How to Save a Life

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Learning, Special Event | Posted on July 27, 2015

Today we met Annie from St John First Aid. St John Ambulance Victoria deliver free first aid training to schools and our whole school participated in a session today.

 

 

Annie taught us the basics of first aid and how we might be able to help save a life one day.

 

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Danger – It is important to check for danger. Are you safe? Is everyone else safe? If it is safe to do so, approach the patient.

Response – Ask the patient “Can you hear me?” If you don’t get any response, move a little closer (as long as it is still safe) and squeeze the person’s shoulders.

Send for Help – Phone 000 or ask someone else to phone

Airway – Check that the airway is clear. We practised our ‘pistol grip’ to tilt our heads back slightly.

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We practised our ‘pistol grip’ to open our airways

 

Breathing – Check if the person is breathing. If they are breathing, place them in the recovery position.

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Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – If the person is NOT breathing, start CPR.  If you don’t know the person and you don’t have a face shield, it is okay to just do the compressions.

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Measure so that you place your hands in the correct spot

Measure so that you place your hands in the correct spot.

Lean over the person, make sure your arms are straight and press one third of the chest depth down.

Lean over the person, make sure your arms are straight and press one third of the chest down.

 

Defibrillation – If you have one, send someone to get the defibrillator. Follow the instructions on it.
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What first aid skills do you have?

Have you ever done a first aid course? Tell us about it!

 

Let Us Eat Lettuce!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Literacy | Posted on July 23, 2015

Today we didn’t eat our normal lunch…or even have it at the normal time! We grated, sliced, diced, peeled and chopped a variety of fruits and vegetables before we crunched and munched our way through salad sandwiches and fruit salads.

Our regular blog followers will know that we are learning about procedural texts at the moment. What better way to learn than by actually following a procedure and writing about it afterwards!

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Follow our procedures and you too can have a fruity feast and a super salad spread!

How to Make a Salad Sandwich and Fruit Salad
(Makes approximately 45 sandwiches and small fruit salads)

 

Aim: To make a salad sandwich and fruit salad

Ingredients:
-4 loaves of bread
-Butter/margarine
-1.5 bags of grated cheese
-3 lettuces
-2 bags of carrots
-2 cucumbers
-11 apples
-6 oranges
-8 bananas

Equipment:
-Knives
-Graters
-Large Bowls
-Napkins
-Small bowls

Method:

Salad Sandwiches
1. Wash all fruit and vegetables
2. Grate the carrots (and place in a small bowl)
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3. Slice the cucumber into thin pieces (and place in a small bowl)
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4. Shred the lettuce into smallish pieces (and place in a bowl)
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5. Butter the bread (optional)
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6. Pour the cheese into a bowl

 

7. Make your sandwich by placing your favourite ingredients between the slices of bread
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8. Eat it!
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9. Clean up!
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Fruit Salad
1. Peel the oranges, segment them into pieces and chop the pieces into thirds (and place in a small bowl)
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2. Cut the apples into small chunks (and place in a small bowl)
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3. Peel the bananas and cut them into thin slices (and place in a small bowl)
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4. Clean up

 

5. Place pieces of your favourite fruits into a small bowl
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6. Eat it!

 

You should now have a delicious sandwich and fruit salad to enjoy…and a clean kitchen area.

 

Our #globalpal Snappy joined us too!
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Which verbs (doing words) can you spot in our procedure?

 

What ingredients would you put in your ideal salad sandwich? Fruit salad?

 

Procedures & Preps!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Literacy | Posted on July 17, 2015

This week we have been preparing procedures for our prep buddies!

A procedural text tells you how to do something. It might be how to cook something, build something, play something or travel somewhere. Procedures come in all shapes and sizes. From recipes to Google Map directions, procedures are everywhere. You have probably even followed one today!

Procedures have certain things in common. They have an aim, materials/equipment, steps/method/how to… and a concluding sentence that might be a tip, offer safety advice or just tell you what your finished product should look like.

Working with a partner, we chose a ‘thing’ to teach our prep buddies. It had to be something that a five year old would like and be able to do within ten minutes. When we were writing our procedures we thought about the needs of our audience. We had to use clear instructions and include diagrams or photos to support our words.

