Pointe shoes – a change in ballet history. – A podcast by Anja Hodda

Are you interested in dance and pointe shoes? Well if so this is the podcast for you.

There’s an interview with a pointe teacher, the reason why boy dancers aren’t supposed to go “en” pointe and more! Facts about pointe shoes and accessories and dancers and who was the first person to go “en” pointe.


Miss Leah’s interview

Ypres in History- A podcast by Tess Sinton

Ever wanted to learn more about World War One or The battle of Ypres? Pondering what they ate,where they slept, or what they even did? If so this is the place for you. Join Tess Sinton in a adventure through our past and discover how the soldiers felt about fighting, what diseases they caught, and a lot lot more.

I would love to hear your feedback on my podcast so leave any comments below.

Happy listening


Izzy’s Inquiry Podcast

This podcast is about life on The First Fleet. It has what they ate, the journey to Botany Bay, what diseases were on the boat. It also includes what the weather was, the ships and last but not least what the life conditions were. Below is a quiz I would like you to fill in. In the quiz is just what you learnt in the podcast and if you remember some details. This is all for my iTime inquiry.

The Podcast:

The First Fleet Quiz

More extended day fun!

We got back from the zoo and had some more awesome fun!

We played

ate fruit and musli bars

played some more

Ate icy poles!

played some more

ate a bbq

played some more

changed into PJs and started watching The Lorax

ate some popcorn, cookies and milo

and are still happily watching the Lorax!

everyone is looking exhausted and looking forwards to seeing mums and dads at 830



Austalian History Expo!

Wow! Another amazing inquiry student expo held this term. This time it was centred on Australian History. After the inspiring excursion to the Melbourne Museum, the students worked hard on developing their inquiry questions. Using the Webb Depth Of Knowledge Question Map the students thought hard to ‘thicken’ their questions from surface-level questions to deeper questions. The students really engaged with their ‘We are thinkers’ learning asset during this process. Next, the students then began their research. Focussing on the learning asset ‘we are researchers’ investigating and recording the information they gathered in efficient ways. Some students were using Google Keep to curate their information whilst others used Google docs and Slides.

The students then had to demonstrate their knowledge creatively through poetry and a piece of art. We were totally blown away by the level of sophistication shown in the poems and artworks. Lots of parents and carers mentioned how impressive the poetry was and wished that Australian History was taught this way when they were at school.

There were many poems inspired by the story of Bunjil, the stolen generation and the impact of the first contact with the Europeans. There was also a range of poems inspired by the history of Luna Park, the Gold Rush and Smelbourne!

For the rest of the term, the students will be engaged in iTime. What is iTime? iTime is a student-driven inquiry where the students have the opportunity to investigate, learn, make something that they are truely passionate about. Last week we had our Silent Gallery Of Interests where the students brought in an artefact that symbolised a personal passion and interest. Now most students have finished their iTime proposals where they had to justify with solid reasons how learning about this was going to stretch their learning and learning assets. Its now full steam ahead with only a few weeks left of the year until our next showcase of student learning. A date hasn’t been set yet but we will let you know ASAP.

There are some more details regarding iTime in this post I wrote last year. http://34bell.global2.vic.edu.au/2018/08/08/grade-4-gallery-of-interests/


Brain Breaks in 3G

Learning can be tough on the brain, especially with back to back lessons in the morning and afternoon!

As part of our Ready to Learn Plans and lessons around the wellbeing framework of the Berry Street Educational Model (BSEM), students in 3G aim to have a 3minute brain break in-between some sessions as a quick break and opportunity to re-group again after some solid focus and great learning.

Brain break activities can vary, depending on students’ mood, personal choice… and sometimes the weather! The most popular choices for our active bunch is a brisk walk/ 3 laps around the Astro Turf outside, or something simple and social like a thumb war. Today students opted for some laps outside, thumb wars or independent reading.

Secret Breakers Book Reviews by 4T

Check out some 4T’s recent book club book reviews below:

Secret Breakers by Liam CC

Mr. Smithies. We have managed to locate Van Der Essen’s phoenix.

Three children have been chosen to decipher a forbidden code. Over hundreds of years thousands of people have failed to find an answer and three children, namely Brodie, Tusia and Hunter, have been chosen.
My favourite part is when they realise the deciphering book is just ash. I enjoyed this because it is such a discovery and a devastating one at that.
I would recommend this book to children around the age of nine because it has moderately complicated concepts.
I give this book five stars.

Secret Breakers – Book Review by Romain

Imagine an ancient manuscript no one can read. Imagine a secret code for someone just like you.

A secret hidden for centuries. But Brodie Bray and her friends Tusia and Hunter like challenges and when Brodie receives a coded message through the post her life changes forever. She gets chosen for a secret team working to crack this most complicated code in the world to uncover the secret it hides.
I would give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 because it is everything a book could be: exciting, sad, adventurous, scary and impossible to stop reading. I would recommend this book to adventurous kids above the age of 7 who love to read. Children that like Harry Potter will love this book.

Secret Breakers by Lily

I loved this book. It was so exciting and it had so many great turning points in it. I really liked how it had so many interesting words in it and how there are so many great characters with such a different personality.
The only thing I didn’t like about it was that I had no idea what was happening in the start, but it got so much better and understandable.

Summary of the book:

Brodie gets a secret message in a birthday card even though it wasn’t even her birthday. The code tells her to go to the lamp post that told her to go to the Black Chamber ( a secret code cracking organisation.)
Brodie has to complete a challenge with total strangers to be able to get in.
When smithies tells them that they will work on MS 408, the code that is forbidden to crack, the three friends try as hard as they can to crack the code…

My rating:

I give this book a 4 and a half because I loved it so much but I didn’t really understand what was happening at the start.

Secret Breakers by Elliot

Imagine an ancient manuscript
No one can read
Imagine a secret code for 
Someone just like you

Three kids by the name Brodie, Hunter and Tusia have been chosen to figure out an ancient manuscript. They must figure out lots of clues to find the phoenix of light in her cloak of power, but there are those that are ready to kill to stop them. My favourite part is when the three of them find the first part of the code firebird because they finally know where they have to go and do.
I rate it 4 out of five stars and I rate it from 8 to 12 years old because little kids would not understand some bits.

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