Book Week

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It’s Book Week!
Teachers and students have been busy reading and enjoying the short-listed books for 2016, and if you’re walking around the school make sure you check out all the fantastic class displays.
The winners of the Books of the Year have been announced by the CBCA but I bet each class had their own favourite. A reminder also to parents and children that one of the highlights of the year – our fabulous Book Parade – will be held on Friday 26th August.

Which was your Favourite Book?

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Exploring Coding with QR Code Cubes

FullSizeRender (2)After completing some great programming work on Kodable, Year 3 & 4 students have turned their attention to finding out more about different coding programs.

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First, we scanned a range of QR codes on our cubes to watch introductory tutorials on coding apps such as Scratch Junior, Daisy the Dinosaur, Bee-Bots, Run Marco, and Lightbot.

        

Then we selected a new program and applied our coding knowledge to try it out. I wonder what we will explore next?

Earn Digital Badges

Digital Badge Coding (2)aOur students are working hard to earn Digital Badges as rewards. Here is a digital badge awarded to 12 Grade 5/6 students for demonstrating some great learning in Coding.

Well done to Bridget, Abby D, Seamus, Thomas A, Aydan, Sansa, Finn, Abby C, Flynn, Harry, Tadgh and Allegra.

Fast Cars in Schools Project

coollogo_com-188123809During the last two days, our four Year 5/6 classes have visited Deakin University to ‘fine-tune’ some aspects of their ‘Fast Cars in Schools Projects’. We moved through three rotations – Physics Lab where students tried some aerodynamics and friction experiments; Bio Lab where we tested our own cars’ reaction times with iPads; and the Test Track where we trialled our fast cars and learned where we needed to make modifications.

A highlight of our visit was the High Voltage Lab  Room where we experienced an amazing version of the Star Wars soundtrack synchronised with flashes of lightning.

Reflecting on our Learning

It is the end of term and we have been reflecting on what we have learned. Grade 4 students used a variety of ways to demonstrate their understandings.

Charlotte created a quiz for her classmates to show what she had learned about Coding with Kodable.

She ran the lesson with the class too and did a great job. We all had great fun. Why not try it and see how you go!

Coding Club

This week several students shared the projects they have been working on in Code Club. It was really interesting to find out what great ideas they had and it was handy for other for other club members to be able to ask them for advice.

Jemima gave a wonderful presentation about her mBot ROBOT, and explained what it was and how she used Scratch to code it to perform different tasks. (Now I want one!)

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Robot Shapes

Who needs to use Google images to find a great picture!

Foundation children have been learning to use the ‘Shapes’ and ‘Drawing Tools’ on the computer to create their own images. Recently they created some interesting ROBOTS by combining a variety of shapes and colours.

Here are a few examples.

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