Reconciliation Week

Learning Objective

 WHAT?……We are learning about the importance of Reconciliation Week

WHY?……This will help us understand an important historical event that has helped shape Australia as a Nation

HOW?…. I’ll be able to put in my best efforts to answer the questions below about Reconciliation Week

Key Questions

  1. When is Reconciliation Week?
  2. Why is it important?
  3. What is reconciliation?
  4. How were Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders previously treated?
  5. What can we do to celebrate Reconciliation Week?


Use the following link to support your understanding




3D Shapes

Use your knowledge of 3D shapes to complete the mission.

You will need headphones for this activity if completing in class.

Click here to begin the 3D Shapes Mission

(sorry but this game doesn’t work on the iPads)

After solving the mission go to the following website and explore and record the properties of 3D shapes.
3d shapes 3D Shapes interactive

Can you create your own 3D shape?

Can you create a net, print and make the 3D shape?

Were you successful making your own net? What shape did you create?

What did you find out today?


What is Democracy?

What? We a learning to understand what Democracy is.

Why? This will help us to understand Australia’s form of government.

How? I will be able to show my best efforts at recording key information and answer the questions.

  1. Before you watch the BtN story, record what you know about democracy.
  2. What happened in ancient Greece that led to people wanting a say in decision making?
  3. The word `democracy’ comes from which two words?
  4. Monarchies became popular in the Middle Ages. Explain what a monarchy is.
  5. Why was Magna Carta an important document?
  6. In Australia we have something called a ________________ democracy.
  7. Who represents us in parliament?
  8. Give an example of another form of government.
  9. What do you understand more clearly about democracy?
  10. What questions do you still have? (How could you find the answers to your questions?)

BTN episode – What is Democracy?

Take a look at this fun and engaging infographic, The Story of Our Freedom, to get a picture of the origins of democracy and how it has influenced our rights and freedoms today.

Copy and paste the questions into word to answer and then post your completed answers as a comment below.


Nets of 3D shapes

Cube net

The video clip below shows a net made from Polydron. You can change the net using the drop down menu on the right hand side. When you press play, you will see the attempt to assemble the net into a solid 3D shape. Sometimes they will succeed, sometimes they will fail.



Before watching each video clip, consider these questions:

  1. Can you imagine folding the net up into a solid shape?
  2. Do you think that the net will fold into a shape with all sides clicked together?
  3. Can you imagine the shape of the final solid if the net does indeed correctly fold together?

Record your predictions and discuss with a partner before watching the the video for each net.


  1. Were you correct? Was the result a surprise in any way?
  2. Try again to imagine how the shape folded together.

Draw an accurate drawing of the net in your book. Can you see which sides joined together? Can you indicate this clearly on your diagram? Can you prove your net works?

What did you find out today?

What questions do you still have?


Who impacted on the Federation of Australia?

What? (we are learning to): Find out about a key person in Australia’s Federation.

Why?(this will): Help us have a deeper understanding Australia’s history.

How? (I’ll be able to): Research and explain the impact an individual had on Australia’s Federation.

Choose a key person in Federation history and research the answers to the following questions.

Alfred Deakin (1856-1919)


Who was Alfred Deakin? Give a brief summary.
Where was he born?
What were Alfred Deakin’s views about Federation?
What significant things happened when Deakin was Prime Minister?



Henry Parkes (1815 – 1895)


Why was Henry Parks known as the `Father of Federation’?
What was his famous speech `The Tenterfield Address’ about?
What is significant about the date of Parkes’ death?
Why do you think Parkes is referred to as one of the most significant politicians in Australian history?



Edmund Barton (1849-1920) 


Edmund Barton was Australia’s first…

What contribution did Barton make to Federation?

What is an interesting fact about Edmund Barton?