 

You can read some of our procedures below:
 

 

 

 

Today we tested out the effectiveness of our procedures. We read them to our younger friends who had to follow them. We were very happy to see our instructions in action!

 

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What procedures do you use most?

 

What do you think makes a procedure easy to understand?

 

 

We’re Back!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Classroom | Posted on July 13, 2015

Today was our first day of Term Three. There was lots of excited chatter before school, with people sharing stories of holiday adventures.

Each morning when we do the roll (you might call it the register, depending where you live in the world) we ask a question. When our name is called, instead of saying ‘Here’ or ‘Yes’ we answer the question. The question has to be one that can be answered quickly so that we can start our learning for the day. Emily supplied this morning’s question which was ‘What was the highlight of your holidays?’

Some of our answers were:

– Playing football in the mud

– Going to a farm for a week

– Going to the movies

– Playing with my baby cousin

– Going shopping

 

At the start of each term we always do a team challenge. Today’s challenge was to work with a partner to crack the codes below. Each capital letter stands for word. The first one has been done for you!

33 S in 5/6 T = 33 Students in 5/6 Team

12 M in a Y

8 T on an O

7 D in a W

4 S in a Y

7 D in S W

26 L in the A

What do you like to do in the holidays?

 

Can you crack the codes?

Have you got a code for us to crack?

Tell us in a comment!

 

Year 7s for a Day!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Special Event | Posted on June 21, 2015

Last week we headed off to Wallan Secondary College for a ‘Taster Day’. The day was so named because it was designed to give us all a ‘taste’ of Secondary School life as we pretended to be Year 7s for a day.

After meeting some real Year 7s, we had a quick tour of the school before our first lesson which was followed by lunch and another lesson. Throughout the day we participated in Indonesian and food technology or music and woodwork.

 

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Photo courtesy of Mrs Gurney, WSC

 

Taster 3

Photo courtesy of Mrs Gurney, WSC

 

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Taster 1

 

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We enjoyed meeting different teachers, trying new subjects and catching up with our 2014 Grade 6 friends who are now in Year 7.

At the very end of the day we were lucky enough to have a Question and Answer session with a group of Year 7 students.

Thank you to Ms Lasslett, Mrs Gurney and Mr Ellis for inviting us and organising a great day of learning and fun.

What did you like most about the Taster Day?

 

If you already go (or have already been) to Secondary School, what are/were your favourite subjects? Why?

 

Artist Trading Cards

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Art, Collaboration | Posted on June 15, 2015

Earlier this year, Mrs Smith and 5/6CS in Tasmania invited us to create and swap Artist Trading Cards.

Upper Plenty Primary School and Montagu Bay Primary School students last completed this project back in 2013 and it was great to be working with Mrs Smith and her class again. Click HERE to see the 2013 Artist Trading Cards project.

Artist Trading Cards are a set of three small, original cards. Artist Trading Cards originate from Switzerland and many people believe M. Vänçi Stirnemann is the person responsible for making them popular today.  The cards can have any theme the artist desires and you can use paint, crayons, pencils or any other medium to make them.

Here are some of our Artist Trading Cards:

 

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Opening the parcel from Tasmania was very exciting. We lucky dipped a set of cards from the box. It was interesting to see all the wonderful cards and nature themes chosen by 5/6CS. We are not allowed to trade ‘Footy Cards’ at UPPS but we were allowed to trade our Artist Trading Cards!

 

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Jolly George, our visiting Global Pal, was very excited to join in the fun. He even got his own set of ATC!

 

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Jolly George couldn’t wait to take his cards out of their special card jacket

 

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One very happy dragon with his Artist Trading Cards

 

What would you draw on your Artist Trading Cards?

 

Have you ever traded cards with other people? Tell us about it!

 

 

Genius Hour

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Genius Hour, Special Event | Posted on June 3, 2015

Over the last ten weeks we have been working on our Genius Hour projects.

The rules of Genius Hour are simple:
1. Learn at least one new skill
2. Create something to share and present at our exhibition

We started our projects with a plan. We had to sketch a design or write about what we were planning on making. This involved research about the best materials and procedure we would need to follow. When our plan was approved we began the construction phase of Genius Hour. This phase was different for everyone as we had a large variety of projects.

The video below shows parts of our Genius Hour journey.

