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?
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!
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.
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?
Lights, camera, action! Last Friday, half of year 6 rode on the bus to Fox Studios. They were going there to film six episodes of the new ‘Move It’ series. ‘Move It’ is a television show that includes a lot of general knowledge, lots of matching and a lot of guessing! The aim is to get as many points as you can. One of the challenges is to match the pictures up with the fact. The other is that when the host, Nick says a fact or multiple choice question, the competitors have to press the buzzer as soon as they think they know the answer. That’s my favourite one!
Earlier in the year we had a chance to audition. We knew that not everyone would get in, at least that’s what they said. Everyone gave it their best shot and everyone did really well. No one was disappointed if they lost and each pair had lots of fun. The ‘judges’ loved how all the pairs reacted and behaved and so they applied everyone into the show! We were so excited to be on TV!
It was about 4 months until the filming day but it went so quickly! When it was filming day, we were so pumped and just wanted to get right into it. The set up was very exciting and bright! When it was our turn to play, a ‘high techno’ microphone was placed on our shirt and at that point we felt like Hollywood stars! Our host was very funny and he did many things off set than you would ever see on the TV. He really wanted to get to know us all and we all felt confident and comfortable on the set after that.
There were various levels of prizes that were given to competitors. The first prize was a one for every competitor. The second level was for if you got to the bonus round. If you won the first part of the game show you’d get the normal prize and the bonus prize. If you won the bonus prize you were given another prize. All worth a lot! The final bonus prize was an indoor skydiving voucher. Wow!
It was a long, tiring day and everyone got a prize. There were many stories being told when the student’s cars turned up, and there still are many to be told.
With half of our year group out filming a game show called Move It, it was time for the rest of us to have some party fun. The girls had to choose a theme for a children’s party, create a table setting with hand decorated plates and cups. They added inspired touches from the craft cupboard to suit the theme. When the tables were ready we went to the kitchen where the wonderful Mrs Burke helped us to create an amazing party cake to suit our theme. The photos below tell the rest of the story!
It was a chilly night and an icy start as we rose this morning. A huge breakfast of eggs and bacon warmed us up and it was time to head into Canberra. Our first stop was Old Parliament House for a fascinating look at the history of the building. Next stop was one of the teacher’s favourite, The Electoral commission, we learned all about how to vote, we also checked if our parents were all enrolled to vote; not all of you are! And we took part in a preferential vote for our favourite fruit. in 6MW apple won on the 3rd count. 6A voted for peaches. This was followed by a pizza lunch and play time was enjoyed in the sunshine at the Rose garden.
Then it was on the bus again and off to The National Gallery for a whistle stop tour of some of Australia’s famous art works. New Parliament House was next, with a mock parliament and an interesting tour of The House of Representatives and The Senate. Never ones to miss a moment of fun, it was then time for dinner before a fabulous evening of fun and games at The Institute of Sport.
Exhausted we headed back for a good nights sleep.
Day one saw us meeting Albright and early at 6:45am in the school courtyard before boarding our bus for the trip to Canberra. A quick stop in Sutton Forest and morning tea before our arrival at 11:30 at our nations capital.
Our first stop was The Canberra Exhibition where we learned all about how Canberra was chosen as the site for Australia’s capital and who won the competition to design it. After a brief play in the park we drove on for a tour of some of Canberra’s Embassy and High Commission buildings.
Our next stop was The National Museum of Canberra, where among other things we saw Phar-laps heart. as well as interesting artefacts that belonged to Surgeon White, the main character from our term one novel Nanberry.
Next it was time for The National film and sound archive where we watched some of Australia’s first movie clips. Before off to the motel for a delicious roast chicken and chips dinner.
A breezy trip to the top of Telstra Tower capped off our evening before lights out and bed time at 9:30pm.