Homework Week 5

Due – Monday 12th November 2018

As this week is a short week, I will only be expecting your reading logs to be done.

If, however, you are one of the people who did not complete all homework tasks last week (HotMaths task, 100wc, 3-2-1 Science reflection and reading log) you are expected to complete these this week!

Thank you to those who got organised, set aside the time and made the effort to completed the tasks set.  I encourage you to look at the blogs of your classmates and post some comments. There has been some fantastic writing produced recently – be inspired.

Comparing Mathematical Chance Predictions to Outcome Data


I can predict chance events and compare my predictions to the outcomes


Using the cards provided, create  a class numberline, students take a card and think up a chance event that their number represents (e.g- if they chose 75% they might say, the chance I will have a snack as soon as I get home). Students could also come up with a chance word to go with their number- e.g ‘probable’. Add any new vocab to vocab poster.


Click on the following link:   dinner spinner 

What are the mathematical chances you’d be happy with dinner in this given spinner?

Make one that would suit your family or your table – what are the chances you’d be happy (extremely satisfied) now?

Use maths to predict what the outcome would be if you spun it 100 times. (say how many times you think each possibility would occur – then turn that into a fraction to show the probability – can you express it as percentage?)

Spin it 100 times and check if turns out as you thought it would.


Did the results turn out as the maths predicted? Why do you think this is?

Cosmic Discovery- lesson 2: Classifying objects in the Solar System

 Solar GIF


I can classify objects in our solar system


Play with http://www.solarsystemscope.com/

Record & discuss interesting things you found out

New Info:

Today we will analyse our new information using CLASSIFICATION.

In 2006 Pluto was officially named a dwarf planet. This is because of the way Scientists have decided to classify ‘planets’.

The definition of planet set in PragueCzech Republic in August 2006 by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) states that, in the Solar System, a planet is a celestial body which:

  1. is in orbit around the Sun,
  2. has sufficient mass to assume hydrostatic equilibrium (a nearly round shape), and
  3. has “cleared the neighborhood” around its orbit.

NASA  wants you to come up with a new way of classifying objects in our solar system

Classify: group similar items together based on similar traits

1. Name items to sort into groups– objects in our solar system- brainstorm- read & take notes on items using these websites:



2. Sort the items and say why they are in a group- how are objects classified at the moment?- make a table and put items into the table- eg.

Stars planets Dwarf planets asteroids comets moons Human made
Sun come up with mnemonic?-e.g: my very easy method just speeds up naming (planets)??-is pluto a planet though??


3. How items could go into different groups- brainstorm what other ways we might group them

a new object object x was discovered outside ou

Goal reflection:

4. Tell what you know now (new idea) or could do with the information (new item)-What could be a different sorting system you could recommend to NASA? How might this system be useful?

If time, you may wish to discuss these:


the classification of the solar system

Homework Week 4

Due Wednesday 7th November

Once again we’ve got a video about space for you to look at. You should watch this and give a reflection like you would for a BTN reflection (3 recalls; 2 questions; 1 understanding) written as a flowing paragraph with an opening topic sentence that introduces the topic. You will need to click on the link and it will download the video to your computer. This may take several minutes:

The Solar System — our home in space-we82e3

Other this week you need to do:

  1. Reflect on the space video
  2. Reading log signed 5 times for the week
  3. Hotmaths-angles
  4. 100 Word Challenge – Try to set yourself a writing goal at the start-use your personal goals from our conferences or something we are learning in class.
  5. Comment on at least 2 other blogs- remember to be relevant, constructive and appropriate.

Problem Solving Maths – Got It

Got It

Got It is an adding game for two players. You can play against the computer or with a friend. It is a version of a well known game called Nim.Start with the Got It target 23 .

The first player chooses a whole number from 1 to 4  .

Players take turns to add a whole number from 1 to 4 to the running total.

The player who hits the target of 23 wins the game.

Play the game several times.
Can you find a winning strategy?
Can you always win?

Does your strategy depend on whether or not you go first?
Tablet/Full Screen Version



To change the game, choose a new Got It target or a new range of numbers to add on.

Test out the strategy you found earlier. Does it need adapting?

Can you work out a winning strategy for any target?
Can you work out a winning strategy for any range of numbers?

Is it best to start the game? Always?

Away from the computer, challenge your friends:
One of you names the target and range and lets the other player start.


Can you play without writing anything down?

Can you use your knowledge of how to win the game to program our robot called AL to win?

Consider playing the game where a player CANNOT add the same number as that used previously by the opponent.

Homework Weeks 2 & 3


Over the next 2 weeks, there is a change in our homework expectations. All students will need to write an important speech. The details for these speeches are given below.

As we expect a high standard from all of you, there will be no other homework set this week apart from your reading log.

Next week, we will expect you to reflect on the Space video as well. But there will be no Hotmaths or 100 word challenge homework tasks during the next 2 weeks.

Your teacher will take you through the expectations of your speeches. The expectations are given below, but please have a chat to your teacher if you are unsure of any aspect.

Year 5 School Captain Speech

Towards the end of each year, we elect the school captains for the next year.

