Friday, 17 November 2017

The original A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

In class this week we will do auditions for the major parts of our end of year radio play 'A Seussified Christmas Carol' and then begin rehearsals. For those who are interested in reading the original story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the image below will take you to a digital copy of the book (Gutenberg Library). 

Please note this is 'A Ghost Story of Christmas'.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Cartography: Murray-Darling Basin

With  the blank map of the Murray-Darling Basin and the cartography sticker sheet, create a map showing the following:
  • 3 main rivers
  • 8 towns or cities
  • Farming regions: cotton, hay, livestock, horticulture, vegetables
  • Man made features: dams, weirs, barrages, fish traps
  • Natural Features: forest, murray cod, pelican
Make sure you write them neatly and presentable.

Use this PDF to find most of your information

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Geography: River Kids Inquiry Task- Rookie Reporter Training

BtN have put together this great page on how to be a rookie reporter. It will be useful for those presenting their River Kids inquiry task as a News Report. There are also some useful audio and video assets to help put your production together.

Click below to go to the BtN page

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Run the River: a water sharing challenge

Run the River – a water sharing challenge is a free, interactive game designed for Apple and Android devices. The app has been developed with historic and modelled data from the Murray–Darling Basin.
Run the River combines elements of the natural water cycle with the challenges of balancing water use between various water consumers including the river mouth, wetlands, farms, towns and cities.
Players must control water releases from the dam and balance water use between wetlands, farms and communities along the river.
Watch out! Difficulty increases with each level as players manage new challenges including flood, drought, salinity, groundwater and increased water demand.
More information can be found at

Friday, 23 June 2017

History Fair - Monday 26th June

Congratulations to everyone who presented at the History Fair and I hope you were rewarded for all the effort you put in. I heard many teachers commenting about the wonderful presentations they were seeing. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful day.

Below are a few pictures from the day, more can be found in the Gallery.

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Heather Galler Art

In class we have been using these wonderful aquarelle pens to create an artwork in the style of Heather Galler. The pens work similar to a paint brush and have a brush like nib that is slightly flexible.

Heather Galler's work is created in a colourful, folk are style, and has captured the imagination of dog and cat lovers throughout the world. A Galler portrait is like no other pet portrait you've seen.

More photos can be found in the Gallery

Inspired by Heather Galler

Inspired by Heather Galler

Inspired by Heather Galler

Inspired by Heather Galler

Inspired by Heather Galler

Friday, 26 May 2017

Gold Rush: Victorian Goldfields 1865

The year is 1865 and there's a gold rush on in Australia. You are about to journey to the Victorian goldfields to join thousand of others trying to strike it rich. You will find yourself in Ballarat, where you can buy all you need for life on the  goldfields. While the game is loading see if you can find all the mining tools in the next image.

Click the image below to begin

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Gold Rush Game: Can you strike it rich?


PLAYERS: For 1-4 players

AIM OF THE GAME: To strike it rich!

RULES: Every player starts with 100 points. You pay 10 points each time you take a turn. You will face a number of challenges and you must decide the best thing to do. You will win or lose points based on the wisdom of your decisions - and how lucky you are!

The winner is the player with the most points at the end. Good luck!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Excursion: Convict Footprints

In conjunction with our Semester One History unit of work ‘The Australian Colonies’, we went on an excursion to Dharug National Park and participating in a guided walk on the Old Great North Road. Students were able to step back in time to 1830 and meet actors dressed as convicts, soldiers and local Aboriginal people. They demonstrated how they built the road, difficulties in managing convicts and the impacts on native land. It was a terrific excursion.
Excursion: Convict Footprints

Excursion: Convict Footprints
Excursion: Convict Footprints

Incursion: Japanese Taiko Drumming

On Tuesday morning, we were fortunate enough to participate in some Japanese Taiko Drumming. All students had the opportunity to go on stage and have a lesson on how to drum and how to be part of a team. It was a very enjoyable morning.

