Minibeast Hunting

Yesterday, we paired up with our Prep buddies and went on a minibeast hunt around our school grounds.

The Prep students have been learning about minibeasts all term so they were very good at identifying what a minibeast was, where we could find them and what they actually were.

Miss Douglas told us about the code for caring for minibeasts before we went outside. The important protocols we had to follow were;

  • Use gardening gloves at all times
  • Do not hurt the minibeasts – pick them up with tweezers gently
  • Return minibeasts to their home when we have finished observing them
  • Do not pick up spiders or insects with stingers

We had a great day with our buddies. Here are some photos of us hunting!

What was your favourite part of hunting for minibeasts? What minibeasts have you found at your school or in your garden? Have you ever been bitten by an insect or spider?

3D Paper Houses

When learning about area & perimeter, we completed an activity called ‘3D Paper Houses’

We created our dream homes by completing small steps at a time. First we drew a 2D floor plan and calculated the area and perimeter of each room and then the whole house. We were also asked to go home and calculate the area of our own bedrooms at home. We know that the formula for area is length x width so we measured 2 wall sides and multiplied them.

Then we needed to make the nets to make each room three dimensional. We found this a bit tricky at first – some of us even forgot to our roofs! Once we made one room and saw how it was folded to create a prism, we found it much easier. We knew that rectangular prisms needed to have 6 faces altogether.

We then stuck all of our rooms together so our house looked like our floor plan. We needed to calculate the surface area so that we knew how much paint we’d need to paint the outside walls. Then we used the formula to find out the volume of 6 of our rooms in our house.

Finally, we got to decorate our house.

Overall, we really enjoyed this activity and found it a much more interesting way to learn about area & perimeter. Some of us applied our knowledge and found accurate shortcuts!

Have you completed a Maths activity that you’ve really enjoyed this year? Can you use the formula for finding area to calculate the area of your own bedroom?

Monster Descriptions Global Project

Students on Frole Island had their first taste of global project during June. We paired up with Miss T’s class in New Zealand to complete a Monster Description Project.

We got the idea from 4KM & 4KJ who completed the same project with Mr Avery’s class. You can see their attempts here.

Here’s what we did:

  • Paired up in our class (as we have more than double the students that Miss T has!)
  • Drew our own monsters
  • Wrote a short description of what our monsters looked like
  • Swapped our descriptions (but NOT our pictures) through Google Drive
  • Drew eachother’s monster using the detail in the description
  • Compared our original drawings to the ones drawn by our partners

The results:

The results were very interesting! Here are the descriptions that we wrote with our original drawings and the picture that our partners in New Zealand drew.


We learnt:

  • Although sizzling starts have their place in narrative writings, writing about how horrible the monster is, wasn’t really helpful to those drawing our pictures
  • Writing needs to be clear and precise so that others can generate the same picture in their heads that we started with
  • When you leave out details, people can’t read your minds to know what you were thinking!
  • Working with other classes is fun!

Don’t forget to check out 4KM & 4KJ’s project with Mr Avery!

What else did you learn from the project? What was your favourite part? What advice would you give to somebody writing a description?

Skyping with Malaysia

On a Wednesday afternoon, we headed over to the Theatre where Miss Fraser had set up a netbook with Skype on the projector.

In our Morning Meeting, we had spoken about what questions we could ask of students living in Malaysia to find out more information about their lives. We talked about the difference between closed questions and open questions (or fat & skinny questions!) We decided that we wanted as much detail as possible so it was better to ask ‘fat’ questions.

We connected with Anna (who is Campbell’s aunty!) who teaches at Garden International School in Malaysia. Why Malaysia? Our Inquiry unit this term is Asia!

Each of us had a chance to ask questions and have them answered by Anna’s students. We found out a lot of similarities and differences between our two schools. For example, they love One Direction like we do!! (Just joking Zac!) We were really excited to learn that their school has a swimming pool and tennis courts.

Skyping is a great way to learn about our world just by asking questions. We loved the chance to speak with students our age and find out about their lives in another country.

Unfortunately, there was an issue with the camera and we couldn’t see Anna’s students. But they could see us and they took some photos for us too!


Have you ever Skyped someone before? Have you ever visited Malaysia? Could you tell us about it?

Apologies for the break!

Term 2 has become VERY hectic for everyone at the moment. New posts will be up about some exciting this we have done.

Sorry for the break in posts! Miss Fraser has been busy writing reports and everyone has been focussing beautifully on their work. Stay tuned for posts on what we’ve been up to…