TimePods: ICT Term 3 2016

This term, the Year 5/6 students have been working in groups to create online time capsules called TimePods. They have had to work collaboratively in Google Docs to record interesting facts and data about a specific points in time over the past few weeks. Additionally, each group had a session in our recording studio to vocally explain their information.

It has really demonstrated how well our students at St Anne’s can take responsibility to work together in different ways to help each other learn new skills and meet deadlines. The recording studio software is often quite complex and tricky to navigate, but most of the groups have either worked independently to trouble-shoot any problems they encountered, or they have worked closely with our Year 5/6 Radio Leaders to make sure their final recordings are of a high standard.

Here are a few samples of the TimePods that have been created.

Click on each screenshot to open an audio (mp3) file and hear the students’ work!

Tahlia, Mia, Amelia & Hannah:


Denzel, Jake, Patrick, Tobias:


Will, Sam & Spencer:


Kayla, Izzy, Lianna & Macey:


Molly, Maya, Imogen & Hannah:


Lewis, Bailey, Blake & Jack: 
Note: you will need to log into Google with your St Anne’s login to hear this recording.





Author Visit: Tristan Bancks

On Monday the 8th of August the seniors were lucky enough to have an author visit with Tristan Bancks. In class we have been reading his novel ‘Two Wolves’ and it was a great opportunity to ask him questions about the text.  He shared some fantastic insight into writing novels and where his inspirations come from. He was very entertaining and gave tips about how to keep your appendix.


What is the Fosbury Flop?

The Year 5/6 students have been focusing on the technique of the Fosbury Flop in readiness for the St Anne’s Athletics Carnival.  The students have been using the ipads to youtube athletes performing the Fosbury Flop in past Olympic games.  The Fosbury Flop is named after a US High Jumper called Dick Fosbury.  He invented the ‘back-first’ technique which is commonly used by athletes today.  Fosbury won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico.  His personal best jump was 2.24m.  This record was broken in 1993 by Javier Sotomayor (Cuban) who remains the men’s record holder with a jump of 2.45m.


high jump


Here are some activities you can do at home to assist your child’s learning.


  • Read aloud regularly so that he/ she can practise his/ her fluency and expression.
  • Summarising a paragraph- After reading, ask your child to summarise a paragraph orally
  • Main idea of each paragraph- After reading a paragraph, ask your child what it was mainly about
  • Paraphrasing– Ask your child to read a sentence and then say it in another way
  • Making connections– How is that the same as your experience? Does that remind you of another book, movie, TV show, etc.
  • Read the newspaper together. What else do you know about this topic?
  • Ask your child to have a really clear “movie in his/her head” as they read so that they can use clues from the text to work out the meaning
  • Continue to encourage your child to read a variety of texts and engage in conversation to challenge his/ her understanding and opinions. Some great questions to ask are:

-How has the author portrayed_____?

-Why does that character look/ act like that?

-How does the author feel about this issue?

-How has a character changed throughout the story?

-What does the story/ setting/ characters remind you of?

-Who is this book written for?

-What is the main idea of this story?

-Is there something that the author wants us to think about?

-What do you think the author believes?  

-How do you know?  

-What parts of the text or book tell you about the author’s opinion?

-Can you think of another story that gives us the same message or idea?

-What does the author think and why?

-Describe what you think the author’s childhood might have been like.

-Where do you think the author grew up?

-What do you think the author wants you to understand?

-What are the personal beliefs of the author?

-What three values do you think the author lives by?

-Can you identify the bias of the author?

-What persuasive devices does the author use?

-Which character do you like and why?

-Which character changes the most during the text? How do you know?