Monday, 8 May 2017

I want to re-design my room: If you can convince your parents, you can convince anyone!! (Persuasive writing/Mathematics)

A major problem in writing a persuasive text is working out the arguments of the “other side”  and responding to those arguments. The following class task will help you see the need to work out the other point of view before writing any argument. 

You are older now and your room is not as wonderful as it once was.  It is time to try convince your parents to let you re-design your room.

When you go to ask them they reply: 


and give you the following objections:
  1. It’s too expensive.
  2. You never even clean your room anyway; why re-design if it is just going to be messy?
  3. You already spend too much time there.  We only see you at meals as it is now.
  4. or You never spend any time in your room; why should we bother?
  5. Your brother (sister) is going to feel left out.  We can’t start redecorating everyone’s room.
  6. Your taste in interior decoration is questionable.  We can’t paint ceilings and walls in school colours or indulge in other such fads. :)
  7. I’ll end up doing all the work.  I don’t have the time or the energy.
  8. I said “No!”
Task AWrite a persuasion (exposition) that will convince your parents to change their mind.

The audience for your persuasion are your parents - an audience opposed to what you have to say. You must use direct speech and powerful words, though respectful and appropriate, to convince them of your side of the issue. This is done by providing arguments against the 8 objections from your parents. You may find it difficult to convince them on all nine objections, just do your best (7 out of 8 objections could still convince your parents to say yes).

  Position: (outlines the issue and your point of view)
  Body: P.E.E.L. (see below)
  Conclusion: (restating position and main arguements)

Words that you could use in your persuasion:
  • sale  special  professional  improved  discount  affordable  important  quality  guaranteed  value  bargain  sensational  reduced  better

Task B: Create a plan of how your new room will look.

Use an iPad to get some ideas
  1. Create a sketch of the floor plan  and think about the scale that you are going to use. 
  2. Make an accurate scaled drawing based on your sketch (A3)

Task C: Create a 3D CAD model of your room.

  1. Use TinkerCAD to create your CAD model. Parent permission is required to create an account.
    I will go through the basics of this program with the class, before anyone starts.
  2. When it is complete, send it to me for printing. I will check it for errors and once fixed, it can be printed.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Class Novel: The Night They Stormed Eureka by Jackie French

This term we are reading the book The Night They Stormed Eureka by Jackie French. The subject matter fits well with our history unit and the book is set at the right level to cover our Stage 3 comprehension outcomes. The work we do with this book is self-paced, although you are still required to finish this and the assigned work by the end of the term. If you are finding it difficult to complete the reading in class, it is suggested you get a copy from the local library, bookstore or eBook. You may also borrow your class book to read before school starts, unfortunately these are not permitted to go home.

Local Library: Free
Kindle Ebook is $8.99
Booktopia is $13.40

A story about dreams, gold, rebellion ... and an unlikely friendship across time It's 1854, and the Ballarat goldfields are a place of dreams and rebellion as Sam, a homeless teenager, is called back to the past to join the Puddlehams, who run 'the best little cook shop on the diggings'. the Puddlehams dream of buying a hotel with velvet seats, while others dream of freedom from the British crown, away from the rule of wealthy landowners and corrupt officials. As the summer days get hotter, and the miners' protests are ignored with catastrophic results, Sam experiences first-hand the power of a united stand which will change her life forever.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

On May 17th we will be going on an excursion called Convict Footprints (Dharug National Park), where we will learn about the Old Great North Road and the people involved in it's construction.

A permission note has gone home with details, for further information you can visit Dharug National Park - Convict Footprints.

Patrick and Clarke in the quarry

Excursion Path

Monday, 10 April 2017

Ballad Writing about Ned Kelly

In response to the work we have been doing on Black Snake: The Daring of Ned Kelly, students were asked to write a ballad. The ballad had to be in first person and be from the perspective of Ned or someone that was close to him, looking back at his life.

