaty? Do they get kicked out of the UN? (Annick)
What if a decision is made in the UN and the citizens don’t agree? Elinor
I wonder what life would be like if there was no human rights treaty. Annick
I think the suffrogettes had their human rights affected. Annika
Is there a person from every country in the world in the UN? Lily D

A visit from Adobe

Roseville College were lucky enough to get a visit from Dr Tim Kitchen Adobe’s Senior Education Consulant for the Asia Pacific region and Ben Forta, Adobe’s Senior Director of Education Initiatives based in the USA, from Adobe today. 

Ben Forta is known as a powerhouse in the world of digital and visual literacy. He is also fascinated in the future of communication and storytelling. We learned that Ben is a coding celebrity and a super geek. Both Ben and Tim spent time in many of our classes teaching us new skills and learning from us.

Year 6 took part in a quiz and then had a lesson in Adobe Post,  a new Adobe online app from Ben Forta. Finally they had ten minutes to create their own Post stories. During the lesson Year 6 students were able to network with an engineer in Seattle in order to problem solve an issue with the software. Real world problem solving at its best. Stay tuned for Post examples to be uploaded soon. 

Exploring circles

Maths inquiry this week involved looking at circles and their properties and parts. Have you ever considered how to draw a circle using only a ruler and a pencil? We explored this using our knowledge of the radius being the distance from the centre of a circle to the circumference. We also knew that a circle has 360 degrees in it. See if you can work out how to draw one.

Using a protractor, ruler and pencil, we created a circle with 36 holes evenly spaced around the circumference. What patterns could you create within this circle by sewing straight lines? Thinking about the factors of 36 will help you….

Square Pairs

We are exploring square and triangular numbers in math groups this morning.
Using the numbers 1-18 the challenge is to add two of these numbers together but use each number only once. Each answer must also equal a square number.
We found this challenging but fun. Some of us even managed to create square numbers using 1-24 once only.

Could you complete this challenge? If you do what patterns did you discover?

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