CERES Excursion

Yesterday, 5/6A, E & F hopped on a double decker bus and headed to CERES Environment and Energy Park in Brunswick.

CERES stands for Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies. Our Inquiry unit for Term 4 is Sustainability so it made sense for us to visit CERES.

We all did 4 different activities – Consumer Detectives, E-Waste, Australia 2030 Trail and a Tour of CERES. In all the activities, we learned how our consumer decisions can affect our environment and, ultimately, our future.

We are looking forward to learning more about Sustainability! Here are some photos of our excursion.

CERES Excursion on PhotoPeach

Have you ever been to CERES before? What sort of environmental issues do you think affect our environment? WHat are some choices that you could make to help our environment?

Quadblogging: September – December

Students on Frole Island love sharing and learning with classes around the world. We are Quad buddies with 3 other classes.

**Year 6 Queens Road Primary**
**Westcliff Primary School**
**Mr Schifeling’s Class**

All classes originally found out about quadblogging from Mr Mitchell.

The QuadBlogging concept: four blogging classes come together and learn about one another one week at a time. The alliance (group of friends) will help each class increase their readership while flattening their classroom walls and learning about the wonderful world we live in.

Frole Island are on school holidays at the moment but have already visited Queens Road Primary and Westcliff Primary. This week, it is our turn to host our Quadblogging buddies.

Have a look around our class blog. This is our first year blogging and we are very proud of what we have achieved so far. You don’t have to leave a comment on this post – find one that you’re interested in!

Thanks for stopping by!


It all started with 100 Word Narratives…

Miss Fraser told us that we would be participating in a project with UPPS where they would write the first 100 words of a story and we would have to complete them using only 100 words! We thought it would be easier to write the first 100 words and we found that finishing the stories was harder than we expected.

Our stories are below. The endings that we wrote are in red text.

200 Word Narratives by MissCrowther

200 Word Narratives 2 by MissCrowther

200 Word Narratives 3

We completed our stories and at around 12:30, Miss Fraser disappeared from the classroom. We knew we had a surprise coming…

We heard them coming before we saw them…

Suddenly, 52 UPPS students filled our classroom!

We read our stories together in small groups and then took everyone on a tour of the school. The lunch bell had gone so we headed to the gym and played a couple of games together. First we played Penguin Olympics and then we played Golden Child. It was a lot of fun.

After lunch, UPPS stayed and watched our dress rehearsal of our school production – Wiping Out Waste! Sam was the main character and Jo, Bella and Jaxon were also in the main cast.

We had such a great time with our new friends and loved having the opportunity to meet our blogging buddies in person.

** Big thanks to Miss Crowther and MRS Placek for their hard work in organising the secret excursion! **

Did the 100 Word Narratives end up the way you thought they would? How would you end them instead? What was your favourite part of the surprise?

Author Visit: Kym Lardner

In the lead-up to Book Week, students at Killara were lucky enough to be vivsted by children’s author Kym Lardner.

Kym has written Picture Story Books such as Arnold the Prickly Teddy and the Coat Hanger Horse. Mostly, we loved Kym because of his brilliantly entertaining story telling ability.


Kym drew pictures of people as he chatted with them. He also made up songs on his guitar about audience members.

Thanks to Deb in the Library for organising such a great author’s visit! We look forward to Kym returning soon!


What was your favourite part of Kym Lardner’s visit? What question would you ask Kym if you could? Have you ever had an author visit your school? Tell us about it!

Skyping New Zealand

** Recently, Frole Island have been host to Snail & Whale – the class mascots of Room 5 in New Zealand.**

To wrap up their time with us, we decided to Skype with some students from Room 5 so that we could find out about life in each other’s countries.

Room 5 were fantastic entertainers! They performed the “Cups” song for us and taught us how to count to 10 in Maori (although we might need refreshing – I think we’ve forgotten already!)

First, the students gave us a Maths problem as it was Maths Week in New Zealand. It was a perfect question for us as it wasn’t too easy and really got us thinking outside the box! The question was similar to this: If Sam’s cat is 3 years older than her dog and the total of the pet’s age is 14, how old is Sam’s dog?
Ebony answered correctly for us – can you figure it out?

Unfortunately, shortly after our Skype call, an Earthquake measuring up to 6.2 on the Richter Scale rocked Wellington – about an hour away from our friends in Palmerston North. The aftershocks were felt across the country but luckily everyone was safe.

Big thanks to Stephen for sending out Snail & Whale and making time to Skype with us. We hope to continue learning with you and your class.

Some students were a little disappointed that we ran out of time (technical difficulties!) to ask our questions to Room 5 so we will have to organise another Skype date soon!

What was your favourite part of the Skype call? What else would you like to find out about school in New Zealand? Stephen enjoyed finding out where our parents were born – were your parents born in another country? Which one?

School: Then and Now

During Family Blogging Month, family members can comment on any post on our blog. We thought it would be a great idea to ask a question to parents and other family members.

After reading Jo’s Grandad’s comment about what life what like growing up (see below) we got thinking about how different school is now compared to when our parents went to school.

Miss Fraser always reminds us that we weren’t even born when she was in Grade Six! She remembers how computers were only just being introduced into the classroom and NOBODY in Grade Six had a mobile phone. Thirteen years doesn’t seem so long ago to Miss Fraser but technology and education have come such a long way since then.

Remember, parents aren’t the only ones who can comment! Do you have brothers, sisters or cousins that have finished school?

What do you remember about being in school? What differences do you notice between school then and now? Tell us about it!

Snail & Whale in Australia

**This post is a copy of the original – written by Miss Fraser and posted on Snail & Whale’s home page (Http://snailandwhaleproject.edublogs.org)**

It has been a long time since Snail and Whale were last in Australia and they thought it was such a nice place that they’d come back and visit again!

While the kids in New Zealand were on term break holidays, Snail and Whale jumped into a post bag and Stephen sent them off to Frole Island. Snail and Whale were a little worried – they had tried to look up their destination on Google Maps but couldn’t find it anywhere!

When they arrived in Australia, Miss Fraser opened the post bag and explained to Snail and Whale that Frole Island was the name given to the classroom of the Grade 5/6 students at Killara Primary in Sunbury. “Frole” is a mixture of Miss Fraser’s surname and Caroline’s (our other teacher) surname ‘Hole’.

Ethan M showed Snail and Whale around our school. It is quite a big place as we have around 650 that attend our school.



Stay tuned to hear more about Snail & Whale’s first week on Frole Island!

What would you like you see Snail & Whale do while they’re here? Share your ideas!

Simplifying Fractions

For the past couple of weeks, we have been looking at fractions. Each group has been looking at different aspects of fractions but we have all looked at equivalence.

Equivalence is a bit like simplifying fractions. Why say 4/8 when it is really 1/2? We simplify or reduce fractions to make it into the simplest fraction we can.

This video explains two different methods for simplifying fractions:

Head to mathsisfun.com/simplfying-fractions.html to try some practise activities!

Is simplifying fractions easy for you? Why/Why not? How do you feel about fractions? When have you used fractions in your life?