February 14

Week 3 – Wednesday

Hi all,

In order to begin setting up our student blogs today, we spoke about keeping our personal information, private. Therefore students were scratching their brain for a good pseudonym for their blog usernames. Maybe ask them tonight what they came up with?

The homework from me this week is to: Find Five Things….

Find five things at home that are taller than two metres:

Find five things at home that are about a centimetre in length:

Find five things at home that you could hide in a 2mm wide crack in the ground:

Students can write these down in a list, draw them or take some photos of them. They can estimate or measure or both. We will use it as a discussion starter for next week’s maths lesson on measurements. It will also give them a quick refresher of real life examples of these metric units. Each week I will give them a small task to be completed during the week, generally to lead in to an activity the following Wednesday. Today we were outside measuring a variety of items as an introduction to linear measurement.  We will be continuing with this next week.

Ashley 🙂

February 10

Welcome to Room 20 Blog for 2018.

Welcome to our class blog for 2018. This is the place where you will find information about upcoming events and class news for room 20 students and parents. Students will also be posting work on their own blog, linked to this site. To support this the digital technology user agreements need to be returned immediately.

The year has started extremely well and the class seem settled and ready for an exciting year ahead.

By now you will have received notes about Acquaintance Night on Tuesday evening, starting at 6pm sharp, in the library before returning upstairs to room 20. I hope to see you there. Our information booklet was sent home with your child on Friday.

Information about our camp in week 8 was also distributed last week. Please return the permission form as soon as possible.

Lastly, please subscribe to this blog. There is a link to the right of here where you simply click and enter your email address to subscribe. That way you will receive an email to let you know a new post has been entered and you can keep abreast of all that is going on in your child’s class.

Mr B and I are feeling very positive about the year ahead with this great class.

Kind regards


December 7

Concert Tonight

Hello Everyone,

Yes the concert is going ahead tonight. Please have your child report to me in the classroom between 6;05 and 6;15pm. They should be in costume.

Please provide your child with something to sit upon as the ground is wet from today’s rain. Maybe a warm jacket that can easily be removed prior to us going on stage is a good idea as well. No food is to be eaten by students in the audience.

Enjoy the show!

Kate McS

December 1

Week 8 News

November 17

Week 6 News

Hello Everyone,

Swimming week is nearly over which leaves us with only 4 weeks of term to go!

Swimming has been very successful at Unley Pool for our older students. The beginning of the week was very warm as opposed to the cooler conditions at the end of the week. Student behaviour has generally been very good and commented upon by some members of the public with whom we were sharing the facilities.

Our end-of-year concert is now becoming our focus for the next few weeks. Our class and room 21 students are combining to sing the reworded, Bruno Mars song “Lazy.” The costume for our item is PJs, One-sies, dressing gowns or similar lazy day clothes! Nothing too revealing or skimpy please. No spaghetti straps. We will be designing our dance moves and practicing our song so we are ready for the big concert evening on Thursday 7th December.

The Food and Fitness Challenge is ongoing. Please support your child by reminding them to wear their pedometer and record their data including steps, fruit, vegetable and water intake. We work out our averages on Monday mornings so it is important for students to have their records with them on that day.

We will also be discussing our end-of-year class celebration ideas next week and you will be informed shortly as to our decisions.

Enjoy your weekend.

Kate McS


November 5

Week 4 News

Hello Everyone.

I hope you are all well and have enjoyed a healthy and active weekend!

On Monday we will be analyzing the base data collected last week about our activity levels and  fruit, vegetable and water intake. We will be looking at how to calculate averages and set (plus 10%) goals to increase activity levels. So students can do their own calculations, I ask that they come to school tomorrow with their data collection sheets in order to fully participate. Please let me assure you that any data collected remains with the student and is not being collected by any other person, including Dr Katia and Uni SA. This action research is for the students themselves to analyze their own lifestyle choices in regards to diet and exercise. Please report any lost or damaged pedometers as soon as possible. (I lost mine on the first day but with thorough searching, enormous embarrassment and prayer, I eventually found it on the overgrown verge, 24 hours later! Phew!)

This week we will be starting our lessons in child protection dealing with keeping my body safe. We will begin this series of lessons with identifying and naming body parts, using correct terminology but also common, colloquial language. The first lesson only, on Tuesday, will be in single gender groups to avoid embarrassment for the students. Mr Blight will be taking room 20 boys, while I have the girls from both room 20 and 21. Mr McCrossin will teach room 21 boys. I intend to distribute a correctly labelled diagram of human anatomy to be glued into their health books. I would like you to initial the diagram when it is shown to you on Tuesday evening and discuss any concerns your child may have. In past years, this lesson has created fun and laughter and has been a fabulous way to normalise correct terminology for our bodies and has lead to some great discussion.

