Action Fractions Game

In the game Action Fractions, you can practise adding and subtracting fractions.

The race starts off more simply adding fractions with like denominators, but becomes harder after round two when you have to add fractions with different denominators, and then subtract. Click on the image below to give it a go and let us know how you find it!

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Today in class, some groups also worked on learning/revising the process for multiplying fractions. We used this video to work independently and help us with the concept. You can watch it below for revision.

In Come the Dollars, In Come the Cents

In come the dollars, in come the cents;
To replace the pounds and the shillings and the pence.
Be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix;
On the 14th of February 1966.

Today in class, as a part of our Inquiry topic, we watched the 1918 episode of the story My Place. We completed a venn diagram to help us identify similarities and differences between 1918 and 2011. One of the differences we noticed was the currency they used in 1918 Australia; they kept referring to pounds and pence.

This led us to a discussion about currencies around the world and the changeover to decimal currency in 1966. The video below featured on television at the time informing people about the conversion to dollars and cents.

Below are some of the banknotes and coins that were used in Australia prior to 1966 – a sixpence coin and ten shilling note. How do they differ from our notes and coins today? You can see more examples of pre-decimal currency here.

Do you think it was a good thing to change to using the dollar?

What persuasive arguments does the video use to try and convince us that it is a good change to make?

News from 56C – Episode 3

This week’s news was produced by Chevrolet and Liam, although features special presentations by Josh and Kelly. If you haven’t already seen our performance at assembly you can check out the video here.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below to let us know what you think!

Cha Cha Flash Mob @ Assembly

Inspired by the students in the MLU @ Bellaire Primary, today we gave our very first ‘flash mob’ a go, performing the Cha Cha Slide at our whole school assembly. After rehearsing last week we waited until the music started playing in the middle of assembly and then surprised everyone by jumping up and dancing at the back of the hall.

Unfortunately our jumping caused the floor and camera to shake quite a bit, but you can still enjoy the performance below. Why not leave a comment and let us know what you think!