Archive | June 2014

Healthy Living – Healthy People

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying your well earned break, but I thought I would get you to start thinking about our next Integrated topic which is called  Healthy Living, Healthy People.

To get you started, how about you watch the following video. It is a bit of fun and will get you thinking about the importance of exercise and just being active! Anyone can move!!

Have a think about what you are doing these holidays.

Do some of your activities include physical activity?

Are you getting out and breathing in some fresh air?

Are you doing things you enjoy?

How about you keep a diary

of all your physical activities and even your eating habits?

We will be discussing our daily habits and if they are

contributing to our health when we get back to school.

Meanwhile, just enjoy.

Write back and tell me if you have any ideas on what you would like to look at when we start the topic next term.

Kingdom of Lost Children – Links to the Official Website

Dear M/s Carter,

We received your beautiful artwork this week and the children in our class have been absolutely blown away by the stunning and colourful designs.  We can hardly wait to start using them to help us with our creative writing. The bookmarks are very special and will be treasured by each and every child.

We have now included your official website on our blog.

Visitors can just go to the links

in the right hand column of our blog,

or to this post linked under Literature and Reviews.

These are direct links

and hopefully people can go to your website

to find out more about your wonderful book.

Kingdom of Lost Children – the book of Ren


Kingdom of Lost Children – Official Website

M/s Carter we would like to say

a very big thank you

from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness,

and for sending us your beautiful artwork. 

We are indeed very privileged and feel quite honoured

to have received these beautiful pieces and the lovely bookmarks.

From  5/6 Francis

Here are some of the children’s words of gratitude about your book. The remainder are in the comments.

Dear Ms Carter, After I read the book I was waiting in excitement for you to send us your beautifully created artwork. I am still waiting in pure anticipation for our personalised pieces of art. I hope it’s not too much to do since I’m sure you are very busy. I’m grateful that you have made time for us. I hear that we are using your artwork to do visual literacy next term and I can’t wait! Once again, I’m honoured to have read this book that is not even out in Australia yet. I’ll have to read about what we can do to help those poor children. I have to say that to everybody I know, to spread the word. ~Artemis

Dear Ms Carter, Thank you so much for your AMAZING book; it really has been an honour to read it. I really have enjoyed every single word. Thank you for your fantastic book marks and wonderful pictures that you have sent all the way from Hong Kong. You are a fantastic writer and artist. Once again thank you so much for you AMAZING book marks and drawings. (Joanna)

Dear Mrs Carter, Your artwork looks so realistic!! The pictures look amazing, so real and so beautiful! Thank you for sending us your bookmarks and pictures! Are you going to write another book? Good luck if you will! I hope you will. (Eric)

Dear Ms Carter  Mrs Francis showed us your awesome artworks; you are a professional at drawing. I can’t wait to read it, I know it’s going to be the best book in Australia because the people in our class enjoyed it and I am really, really excited to read it soon. (Roshan)

Dear Ms Carter
I haven’t read the book but I’m waiting for my turn to read the book. I think that the artwork is really good and thank you for the bookmarks. (Vincent)

Hi Ms Carter,  Thank you for the lovely bookmarks and the amazing pictures, we are taking turns on reading your great book! And your artwork is wonderful! We are all excited to read the book and use your lovely bookmarks. (Samantha)

Dear Ms Carter We thank you so much for your beautiful artwork and those lovely bookmarks! I can’t wait until it’s my turn to read Kingdom of Lost Children. I hope you enjoy reading our comments! (Christian)

Dear M/s Carter, Mrs Francis showed the class your fantastic book and since I haven’t read it I am desperate to read it. I would like to say thank you for sending photos of the book to Mrs Francis’ Class and thank you for your hard work on the all the things you sent us like the bookmarks, A4 pictures and the A5 pictures of the book!!!!!!!  (Kyle)

Ms Carter Thank you for the Kingdom of Lost Children and for the bookmarks and the fascinating pieces of art. I haven’t yet read the Kingdom of Lost Children but I think if I do I’ll be crazy about it. I think the people that have read the book must be really lucky. I have heard that all the people who read it said it was great and amazing. I’m really looking forward to reading this beautiful and fascinating book!  (Kimi )

