Homework Due 25th of October

1) Speeches

Grade 5 –School  Captain speech must be completed, teachers require a printed version of the speech (refer to note)

Grade 6 – Valedictory speech must be completed, teachers require a printed version of the speech.

2) Class masters – due on Monday 28/10/2019

This week’s debate topic is  – The driving age should be lowered to 16

3)Literature circles

4) Maths; source a graph to take to school, it must be glued in your homework book.

Valedictory Speech

With the end of the year fast approaching there are a few key events to prepare for. For our year sixes none is more important than graduation. A key element of the evening is the valedictory speech.

As Grace Fleming explains on About.com the terms “valedictory” and “valedictorian” come from the Latin valedicere, which means “a formal farewell”. Grace goes on to explain “the valedictory should fulfill two goals: it should convey a “sending off” message to the members of a graduating class; but it should also inspire graduating students to leave the comfort and security of their school with a full heart, and to embark on an exciting new adventure.”

This year all year 6s will be expected to write a speech, even if they don’t intend to deliver it on the night. All year 6 students will read their speech in front of all the 5/6s on a date to be announced. You will need a printed copy of your speech to be handed to your teacher by Monday 29th October

For some suggestions go to Grace Fleming’s full article at http://homeworktips.about.com/od/speechclass/qt/valedictory.htm


The internet is full of tips for writing a valedictory speech. YouTube also has many worthwhile samples.

wikiHow includes the following suggestions:

  • Keep it in perspective.
  • Avoid trying to write something that doesn’t reflect your true self.
  • Be open to what the rest of the grade is thinking.
  • Create an introduction.
  • Thank those people who have made a difference in your life and the lives of other students.
  • Add in memories.
  • Acknowledge others.
  • Stay out of cliche zone.

To fully unpack each of these go to: http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Valedictorian-Speech


The website about education(http://homeworktips.about.com/od/speechclass/qt/valedictory.htm) also provides advice around:

  • Know Your Purpose
  • Compile a List of Highlights
  • Writing the Speech
  • Use Anecdotes and Quotes
  • Plan for Time
  • Tips for Preparing to Speak 


Finally http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/style-and-usage/writing-your-valedictorian-speech.html has general tips for Valedictory Speeches including how to begin writing it, getting feedback and involving your peers.

For an example of a recent speech given at an MPPS graduation check out http://grace2012.global2.vic.edu.au/

Homework due Friday the 18th of October, 2019.

For homework this week;

  1. Reading four-nights (signed by parents in diary)
  2. Literature circle homework must be completed by TUESDAY
  3. Class masters – working on debates and prepared speeches.  Do not leave your speech preparation until the last minute. The classmasters timetable can be accessed using the Classmaster page on the class blog and then clicking the link. Remember to come and see me if you have ANY concerns about your speech – but don’t leave it until the last minute.
  4. Year 5 – starting your School Captain application. Details will be sent home this week.
  5. Year 6 – starting your Valedictory Speech. Details about expectations will be sent this week.

Homework due on the 7th of October, 2019.

The homework for this week is;

  1. Reading for twenty minutes each night, recording the page numbers and time of reading in your diary.
  2. Challenge yourself with 4 maths problems to complete in your homework book;

a) Draw a number line and place the following fraction in the correct order.

1/2, 1/10, 1/5, 3/4,  1 1/4

b) 2/4 + 1/2=

c) 3/6- 1/2=

d) 3 1/4+ 1 1/8=

e) 1/4 x 3/12=

f) 5 ÷ 1/2=


100 Word Challenge – Refer to the Website to be posted on your blog


Due week 10 Friday the 20th of September

For homework this week.

Reading Make sure that you have completed 4 nights reading and that it is signed by your parents. Record number of pages or time spent reading per session.

Integrated Studies: Rehearse for your oral presentations for our Integrated Studies unit on Adaptations.

Maths Read the recipe to make brownies then answer the following questions:

If I was to double the recipe to make double the amount of brownies how many cups of the following ingredients would I need?

Plain flour

Cocoa powder


I want to reduce the sugar by 1/4 of the amount how much sugar would I need for my recipe.

