Games Galore!


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, Sport | Posted on December 8, 2015

One of the best things about having a class blog is participating in projects with other schools. For one of our last projects of the year we are sharing procedures about how to play games with our friends, Mrs Monaghan and A Room with A View in England and Mrs Yollis in America.

Beanbag Toss



Origami Rabbit (technically not a game, but still fun to do!)



Duck, Duck, Goose



Australian Rules Football

Australian Rules Football is a very popular game in Australia. It is quite a different version of football to the one our friends in A Room with a View play.

There are many, many rules to this game. We have included the main ones in our procedure. If you want to learn more about the rules, click HERE.


What is your favourite game to play? Why?


Can you teach us a game?


Artist Trading Cards


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:




















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!










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



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





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!



The Eagle Has Landed!


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, School Event, Special Event, Twitter | Posted on April 5, 2015

‘The eagle has landed’ is a pretty famous saying and one that we borrowed on the last day of term. An astronaut named Neil Armstrong originally said it in July 1969 when a lunar module he was in called Eagle landed on the moon.

Regular blog followers will know that our first global project for the year is #globalpal with Mrs Monaghan, Ms Shannon and Mrs Yollis. Last week, Liberty landed at Upper Plenty.

Josephine, our UPPS Global Pal is spending the next few weeks with Ms Shannon in the Northern Territory. We are looking after Liberty who is originally from California, USA but has spent the last few weeks with Mrs Monaghan in Middleham, UK.

Liberty arrived just in time for our school holidays – he flew in with the last post before the end of term. When the parcel was delivered to our classroom we used the clues on the envelope to predict the contents. You can tell a lot from the stamps and stickers on a parcel!



Major Clue: The parcel contained a soft toy and Mrs Monaghan had packed it.



We also discovered that it cost five pounds and five pence to send the parcel.


At first we guessed it was Jolly George, Mrs Monaghan and Middleham’s global pal. However, then we realised that we had been reading blog posts about Liberty spending time in England so we changed our prediction.




We gave Liberty a very quick tour of Upper Plenty and introduced him to Ezmond, our school dragon. Yes, you read that correctly – we have a dragon at school!



Liberty also joined in with Earth Hour. He was in charge of switching off the lights. He told us that the light switches in Australia are different to the ones he saw in England.  For 60 minutes, no one at Upper Plenty used any power. There were no lights, no computers, no announcements…nothing!

Earth Hour is really held on the last Saturday in March. However, as we would not be at school then, we held ours a little earlier. Earth Hour is a lights off event that started in Sydney in 2007. In 2014, 162 countries and territories participated. Click HERE to read more about Earth Hour.



Liberty is taking it easy over the school holidays. Stay tuned for more adventures once school starts on April 13th.

What should we show Liberty during his stay at UPPS?


Did you participate in Earth Hour? Tell us about it!


Have you participated in a global project? What was it?


Global Pal Project #globalpal


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, Literacy, Twitter | Posted on March 1, 2015

We are excited to be starting our first global project for 2015! You can read about some of our past projects under the ‘Collaborative Projects’ tab at the top of the page.

Our ‘Global Pal’ project involves four global pals from four different schools around the world. We are very much looking forward to working with our friends from last year’s Twitter projectMrs Monaghan and Class 3 in England, Mrs Yollis and her third graders in America and Ms Shannon from the Northern Territory.

After lots of discussion and voting, each class selected a global pal. This pal is a mascot which will represent the class as it travels the world. Throughout the project (which runs until the end of July) each mascot will spend time in the three other classes. We will be using Twitter to communicate with the ‘owner’ of the mascot. We will be learning about the other country’s:

* Location (hemisphere, latitude, longitude, local terrain etc.)

* Currency

* Weather

* Favourite foods

* School and subjects being learnt

* After school activities

* Any special holidays or celebrations that might be happening


Liberty is Mrs Yollis’ class mascot.


Jolly George is Mrs Monaghan and Class 3’s mascot.

Jolly George

Snappy is Ms Shannon and Oskar’s mascot.


Josephine is our class mascot.


A number of animals were suggested as our global pal mascot. Josephine was the winner! We think a kangaroo is the perfect pal for us to send to other schools; they are native to Australia and we can often see them from our classroom windows.