  • Discuss current issues where your child has to form an opinion and justify his/ her ideas
  • Encourage your child to spontaneously tell stories to younger siblings in order to help him/ her develop both oral language skills and sequenced narrative ideas.
  • Play games, such as Scrabble, Boggle or Upwords to develop Spelling strategies
  • Write or email letters to relatives and friends
  • Write up the shopping list each week
  • Encourage your child to stretch out words to hear all sounds in order before writing a difficult word




  • Make a shopping list with your child before going shopping.
  • Follow a street directory or app and discuss the direction.
  • Estimate the weight and then use the scales to weigh fruit and vegetables.
  • Give your child little problems to solve. For example, we are having eight people for a barbeque.  How many sausages for each person?  What will we do if they come in packets of eight?
  • Play games such as Boggle, Rumm-yo and Yahtzee.
  • Visit the website http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/vic/ or look at the weather maps in the newspaper. Talk about the difference between minimum and maximum temperature, look at the seven day forecast.
  • Planning a holiday- use this event to discuss the time that our family will need to leave home to be at the airport on time to board the plane, considering traffic, parking and other details. Involve your child in discussions about how to prepare the schedule for each day, to cost of events.
  • Studyladder

ICT in Term 2

This term, the Year 5/6s have built up their ICT skills in a huge variety of ways. It is exciting to hear how they are beginning to use the Recording Studio to record their voices and interview some of the younger students at St Anne’s. Here are three outstanding examples of their work:

Nicholas & Eylah:


Denzel & Daniel:


Hailey & Paige:


Meanwhile, the 5/6s have also been working hard to complete their ‘Google Apps Rubric’. This is a series of mini-lessons designed to teach them how to self-pace their ICT learning. They have used videos and written instructions – as well as teacher & peer support – to hone their skills in a range of Google Apps.

Some of the work has been incredibly creative. Here are some snapshots to represent the types of tasks that have been completed- it was really hard to choose only a few!

Callum Z using Google Forms to survey his peers:


Charlotte S using Google Slides to share her cybersafety knowledge:


Blake V also using Google Slides to create in interactive quiz:


Josh W using Conditional Formatting in Google Sheets to create a picture:


Ashleigh F also using Conditional Formatting to create a quiz:


Tahlia F using Google Sheets to keep track of her data:


Ben B showing his knowledge about how cells are labelled in Google Sheets:


How great it is to see these skills going further and further each term! Keep up the great work!!

Path to Oz

On Monday the 6th of June, the Senior students will be running a market to raise money for Ozanam House. Ozanam House is a charity which helps give food and shelter to homeless men. The market will run from 2:30-4:30pm in the St Anne’s hall.  

At the Path to Oz there will be…

  • Delicious food
  • Fun exciting stalls
  • Prizes to be won
  • And much more!

You will have so much fun and don’t forget to bring some money to support Ozanam House. A few fun exciting stalls are : Lucky Dip, Claw Machine, Pop-dip, Red Apple and the Sweet Retreat! We can’t wait to see you all there.

All food purchased, needs to be eaten at home.


Congratulations to all our Year 6 students who were confirmed on Sunday. The students have spent the last few weeks preparing for this Sacrament. Their preparation involved some rich learning about spirit filled people and saints as well as participating in a reflection day last Friday.

We enjoyed celebrating this special occasion on Sunday with the students, families and sponsors.


Performing Arts


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This term the students were encouraged to explore a wide range of musical styles to share and reflect on their personal views about music they enjoy listening to. They created a personalised portfolio on a googledoc to represent their musical preferences with annotated examples. The students presented their folios to their peers with explanations relating to their choices. There were discussions about the wide variety of different preferences as well as some similarities, and they learned about how emotional responses are often linked to their choice of music. They were also introduced to the terminology of the elements of music, to assist them to describe their chosen pieces. The early part of the music program this term was spent on learning about the history and lyrics of our Australian national anthem. This was a really productive term and I enjoyed working with the senior students. In Term Two our focus changes as we move to Dance and Drama.





The Year 5/6 students have been learning about using strategies in games such as hoop cricket, bases cricket and hotshots tennis.  They have been developing the skill of the forehand strike.