Dear Ms Carter, This is a great honor to read your book and to be in Mrs Francis’ class. I really would like to thank you, Ms Carter, for all your efforts and all the trouble you went to for the artwork and bookmarks that you delivered for our class this year! I think it will be good for visual literacy. Another thanks to Ms Carter for everything! (Julie)

Hi Ms Carter, Thank you for the bookmarks and pictures for the book called Kingdom of Lost Children. Mrs Francis showed us the pictures and bookmarks, the illustrations were amazing! When I went to language school a parent said that the book was truly amazing. Thank you for the book again! (Christine)

 Hi Ms Carter,
Thank you very much for the pictures that you have sent us. The bookmarks will be treasured very dearly. I really did enjoy this book. The artwork was amazing. In this book there were a lot of imaginary places and creatures. This was one of the things that made this book so interesting. One of my favourite pictures is ‘The Battle’ because of the way it is drawn and how it shows the character’s feelings. This book also had a lot of depth in it because it talked about how children are being treated and how they want to be free to live their own life. Also it tells us that no adult has the right to kidnap children away from their families. One of the things that I find important in the society is that we all should never lose hope, no matter what the outcomes may be. Anyway Ms Carter I really enjoy this story and I can keep reading it and never get tired of it. (Tracey)

Dear Ms Carter, It was a great privilege to read the book. I was so excited to read it at first. I knew there would be something special about the book. It was deeply expressed, with such beautifully-drawn pictures. I loved the pictures the most, they were so meaningful! Thank you so much Ms Carter for the artwork that you gave us! They were truly beautiful! I will remember those special moments when I read the book forever. Thank you!! (Kelly)

Maths Study Jams

Hi everyone,

Do you want to test yourself on what we

have been learning so far this year?

Then try this website.

There are step by step videos that clearly explain

many of the concepts

we have been studying this year.

It also includes other topics which we will look at later in the year.

Maths Study JamsMaths Study Jams

Try the Science one too!

There are so many topics!

Science Study JamsScience Study Jams

Outer Space – Maths Hunt – Study Jams

Follow these great links to some fun maths activities

Math Hunt             Math Hunt

Outer Space Math Hunt   Outer Space Math Hunt

This next link takes you to some Interactive Study Jams on the Solar System.

Now that we have almost finished our study of the Solar System,

test yourself with these quizzes:

  Solar System Study Jams

A Day Made of Glass – the future of technology

Watch this video.

Is this the future?

Will your day be like this?

Will your classroom look like this?

Write back and tell me what you think the coolest thing about school

would be in a day made of glass.

Has all this been made possible because of Space Exploration?

What do you think?

Has your life been made easier through all this technology?

Space Exploration – the benefits

Recently in our class we have been learning about Space and Space Exploration.

We have started to discuss the benefits of space exploration and questioning: why continue?

One of our RE topics has been the issue of justice.

We started to discuss the problems here on earth, the poverty and world hunger.

We looked at the amount of money spent on Space exploration and had a debate about whether that money would have been better spent on solving the problems here on Earth.

Watch this video:

Follow the link to some more information about Space Exploration:

Write back and tell me what you think?

Do you think we need to continue Space exploration to benefit mankind?

Or do we need to solve problems like world hunger?

How has space exploration changed your life?

Poetry and Shaving Cream Art

After watching the YouTube video on ‘What a wonderful world’ by Louis Armstrong, we reflected on the beauty of our world. Looking through a window, what did we see?

Beautiful colours of the earth and the heavens.

We then created our “shaving cream” art piece using shaving cream and poster paint.

We had a lot of fun creating this art piece, even though it was so messy.

We didn’t know what designs we would end up with until we turned the paper over!

What we ended up with were some very abstract art pieces!

 When they were dry, we had to decide what shapes we would cut our art piece into; then we measured and cut the art piece into the different shapes.

Below is our interpretation of looking through a window and seeing the beautiful colours and shapes of the world around us.

Looking through the window of each art piece, what can you see?

Look closely because there are so many hidden shapes and animals. Look closely!