Our Year 6 Blog

October 23, 2014
by laurapagram

Dance Like No One’s Watching

Dance     Hip Hop1

Just Dance! “Hip Hop-meets-Grade 6” began with a bang at assembly on Tuesday morning where the entire school performed the ‘Cha Cha Slide’, stomping their feet and wiggling their hips with enormous smiles on their faces. The dancing didn’t end there. All six classes joined together for a special hip hop session during the day in the hall, busting their moves to different tunes. It certainly was a lot of fun.

Poetry has begun in Grade 6 with ballads, limericks and free verse the order of the day. Rhyme battles have broken out across the classes as we learn more about different types of poems and their features.


How many kids can uncomfortably fit in one meter cube? Plenty is what our classes have found out. After we have worked tirelessly to find the area and perimeter of shapes (some odd shapes too!) we turned our attention to volume. Making 1m3 out of rolled up newspaper gave us a great insight into how big 1m3 actually is.  How many times could this 1m3 fit in Mr. Quilty’s class? About 145 is the answer. So if we could fit a max of 5 students from a class in cube we could almost pile the entire school in one classroom stacked on top of each other!

September 19, 2014
by laurapagram

What a wonderful term!

What a week we have had in Grade 6!

It began on Monday with our visit from Boori Monty Pryor, an Indigenous Australian writer who is best known as a story teller. And boy did he tell us some great stories! We learnt about his life growing up in Queensland with multiple brothers and sisters and the hilarious shenanigans they got up to. He also gave us fantastic tips on how to write great stories such as taking pictures to base your story on, audio recording your stories before writing them and editing, editing and more editing!

On Tuesday we had footy day at Laburnum Primary School. A highlight was the assembly where we all were able to walk the ‘catwalk’ with our footy team mates! We had delicious footy day lunch and, of course, the traditional Grade 5 verses Grade 6 girls football game. We were only able to play three-quarters of the match as we were rained out, but everyone was such a fantastic sport. The Grade 6 girls won the match and Lara won the prized Hopcroft medal. Well done to everyone!

That afternoon we had our DEA Assembly and were presented with our gold web design badges after creating informative and engaging websites about the different types of government. A big thankyou to all the parents that attended too!

Today we are off to the Nunawading Basketball stadium for a fun day of teamwork activities involving basketball. We are looking forward to another great day and a brilliant way to end our busy term.

A final note about the Noo Bear notice that went home last week. This is optional and there will be a notice coming home next term to purchase a cheaper bear for your child to sign if you wish.

With the best term of Grade Six to come we hope everyone has an amazing break and we look forward to seeing you all in Term 4!

September 17, 2014
by laurapagram

Boori Monty Prior at LPS

A blowfly up a nose, squashed mosquitoes on the wall, kung foo frogs and a snake in pyjamas….

The library was full of laughter on Monday afternoon when they Grade sixes had an inspiring and hilarious incursion with the Indigenous Australian author Boori Monty Prior. Sharing some wonderful engaging stories based on his childhood experiences combined with his great talent for storytelling and humour, he shared some tips on writing and gave great ideas about how to successfully put pen to paper and express your own ideas. Telling tales of his seven sisters and three brothers, Boori had the audience in stiches with the pranks that he and his siblings pulled on one another growing up.

He also shared a traditional Indigenous tale with a wonderful moral of persistence and self-belief that is over 30,000 years old. The grade sixes helped him tell this story with ‘call and response’ and hand movements, showing their “sooky-lala”, “sucking lemons” and “lemonade” faces. Finally Boori showed his amazing didgeridoo skills.

Boori also told us that for each book he writes there is probably 500 edits made and one of the hardest things for a writer to do is get started! It was a really powerful and engaging incursion that will be remember during our writing session next term. Make sure you ask your children what they thought and their favourite story from the incursion.




August 29, 2014
by laurapagram

Laburnum Primary Passport Night and Persuasive Texts

Wednesday night was a great success with many parents coming into Laburnum for our first ever Passport Night in celebration of Literacy, Numeracy and Science Week. Parents navigated their way around the school with a map in one hand and passport in the other. Their ‘learning journey’ ranged from ball handling skills to B-Pay.