Useful links for your research:

Behind the News – Constitution http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3939299.htm

Parliamentary Education Office – Federation http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/federation.html

Federation explained – ABC Splash video http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/media/1961881/Federation-explained 

An Ideal City – A nation needs a capital http://www.idealcity.org.au/a_nation_needs-1.html

Australian Dictionary of Biography – Henry Parkes http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/parkes-sir-henry-4366

Civics and Citizenship Education – Henry Parkes http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/parkes,9158.html

Civics and Citizenship Education – Alfred Deakin http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/deakin,9127.html

National Museum of Australia – Alfred Deakin http://www.nma.gov.au/primeministers/alfred_deakin

Civics and Citizenship Education – Edmund Barton http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/barton,9076.html

Fast facts – Australia’s Prime Ministers – Edmund Barton http://primeministers.naa.gov.au/primeministers/barton/fast-facts.aspx


Copy the questions for your chosen person into word.

When you have finished your research post your answers as a comment below. Happy researching 🙂 

Remember – make sure you type the answers in your own words, do not copy and paste from webpages.






Students in 6R reflected on ANZAC day through creative writing.

Fight for our rights- ANZAC poem

by Tyler Butler

Today we remember,

Tomorrow we proceed.

Yesterday we fought,

For peace, and ease.

Australia, New Zealand,

1 army corpse.

Freedom was earned,

Lives were lost.

On ANZAC day.

Soldiers died,

Families cried.

We were free.

But at a huge cost. A great loss.

As I stand,

Feeling guiltily despaired,

I remember the loss

That freed my country

From the forces at Gallipoli.

Poppies grow,

High and low,

Let the trumpet blow,

To remember the red glow

That buried our dead,

Of whom freed us from dread.

Poppies glow,

Trumpets blow, as we remember those

Who fought for us,

And lie in dust.

As poppies grow,

And forever glow

Over Flanders field.

Today we remember,

Tomorrow we proceed.

History shows,

As the trumpet blows,

Yesterday we fought,

For peace and ease.



Federation of Australia

BTN 18/3/2014 – Federation 

  1. Discuss the BtN Federation story with partner and record the main points of your discussion.
  2. Before Federation, Australia was divided into six separate ______________.
  3. Which other country might have been part of Australia?
  4. Who was Henry Parkes?
  5. What was his famous speech about?
  6. Why were initial attempts to become a Federation rejected?
  7. What role did Alfred Deakin play in Australia becoming a Federation?
  8. In what year did Australia become a nation?
  9. Who was Australia’s first Prime Minister?
  10. How did Federation impact on Indigenous people and Chinese migrants?

Today we celebrated Harmony Day

harmony dayHarmony Day, 21 March, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusivenessrespect and a sense of belonging for everyone. It is a day for all Australians to embrace cultural diversity and to share what we have in common. The central message for Harmony Day is that ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians.

Why is Harmony Day so important?

What does it mean to you?

Can you share an interesting fact about the cultural diversity of Australia?


Writing Buddies

Today the year 6’s had a Mega Writer’s Workshop focussing on using Writing Buddies to improve their writing. The Learning Gallery was buzzing and it was amazing to see how focussed the students were on helping each other, well done year 6’s! 

Click on any of the photos below to enlarge.

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The students generated the following guidelines for Author and Writing Buddy:

* tell your buddy what you would like to improve on
* attentive listening
* record feedback given
* use feedback to improve writing
Writing Buddy
* attentive listening 
   – show with body language
* give constructive feedback:
   – start with positive
   – what can they improve on? Make it clear and detailed (can use 6 + 1 traits to help)

   – end with a positive

All of the students took on the role of Author and Writing Buddy. They gave and received constructive feedback about their writing and then used the feedback to improve their pieces.

Why is it important to receive feedback from others about our writing?



BTN episode – Social Media Anxiety

1. What was the main point of the BtN story?
2. Complete this sentence. A recent report has found that social media is making a lot of teenagers feel…
3. Some teenagers feel like they are missing out on things they see on social media. Give an example.
4. How can young people feel better about what they see on social media?
5. What do you think young people can do to have a more positive experience on social media?
6. What are the advantages and disadvantages of social media?

After you have answered the above questions and posted the answers as a comment below, research a range of different social media websites or apps. Learn what they are used for and examine why age restrictions on these sites are important. Refer to this quick guide to popular social media sites and apps.


Click here for a template to complete your research in.


Design Competition

pTodkyaycGraduation is fast approaching! 🙂

We need your help to design the cover for the 2015 Graduation Video.

Use this template to design the cover and we will vote on the best designs.

We are looking forward to seeing what you come up with – good luck. 🙂


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