Marriage Postal Vote – BTN

What? We are learning to understand about the marriage postal vote.

Why? This will expand our knowledge about how the government makes laws.

How? I will be able to answer the questions about the marriage postal vote.

Marriage Postal Vote – BTN Story 15/08/2017

Work with a partner to discuss and answer the following questions and post as a quality comment below.
1. Discuss the BTN Marriage Postal Vote story. What points were raised in the discussion?
2. Finish the following sentence: A postal vote will soon be held to decide….
3. Why is the issue not being decided by a plebiscite?
4. In a plebiscite, voting is optional. True or false?
5. Does the result of a plebiscite or postal vote automatically change the law?
6. Why are supporters of same-sex marriage not happy with the government holding a postal vote?
7. About how much will a postal vote cost?
8. Who will have the final say about whether same-sex marriage becomes legal?
9. What questions do you have after watching this story?

What is Manga Carta?

Watch the following two videos and read the interactive to find out about Magna Carta. Record key information in your investigation books and then post a quality comment answering the questions below.

What is Magna Carta? Splash Website (3.33)

Open and read this interactive – record key information in your investigation books as you read. 

1. What did you learn about what the Magna Carta is?

2. Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents in the world. What does this mean?

3. Why was Magna Carta originally created?

4. Magna Carta has become a powerful symbol of our rights and freedoms. What do you think life would be like if Magna Carta didn’t exist?

Levels of Government

What? We are learning about the levels of government in Australia.

Why? This will help us understand how our democracy system works.

How? I will be able to record key information as I watch the videos and then answer the questions and post as a quality comment.

BTN episode 31/5/16 – Levels of Government

Click on the link below to watch a 2.27 min video about the three levels of government in Australia.

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PEO website – Three levels of Government 

After watching both the BTN episode and the video from PEO website answer the following questions. You may need to do some further research to answer all of the questions.

1.  What are the three levels of government?

2.  Why do we have three levels of government?

3.  Name some responsibilities of each level of government?

4.  What happens when local, state and federal governments disagree?

5.  Why do you think we need three levels of government in Australia?

6. Which people (jobs) are connected with each level of government?

7. What sort of person do you think would make a good representative?

8. What was surprising for you?

Up for a challenge?

Try out this code breaking challenge for students aged 8-13 years old.

The ponds of wonder: Code Breaker 

Will I need anything to participate?

Some of the challenges will need you to use your mind, others your eyes and ears. It would be a good idea to have the following items with you as you play:

A notebook and pencil – to write down the codes as you solve them.

A printer (optional) – to print out some of the challenge sheets to work out, (sometimes it’s easier to work on a sheet of paper instead of staring at a screen).

Make sure that you have some headphones as some of the challenges will involve you having to listen to some music.

The original competition for prizes has closed but you can still enjoy solving the puzzles and can earn certificates for passing levels.

Have fun! 🙂 

Suzanne Cory Experience

On Friday the 18th of August the year 6 students had an amazing experience visiting Suzanne Cory High School. They were lucky enough to participate in a number of hands on science lessons. The visit also doubled as a transition day to give the year 6 students some insight to what it will be like at Secondary School. They conducted various experiments and further developed their science knowledge with support from the teachers and students at Suzanne Cory.

The activities included;

  • Methane bubbles
  • Rainbow fizz flame test
  • Red cabbage indicator
  • Dry ice
  • Motors

The biggest ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ definitely came from the methane bubbles session!

Press play below to watch a slide show of the fun filled day.

Fake News

BTN episode – Fake News: 29/11/2016

After watching the BTN episode post a quality comment answering the questions below.

  1. Give an example of a fake news story.
  2. Why are a lot of fake news stories created?
  3. Some are meant to deliberately trick people. Why?
  4. Why were experts worried about fake news stories during the US Presidential Election?
  5. What can readers do to be more aware of fake news stories?
  6. Why is it important to question everything you read online?
  7. What did you learn watching this story?

Robotics Workshop

The year 6 students were very lucky to experience an engaging Robotics Demonstration today. Sam from ‘Brainary’ visited to show us a special NAO robot. NAO is 58cm tall, autonomous, and fully programmable robot that can walk, talk, listen to you, and even recognise your face. The students learnt about how to code the robot and some lucky students were able to interact with him by giving him instructions to follow.  Press play to see a snapshot of the workshop.

 

What did you think of the workshop 6H?

The Gallipoli Story

BTN story 28/4/15 – The Gallipoli Story

  1. How many Australian soldiers fought at Gallipoli?
  2. Describe the plan that Britain came up with to defeat Germany.
  3. Which area did Britain want to take control of?
  4. Where in Turkey were Australian and New Zealand soldiers sent in?
  5. The Gallipoli campaign became a stalemate. What does that mean?
  6. What happened at the Battle of Lone Pine?
  7. What was a `drip rifle’ and how did it help Australian soldiers?
  8. How long did the Gallipoli campaign last?
  9. What do you understand more clearly since watching the Gallipoli story?

Year 6 to Year 7 Transition

2017 Year 6 Transition Forms (for 2018 Secondary Placements) and Information for Parents have gone out with each Year 6 student on Friday 21st April. Parents/Carers are asked to please read through this information carefully. The application form must be completed carefully and accurately, including 3 preferences for government school placements. All students are entitled to enrol at their designated neighbourhood government school (as per the Education and Training Reform Act 2006). If you have a confirmed placement in a non-government school please fill out Section 5, however if this is not confirmed you are to complete Section 4.
If further assistance or clarification is required we ask you to make contact with your child’s teacher.

Dates to remember:
Week 1, Term 2 Year 6 to Year 7 Information Packs are given out to students/families
Friday 12th May Parents/Carers return Application For Year 7 Placement forms
Wed 9th August Parents/Carers of Year 6 students are notified in writing of placement offers

Thank you,
Katie Scarrott (Year 6 Team Leader)
Rosemary Doherty (Assistant Principal)