Dig, Splash, Plant

The year 5’s hopped on the bus along with the three coastal ambassadors and teachers and parents that were willing to help. We arrived at our destination and had an introduction from the green army and Kim who works for the Moonee Valley Council. We got a start with handing out the gloves and getting separated into groups of six and seven. They also had helpers from the green army to help and show some examples of how to plant the plants. There was around about 350 plants that needed to be planted in the time limit of 2 hours. (The plants that were not planted the green army had to finish off and stay extra hours).

At least every year 5 planted more than two plants, shrub or seedling. When we started digging holes to plant the plants we had some trouble because of old grass and its roots still being there. After some time the planting got easier and people were getting the hang of it. At times it got hard because of rocks and roots but it was still fun. It was also hard when trying not to cut worms in half but still get deep enough to fit the plant in it. Overall the day was successful and everyone had a lot of fun.

Thankyou Ant Brock, Lee Pregnell, Leigh Richardson, Jude Ryan, Andrea Tye, David Pizzey, Cara Richardson, Kim from the Moonee valley council and The Green army!

Prepared Speech: What is bartering?

The definition of bartering is an action of the exchange of goods or services for other goods or services without the use of money. People still use bartering for vital needs, but back in the older days bartering was used more than once a day.

It is hard to imagine our world without money, isn’t it? And a long time ago there was no such thing. Before money was invented people had to get their needs and wants by trading the things they didn’t need for their vital needs and wants.

 The things people traded where all different types of things like animals, pottery and or other food sources. The rules for bartering are that they had to deal on the exchange and also they had to agree on the value.

Sooner or later people started to realise how easy money is to carry around instead of carrying big items like cows, bikes, horses or even fresh fruits or vegetables, to be traded.

Trading is a good way of getting the things you want with no money but the things you already possess. Say you have things in storage you never use well guess what other people could use those things a lot more than you do, why don’t you trade it for something you want.

 For example you got this great guitar for your birthday because you said you wanted to start lessons, all of a sudden you don’t want lessons, and this guitar means nothing to you but it sure would mean a lot to a guitarist who can trade you for something you want!

Like people say another man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Term 2 Reflection

In term 2 the year 5/6’s had a term subject of desert adaptations. In the term the students learnt about many things including adaptations and structural and behavioural features of organisms in the desert. In this term I studied termites I learnt about the basic things about termites like, what they eat, what type of termites there are, what they live in and how they survive in the desert I achieved a lot in my partnership and we put a visually appealing and scientifically correct project on the table.


  • In Northern Australia there are magnetic termite mounds these mounds are tall, thin and wide. And are built so that less surface area is directed at heat. I find this interesting because that must mean that termites are very smart and know what way north, south, east and west are.
  • Swarmer termites have wings, yet they are terrible flyers. They fly to a new spot to build the mound where that termite becomes the queen and loses its wings. I find this surprising because I learnt that nearly half of the termites don’t survive the journey to build another colony.
  • The boab tree can hold 100,000 litres. I find this very interesting because that is a lot of water for a tree trunk to hold.


  • I understand that organisms in the desert will sometimes get water from under the ground they do this by digging or sometimes they have tap roots.
  • I also understand that water and food is vital for survival in the desert.


  • How do the tap roots bring up the water?


What was the most important thing I have learnt?

The most important thing that I have learnt is that structural features are vital to organism’s survival. For example: Camouflage, making it self-look bigger and how or what it eats.

How did I learn it?

I learnt it from a lesson on structural features in class, the incursion from reptile encounters and presentation day where I learnt about a vast range of living organisms in the desert.

What am I going to do with what I have learnt?

Take this knowledge into high school where hopefully it can be useful in science when talkig about behavioural and structural features.

Final, refer to your unit goals that your created at the beginning of the term. Write about whether you achieved them and if so how you went about this.

  1. I will understand how animals and plants hydrate and grow in the desert. I think I covered this goal because I understand that most animals get their source of water from plants and plants hydrate themselves by tap roots which gives them there source of water. And we didn’t quite cover growing but I think the organisms expand by size and may be in height but definitely in size.
  2. I will test predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena. I think I achieved this goal because I always make predictions and Gathering data all make sense especially when making a graph with the data also using evidence to develop explanations of events, make sense and I have put into practise
  3. I will plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems. I believe I covered this as it all is clear because I have put this into practise at least 4-5 times and had successful results answering all my questions.

To conclude create a statement that summarizes what you have learnt in both section 1 and section 2.

I have learnt about organism’s survival in the desert and that behavioural and structural features for these organisms are definitely helpful.



100 Word Challenge: Lonely

Day 1, Year 1 :

Out here it is so alone,  it is like I’am the only one. Day after day of no company .would anyone come on a journey. It is like I am invisible. I am the only one.

