kitchen writing by luke

Today in kitchen my group which was Luke, Liam, Bethany, Chevrolet and our helper Debbie made Apple Pie. First we had to collect all the ingredients from the kitchen Sultanas, Cinnamon, Butter, Apples and pastry. After collecting all the ingredients we had to mix  the Sultanas, Cinnamon and Apples all in the one bowl together. Then we had to cut circles in the pastry the trays then we had to put in other ingredients into the pastry. Then we had to cut smaller circles to put on top of the pastry with the ingredients in it. After we did all of that we had to put a bit of water on the top of then then we put some caster sugar on top of it while it was still wet from the water. Then we put into the oven and we had to wait about 40 mins for all 3 trays of apple pies to finish cooking. Once the apple pies were finished cooking we had to share then out between 35 bowl and then we put ice-cream in with the bowls then we gave everyone a bowl each to have for dessert. Everyone said it was the BEST apple pie they had ever had.20110518_kitchen 016 (Large)

Footy Maths: Round 3


Here is the ladder after round three of the season!

Points W D L F A %
The 7 Chosen Ones 12 3 0 0 13 2 650.0
Malik and the Recruits 8 2 0 1 14 7 200.0
Random Peoplezzzzz 6 1 1 1 10 8 125.0
Pink Ops 4 0 2 1 7 9 77.8
The Smiggle Team 4 1 0 2 9 19 47.4
The Brainy Bunch 2 0 1 2 6 14 42.9

Next weeks games are:

The Brainy Bunch    v    The Smiggle Team
The 7 Chosen Ones    v    Pink Ops
Malik and the Recruits    v    Random Peoplezzzzz

Homework – Weeks 4 and 5, Term 2

hwkClick on the image to download this fortnight’s homework.

Here is our homework for Weeks 4 and 5 of Term 2. All of our tasks relate to the learning we have been doing, or will be doing, in class. To complete the geography task this week, you may need a map of Australia. You can download one here or get it off me in class.


This homework is due back on Friday, 27th May. Our organisation tip for this week is to have a space in the house where you can complete your homework without interruptions or distractions. It is very hard to work if you have the TV blaring in front of you!

When you finish your homework, why not score yourself on our marking rubric – it should be the same score I give you!

Writing Narratives: A brainstorm

Last week we began to revisit the narrative genre of writing. Before we started, we decided to brainstorm all the things that we thought we need to know or learn before we are able to write a great narrative.

As you can see, narrative writing is a complex task. There are so many different skills we need to possess in order to write a story. To help us begin in class, we are going to focus on the concept of ‘Sizzling Starts’ from the 7 Steps to Awesome Writing. This focuses on beginning our stories with an idea or concept that engages the reader and makes them want to read more, rather than just ‘dumping’ them with a whole load of facts and information. Keep an eye out for some of our sizzling starts.

What do you think is the most important item on this list to learn in order to be able to write a great narrative, and why?

Practise your factors with X-Factor!

Last week we began to look at factors in maths. Some of us found this easy, but it is not a tricky concept to get and requires quite a bit of practise. Here is a great game I have found to help us revise our factors for different numbers. It is called ‘X-Factor‘.


To play ‘X-Factor‘, you first need to select the level you would like to play from the menu at the top (see the picture below). The picture above is the ’12’ level. The aim is to shoot the ball in your cannon at the factor which pairs with the one in your cannon to make the level number. For example, in the 12 level the 3 in the cannon needs to be shot at a number 4 as 3×4=12.


Let us know what score you get in a comment below!

Footy Maths – Round 2, Term 2


The ladder has changed quite a bit after the second round of the season. Currently the ‘7 Chosen Ones’ are the only team to be undefeated.

Points W D L F A %
The 7 Chosen Ones 8 2 0 0 6 2 300.0
Random Peoplezzzzz 6 1 1 0 10 1 1000.0
Malik and the Recruits 4 1 0 1 7 6 116.7
Pink Ops 4 0 2 0 4 4 100.0
The Brainy Bunch 2 0 1 1 5 7 71.4
The Smiggle Team 0 0 0 2 4 16 25.0

Next weeks games are:

Smiggle Team vs Pink Ops

Malik and the Recruits vs Brainy Bunch

Random Peoplezzzzz vs 7 Chosen Ones

Learning Agenda: Week 3, Term 2

w3Week three is going to be a big week, especially for the grade fives who will be sitting the NAPLAN assessments this week. Some of the other things we will be doing this week include;