She is named Josephine, after Josephine from the book ‘Josephine Wants to Dance’.  Josephine is taking the book with her to read to the other classes she visits. You can watch it here, thanks to the a lady named  Pam Gonzalez and the wonders of YouTube!

Liberty is currently making the long journey from England, where he has been visiting Mrs Monaghan’s class, to Upper Plenty. We are eagerly awaiting his arrival!

You can follow our #globalpal project on Twitter.

 What do you think we should show Liberty first?


Have you ever done a project with students in another class? Tell us about it!


Korean Christmas Conference Call


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration | Posted on December 2, 2014

This year we have been working with a school in Korea to learn about each other’s cultures. Click HERE to read more about it.

Yesterday was our last conference call for the year. It was our Korean Christmas Conference Call – try saying that 10 times!

Preparations started a few weeks ago with students in both classes writing cards and buying presents to send.


Some of the presents waiting to be packed for their trip to Korea

Some of the presents waiting to be packed for their trip to Korea


Some of our present waiting to be packed

All set and ready to send. Do you think we used enough packing tape?



Presents from our friends in Korea


Unpacking our parcel from Korea

Unpacking our parcel from Korea


It was great fun opening our presents. We counted to three and all unwrapped our presents – even though we were in different countries! We took turns singing Christmas songs and then sang some songs together in English.












Thank you to all our friends for teaching us about Korea throughout the year and for our wonderful presents this week.


What questions would you ask our friends in Korea?


What is your favourite Christmas song?


Team Challenges


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration | Posted on October 20, 2014

Together Everyone Achieves More.


Every Monday we work in teams to solve a different team challenge. We have approximately 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the challenge) to work with our team members who are selected randomly. Sometimes we draw a coloured counter out of a tin and work with other people who have the same coloured and shaped counter.  Today the first person on the Grade Six roll worked with the first person on the Grade Five roll and so on. Sometimes we work in teams of three and sometimes just with a partner.

Here are the challenges from the first two weeks of this term. Miss Crowther and Mrs Placek found them on this website. They are based on logic. Can you solve them?


Today we worked with a partner to build the tallest ‘House of Cards.’ We had five minutes and one pack of cards.

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Our team challenges have helped us:

* Work with different people. Sometimes we prefer to work with our close friends and miss out on working with new people.

* Keep trying new things even when they are difficult. Lots of our cards fell down today but we didn’t give up!

* Take on different roles in groups to solve the challenge. We have to share the jobs and take turns. Good team members also encourage other members of the team and share ideas.

* Organise ourselves and equipment so we can straight away – there’s a time limit and every second counts!

* Choose a good spot to work and make sure everyone in the team can see or join in with the challenge.


What do you like most about working in teams?


Apart from at school, when do you work in a team?


What are the benefits of working in teams?


Have you got an idea for our next team challenge? Share it with us!



Giant Caterpillars, Candles & Spring


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Art, Collaboration | Posted on September 14, 2014

For much of this year, the students in 5/6 Team have been working with UPPS’s amazing art teacher, Mrs Lewis, to create giant lanterns. When combined, the lanterns formed giant caterpillars.

The following excerpt is from The City of Whittlesea’s website

For the past 3 years we have been engaging in a collaborative art project in the Whittlesea Township and surroundings areas, as part of a community recovery and readiness process. Each year, people from local areas parade together as a personal, public and collective ritual to welcome Spring, reflect on the effect of enforced change in our lives and look to the future together.

Earlier tonight the lanterns were the feature piece in the ‘Into the Light’ lantern parade. There were other schools at the parade as well. Lots of people carried lanterns of all shapes and sizes and lit up the local showgrounds in order to welcome Spring.

Congratulations to Mrs Lewis and all the 5/6 students who built the lanterns and a special thank you to those students who were able to attend the parade.  A job very well done!


What was your favourite part of the parade?


Have you ever been in a parade? Tell us about it!


If you made a lantern, what would it be like?





Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, Inquiry, Skype | Posted on September 11, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Chuseok before, you’re not the only one! Until this afternoon we hadn’t heard of it either.

