Goals for Semester 4


Work and study:

This term I want to improve on my poetry. I want to make it more beautiful, have meaning and I want to be proud of it. I also want to learn how to code small machines and robots.

List examples of things I could do that would show I am trying to meet my goal:

Some things that I could do is to get more engaged in the lessons and to ask more questions.

Fun and friendship:

This term I want to work more with the year 5’s

List examples of things I could do that would show I am trying to meet my goal:

I could choose them as partners instead of my friends

Next year I would like to learn about/get better at:

Next year I want to make new friends as I am going into high school

Unit 2 reflection


In term 2 our integrated topic was adaptations on desert animals and plants. We had to do a research project on an animal or plant that lives in the Australian desert. Ava and I did our report on the budgerigar (a wild budgie). After we found out the adaptations of the budgerigar we had to conduct a science experiment on one of the adaptations. We did one about the colours of the budgerigars (green and yellow). Overall Ava and I achieved a lot of work. We wrote very detailed paragraphs about the three topics, behavioural and structural adaptations, the environment that it has adapted to and the key adaptation to its survival.

Three facts that surprised me were that their colours help them camouflage and stay cool, they can soak up moisture from dew and that they migrate all year round.

Two understandings I found out were that the budgerigar would not survive if they couldn’t soak up moisture from the dew. This is because if they couldn’t find water they would die of dehydration, because they drink 5.5% of their body weight daily. I also now understand that the budgerigar needs to migrate all year round to stay close to water.  If they stayed in one place their water source would dry out in the hot desert environment. This has made them adapt to the way they nest. Instead of building nests they will nest in hollow logs and trees because they are always moving.

One wondering/question I have is what’s in their feathers that allows them to absorb water more than other birds?

What I learnt:

The most important thing I learnt was to take notes off websites. I used to just copy and paste the information and then try to reword it. I would often find by doing this I would run out of time and just leave it how it was. That was a bad thing and by taking notes it means it is all your work. It also makes it easier to understand the information because when I rewrote it would have been written with words and phrases that I understand.

How I learnt it:

I learnt it by trying something that was recommended by other people in the class that have done it before. The first time I tried it, it was very efficient so I kept using it. I took the notes in a way I would understand it and when I started to write the report it really made sense.

When I will use these skills:

I will use this skill when I am in class and when I have future research reports. It will make me more efficient with my work and will help me understand it better. It will also help me become better at summarising and when needing to take notes they will be clearer.

My goal:

My goal at the start of the year was to work better in a group. It was to let other people have a turn at being leader. I think I did this well as Ava and I were in charge of different things. I was in charge of the adaptations and key adaptations and Ava was in charge of the environment and making the poster. Ava did really good jobs when it came to her sections but when she needed help I helped her.

For my project this term I learnt a lot of new things and it really helped me with my goal. I achieved a lot and I had lots of fun.



I grab my board and race for the water. Getting to big waves took some time, I get there and jump up when the time is right. It is so much fun, hearing the people around me for the glimpse of a second and then. Splash, into the water I go. My mouth fill with salty water. Totally gross. I come to the surface grabbing my board and off I go again, joining back up with Juliet. Splash, I go again, Splash, Splash I wipe-out many times always filling my mouth salt but it feels like it’s filling me with joy. Falling off is the best part. Then suddenly we have to go back to shore.

“Do we have to come in” I groan “I could stay out there until I get hungry”

I start to pull of my wetsuit. It’s so hard and sticky and it makes this peeling kinda sound. It also smells of salt, the salt of joy. I don’t want to take it off and I don’t want to leave the beach.

We walk back to camp and up the stairs, stairs of doom. The stones the rocks the dirt and the sand is not a great combination. And every time you went to the beach you had to go up and down up and down. The only good part was the view. The view was magnificent. The bay was calm just like the day was. Later that day we did the talent contest. The music and the sounds and the talent was amazing. But my group was fantastic. We did a parody to can’t stop the feeling but it was can’t stop the Clinton. We sang and we danced and ended up coming second by half a point. It was the end of such a great day.

Safer Internet Day


Today was Safer Internet Day and our school did a webinar. There were 128 countries involved and we were able to answer questions through TodaysMeet. We learnt that once you start posting things online you form a digital footprint. We learnt  strategies to stop and make sure that we don’t get cyber bullied and what to do if we are. You should set your set your setting to private when you first set up your account. We learnt that you can never trust anyone online and that we have our rights to feel safe. We always set our settings to private and make sure we feel safe online at all times. Our goal is to make sure that we remember that we do have our rights to go online and feel safe.

