Month: August 2014

Spring is in the air and we’re loving it!

Term Three is well underway and we are having a ball. We have some extra iPads for our classroom so that means we get the chance to try out some more ICT for learning and collaboration. In the picture below, Cung Tin is using Scribble Press to create his own picture storybook. It’s really easy to import photos and add text, and you can even ‘scribble’ your own pictures. Can’t wait to read it!




We love to share our learning, and we can learn so much from one another’s ideas. Below shows a way we can collaborate in class combining ICT and literacy learning. Using Padlet, Miss Watts imported an image and posed the question of the character; “What is he thinking” We worked in small groups on the floor with the iPads and inferenced what the dog might be thinking. It was great seeing some of the creative responses from our classmates! Zoom in on the image below and check them out.

On Wednesday morning, we were lucky to get a visit from some of the crew from the Footscray Women’s Circus. They taught us about making tableaux. We worked in small groups to come up with a series of ‘photographs’ with our bodies and our classmates had to guess what actions we were doing. What do you think the girls below are doing?Processed with Moldiv


Finally, we continue to work in the area of number in Maths. It’s so important to continually revisit place value and our number system as they are the foundation of all other mathematics we learn. We like to make it ‘hands on’ in class as it deepens our understanding. One of the activities was a Human Number Line with decimals. We worked hard to help our classmates insert themselves into the right position.


I could have added a million more things, but that will do for now. We would love you to comment on our learning.

Until next time,

Miss Watts and 4/5/6A

Never a dull moment in 4/5/6A

Well, we have been busy bees over in 4/5/6A! Despite being freezing cold, we are still bursting with enthusiasm and love of learning at Dinjerra.

Often during wet weather, we can’t get outside to play at recess and lunchtimes. As I am sure you are aware, kids need to burn some of their abundant energy. Lucky for us, we have a breakout space and a lovely BER building to hang out in. Here are some of the things we get up to:

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We are very fortunate that throughout the year we have high school students from SEDA come to Dinjerra to coach us in a range of sports. Most recently, we had the basketballers. They taught us about dribbling, shooting and defense. It’s always great fun when they visit.

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We also had a visit from our Literacy Big Buddies from Footscray Police. Ardoch Youth Foundation team us up and we form a ‘Pen Pal’ relationship that lasts most of the year. We learn about their jobs and their lives, and we tell them about ourselves. Letter writing and communication are a couple of great skills that come from this process. After a few letters, the Big Buddies visit us at school, and later in the year we will visit them at the police station! Yesterday, they brought the police cars and vans, and put the sirens and speakers on. It was super exciting but a little scary too!

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Lastly, you know how we all love reading at Dinjerra? Here are some of our students enjoying the various quiet reading spaces around the building. We hate to be distracted when immersing ourselves in our books!

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Anyway, that is just a sniff of the stuff we’ve been getting up to. Until next time,

Miss Watts and 4/5/6A

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