Chuseok is a very big celebration in South Korea. We found out about it this week when we had a virtual conference with our South Korean friends. Each fortnight, as part of the Asia ConneXions project run by the University of New England and supported by the Australian Government, we speak with a class from Daebyun Primary School in Busan, South Korea. They are learning how to speak English and we are learning about their culture as well as a few key words. It gives us an opportunity to learn about another part of the world and also helps us to practice speaking with different audiences.




The conferences last for about 40 minutes. Each class takes it in turns to present a PowerPoint presentation on a topic chosen by the teachers.  Our teachers email each other with the PowerPoints so each class can look at the slides whilst the other class talks about them. This week’s focus was on festivals and celebrations. You can see the presentation  Daebyun shared with us below.



We chose a few celebrations that happen in Australia to share with Daebyun. Below is the slideshow we spoke about.



At the end of the presentations there is a quiz. Some questions are ‘True or False’ questions. If we think the answer is true we put our hands on our head. If we think the answer is false we cross our arms.


The answer is...TRUE!

The answer is…TRUE!


In our previous conferences we have swapped general information about our countries,  foods and sports. We even got to try a popular traditional Korean food called ‘Kim Chi’ which is fermented cabbage.  Our friends in South Korea tried Tim Tams and Vegemite. We were warned, but it is safe to say that Kim Chi is a little hotter than we expected!


Which celebration is your favourite? Why?


What traditional foods have you tried from another country?


What country would you like to learn more about? Why?


Rainbow Tweets


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, Literacy, Twitter | Posted on May 14, 2014

We have started a new Twitter project! It is exciting to be working with our old friends Mrs Monaghan and Class 2 in England and Mrs Yollis and her third graders in America again and our new friends Ms Shannon and the Tipperary Station children in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Our last Twitter project had a number focus and this one has a literacy focus; poetry.  Each week we focus on a certain colour, take photos of objects that are the focus colour and write a short poem to match. We are working our way through the colours of the rainbow (in order) and this week the spotlight is on YELLOW.


Red  Orange  Yellow  Green  Blue  Indigo  Violet


There are easy ways to remember the order of the colours in a rainbow:

1. Use the acronym ROY G BIV.  Think of it as a boy’s name. Roy is his first name, his middle initial is G and his last name is Biv.

2. Use the mnemonic Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain.

Here are this week’s YELLOW photos and poems so far:

(Click on them to make them bigger)


Twitter 1


Twitter 2


Twitter 3


Twitter 4


Twitter 5


Click HERE to read Mrs Yollis’ post about our Twitter project.  We are using #clrpoem. If you search Twitter using the hashtag you will be able to read everyone’s poems about all the colours we’ve done so far.

It is interesting looking at everyone’s photos and seeing things from around the world. Probably the most amazing thing we have found out so far is that two children fly to school in a helicopter every day! We are not even half way through the rainbow so we wonder what else we will discover!


What YELLOW things should we take photos of this week?


What GREEN photos should we take next week?


How do you remember the colours of the rainbow?


Skype Night


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, Literacy, Skype | Posted on April 3, 2014

Guest post by Eve and Chelsea

On Friday 29th of March, 16 Upper Plenty P.S students weren’t doing an ordinary 8:00pm thing. Usually, we would be watching TV or doing after school sports like basketball. Instead, we were getting ready to Skype six classes around the world. The reason for this was that most of the classes were our blogging buddies, but the time differences didn’t match ours, so therefore, we couldn’t Skype them during UPPS school hours. It would only be possible for us or them, to sleep over at school.  So that’s what 16 students, from 5/6 Team did, including us, did!

The first Skype of the sleepover was at 8:15pm after our UPPS Market Night. It was a mystery Skype, so we had no idea who they were or where they were in the world. Here are some clues to help you guess where they were:

  1. They’re in the Northern Hemisphere
  2. They are in Europe
  3. The country had a disaster involving potatoes between 1845 – 1852
  4. Their country starts with an ‘I’
  5. Their town is well known and starts with a ‘D’
  6. Their town is the name of a clothing brand

We won’t tell you the answer here, but you can watch the clip in this post to see if you are correct!

We found out the Mystery Class were a whole school of boys!

