End of 2013

Thank you for following our blog in 2013!

We hope you have enjoyed the year as much as we have!

Unfortunately, the Frole Island blog will no longer run in 2014. You can visit Miss Fraser’s class blog or Caroline’s class blog to see what the 3/4 students of Killara are up to throughout 2014.

Signing out for the final time,

Frole Islanders

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!

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!

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.

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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!

Place Value Review

As part of our review of place value, Miss Fraser’s group created ‘What Number Am I?’ stories. Can you figure out what our numbers are?

 

Can you figure out our numbers? Write them in a commend below! What did we do well? What could we improve in our stories?

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?

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…