Goals for term 1


As a result of this unit, I will

Unit Learning Goal 1: Civic knowledge and understanding                                                                                                  

I will understand the three levels of government and some of the key functions of each leve

Unit Learning Goal 2: Civic knowledge and understanding

I will understand of the process of making and changing laws.

Unit Learning Goal 3: Community engagement

I will understand of the roles and responsibilities of leaders, and of democratic processes, when engaging in school and community activities

Unit Learning Goal 4: Community engagement

I will understand that there are different viewpoints on an issue, and contribute to group and class decision making.

Unit Learning Goal 5: Literacy

I will understand how to find the main idea and summarise the information when I get from the internet and books. I will use this when doing an information report.

Unit Learning Goal 6: Numeracy

I will understand how to read and unpack the data in a graph and statistics.

Personal Learning Goals:

During this unit, I will be more confident when coming up and talking in front of a crowd and talk slower and louder.


Prepared Speech Reflection


I did a prepared speech on what if we made drink containers from different substances.

The difficulties I had while preparing me is that when I typed my question in Google I didn’t get the answer I wanted. I had to use what new about my question and look up any details I didn’t know. It was challenging at first but I got through it in the end and delivered the speech on time. My strongest point was that lots of different substances. Like diamond and rubber paper wood jelly stone and lots more. To improve my speech I think I could have finished writing it earlier so I could have rehearsed it in front of a crowed so I wouldn’t have been as scared. My speaking and listening skills will help me in other lessons. It will help me improve on speaking in class and join in with more conversations. I think that is a very good skill to help me improve for debates and my speech on why I would like to be school captain.

This is my prepared speech

Today I will be presenting my prepared speech on what would happen if we made drink containers from a different substance.

Most drink containers are made out of plastic or metal.  The ability of other substances to be a drink container will depend on the properties of the replacement substance.

For example if a drink container was made out of wood it would soak up the water and the drink container would become wet and start to grow moss. It is also very hard to clean wood and dry the wood.

If we made drink bottles out of paper the paper would get soggy and the drink bottle would not hold its shape and the water would leak out.

If a drink container was made out of rubber it would hold the water and it could be carried around.  However the water would get funny taste from the rubber.

A drink container made out of Jelly just wouldn’t work as the jelly would dissolve into the water.   It also is not strong enough to be carried around.

Diamond is a very hard substance so it will not be able to form a shape of a drink container. It is also very expensive because it’s very rare. Also you wouldn’t be able find diamond the size of a drink container and if you did it would cost billions of dollars.

Stones would not make a good drink container because they are too heavy to carry around and it is also a hard substance so it is hard to form a good shape.

As you can see this is why we decided to make drink containers out of plastic and metal.

Mount Alexander Collage Reflection


On the 9th of June we went to Mount Alexander Collage for a science excursion. They showed s lots of demonstrations like the elephant toothpaste experiment. My group got to do a controlled and variable experiment to see who could dissolve a berocca tablet the fastest. The kids from the high school running that experiment and my class in partners got to pick a variable. My partnership picked to crush the tablet first. It took us roughly a minute and a half and the controlled took 2 minutes. After that we had a tour of the school. They showed us the main parts of the school.

After that my class had an activity on chemical changes. The two kids running the activity showed us the elephant toothpaste experiment and an experiment where the liquid they poured in a beaker changed colours many times.

Then my class went to another demonstration were we looked a physical changes. We used a lot of dry ice and it was lots of fun. At the end we played a game of bingo were you had to answer questions on physical changes. We learnt that how the atoms move in a soil, liquid and a gas.

Unit 2 reflection


This term in integrated our topic was chemistry/ changing matter. We explored physical and chemical changes and irreversible and reversible changes. We went to Mount Alexander Collage and the some of their students showed us some experiments and some demonstrations. We also conducted an experiment with a partner. My partner was Aryaveer and we conducted an experiment were we saw if oil froze and if it was reversible.

Three facts I found interesting were a chemical change is a change where there is a new chemical is formed, a physical change it is the same thing but in a different state of matter of shape like melting ice or a broken plate and when you cook it is a chemical reaction. Two understandings I have are some things are irreversible because of how they have changed and you can skip from a solid to gas and the same the other way. A question I have is any type of cooking a physical. The most important thing I learnt was an experiment is either a physical change or a chemical change.

I learnt it by paying attention in class staying on topic, joining in with conversations and finishing my work on time. I am going to use my knowledge when I get to high school and study science and use my knowledge when someone or myself wants to know the answer to a question. I think I achieved my goal because I learnt what I wanted to learn and more. I learnt that graphs and diagrams work really well and writing a science report takes time. I had a great science report with lots of detail. My partner and I worked really well and found lots of research and put in our science report. Overall it was a really fun topic and I learnt lots.

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