 

 

In addition to learning new skills from creating our actual project, we all learnt about time management, persistence, organisation and lateral thinking. Even things that we thought were going to be easy, ended up being harder than we thought.

Today we celebrated our learning and achievements with family and friends at our Genius Hour Exhibition.

 

 

Our visiting Global Pal, Jolly George, was a special guest.

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Jolly George enjoyed playing with Campbell’s ‘Drinkinator 3000’

 

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Jolly George sharpened his dragon claws on Daniel’s cat scratching post

 

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Jolly George tried his hand at some magic

 

Jolly George made a new friend - Hugo the goat.

Jolly George made a new friend – Hugo the goat

 

What do you like best about Genius Hour?

 

What do you think is the most important thing Genius Hour teaches people?

 

If you could do a Genius Hour project, what would you choose? Why?

 

How would you make Genius Hour even better?

 

Bounce Back and Be Happy!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Learning | Posted on June 2, 2015

Resilient people are happier people. Everyone has days where they feel a little low but resilient people know that these times won’t last for ever. They cope with challenges and don’t let things get them down for long. They ‘Bounce Back’.

We defined “resiliency” as being able to…

 

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We watched Bradley Trevor Grieve’s ‘The Blue Day Book for Kids’ which is full of wonderful ways to feel good. Different people have different ways of cheering themselves up. Take a look and see if your best tip for bouncing back is included.

 

 

Here are some of the ways we ‘Bounce Back’ from ‘Blue Days’…

 

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How do you show resilience?

 

 

Crack the Code with Maths!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Numeracy, School Event | Posted on May 21, 2015

This week is Education Week in Victoria, Australia. It is a week dedicated to sharing and showcasing the wonderful things that happen in schools all around the state. Each year Education Week has a focus and this year’s focus is maths.

This year’s challenge was to ‘get involved, intrigued and inspired by maths’ and that is exactly what everyone at Upper Plenty Primary School did!

Monday was Maths Day. The whole school was divided into small groups with students from Foundation all the way to Grade Six. Each group participated in four rotations with four different teachers. The students in 5/6 Team had a list of group members and made sure everyone made it safely to their next destination.

All the activities were maths based. Activities ranged from ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’ to ‘Tangram Pictures’. It was great fun completing different activities with different teachers and different students.

 

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After lunch we split into two groups; a Foundation to Grade Two group and a Grade Three to Grade Six group, for a maths relay. It went like this:

1. Form a team of six students (there had to be students from different year levels in each team)

2. First person in the team runs to a student leader in the middle of the oval/basketball court to collect a card with a maths question on

3. Run back to team

4. Solve the problem as a team

5. New runner races back to the student leader and gives them the team’s answer. If the answer is correct, the team gets a new question

6. Continue until time is up

At the end of the relay all teams received an envelope with their correctly answered questions. Teams added up their scores and celebrated their correct answers.

 

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Teams racing to the student leaders for the next question.

 

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Solving the problem as a team

 

Below is a copy of the Grade 3 – 6 questions in case you want to play at home!

 

What do you like most about maths?

 

What maths have you done today? (It doesn’t have to be at school!)

 

 

 

Having a Ball in 5/6 Team!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Sport | Posted on May 15, 2015

Miss Fenech, UPPS’s PE and Science teacher, has a class blog too.

Click HERE to read her latest post. It’s all about our PE session this week!

We are practising our basketball skills so that we are ready to participate in ‘Hooptime’ later in the year. The wordsearch below comes from the people who organise Hooptime.
 

What ‘basketball’ words can you find? Tell us in a comment!

 

D R A O B K C A B O F F E N C E L
L P I V O T X H E L B B I R D K R
A C H E S T P A S S K C O L B L P
Y J D R T R U O C K C A B Y L X I
U U R H L O W P O S T A C A L L C
P M A E O O M P Z A M T B L E F K
S P U A D C E N T R E T D S O F A
W B G D L U Z G A J E N K F R O N
O A G P T U N H P K U N F O D R D
R L I A S U M K S O G E N T J W R
H L V S O C C A B I N T Z O U A O
T D E S P K B E N C C W O H M R L
E R A J H A R O E O K Y N S P D L
E I N A G D Q B U V N E E T S F P
R V D B I S C R E E N M Y E H M A
F E G T H T T O T E K S A S O S E
A H O O K S H O T S S A P N T T Y

 

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