1/2L Google My Maps (Portfolio Assessment T4 2016)

Dear Parents and Visitors,

In term 4 in ICT specialist classes, the students have been creating their own maps using Google My Maps from the G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education or GAFE). Please browse your child’s map with him/her and ask him/her to explain the process to you. Some students have included photos and information about the Capital Cities of Australia. Unfortunately you cannot view this unless your child is signed in. You can ask your child to do this for you and browse the work together. 

Alyssia’s Map

Archie’s Map

Dimitri’s Map

Gabriel’s Map

Harry’s Map

Jack’s Map

James’ Map

John’s Map

Leah’s Map

Liam’s Map

Luca’s Map

Mila’s Map

Nina’s Map

Olivia’s Map

Paddy’s Map

Pearl’s Map

Sophia’s Map

Tom’s Map

Xavier C’s Map

Xavier S’s Map

Ziah’s Map


Where are you connected to?

1/2L, it is your job to interview someone in your family.


‘Where are you connected to in the world and why?’

Write their response in the comments box or ask them to comment themselves.



Rocky hits Tamworth

Rocky has arrived at Westdale, near Tamworth in NSW.

We researched to discover:

  • Tamworth is famous for country music
  • At the Westdale Public School they have a canteen and play rugby
  • There’s a Big Golden Guitar tourist centre
  • The Golden Guitar Award is given to country music singers at the Australian Country Music Awards. Golden Guitar Award trophy
  • Click the link below to see our slideshow about Rocky’s journey:


Week 4, 5 & 6 Overview

Weeks 4, 5 & 6

The term is well and truly underway and the 1 / 2 students are already learning so much. During Term 4, students are continuing to be exposed to new concepts and are consolidating their current knowledge.


In Writing, students are focusing on the structure and content of information reports. Through their exploration of this text type, students will be working on building sentences from key words. Students will be required to research facts and rewrite this information in their own words. Students will also be focusing on writing persuasive texts. They will be required to differentiate between facts and opinions and, through their writing, will attempt to persuade their audience of their views.

We will be consolidating our knowledge of the editing and publishing process while working on these text types.

In Reading, classes will be enhancing our comprehension skills by reading factual texts about Australia and our world. Students are continuing to build on their literal and inferential comprehension skills by looking for evidence in texts to reinforce their answers.


In Maths, students are continuing their investigation into the topic of ‘Chance and Data’. You can assist you child’s understanding of this topic by encouraging them to do simple surveys of family members and friends about their favourite food or animal. Your child can then tally the information and attempt to display the information in a graph eg. a bar graph or pictograph.

Students will also begin exploring the unit of ‘Fractions’. As fractions can be a difficult concept for some students to grasp, it can be beneficial to explain to your child how fractions occur in real life situations. You may wish to ask your child to assist you in the kitchen by cutting sandwiches into halves, quarters or thirds or ask questions eg. ‘If there are 8 pieces of chocolate in a block and I broke it into quarters, how much would each person get?’

By incorporating numeracy knowledge into real life situations, you are emphasising the practicality of Maths and the important role it plays in our world.


In Religion, students are building on their knowledge of the Infancy Narratives by revising scripture stories. They are learning about the different recounts of the nativity that feature in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew and are considering how the messages of these scriptures link to the Catholic Social Teachings of Human Dignity, Solidarity and the Common Good.


Inquiry is keeping us very busy! As a way of developing our knowledge about Australia, each class has sent a soft toy to travel through variety of schools spread throughout our country. Each of these schools will provide us with information about where they live and will communicate with us about life in their community. Students are also discovering information about the places throughout the world that their families and friends feel connected to.

Week 1,2 & 3 Overview

Term 4, Week 1, 2 & 3


During the first week students will be completing a variety of writing activities. These will include a recount about their holiday and a variety of creative writing activities. Following this the students will be focusing on persuasive texts. They will look at developing arguments and structuring a text to persuade the reader.

To complement the writing focus, students will be involved in deconstructing persuasive texts during Reading sessions. This will involve exploring the structure of a variety of persuasive texts and language that can be used to persuade.

We will start the term by finishing off our focus on Money. Through this unit we are developing our understanding of Australian currency, ordering amounts of money and adding coins and notes to determine the total. Following this we will move onto chance and data. During this unit students will look at the accurate collection of data and how to represent this data graphically.

In Religion, we begin our unit by exploring the signs and symbols of different religions and where they come from and what they mean. We will then be revising the Infancy Narratives from the gospels of Luke and Matthew and identifying the significant symbols associated with these narratives. By analysing these narratives, we will build our knowledge of their different events and interpretations of Jesus’ birth.


This term we will address the essential question “What connects us to places around the world?” Through this unit we will focus on places that are important to us and how we are connected to different places. This will involve exploring places within Australia as well as throughout the world.