  • Exploring the ideas of chance and probability in Maths, including the likelihood of events happening and the ways we can record this data mathematically;
  • Continuing to learn about factors and multiplication in maths;
  • Reading more of Hatchet;
  • Learning about ‘infering’ meaning when reading, and completing some activities to help us develop these skills;
  • Examining ‘Sizzling Starts’ in writing, and practising writing our own sizzlers for narrative writing;
  • Continuing with our reading groups where we are learning about ANZAC Day, Gallipoli and the British Monarchy, while practising our reading comprehension and questioning skills;
  • Finishing our first book club on Monday;
  • For grade sixes, developing our Public Speaking skills through a special public speaking course that will run while the grade fives are doing their NAPLANs;
  • Playing our first Interschool Sports match against Berwick Primary School;
  • Wrapping up our term one ‘Identity’ inquiry topics and sharing our findings with the rest of the people in our groups;
  • Beginning our assessments for mid year reports and to help us identify what we need to focus on later in the year.

Don’t forget that tomorrow night (Monday) Kambrya will be having their open night from 6:30 – 7:30pm. If you will be attending Kambrya next year or in 2013, or are unsure of which school you will be going to, it would be great to pop along and see what the Secondary School is like. I will be heading along to check it out too.

56C News Update

Dear Parents,

This is a copy of our class news update emailed home today. Have you been receiving these email updates? If not, I may have your email address wrong – please feel free to pop your email address into your child’s diary so that I can fix it up.

Dear 56C Community,

Welcome back to term two! I hope that you had a fantastic holiday and got to spend lots of time with your family.
We have had a big start to the term in 56C – beginning with the Fun Day with Mr Painter and Cross Country all in the first week. Certainly made those three days fly!

Last week, half our grade participated in the KEA Netball Cup at St Margaret’s School. Not bad, considering only 16 students were selected from Berwick Fields! It was our first year in the tournament, but we had great success and after 10 matches, our mixed team won the premiership on Friday. What a stellar effort. You can see Tai, Zenia, Liam and Luke with the trophy and their medallions here ( Well done to Chevrolet, Olivia, Sarah, Amber, Malinthi and Kelly who also competed on Wednesday.

Regular news and activities from the grade is posted almost daily on our blog. Some of the highlights so far this term have included;

  • Kambrya and Berwick SC came to talk to us during the week about what it is like at secondary school, and to answer our questions. Tonight (Monday 8th) is Kambrya’s Open Night. Even if you are not attending Kambrya, it is a great opportunity to see what a secondary school is like. I will be heading along to check it out, and if you would like more info you can look here:
  • Our learning agenda for week three can be viewed here-
  • As always, our homework for the fortnight is online:
  • The students (and some parents!) have been attempting our maths problem solving challenge; ‘Powerlines’. It has been great to see the persistence of many students with this fun challenge. Why not try it yourself?
  • Recipes from the Kitchen on Wednesday. The students cooked up a fabulous feast and really enjoyed it. I am sure they would love the chance to cook the menu again at home for you – why not let them and have a night off!
  • We celebrated our 5th year at Berwick Fields on the 5/5 with a whole school photo on the oval. Check it out –

Many of the students have now become regular commenters on the blog, which is fantastic to see. There are two really great positives I see from this;

  • Firstly, the students are extending our classroom into their home. It shows that our learning doesn’t stop at 3:15, or begin at 9:00. They can access games, work and resources on here if they choose, as well as communicate with me and their classmates.
  • They get to develop their English and communicating skills while they use the blog. To comment, students need to know the writing genre, formulate a message and proofread their work. Any writing practise is good writing practise, and this is an authentic medium for them to practise with! Since we no longer write letters to each other as times have changed, it is important students have these chances to practise writing. We don’t allow SMS or ‘txt’ talk on our blog, so we are practising correct spelling and grammar all the time.

We would LOVE for you to join in our conversations as well, by posting feedback or discussion on items you see on the blog. It gives us a great sense of pride and joy to know others are interested in our learning and what is happening. Have you heard the podcasts or seen the videos we created after camp? Ask your child to show you! Maybe you have a grandparent, uncle, aunt or family friend who would also be interested in what is going on in our class and would like to comment with us.

Thanks for taking the time to read our update! If you would like any more information about anything that is happening in 56C, or would like to discuss how you child is going, please feel free to contact me at any time by email, phone, blog or popping in. I am always happy to talk about what is going on!

Have a great week!

Dale Mills