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Yesterday we received a comment on this blog from a school in London. They are starting a blog and wanted to know some tips. Year 5 worked in small groups to come up with the following advice. I think our students have great ideas. Is there anything we’ve missed? Let us know in a comment.

Hi Year 4 and Ms O’Donnell,

Thanks for visiting our class blog. We really enjoy blogging and think that you will too.

When starting a new class blog you should:

  • Include a Blogging Guidelines Page so commenters know how to comment and to leave a nice comment which keeps them safe on the internet. Respect your school’s blogging policy.
  • Make sure you don’t give away any personal details. Also you will probably have the ability to edit comments, so make sure that the people who comment don’t give any personal details about themselves.
  • Include an About me page – it is necessary to have an about me page so visitors who look on your blog know a bit more about you / your class
  • Add a few widgets: (example) Clustrmap, Flag Counter, or a Class Pet. This can make your blog look more interesting and organised. But please don’t go crazy with cyber pets!
  • Choose a theme that you like and don’t change it too often
  • Post once to twice a week (regularly) and use categories and tags. Make your posts interesting – write about things you love!
  • Add some media: pictures or videos – they will make your post much more interesting but be sure that you acknowledge where they come from and who owns them. Always check that you are allowed to publish images to your blog.
  • We would recommend telling people about your blog so they visit and comment. You can also add a subscribe by email widget which means your visitor gets an email when you publish a new post. You should comment on other blogs and interact with other classes. That way you will get more visitors and comments on your blog.
  • Once your have started we highly recommend that you sign up for the student blogging challenge on  you will learn lots about bloggging!
  • We use the edublogs platform and highly recommend it for student bloggers.

You might find this video from Mrs Yollis helpful too. She and her students are very experienced bloggers. We learned a lot from them.

We wish you well at the start of your blogging adventure. Please visit us again and let us know your blog address so we can visit you too.

From the Year 5 students at year5rc

TEAR ~ What is it?

Today Year 5 were challenged to think about the letters in TEAR. What might they stand for?

TEAR Australia is a charity that we have supported at school for many years and will do again this year. The girls brainstormed possibilities. They had lots of fantastic ideas as you can see. A few clues were needed to get some of the actual meanings (which, by the way, is Transformation, Empowerment, Advocacy, Relief.)

We talked about what these words mean to us and how they fit into the work of TEAR. Our new central idea is “We can express ourselves through our beliefs, values and actions.” Can you see how the work of TEAR Australia might be connected to our learning? Please comment and let us know what you think.fullsizerender-157

Science in Action

Since returning to school from our holidays we have been fully engaged in Science! Each student has come up with a science investigation related to solids, liquids and gases. We have been predicting, explaining, observing and recording. There is great excitement as the experiments unfold. Not everything always goes to plan but we are learning to think as scientists and to go back and try again. Here are some photos from the many different investigations that have taken place.

Can you guess what is happening in our experiments?

Our blogging adventure awaits

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Year 5 are about to return to school from our spring holidays. Term 4, the final term in our school year starts tomorrow. Our teachers are hoping that we will come to school eager to begin our blogging adventure and with our signed permission notes in hand. We have spent time thinking about why we should have a blog and what we might post about. So now it is time to begin.

At school we will set up our own student blogs and begin the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge to help us learn some more of the essentials of blogging. The Year 5 teachers are very keen to get started and we are too.

Very soon we will have a blogroll here on the left so you can see our own student blogs too. Please visit and leave us some encouraging comments.

What’s the Matter?

These are photos of the materials that we used today to investigate some of the properties of solids, liquids and gases. What can you see here? Click on each photo to zoom in on them.

What do you think that we did with them? Leave a comment to let us know if you have some ideas.

Year 5 Bathurst Excursion

The year 5 students and their teachers enjoyed a fun filled, three day excursion to Bathurst, where we had opportunities to learn about significant events, such as the gold rush in Australia, which helped develop and shape Australia over time. We were also able to engage in experiences which gave us insight into the daily life of gold miners and settlers during the nineteenth century.

The Year 5 Virtual Museum

Year 5 have been working very hard to research and prepare information related to the development of Australia throughout the 19th century. We have focused on the central idea that “History can be viewed from a variety of perspectives”. Please take the time to wander through our museum. It contains many rooms and artefacts all of which you can access via a mouse click. Click the image below then click the full screen icon to view our museum with ease. Signs and links are designed to help you navigate your way around the museum. Parents and other visitors, after your visit Year 5 would love to hear your feedback. Please leave us a comment on this blog and let us know which rooms you found the most interesting and where you learned the most.

Have you ever thought about who made your clothes?

Year 5 have been thinking about this question in our new Unit of Inquiry. We brought in a favourite piece of clothing and looked at the labelling. It tells us where it was made and what it is made from but not who made it. We saw a video that showed us that a lot of clothing in Australia is actually made overseas in countries like China, Cambodia and Bangladesh. We wonder why this is and if it is a problem. Are the people who make our clothes paid fairly? Do children make clothes in some countries? We are hoping to find out some answers to these questions. Here are some posters we have made to promote our question.

Year 5 Survivor

In our current Unit of Inquiry we are exploring the idea that “Living things adapt and change to survive”.

As scientists we proposed a hypothesis about plant survival and we have been making observations over a number of weeks.

These are the plants we have been observing. The one on the left is a succulent. The one on the right is a fern. They are outside our classroom, on a covered verandah. They have not received any water or food.

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Which plant is best adapted to survive in these conditions? What features do they that have to help them survive?

Let us know your predictions and we will let you know our results and conclusions.

“Those filled with life need not be afraid of tigers”

Year 5 have finished reading a wonderful book called ‘Dragonkeeper’ by Carole Wilkinson.

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It is the story of a slave girl called Ping and her journey with a dragon called Danzi. We have found it to be an entertaining book and one that has taught us some life lessons. Some of us have made posters about the lessons we have learned from Ping and Danzi.

The book is also full of wise and sometimes curious sayings from Danzi. The title of our post “Those filled with life need not be afraid of tigers” is one of these sayings.

Jaemi and Dakota think that it means : people who are living life confidently, proudly and happily are not to be fearful. Wise words indeed girls.

We have tried to figure out what other sayings from Danzi might mean. Here are our posters.