After finishing the Mystery Skype we walked over with our bedding to the Central Learning Space to get ready for a Skype with Tanzania in Africa. There were a few technical difficulties, so we couldn’t see them. But, their teacher sent us a photo of them during the Skype. What was weird was that they were reading the same class novel as us, Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. It was a shock and they are three chapters behind us. Of all the books in the world, both our teachers chose to read Kensuke’s Kingdom!

We found out that:

  • They’re a Grade 5 Class
  • They have no class pet because they can’t even look after a plant!
  • There are 18 students in their class
  • They love reading Percy Jackson books (also a movie)
  • It was 1:33pm there and 9:33pm in Victoria
  • Loom Bands are popular too (their bracelets made with rubber bands)
  • They start school at 7.10 am and finish at 1.45 pm.

It was fun Skyping with them apart from not being able to see them, we hope the connection will be better next time!

At 9:15 pm, we had a chat with our old friends from Middleham, North Yorkshire; Class 2 and Mrs Monaghan. First, we taught them how to play, You can come to my party if…. Here are the rules to help you understand how to play and maybe teach someone else.

1. Choose a ‘rule’ for items that can be brought to a party. For example, the item must have double letters, the letter k or two vowels.

2. One class asks the other class ‘Can I please bring….’

3. Make a list of the items you can and can’t bring and see if you can work out the rule

We played a few games. The first one had to have double letters and Middleham’s rule was that the item had to have the letter ‘k’ somewhere in it.

Soon after, we had ANOTHER Skype at about 11:00pm with a school in Sweden. They each had an Apple computer to themselves and we were very jealous! There were lots of questions once everyone got into the groove. As their first language is Swedish, they did really well to understand and talk to us in English. It was really impressive!

We found out that:

  • They start school at 8am and finish at 2pm
  • 900 students go to their school
  • It snows every year in winter
  • They are learning about multiplication and division
  • They learn Swedish, English and when they are older, German
  • Their temperature was 10C on the day we spoke to them
  • Their favourite food is pancakes
  • They play football, ice hockey, dancing and golf

After talking to Sweden it was nearly midnight and time for bed. We climbed into our sleeping bags and swags and tried to get some rest. Miss Crowther and Mrs Placek set the alarm for 1:45am.

When the alarm went off some people stayed asleep. Most people woke up in time to talk to Mrs Todd and the Roadrunners in North Carolina, USA. Mrs Todd has Skyped a lot but it was the second graders first time. We asked them some questions and they asked us some.

We found out that:

  • There are 20 children in each second grade class
  • At recess they play on the rock wall, slides and monkey bars
  • They like to play soccer, tag, hide and seek, basketball, baseball and football
  • Their weather was sunny but they were getting some rain later
  • They are not allowed to go outside at play time if it gets too hot or cold
  • They have a cafeteria
  • It was 10:45am their time on Friday morning and 1:45am our time on Saturday morning

We climbed back into bed for a few more hours sleep.  When the alarm went off at 6am we were feeling pretty tired. Some people didn’t get out of their sleeping bags for our Skype with Mrs Yollis. Instead, they shuffled their way over to the computer and Skyped in their sleeping bags! We hadn’t ever talked to Mrs Yollis before (apart from a five minute test call one morning) but we already knew her from our Mystery Number Twitter project. It was great to finally get to talk to her and her class properly.

Mrs Yollis’ class had prepared answers to some questions Miss Crowther had sent them earlier and this is what we learnt:

  • There are 600 students at the school
  • We were speaking to third graders who were 8 and 9 years old
  • They use the word ‘split’ to describe what we call composite classes
  • They call a car park and parking lot
  • They are reading ‘The One and Only Ivan’ as their class novel
  • They start school at 8:15am and finish at 2:20pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • On Wednesdays they have banking day at finish at 12:30pm
  • In maths they are learning about area, perimeter and volume
  • They like blogging, reading, Minecraft and hiking
  • It was 17C on the day we spoke to them and there was no wind

We learnt some other things too:

  • They use the word cafeteria to describe what we call a canteen
  • They use the word canteen to describe a water bottle


Watch the slideshow below to see what we did during Skype Night.


We all really enjoyed Skype Night. Thank you to the classes that Skyped with us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!


What country would you like to Skype with? Why?



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