Swimming lessons are to be held in week 5 and I remind you that health forms and payment are due. Our lesson is between recess and lunch, so our morning and after lunch programs will be reasonably normal. If you, as a parent, wish to observe your child at the pool you will require a Volunteer badge, which can be collected from me in the morning. You will need the badge to identify yourself as a parent and for entry into the pool. If you are wanting to help your child change please see me before entering the change rooms as protocols are in place for child protection reasons.

We are as busy as ever and continue to work hard together.

Kind regards

Kate McSkimming


September 24

Week 10 News

Hello Everyone.

What a great week we had last week!

The Student Led Conferences were very well attended and it was delightful to see the students taking such pride in the work they were able to share and to be so accountable and articulate in their reflections. We are very proud of their efforts.

Sports Day was another successful day which was enjoyed by the students and many of the parents who were able to spare some time to support the day. Well done to everyone for their enthusiastic participation and cooperative sportsmanship. Congratulations Jackson for ‘winning’ the day!

This week students will be participating in Japan Day on Wednesday. A variety of fun and interesting activities are planned for the day.

Also on Wednesday students will need to remember their Information Reports for Kiera as it is her final day for the term and she will need to collect all work from the class on that day.

As we enter the final week of term, I need to remind families that school finishes on Friday at 2:10pm. If you are planning to leave for your holidays earlier than that please inform me in writing (a diary note or email is excellent) so I can enter it into the role book for legal accountability. I understand that a few might be heading east for the AFL Grand Final. I feel compelled to support the Adelaide team this year, being swept up in the jubilation after this weekend’s game!

As a staff we are looking to plan our 2018 class structure and we need an indication from every student as to their intentions for next year. Please return the pink form, given out last week, to me ASAP!

Friday is a ‘free’ casual day for the students. Please remember that casual clothes still need to comply with our sun–safe policy and hats are still required.

It’s been a busy term with lots of events, assignments and due dates! The students deserve a break and a restful holiday, as do the teachers, because everyone has worked really hard this term. Have a safe and happy holiday, whatever you decide to do. Have fun.

Thanks for your support this term.

Kate and Kiera

September 13

Geography and English Assignment

We have officially begun our combined Geography (HASS) and English assignment. Students this morning were provided with their assessment rubric, which you can find attached below for your own viewing.

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All term students have been working towards and preparing for this final assignment, we have been doing lots of scaffolding in class on both information reports (our English focus) and bush fires and floods (our HASS/Geography focus).

Students will have Wednesdays weeks 8, 9 and 10 to work on this task. Today we are focusing on gathering information, week 9 will focus on drafting our collected information and week 10 students will write their polished copies.

As homework students will also be offered the opportunity to conduct any research at home should they wish to,  over the next two weeks.


Kind Regards,

Kiera Mitchell

September 9

Week 8 News

As we are preparing for Student Led Learning Conferences this week I have not set a talk time topic for this fortnight. Bookings for conference times are now open. Please follow the directions given you in the note that went home with your youngest child last week. Each 30 minute session allows for 4 bookings for students to individually share their learning with their family. I will be in the room to support your child or answer any questions if necessary.

All students will be reflecting on their learning and preparing their work to share with you. Please make a booking to attend with your child so they can share their learning and classroom experiences with you.

Thank you and kind regards,

Kate McSkimming

September 4

Week 7 News

Hello Everyone.

The term is flying by and we are immersed in lots of fun learning in the classroom.

Book Week was a huge success and many of our classmates dressed up for the parade on Friday.

Dr Katia has been visiting to teach us about the various systems in the human body and we will be looking into the relationship between diet and physical activity in the coming weeks.

Students in room 20 are working in pairs to investigate Australian history about the Gold Rush and the Eureka Stockade. The task is divided into 2 parts. Last week we collected information about the gold rush and this week we are looking into Peter Lalor and the Eureka Stockade. In week 8 we will write our notes into a report/ presentation, which will be shared with the class in week 9 or early week 10.

I have had a couple of questions about homework recently. I would like to remind you that students in year 4 and 5 are expected to complete 20 to 30 minutes of homework, 4 nights a week. If homework is set by the teacher, students are expected to write that homework task into their diary and complete it at home. If homework is not set, then students can choose their own task to complete. Reading, Home Badge Challenge, Study Ladder or research work are all reasonable activities. The student is asked to write the task into their diary as a record. Parents are asked to sign the diary each weekend. Time is given in class to write set homework into the diary and reminders are given to ensure students know what to do for homework and what resources they need with them. Please encourage your child to take ownership of their learning and choose homework tasks that are useful to them.

Thank you to all parents who are telling me of reasons for absences or late arrivals. I can then transfer this information to my electronic roll book when I have it ‘open’. Recording such information is tedious but a legal requirement and I appreciate not having to follow up absences at a later date.

Don’t forget that this coming Friday is a School Closure Day (‘No Show Day’ – haha) to enable families to go to the Royal Show if they wish. Enjoy your long weekend.

Student led learning conversations and Sports Day are in week 9. More information about these events soon.

Kind regards,

Kate McSkimming