Room One @ Auroa School – Best Class Blog!

One of our favourite blogs to visit is Mr Webb’s class in Taranaki, New Zealand. We first met Mr Webb and his students in Term 1 and we became friends. When I talked with my class today about the Edublogs Awards, known as #eddies14, one of my students suggested that we should nominate Room One @ Auroa School in the category Best Class Blog.  There was overwhelming agreement for this idea. We love to visit this blog and love to read about and listen to the fabulous learning that goes on every week. You can see the blog here .

Why not nominate them too? You can do that here

Sophie’s Blog

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I am delighted to let you know that I have nominated Sophie’s blog in the annual Edublogs Awards #eddies14 She is the only student in my class, 6T, to participate in the Student Blogging Challenge this year. Her blog has been consistently excellent, well written posts, clear layout, categories and tags. What more could I ask for? Sophie has continued with the Blogging Challenge since September without fanfare or much recognition. That impresses me as a student who is determined and persistent even when things may be hard or seem unnecessary. So well done Sophie. I will encourage all your classmates to nominate you as well. Please check out her blog as she has made her own nominations in a number of different categories.

If you would like to nominate Sophie please do so here. The category is Best Student Blog

Thumbs Up!

We like to celebrate our individuality. This artwork is made from our very own unique thumbprint. We inked up our thumbs and the print was enlarged on the photocopier in grayscale. Then we could use our own choice of media and method to complete our creation. Many girls chose to use only black. These look wonderful but do not scan so well. Unique thumbs make unique art. Can you see the whorls, arches and loops?

Drama Queens

Yesterday was the culmination of weeks of hard work. We performed our fractured fairy tales to an audience of parents and students. So far the feedback has been great. Right now, in class, we have the task of reflecting on the process of getting our plays from the germ of an idea to the stage. Some of us find it hard to work together harmoniously and we have learned that we have to stick at it and work hard. I actually think that getting on well in a group is one of the hardest but most valuable things we can learn at school. What do you think?

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Smart Art

6T have been looking at the artwork of Jeffrey Smart. He is famous for his urban landscapes and use of line, colour and shape. We have taken photos in our own urban environment at school and then manipulated our images using Photoshop. We have tried to emulate some aspects of his style. What do you think?

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Mathematical names

Recently in maths we have been learning about enlarging and reducing sizes. We demonstrated this by writing our names on cubed paper and measured the different sides. We then coloured in our names. Soon after we decided whether we were going to enlarge our name or reduce it. I decided to make by name two times bigger. The measurements we recorded earlier of the sides made this step very easy. I doubled the sides which enabled me to create a letter twice as big as the original. I did this this with the remaining letters. Lastly, we glued both sizes of our names onto cardboard and gave our posters a name!

By Katie

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Young Justice

Student reporters are: Jedda, Kathryn, Mari, Lillian, Charlotte, Arabella and Fenna

Today, while most of our friends were still in bed, seven of us along with Mrs T caught a train into the city centre; all the way to NSW Parliament House. We attended a day run by NSW Young Lawyers called Young Justice.
We attended 4 different workshops and heard lots of really interesting things.

One workshop was based on Climate Change. Did you know that in less than 10 years we will not be able to control our weather? This is because of today’s carbon emissions. Did you know that Australia has one of the largest energy consumption rates in the world? Everyone is a minute part of this. If we compare our population to that of the rest of the world, these numbers are staggering!

We need to raise awareness on social media, or even just talking to your friends and family. We can help the AYCC Renewable Energy campaign, that is working with youths across Australia to help prevent various future climate-based catastrophes (like the Abbot Point Coal Plant). They need support to have a fighting chance against both the government and other colossal corporations.
What will you do to help?

Another workshop today was about UNICEFs work in human and children’s rights. Many of us already knew the simple rights like the right to education and the right to healthy food but we were totally astounded by the detail and the work that UNICEF does to make sure no child’s rights are violated. We heard about the life of children who don’t have clean water 10 metres away but have to walk kilometres to reach reliable water for their family.

Are you one hundred percent sure that your “free range” eggs are actually free range? Today at Young Justice day we learnt about animal cruelty, and what actually happens to our food before it reaches your dinner table. Today our speaker Jordan opened our eyes to what animals go through in factory farms and how pets and farm animals have very different rights. Pets have the rights to be treated fairly and justly, however farm animals have very little protection.

We also had the change to discuss a bill that would change Australia’s current tax law so that the very rich are taxed more and wealth is distributed more evenly. It really helped us to think about what is fair when we live in the second wealthiest country in the world.

It was a challenging and interesting day out. We want to share more of what we learned with you.

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Global Read Aloud

Today we have begun the Global Read Aloud. Both Year 6 classes and both Year 5 classes are all reading the same book called The Fourteenth Goldfish. Not all classes have read much of it yet but my impression was that most of 6T were finding the story interesting and the style of writing effective. 6T are partnered with 3 other classes in America and one university with student teachers! We are all reading the same book and discussing it through edmodo, our blogs, twitter and possibly skype if the time difference allows. Do you know the time difference between Sydney and the USA? Our classes are spread from California to New York. Are they all in the same time zone? Given that we all attend school between about 8am and 4pm can you work out if we could arrange a skype call?

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