We were a little rushed to get these completed before the end of the term. Hopefully when we come back from the holidays, we can record a few more.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Ned Kelly: Sidney Nolan - The Trial

To go along with our class novel 'Black Snake: The Daring of Ned Kelly', we have looked at the work of Sidney Nolan, specifically his Ned Kelly series. We based our artwork on 'The Trial', although we simplified it to a close up portrait. We made sure to keep the red and white checkerboard floor, as it is an integral part of the original artwork. 

Ned Kelly: Sidney Nolan - The Trial Ned Kelly: Sidney Nolan - The Trial

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Karaoke: Stringybark Creek by The Bushwackers 5NR 2017

A little karaoke fun! This song is based around the incidents that occurred at Stringbark Creek between Ned Kelly and the Police.

Stringybark Creek by The Bushwackers

A sergeant and three constables rode cut from Mansfield town
Near the end of last October for hunt the Kellys down.
They headed for the Wombat Hills and thought it quit lark
To be camped along the borders of creek called Stringybark.

Scanlon and the sergeant rode away to search the scrub
Leaving McIntyre and Lonigan in camp to cook the grub.
Ned Kelly and his comrades came to take a nearer look
For being short of flour they wished to interview the cook.

Both troopers at a stump alone they were well pleased to see.
Watching as the billy boiled to make their pints of tea
They joked and chatted gaily never thinking of alarm
Till they heard the dreaded cry behind "Bail Up, thrown down your arms!"

The traps they started wildly, Mac then firmly stood
While Lonigan made tracks to gain cover of the wood.
Brave Kelly muttered sadly as he loaded up his gun
Oh what a flaming peanut, he passed there by their gun

Later in the afternoon the sergeant and his mate
came and riding glumly through the bush to made a curly fight
The Kellys have to drop on you till McIntyre react
But the troopers thought it was a joke and sat their horses proud.

Trooper Scanlan make a move his rifle to unsling
But to his heart a bullet sped and death was in its sting.
Then Kennedy lept from his mount and ran for cover near
And bravely fought unto the last for all that he held dear

McIntyre, his life at stake, rode off for Mansfield town.
He broke the news that made men vow to shoot the Kellys down
So from that hour The Kelly gang was hunted far and wide
Until the day they died. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Ned Kelly: Wanted

To go along with our class novel 'Black Snake: The Daring of Ned Kelly', we created these wanted posters. We started by scrunching up our A3 paper several times to get some nice creases and then trying to flatten it all out again. We then stained the paper using tea and stress the edges. We looked at several different portraits of Ned Kelly and students were able to chose the one they would like to base their work on. We also focused on the WANTED text and how to plan so that it is placed correctly with a specific font design. The students did a wonderful job.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Great Aussie Bush Camp

I hope everyone is recovering well from the three wonderful days at The Great Aussie Bush Camp. I have quite a few photos to show you. Unfortunately we will need to view them at school as most are with students from other classes and I am unable to post them online.

Here are a couple of photos you may find entertaining:

Did we go to an Activity Camp?

Or, was it a Day Spa?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


Welcome to 5NR''s class blog. You will find your homework on the page link above. We will start in Week 6 where you should have started your Curiosity Journal and have written a few topics and ideas that you are curious about. At the same time you will also need to complete Unit 6 of your Mentals, as well as 30 minutes (at least) of reading each school day.

Your homework is due each Friday, if it is not at school, it is marked as incomplete. If you have any questions about the homework, we will be discussing it more in class as we go along and you are more than welcome to ask any questions.

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Monday, 20 February 2017

The Great Aussie Bush Camp

The Great Aussie Bush Camp facility near the coastal towns of Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, is situated within a historically unique and truly authentic Australian environment. Located near the pristine beaches of Port Stephens and the magnificent Myall Lakes, it’s the perfect outdoor education and recreation learning environment.

At Tea Gardens we offer tailor-made and curriculum-centred outdoor education based teaching and learning experiences. Depending on each school’s needs, different programs can be developed to achieve student outcomes from across all stages of learning and curriculum areas.