This term our students have been exploring numbers. We have been playing number games, exploring number patterns and sharing what we know about numbers.

Have you every played ‘Wishball’? Wishball is a great game you can play to help you build your number and place value skills.

Take the Wishball challenge

To play Wishball follow these links:

How do you choose the books you read?

Over the last few weeks at school we have been exploring how we can become better readers.

All members of our POD have been having conferences with our teachers to talk about the things we do good as readers and the skills and strategies we want to improve on.

One of the first things we have looked at is how to pick a good fit book. In our group we talked about shoes and how we probably wouldn’t wear thongs if we were going snow skiing, or that we would pick runners to wear to play sport rather than high heeled shoes.

Just like picking the right shoes, it is important to pick the right books to read. A strategy to help us pick a ‘good fit book’ is called the I-P.I.C.K. strategy. The video below explains what this strategy is and how it can help us to pick a good book to read.

Watch this video to get some clues on how to pick a good fit book.

I-P.I.C.K is an acronym (letters that stand for words) that can help us choose books that are a ‘good fit to read’.

I = I choose a book
P = The purpose of the book. Is this book for fun (to entertain) or is it to learn about someone or something
I = Are you interested in the book. A good tip is to choose books that interest you
C = Do I understand (comprehend) this book?
K = Do I know most of the words?

Picking the right book can help to make reading ‘FUN’. Share with us the kinds of books you might pick to read by clicking on the comment button below.


The Science of Melting!

Today in Science we turned a solid into a liquid through the chemical reaction of melting (heating).

We predicted how long it would take to melt a small handful of chocolate in our mouths (body heat) and then had a friend time us to measure actual time that it took to melt.

We all made similar predictions (around 4 minutes) and were surprised to find that it took less than 2 minutes to melt in our mouths.

We also compared the melting rate of white chocolate and baking chocolate and discovered that in most cases white chocolate melts faster!!!

Finally we looked at what is a ‘fair test’ it turns out that perhaps our experiment wasn’t too fair (10 different mouths and we didn’t even measure the amount of chocolate that went into each person’s mouth) but BOY was it YUMMY!

using body heat to melt chocolate

What happens when we bully?

Today we learnt about the effect we have on people when we bully through a little activity in circle time.

First, we met Sophie and Billy, two kids that go to another school.

As you can see from the drawings of Billy and Sophie, they look pretty happy, relaxed and confident in themselves. Well that is until we started saying mean things to them, scrunching them up, punching them, kicking them and throwing them.

When we tried to smooth out the pictures of them and make them look like we could when we began the activity; we couldn’t!! Some of us even tried to apologise to the pictures.

Today we learnt that by saying mean things to people, kicking and punching people, we upset people and that no matter how hard we try, sometimes we can’t always put things back to the way they were.

Hopefully in the future we will think more about our actions towards people and the effect that they might have.

So…what’s in a number?

We see numbers everywhere…speed signs, tv channels, calendars and house numbers. Just about everywhere you look you will see numbers of some kind.
Stop for a moment and look around. What numbers can you see?
Being able to read, make and understand numbers is a really important skill we all need to master.

In POD 2 this term we are working in small groups to build our number skills. One area we are working on is being able to pull a number apart in different ways. Check out the pictures below which show how 2 digit numbers can be pulled apart into ‘tens’ and ‘ones’.

Can you think of a number which you could pull apart to show the value of each digit? Please leave a comment and share your favourite number and how you would break it down to show the value of each digit.

Have a go at this number quiz.
What’s it worth? on PhotoPeach


I.C.T Challenge – Caption this!!

On camp the teachers were able to take some HILARIOUS photos of kids doing really silly things and the teachers of Pod 2 thought that this was a perfect opportunity to learn how to use one of the apps on the iPads!.

Using an app. called ‘Strip Designer’ I quickly whipped up this image for us to play with.

Your task for today is to come up with something funny that these two stars of Pod 2 could have been thinking and saying when this photo was taken! Leave your ideas in a comment on the blog.

For example:

Student 1: “If I sing the horse a Bieber song I am SURE he’ll gallop faster!”

Student 2 (thinking): “This horse needs a bit of Direction, not Bieber!!”

Strip Designer can be used to create your own personal comic strips of events (just like camp) or even stages in your learning (like your science experiments). It’s as easy as uploading photos from the iPads and putting in speech bubbles!!


52 kids and 9 teachers take over Queenscliff

So last week Pod 2 went on their annual new year camp to Cottage by the Sea.

Grade 4s and 5s left on Tuesday morning and Grade 3s followed a bit nervously but excitedly behind them Wednesday morning.

Most of the Grade 4s and 5s were lucky enough to have already visited Cottage by the Sea on earlier camps, but for many of the Grade 3s this was their first overnight stay there. In fact, for many of the Grade 3s it was their first time away from home for more than one night!! Our Grade 3s are so brave!!
The camp was a great opportunity for everyone in Pod 2 (teachers and kids) to get to know each other and many new friendships were formed. Lots of laughter could be heard echoing down the halls of the venue and the dining room from both kids, teachers and the friendly Cottage staff.

We were so lucky to have perfect beach weather too! Mr Mac said that this was the first Cottage by the Sea camp where we have been able to jump into the water twice! We all got a chance to go for a swim and improve our skills on the surfboard!

There was no time to sit and relax on camp: Night walks, walks, swimming, surfing, bike riding, a late night trivia session, trips to the Marine Discovery Centre, a surprise (that someone managed to find out about and tell everyone) sightseeing cruise around Port Phillip Bay to spot some seals and many, many, many more fun activities.

A big thanks to Cottage by the Sea staff Jenny, Brenton, Mark, Jess,Sean, Bill and Bob for all your help! We can’t wait to come back and see you all again soon! It sure will be one camp to beat!!!!

Cottage by the Sea on PhotoPeach

So Pod 2 kids, let our eager blog readers know; what was YOUR favourite activity on camp and why?

North Melbourne Footy Club at YPCC!!!

Today all Pods at YPCC were lucky enough to have three players from the North Melbourne Football Club come to visit!

Pod 2 were first up! For a whole hour we played games with them and at the end we got the chance to ask them questions about what it was like being a football player and playing the in Australian Football League (AFL).

Photos to come soon!

Bug out

This week a group of student in POD 2 have been exploring maths through bugs!

Did you know ants are a great tool for counting by 3s and 6s and spiders are excellent for counting by 8s?

We have been working on our strategies to help us solve problems and have focussed on drawing diagrams, making models and working backward to solve problems. We used number lines to help us count as well.

One thing some students noticed was the pattern of 4, 8, 2, 6, 0 when counting by 4s.

Check out our video showing our bugs below.