Music: Count Us In!

Since 2007 the initiative Music: Count Us In has celebrated music in Australian schools. At the same time on the same day, students from primary schools and secondary schools sing the same song.

This year, on the 31st October at 12.30pm, over half a million students sang ‘Keep On’. The song was written by students around the country who won a songwriting competition. There was a live stream from 11.45am from Melbourne and at 12.30pm there was a countdown and everyone sang together.

This year was the first year that UPPS participated in Count Us In. Here are some photos from today’s live stream and performance.

Have you ever done a music performance before?
What do you think next year’s song should be?

Our Amazing Art Show!

Last night at UPPS the students and parents came back to school to view all of the amazing art work on display.

The Central Learning Space was transformed into an art gallery for the evening, with paintings, sculptures, lanterns, tie-dyed clothing on display. It looked fantastic!

The Grade Ones performed some songs and some of the students from each grade made speeches about what they had been doing in art with Mrs Lewis this year.

Here are some photos of the artwork:

Have you ever been to an art show before (apart from the UPPS Art Show?
Have you ever had your work put into an art show (apart from the UPPS Art Show?)
What was your favourite piece in the art show?

Prefix Pets

A prefix is a word part that is added to the beginning of a base word to change the meaning of that word.

Some examples of prefixes are: dislike, disapprove, disappear, reapply, rebuild, misunderstand, misbehave, unhelpful, unhealthy, unmotivated, preheat, preschool. Can you think of any more?

Check out our Prefix Pets below! Our challenge was to describe a pet (fictional or real) using as many prefixes as possible.

Can you make a list of prefixes?
Can you describe a ‘Prefix Pet’?

Dental Health Day – 15/10/13

Yesterday a dentist and a dental health nurse from the Dentist of Plenty Valley came to Upper Plenty PS to talk the students about keeping our teeth healthy.

We learnt…
– how many teeth we each had when we visited Dr Justine, the dentist (most of us have 24!)
– after you have orange juice you should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. This is because the acid contained in orange juice weakens the enamel and starts plaque build up.
– if you drink soft drink you should drink it through a straw, because the acid effects your gum and teeth.
– energy drinks are bad for your health, your heart and your teeth.
– drink water containing flouride because this protects your teeth.
– you should brush your teeth twice a day because it reduces tooth decay.
– how to brush our teeth properly.
– calcium is good for your teeth.

Thank you to Dr Justine and Kerrie for visiting us and teaching us about oral health!

Which fact is most interesting to you and why?
Do you know how many teeth you have?

Market Fresh Day – October 2013

Last week two ladies from the Market Fresh program came to our school and taught all the grades about eating healthy fruits and vegetables.

We learnt about how we should eat a variety of different colours because there are different vitamins in each. We learnt you should try and eat the skin on fruits and vegetables because a lot of vitamins and minerals are in the skin. Your taste buds are changing continuously across our life time. There were 5 different types of capsicums: green, yellow, red, white, purple. All of them start growing green, except for the purple.

After the visitors told us about different fruits and vegetables we got to try lots of different types such as:
– yellow capsicum
– asparagus
– cucumber
– carrot
– apples
– bananas
– pears
– avacado dip
– tomatoes
– oranges
– cantalope/rockmelon

What is your favourite fruit or vegetable?
Have you ever tried purple or white capsicum?
Has the Market Fresh program ever come to your school before?

Natural Disasters!

View the video and comment below with the answers to the following questions. Also you need to write another question of your own for the next person to answer.

What did you learn from the video clip?

Can you think of other natural disasters?

Learning about Procedural Writing – Procedure Games!

This morning (7th October) we went outside to play some games which we read from a procedural text because we are learning about procedural texts in writing.

First we got into groups and each group read a different procedural texts that described how to play a game.

Then we went outside to play the games, following the procedures we had read. Each group taught the rest of the grade how to play their game then the whole class played.

The first game was ‘Couple Tag’. The next was ‘Robber-Theif’ and the last game was ‘Wagon Wheel’. We read them from a book called “Don’t Forget Your Whistle”, edited by Peter Meaney.

Here are some things we learnt about procedural writing:
1. They use specific language such as ‘clasped hands’ to describe the steps in detail
2. Some procedures use different words as their subheadings, eg instead of ‘goal’ they might use ‘objective’ or ‘aim’.
3. A procedure for a game needs: objective, equipment, age level, duration, number of people/teams, description, diagram
4. The writing needs to be clear and specific for the reader to understand. For example, in one of the procedures we read, it said to have a ball for each team. We thought that it would be better for it to say ‘4 balls’ because we got confused later in the procedure.
5. A cooking procedure is called a ‘recipe’ and sometimes it says ‘method’ instead of ‘description’ or ‘steps’
6. Most of us have followed some sort of procedure before – for a game, craft, building something, cooking etc.
7. A procedure is a list of instructions or steps that teach you how to do something.

Write at least one new thing you learnt from this post.
Have you played any of the games listed above before?
Have you written/followed a procedure before?
What would you write a procedure about?

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