Some Issues…


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Literacy | Posted on October 30, 2014

Today in our Literacy session we had a look at some issues that we might be likely to see on a current affairs show at the moment. First we had a look at a three minute video from Behind the News. Check it out below?

After some healthy discussion about homelessness. We then split into small groups and read about 4 different issues that might affect people at the moment.  What we noticed is that quite often some of the features of a written text are very similar to a video text like a current affairs segment. Both forms of presenting a issue had the following features:

  • An appropriate introduction to the issue.
  • Facts and figures.
  • A personal story, from someone that is affected by the issue.
  • Advice on how you can get involved in tackling the issue.

These things might be good to remember when we are planning our own current affair programs.

Check out the articels we looked out here: Articles

Recounting your two weeks


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Literacy | Posted on October 5, 2014

Hello and welcome back to school!

I hope that your two weeks were full of fun and relaxation. Term four is a pretty exciting term with lots of stuff going on around the school.  We have inter-school athletics, Melbourne excursion, school fete and lots more coming up, so get ready to get busy!

To start of the term I want to give everyone a chance to share what they did for their holidays. When you tell others about events that have been happening or have happened it is called a recount or a personal narrative. You have 25 minutes (5 minutes planning) to write a recount about your holidays or a particular event that happened during your holidays. Have a think about what sort of things you think should be included in a recount.

After the twenty minutes writing time is up. You are to publish your work and visit as many classmates blog as possible. You then have to write to write 5 ‘Guess Who’ questions about what your fellow classmates did during their holidays. These questions will then be used as a class quiz later in the week (so you have a bit of time to study everyone’s posts).

It would be great if you could provide some comments on the blogs you visit as well.


Reflecting on Term 3


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Learning Goals | Posted on September 16, 2014

Good morning readers,

Today we will be reflecting on our term. This term has been another busy one. We have been flat out with things like:

  • Earn and Learn project
  • Science
  • Athletics
  • Information Reports
  • Song Room
  • Blue Earth
  • Winter Sport
  • Maths Blitz
  • Homework
  • Lots, lots more

I want you to think about all of the things that we have been doing this term and ask yourself some questions and write your answers in a personal blog post:

  1. Talk about something that you have enjoyed this term.
  2. Can you list one personal achievement?
  3. Tell me something that has been frustrating this term.
  4. Tell me an area that you could improve on.
  5. What would you  like to see happen in term 4?

Once you have finished your ‘quality post’ please visit at least three classmates blogs and comment on their “Term 3 Reflection post”

School Learning, home Learning, anywhere learning!


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 31, 2014

We recently had a discussion in class about homework. What is it’s purpose? What should we do for homework? SHould everyone have to do it? What are the consequences of not doing homework.

This was a great discussion what we decided is that homework re-inforces habits that can be useful for us as we progress through schooling. It can reinforce things that we learn in class and what we said is that the reason we have homework is the same as the reason we come to school…to learn! We also though that if we are going to be doing homework then it shouldn’t be about the work but it should be about the learning. We also thought that we need to be having fun at the same time. What we would like is for everyone in the class to have a ‘home learning’ project. Individuals can decide on what they would like to learn and learn it in anyway they like. For some people this might meaning learning their 9 times tables. For others it might be to learn how to spell the 100 most commonly used word

Writing Information Reports


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 19, 2014

Good morning,

I have I updated this post to include the rubric for our Information Reports. Please read through the rubric and if you have any questions please see me so we can clarify it. You will be scoring your own work against this rubric.

Information Report Rubric


Download the rubric here: Information Report Rubric


This morning we will be continuing to gather useful information for our reports. There is a interactive website which has great details on how good information reports can be structured. Check out the graphic below. While we already have a lot of interesting information we are going to be putting our information into a graphic organiser. Graphic organisers are very useful things for organising our thoughts.
info reports

100 Word challenge: Week 3.5


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 10, 2014

Happy Monday,

Some people are really enjoying the 100 word challenge we have been completing in class. Once again you do not have to submit your work as the actual challenge is having a break. This week your writing prompt is a visual one.

Before you start, you will have to make some decisions about what is real size and that will then influence your story! Make sure you really think imaginatively. Choose your 100 words carefully and make sure you pay some attention to your punctuation. Many of you have been taking part for a few months now so your writing will be getting better!

Zedd-Stache: What is happening?


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 8, 2014

Today we are looking at a viedo that is full of mystery. we are going to be stopping the video a lot and talking about our predictions of what is happening in the clip. Check out the video below

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Those of you with devices can write your answers to the questions we ask in class in the comments section below. Thanks.

Welcome to the Song Room!


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 6, 2014


Today we completed our second session of the song room. In the two sessions we have had so far we have already learnt a lot. We have been learning about rhythm, beat, boomwhackers, cajones, ukuleles and all sorts of musical marvels. Loretta as guided us through the first couple of sessions and I think it’s fair to say that we have enjoyed it a lot so far. We have been putting the ‘lime in the coconut’ and also played the song ‘que sera’ using a variety of instruments. Here is some of the instruments that we Loretta has introduced us to in the first two sessions of song room:

This is the Cajone it is a six sided box shaped percussion instrument similar to a drum. Here is a video of someone playing one. Today, Ben got to have a go on Loretta’s Cajone.

We also got to have a play of these colourful plastic pipes. They are  a tuned percussion instrument called Boom whackers each one of them is different lengths and make slightly different sounds. They are tuned to different musical notes. Everyone in our class has got to have a go at these as they were also used to help us learn the difference between rhythm and beat.


What do you think of ‘Call me Maybe’ on the Boom whackers!

We also got to play these things. Do you know what they are called?

Please leave a comment about your favourite instrument to play or what you have enjoyed about song room or anything else related to music that we might be able to explore during future song room sessions.

Monday Morning Check In: 100 Word Challenge.


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Literacy | Posted on August 3, 2014

Good morning everyone.

This morning we have POD 2 computers to utilise during our computer session. We are going to warm up today by logging in to typing web. We will complete another lesson on the site. After we have fingers nice and warm you are to produce a new post on your blog. You will all be familiar with the 100 word challenge. This week the writing prompt is…

…but ‘I’m afraid it’s the last one’, he said…

You must use this somewhere in you writing, remember to plan your writing you could even use padlet to create your plan. Then embed your planning wall onto your blog.

Try to be as creative as possible in your writing. Remember the ‘show not tell’ technique? Have a go at using it. When you really think about showing and not telling readers in your writing you are making detailed pictures for the readers using your words. I am sure you can get some great writing going!

After you have finished your piece visit some class mates blogs and leave comments for them. It is great to receive feedback from your peers. Try and make your feedback constructive. You do not have to submit your work to the 100wc website this week.

If you still have time you could leave a comment on this post about how you are feeling about this week.

Positive Person Nominations…


Posted by Mr Darma | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 1, 2014 

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