Mr Steele




We are very grateful for the opportunity to have Mr Steele work with our class over the past 3 weeks. It has been wonderful sharing his enthusiasm and exciting new ideas. He taught us all about triangles, polygons and fractions. He shared many great videos about environmental issues and even taught us some new games in sport. It was great having him here to help with our learning.

Contour Lines and Potato Mountains

Continuing our mapping skills we discovered contour lines on a map.
Contour lines are lines of constant height.
It was great doing something different today in maths and learning about contour lines. We used a potato and marked every centimetre on the side of the potato to show the height. When the lines are joined you can see the changing height and some sides are steep and some gradual slopes.

measuring the sides

I think that this Maths lesson taught me a lot as I discovered how a mountain is shown on a map. I know understand how to draw a mountain on a map and how to recognise one.







Using Compasses

Today we had fun experimenting with compasses. With a partner we planned a route outside on the oval area. We wrote compass directions and gave the number of steps for distance. We then left a note at the end so the pair would know where they were headed.

Hailey and Sam

I thought that this activity was really fun and a great way to work together. We learnt alot about compasses and how they work to tell directions. The needle inside a compass is made from lodestone. The magnetic force around the world makes the compass needle turn and face north.


Hannah and Braden

We thought this maths activity definitely helped us to learn how a compass works. It was great to write and set out directions for others to use. It helped us work as a team co-operate better as well.

DSC_0567Chloe and Mark

Using compasses taught me a lot about directions and magnetism. It was fun giving directions to another group to locate our treasure. It certainly helped me to understand North, South, East and West.DSC_0565DSC_0572


Holly and Jon

We learnt about compasses are made and what makes them point north. The lodestone needle in the compass is drawn to the magnetic north pole of the earth.DSC_0568

Siobhon and Georgia

Today’s lesson was challenging. We had to learn how to use the compass and make sure we knew where north was. It was great planning a treasure hunt leaving notes along the way for another group to follow.DSC_0569



Tim and Imogen

It was great having our maths lesson outside today. It was a great way to learn and collaborate in pairs.DSC_0560

DSC_0561Vanessa and Riley

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DSC_0564James and Corinne

Transformation and Symmetry in Shapes








I learnt that there are mathematical terms for flip=reflection, slide=translation, turn=rotation and zoom=enlargement.

Today I learnt that when a shape is rotated it can go in a clockwise direction in 180 degrees. So our angles helped us to rotate shapes.

Symmetry is a mirror image which is relective symmetry. There is also rotational symmetry which is when there is more than one line of symmetrical when the shape is turned.

I discovered that ASYMMETRICAL means that a shape has no lines of symmetrical. Reflective symmetry is one line of symmetry in a shape. Rotational symmetry is in shapes that have more than one line of symmetry like in a star, circle or octagon.

Vertical Multiplication

Maths by markfwu on GoAnimate


I made this video to show people how to do vertical multiplication and more importantly how easy it is. The problem that I tried to solve was:

“There were 111 pies in my first batch then I cooked 21 more batches. How many pies did I have altogether?”

It cost $345 for a new iPod.  The school was buying one for the class of 17 students. How much would it cost for all those iPods?


Graphing Our Family Origins

In maths we are learning about probability, statistics, data and graphs. We have discovered many new and unusual graphs including the stem and whisker graph, a donut graph, a dot plot and a divided bar graph.
Today we collected data on our Family’s country of origin. We were surprised to see that all of our families originally came from Europe, considering there are many Asian and African families represented in our school. We all came from the North West part of Europe.
We created a variety of graphs using an excel spread sheet to show the countries of origin.
It was a fun way to learn more about Statistics and Data.



bar graph

Spectacular Decimals

In the words of Holly we have had some ‘quirky learning’ this week about Decimals. There were many “AAHHH” Moments as Decimals began to make sense this week.
We have learnt to make, compare, order, add, subtract and multiply decimals.
We used our Money to help us understand how and when we use decimals in real life and we have also used various Youtube videos to enhance our learning and understanding.

I have learnt that decimal numbers are greater than zero but less than one. 0 – 1
If you multiply decimals the number will be lower but if you divide a decimal by a decimal the number will increase.

I learnt that decimals are related to fractions. They are the tenths, hundredths and thousandths. I can use decimals with money. I can add, subtract and multiply decimals.

Chess Club

For 5 years now we have had a Chess Club running at school. It is an extra-curricula activity and it is held during lunchtimes every Monday.
Students from Prep to Grade 6 play together. The older students mentor and coach the younger students.
Chess is played around the world and is compulsory in many Russian schools, as it promotes such fanatstic maths and strategy skills.
Students at our school enjoy playing with the large chess pieces as it can be set up outside and played in the sunshine.
The older students participate in Chess tornaments with other schools and enjoy the challenge of the competition.
It is a great social activity and the collaboration between students of all age levels is greatly beneficial in developing peer relationships and Student Wellbeing..

Maths – Measuring at Home

Many classes at school have been making new discoveries about measuring. They have solved many problems and worked in groups to find out more about Volume, Capacity, Mass, Length, Time, Temperature and Area.
The whole school was set the challenge of cooking at home using a variety of measures. Below are some of our wonderful mathematicians measuring and baking at home.

Here are some photos of Madeline and Caitlin making pizza dough. They love cooking and they do it quite regularly. The girls always spend at least half their weekend playing My Kitchen Rules in the backyard and cubby house with dirt, sand, water, grass, leaves and flowers. Caitlin and Madeline often cook with their Mum and now they are making sure they talk about the measurements also.

Here is a photo of Hannah enjoying her very last Anzac biscuit which she baked last Thursday. She did everything including reading the recipe, measuring the ingredients and mixing it all together, completely unassisted. The only thing she didn’t do was the dishes afterwards!! The vote from the rest of the family was VERY GOOD! The Anzac biscuits disappeared very quickly.

It is great to hear all the different ways that parents and children are measuring at home.

What have you measured lately?