I want to take 4 trays of brownies to the school fete ( 1 recipe makes 1 tray)

List the amount of every ingredient I will need to make these.

The Best Brownies

0:10 Prep  0:35 Cook  Makes 1 tray of 20 brownies


Melted butter or margarine, for greasing

125g butter, chopped

200g (1 cup, firmly packed) soft brown sugar

125g dark chocolate, chopped

3 eggs

50g (1/3 cup) plain flour

35g (1/3 cup) cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

150g (1 1/4 cup) walnuts



Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease an 18 x 28cm cake tin with the melted butter or margarine and line the base of the pan with non-stick baking paper.

Combine butter, sugar and chocolate in a large microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl. Heat, uncovered, for 2-4 minutes on Medium High/650 J watts/70%, stirring every minute until well combined.

Remove from heat and beat in the eggs using a wooden spoon.

Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder into the chocolate mixture and stir until well combined. Stir in the walnuts. Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until firm and until a few crumbs cling to a skewer when it’s inserted into the centre.


These reliable brownies are equally delicious served as a dessert, straight from the oven in larger portions with scoops of vanilla ice-cream. For those who are not big fans of nuts, you can substitute with white chocolate chips or leave out the nuts altogether.

Homework Week 9

Due: Friday 13th September

  1. Literature circle tasks
  2. Reading – 4 times for the week. Please record how long you read and how many pages are read.
  3. Please practice one of your multiplication fact families. Find one that you do not feel confident to answer automatically. Make flash cards, make a game, write them down, teach your siblings or find a website. Record the different ways you practised and ask a parent to sign.
  4. Please provide feedback to a classmate on the 100wc they wrote last week.


Homework Week 8

Please complete the following tasks by Friday 6th September.

  1. 100 Word Challenge  – Latest promptThe prompt this week has been suggested by Amber in Ashley School over in New Zealand. She has chosen 5 words for you to use in your writing:

    Avocado      Bones       Purple       Elephant      Seahorses

  2. Literature Circles – Please complete all tasks and be prepared to share in your Literature Circle session. Hitler’s Daughter group – remember you are to write a book review this week.

3. Maths: Please solve the following problems using your preferred strategy.

Red:  6 X 24 =             36 ÷ 4 =

Orange:          6 X 240 =        360 ÷ 7 =

Green:      326 X 467 =            456 ÷ 24 =

Purple:      32.4 X 23.56 =          54 233 ÷ 12 =

4. Read at least 4 nights. Record pages read and time spent in your diary. Make sure you get you get your diary signed at least once for the week.

Homework Week 7

Friday the 30th of August

BTN – Use the 3-2-1 system.


3 facts

2 Questions

1 understanding


BTN transcript


In your homework book, use a division strategy to solve the following problems.  Check your answer by showing the inverse operation using a multiplication strategy;


Red group               Orange                             Green

36 ÷ 4                     136 ÷ 4                               1136÷4

28 ÷ 7                      328 ÷ 7                              4328÷ 7

54÷9                        540÷ 9                               87540 ÷ 9



Literature Circle read to the expected page and make sure you cover ALL the roles.


Write the sentences below in your homework book and use the rules you have learned to put the comma in the correct space.

1. We are going to eat talk and watch a movie.
2. I went to the game to laugh have fun and talk with my friend.
3. Sarah Mark and William are the hardest working students.
4. The lion tiger and zebra are my favourite animals at the zoo.
5. On Monday Tuesday and Wednesday I have to walk home.
6. All the men women and children stood on their feet.
7. The audience yelled clapped and screamed for their team.
8. We ate drank and were merry.
9. I cleaned washed and dusted my home.
10. I raked swept and hosed down my driveway.
11. She studied prepared and took notes before the test.


  • 4 nights of reading must be recorded in your diary
  • Diary must be signed

Homework due on the 23rd of August, 2019.

  1. Literature circle
  2. BTN


Use the Cornell method (watch the video again to refresh your memory), take notes on the BTN you watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtW9IyE04OQ – Cornell’s Method Video

3. Hotmaths – record the strategy you have used in your exercise book for each question.

4. Four nights of reading – recording page numbers, amount of time read, and the title of the book in your diary.

5. Diary signed for the Week.


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