One session that proved to be particularly valuable for the Year 6 parents was based around persuasive texts. The Year 6 students have been working hard on their expositions over the past few weeks. It has been wonderful to see strategies and language from the James Ferguson staff P.D. earlier in the year coming to life in students writing. Do you know what a Macro Statement is? I’m sure your child will!

Have a look at some of the impressive pieces completed by Ellie and Josh on the ever controversial topic ‘Should Children Have Mobile Phones’.

A word of caution, there are powerful persuasive techniques hidden within, do you dare take a read?

Students Should Have Mobile Phones EXPOSITIONS

August 29, 2014
by laurapagram


Our classroom debates are in full swing after countless hours of preparation. It took us all some time to get our heads around the formal debating process, including the role of each speaker, but we got there in the end and our classroom debates have been a huge enormous success.

Some debate topics covered in class:

  • Should all streets have an additional lane for trucks and emergency services?
  • Should all primary aged children receive homework regularly?
  • Should students wear school uniform?
  • Should all students receive an allowance?
  • Does society have to big a focus on sport?

It was wonderful to watch students draw on their understandings of expositions to formulate persuasive arguments. High modality verbs and adverbs, rhetorical questions and backing up statements with evidence, these debates were of a very high standard and left the audience in a pickle about who to present with the ‘best debator’ award.

August 22, 2014
by laurapagram

LPS Passport Night

As part of our celebration of Literacy, Numeracy and Science Week, parents are invited to attend the LPS Passport Night on Wednesday August 27th. This is a special information evening where parents undertake a ‘learning journey’ through a variety of sessions of particular interest to them.

These sessions will familiarise you with the language used to explain topics and provide you with strategies and helpful hints on how you can support your child with various aspects of school life.

The evening will begin at 7:15pm in the library where, during our introductory session, you receive a passport and map and select four sessions to attend from the options listed in the attachment below. Each session will go for 12 minutes and the evening will conclude at 8:30pm. At each session on your ‘learning journey’ your passport will be stamped and you will have the opportunity to go into the draw from some fabulous prizes.

We look forward to seeing you on the night!

Laburnum Passport Night Sessions

August 1, 2014
by laurapagram

LPS Passport Open Night

Laburnum Primary School will be opening up the school on the evening of Wednesday 27th August 2014 to give parents an insight into the many facets of their child’s learning. There will be a variety of educational sessions covering topics such as horizontal to vertical multiplication, homework, time management, study habits and parental support, school planning documents, team planning and AusVELS, Digital Excellence program (DEA), Cybersafety, Early Years Literacy, persuasive writing development as part of the school’s strategic plan, PE (Ball catching manipulation and connection to curriculum) Science and even how to use BPay.

These topics will give you an insight into the “what” and the “how” of many aspects of learning that your child encounters in the course of a day at Laburnum Primary School.

You will need to collect your passport and choose your four 12 minute topic sessions and then head to the first session. From there you will have your passport stamped ready to move on to your next session. Once your passport has collected four stamps you can put it into the draw for some AMAZING LPS prizes!

WOW what an incredible opportunity to take advantage of! Come along and join in, we would love to see you be a part of Literacy, Numeracy and Science Week at LPS.

May 16, 2014
by laurapagram

Reader’s Theatre

In preparation for the Grade 6’s writing and filming their own movies, we have been looking at different aspects that make a successful film. From writing scripts and learning lines, to discussing and practising effective acting skills and different filming techniques – we have been very busy!

We watched ‘Disco Party’, which was a fabulous example of a film completed by some Laburnum students a few years ago, and reviewed the performances and filming techniques they chose to use.

We then worked with another Grade 6 class to form groups and rehearse a role play. They were so much fun and had great titles like Cinderella Goes to the Hairdresser and Billy Goat Face Off!

readers theatre pic

After practising, we performed our role plays in front of the class. While acting, we applied what we had learnt about voice projection, body movements and facial expressions. We are now going to watch our plays and reflect on what we did well and what we think we need to work on to make them even better!

In the upcoming weeks, we will write our own script and turn that into a film. How exciting!!

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