Now is your chance to use the skills you have been learning in class masters to convince your teachers and peers of all your wonderful qualities that would go towards you becoming an important leader of our school.

Each year 5 student is expected to prepare and present a speech to the 5-6 students outlining their strengths as a leader and what they would bring to the role of school captain.

The criteria and process for becoming school captain are outlined in this document:

School Captains Application and Selection Process

Please download it and read it to get an idea of what you might write.

Speeches will be presented in Week 4 of term (29 October).

All speeches should be emailed to your teacher before the 29th of October, and posted on your blog after you have presented it.

Feel free to speak to your teacher, this year’s captains or last year’s short-listed candidates if you would like advice on creating an outstanding application.

Year 6 Valedictorian Speech

Preparing for Graduation: The Valedictory Speech

With the end of the year fast approaching there are a few key events to prepare for. For our year sixes none is more important than graduation. A key element of the evening is the valedictory speech.

As Grace Fleming explains on About.com the terms “valedictory” and “valedictorian” come from the Latin valedicere, which means “a formal farewell”. Grace goes on to explain “the valedictory should fulfill two goals: it should convey a “sending off” message to the members of a graduating class; but it should also inspire graduating students to leave the comfort and security of their school with a full heart, and to embark on an exciting new adventure.”

This year all year 6s will be expected to write a speech, even if they don’t intend to deliver it on the night. All year 6 students will read their speech in front of all the 5/6s on a date to be announced. You will need a printed copy of your speech to be handed to your teacher by Monday 29th October

For some suggestions go to Grace Fleming’s full article at http://homeworktips.about.com/od/speechclass/qt/valedictory.htm


The internet is full of tips for writing a valedictory speech. YouTube also has many worthwhile samples.

wikiHow includes the following suggestions:

  • Keep it in perspective.
  • Avoid trying to write something that doesn’t reflect your true self.
  • Be open to what the rest of the grade is thinking.
  • Create an introduction.
  • Thank those people who have made a difference in your life and the lives of other students.
  • Add in memories.
  • Acknowledge others.
  • Stay out of cliche zone.

To fully unpack each of these go to: http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Valedictorian-Speech


The website about education(http://homeworktips.about.com/od/speechclass/qt/valedictory.htm) also provides advice around:

  • Know Your Purpose
  • Compile a List of Highlights
  • Writing the Speech
  • Use Anecdotes and Quotes
  • Plan for Time
  • Tips for Preparing to Speak 


Finally http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/style-and-usage/writing-your-valedictorian-speech.html has general tips for Valedictory Speeches including how to begin writing it, getting feedback and involving your peers.

For an example of a recent speech given at an MPPS graduation check out http://grace2012.global2.vic.edu.au/


Cosmic Discovery – Goals

This term our Science Space Unit is based around the Teaching Standards below. Use them to make personal goals for yourself- what are you interested in learning or getting better at and how might that link with any of these standards. Set yourself a goal for each of the Science Understandings, and 1 other goal that uses this unit as a way to get better at something you know you want to improve.

Science Understanding

Science as a human endeavour

Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives

Earth and space sciences

Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the Sun)

Science Inquiry Skills

Recording and processing

Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to record, represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data

Analysing & Evaluating

Suggest improvements to the methods used to investigate a question or solve a problem


Communicate ideas and processes using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and to identify simple cause-and-effect relationships

Homework Week 1 (Term 4)

Due on Monday 15th October

Welcome back! It was great to see everyone returning for our biggest and best term yet. We have a lot to get through, both with the work we need to cover and all the extra activities that are part of the upper primary years.

Think about the goals you set today. In order to achieve these goals you will need to put in place a plan to get there.

This week you need to do:

  1. Reading log signed 5 times for the week
  2. HotMaths Task (on decimals)
  3. Book Review – Please write and publish a book review based on the book you completed for Literature Circles. Think about the characters, plot, themes that develop, comparable authors (text to text connections). If you give a star rating make sure you explain what the rating stands for.
  4. 100 Word Challenge (Set yourself a writing goal at the start) 

    Latest prompt

    Remember you must include these words exactly as they are written here:

    …it reminded me of a time when…

Homework Week 9

Due on Monday 17th September

This term we will be working on our Class Masters presentations (see this link). Each week you should work a little on your speeches. Make sure you are in contact with your debate partners so that your debate shows teamwork and your arguments follow on from each other. In the week your speech is due, your Class Masters homework is your highest priority. If you are finding it difficult to complete your tasks, make sure you come and see me as early as you can and we’ll modify your homework as needed.

This week you need to do:

  1. Your Class Masters debate & prepared speech – Please note that this week, debates will be held on Wednesday.
  2. Reading log signed 5 times for the week
  3. Literature Circles reading and preparation – this was started in class. Please make sure the work you do is of a high standard. No homework on scraps of paper will be accepted. You may use your computer or homework book. All work must be completed using the role expectations as a guide (see this link Literature Circle Roles 2018)
  4. HotMaths Task
  5. 100 Word Challenge (Set yourself a writing goal at the start) 

    Latest prompt

    Things to consider:

    • Whose hands are these?
    • Why are they underground?
    • What are they holding?