Year 5 /6 Book Trailers

I am certain you have all heard of film trailers which persuade us to go and watch a movie. In 5 /6 we have created book trailers to promote books that we have read and enjoyed. We hope you are persuaded to read some of these books by watching our book trailers. We created the trailers as part of a home learning task. Watch these trailers and let us know if you are persuaded to read these books. Tell us which book you are persuaded to read.

1/2KC ICT Lesson

This week, for our ICT lesson with Mr Cotela, we used the NEW chrome books for the first time. We learnt how to log on with our own username and password. 

We learnt how to open up a new page in a Word document and save it to work on later!

Learning how to change the font characters, size of the writing and colour was amazing!!!!

1/2KC can’t wait to learn more next time!!!

1/2 Level Cyber Safety Sessions

In the 1/2 Level, we have been learning about cyber safety.      

We learnt about keeping our personal information private. This means never let anyone know information that identifies them like: where they live, school name, address, full name, sports clubs, parents’ and siblings’ full names.

We also spoke about being safe when talking to online friends to keep and protect our personal information and never meet an online friend without taking a parent or carer along.

We also looked at a game called ‘Pick Your Friends’ on the computer which gives students a chance to identify whether the characters in the game are telling the truth or a lie about themselves, in knowing how to identify a true friend and being safe!

You can have a go at the game, by logging on to the following link! 


Passion Projects are fun. We could choose anything that interested us around the topic Australian Flora and Fauna. we researched what really gave us a buzz. We presented out work in small groups last Friday. The topics were so different.

Here are a few topics we investigated:   Aussie Birds, Endangered Australian Animals, Introduced Species into Australia, Bulldog Rat, Endangered Birds & Native Animals. 

We shared our projects and taught our classmates what we learnt.  We learnt so much from each other. Best way to Learn! 

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img_1692As part of the Robotics Unit the Year 3 /4 level has been given a challenge by Mr C. They have to program their Sphero to do some interesting dance moves before they perform at the disco competition. We had great fun programming our dancers to roll, jump, turn, spin and strobe. Watch these movements.  Next time we have to add the  music.  Hope you like this. WE LOVED IT!



3/4KC Programming Spheros!

Last week, 3/4’s learnt how to program their ‘Spheros’ to race against others in the class.

Students had to make their ‘Sphero’ travel from a line across the room, 5 meters, and then return to their starting position.  

With loads of ‘trial and error’ of tweaking the commands, discussion with a partner, it was finally time for the race!  

Watch the video to see how they performed!!!




This challenge is for all of the budding historians.  Last year we had a few entries in this competition.  Here it is again! 

Lastnational history challenge year Stephanie (Year 6 2016) was a finalist with her entry. Why don’t you have a go? 

The theme this year is Triumph or Tragedy in Democracy?  The National History Challenge is an exciting opportunity for primary students (Year F-6) to engage with history in a creative way. The use of imaginative formatting and presentation is highly encouraged. 

Do you have an opinion on the topic?  Why don’t you check it out on this website. 


Let me know if you want to enter the challenge. We will put in an application! 

Museum Melbourne


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The Melbourne Museum is filled with many exciting and wonderful objects from the past. The 3/4 level had an exhausting but exhilarating day learning about the life of our First Australians as part of our history topic. Here are some words that we thought described the day!


In the Bunjilaka gallery we had a lesson and we used Ipad technology to record our learning. Have a listen to some of our work. 

Tell us what you think about the Museum and what we did? 



We just had to show you all the fun we had driving, programming and  controlling Sphero. 

Watch these video clips and join in our excitement. 


We actually learnt more about angles and decimals. Let me know what you think about Sphero.  Are they a great learning tool?

Extracurricular Club – Programmers Club

pclubIt was a packed room today at lunch for Programmers Club. It was also great to see some new faces.

Have a look at some of the programs being worked on below.


GOBO THE GREAT – By Greta (3/4S)

Instructions: Press the spacebar and see what happens.

M!!!!!!!!!!!!! – By Sofia (3/4G)
Instructions: Click on the green flag.

SUPER PONG – By Lucas (3/4S)
Instructions: Click on the green flag and move your mouse.

BOUNCE – By Thomas (3/4S)
Instructions: Click on the green flag and move your mouse.

Using technology the right way

Hello! I just want to point out some things about how we are treating/using the technology.

  1. Trolleys –   Some people are putting the laptops and iPads the wrong way into the trolley.  I would really appreciate it if the people who know the right way to tell the people who are doing it the wrong way. Please remember how many devices fit into the slots. (MacBooks: 4) (Chromebooks: 3) (iPad: 2)
  2. Holding the Laptops the right way – Now I see this a lot. Please hold them with two hands. If your holding it in just one there’s a chance that it will fall out of your hands and break.
  3. Stacking The laptops – You can only Stack 2 Macbooks on top of each other. With chromebooks its the same – only 2.
  4. Follow online expectations – We want everyone to have a good time on the technology. Please always follow the expectations.

I hope you look after the technology more after reading this. 






Programmers Club




It has been a frustrating few weeks for the programmers at St Charles Borromeo with another session having to be cancelled due to heat. Unfortunately, when  students are kept in at lunch I have to help supervise classes.

We will try again on Tuesday, 8 March.

Some students have asked what Programmers Club is all about. Here is a video introducing Scratch:

Here is a video explaining why it is important children learn to program (code):

What do you think? Is it important to learn how to program?

What’s been happening in 3/4

As usual we have been very busy! This week we have learnt how to leave comments on our school blog. The blog is great as we can see what all of the other classes are doing!

IMG_1049IMG_1050In class we are reading the book, ‘Rowan of Rin’ by Emily Rodda, which is a fantasy adventure. We have learnt how to create a concept map by linking ideas to show cause and effect.


In Inquiry we are conducting our own research projects related to the main question,
‘How can we maintain happy hearts, healthy minds and body and harmonious communities?’. We are in the process of creating posters to share our learning. 

IMG_1061Another great event was working with our buddies to make a mosaic Cross to represent the death of Jesus.

We watched the story of the ‘The Three Tree’. here are some of our insights.

Thomas’ reflection is,  ‘life doesn’t always go as planned’. 

Greta said, ‘what ever your dreams, God will always give you something better’. 

Chloe’s reflection is, “what ever you dream of,  God will give you something that you will love more”. 

Watch this moving story let us know your reflection. 

We love iPads!

We  have had great fun learning about being safe when we use our iPads. Mr Cotela has come to our classroom each week and has taught us about to care for our iPads and to keep safe when we are on the computer. Today we learned that there are some strangers that want us to fill out information about ourselves. We learned that we NEVER give anyone our name and address especially on the computer.

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Programmers Club

programmersclubFRIDAY – LUNCH TIME – IN 3/4 S

The first session of Programmers Club was unfortunately cancelled due to all classes being kept inside due to extreme heat. Due to work commitments on Tuesday – Programmers Club will be held on Friday.

Programmers Club is open to students in Years 3-6 who have brought back their Digital Licence Application form.