Day 321 Year 1:

Out here it is so alone, It is like I am the only one. I saw a shooting star one day.  It was very bright. It nearly lit up my whole planet . You could say might.

Day 106 Year 5:

It has been a couple years and no one was in sight. It sure is sad to be alone . I am the only one.


Presentation Work on Term 1 topic!

This is mine and emily’s presentation it is about mirgration to Australia. Emily also posted this on her blog to see it visit:

This is our script:

EMILY: Hi I am Emily and today we are going to be interviewing Miss Tye. Today’s topic is Investigate the different types of migrants who arrived in Australia after World War II, in the 1970’s and recently. During this interview I will be asking her questions that we will know present to you. Hope you enjoy.

EMILY: Why did the British say Australia was theirs?

RUBY: Well the British immigrants where proud of Captain James cook who crowned Australia with the British flag. But Australia is made up of a lot of different countries. When Captain James Cook found Australia he stabbed the British flag in to the ground as you know and the British thought  a flag can make a country theirs.

EMILY: Who will stay in their country and why?

RUBY: Most people in other counties could not afford to come to Australia but they did with a suitcase and $1.  They made Australia their home by working hard and making money to stay here. But some people tried to get to Australia but the people wouldn’t let them get through. They didn’t expect them because people where, Sick, Death, Weak or poor

EMILY: Why did people from Greece and Italy leave their country?

RUBY: People from Greece and Italy both had country’s what were suitable to live in but they wanted to give their family a better life and plenty to eat.  They didn’t know what to expect but they stayed on the boat and came to Australia. The Greek civil war was happening in Greece from 1946 to 49. And in Italy they was world war 2 ,till 1940 to 1945

EMILY: How would everyone feel if the British took over Australia today?

  • RUBY: Australia is a multicultural country and many religious and cultural practices are enjoyed by everyone.
  • RUBY: ‘If the British took over Australia today it would be very hard for them because we have a lot of culturally different people in Australia now and we have out lawed the white Australia policy.’ But some people still believe in the white Australian Policy. I still believe that everyone in Australia is who they are and having different people in owe country is a culturally different learning experience.
  1. The White Australia Policywas the name given to a number of laws that stopped non-Europeans from coming to live in Australia. These laws started in 1901, and were undone from the 1950s to 1970s.


EMILY: Where else/could migrants have gone in the world

RUBY: Australia’s migration population is relatively large when compared with other Western nations. This means that not only more people are coming to Australia more than any other country, but it also means that people are deciding to come to us more than any other country But it really depends where they want to go to. These are some country’s that came to Australia: United Kngdom, New Zealand, Chaina, India, Philiphines, Vietnamese, Hong Kong, Greece, Germany, Poland, South Africa and Italy.

EMILY: Why might they have chosen Australia instead?

RUBY: Australia is a free country and you always have a chance to have your say (By voting). Unlike some other countries. Also there is no war or conflict. I believe there is no war of conflict over here because Australia is a free country  and people move over here to escape them.

EMILY: What might happen in a country if most people left their country and came to Australia?

RUBY: Well if most people left their country to come to Australia it would mean there would be fewer people in that country and more in Australia. That would affect the country’s that people came from because they wouldn’t have the same amount of people as they had before.

EMILY: Which part of Africa did most people leave from?

RUBY:Europe and Asia is traditionally  the largest sources of migration to Australia. In 2005-2006, permanent settlers arrivals to Australia it included approximately 3,800 Sudanese and 4,000 South Africans. The majority 72.6% of African emigrants to Australia are Southern and Eastern Africa.

EMILY: Why did they leave Africa?


Egypt: Family Heritage with Europeans,  Freedom and Yom Kuppur war, Libyan-Egyptian War.

South Africa: South African Border war and Soweto Uprising War

Eriteria: Ethio Somali War

Sudan: a Drought and Famine , caused by lack of rain, and first Sudan civil war

South Sudan: Drought, Famine, South Sudan civil war and damage from South Sudan’s civil war

Ethopia: War and Conflict, Famine and Drought is because of the things that surround them.

Kenya: Choice

Zimbabwe: Second Chimurenga/Rhodesian Bush War

EMILY: Thanks for coming in today that concludes our questions and the show bye. Continue reading

Goals For Semester 1

A goal I would like to meet is to understand decimals. Because I do not understand them .A way I could do this is by doing simple maths equations that could equal a decimal and learn how decimals are made and where they are used. I would also like to improve in my Grammar .Because I do not understand it. A way I could do this is by checking over my writing and asking myself questions like: Does it make sense?

I would also like to be able to think flexibly. I can do this by having more than 10 ideas and by doing brainstorms. And I want to be able to take my time. I can do this by Re-reading, Checking and Thinking what I am going to write/say.