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    PMpTue, 25 Mar 2014 19:13:22 -040013Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


    To a state that’s famous for its forests and the timber that comes from them. Tasmanians have seen a lot of debate over the years between supporters of the logging industry and people that think more forests should be off-limits. And the fight isn’t over. The state’s new government wants to give the logging industry a boost to create more jobs but that’s made some pretty angry. 


    PMpTue, 18 Mar 2014 19:52:20 -040052Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Why do you think the disappearance of flight MH370 is such a big news story?

    Thanks BTN

    It was more than a week ago that a plane and its 239 passengers went missing. Authorities are now saying it might have been deliberately flown off course and 25 countries have been asked to help in the search. But at the moment there are more questions than answers, like how can something as big as a plane just disappear?

    BTN: Crash Case

  3. Anaphylaxis Awareness

    AMpThu, 13 Mar 2014 02:28:57 -040028Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    NutsPrinces Hill Primary School is not a nut free environment. However, a number of children in our community are allergic to nuts and/or other food. Please discuss with your children the importance of not sharing food with others to help reduce the possibility of anyone suffering an adverse reaction.

  4. Literacy – Persuasive Writing

    AMpThu, 13 Mar 2014 02:18:45 -040018Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


    We have been learning through advertising the skill of persuasive text. This week we looked at the elements used when writing an introduction (opening paragraph).

    • Clearly state your position for your persuasive text – This mentions the problem or issue the writer is addressing in the text and whether they agree or disagree.
    • Present your three arguments/examples – these arguments/examples support the writer’s position. This is brief and does not go into detail. This sets ups the order of how the body of the text will be structured.
    • Grab the reader’s attention with a ‘hook’ – The introduction could begin with:
      • Opening with a strong statement: Providing the readers with a thought provoking idea (Cigarettes are the number one cause of lighter sales in Australia!)
      • Opening with an Anecdote: An anecdote is a personal story that evokes emotion, it is short and to the point. (When I was a child we never watched as much television as children do now, we went outside and played games, experienced life)
      • Opening with a Statistic or Fact: Sometimes a statistic or fact will add emphasis or interest to your topic. It can include an expert opinion. (70% of Dentist believe that children under the age of 5 should not drink soft drink because it is bad for their teeth)
      • Opening with a question: Provides an idea that makes the reader reconsider what they think about a particular topic (Have you ever considered how many books we’d read if it were not for television?)


  5. Learning Agreement, Week 7 and 8

    PMpWed, 12 Mar 2014 17:40:50 -040040Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Week 7-8 Term 1 LAWeek 7-8 Term 1 LA

  6. Can you spare a tissue?

    AMpWed, 12 Mar 2014 03:03:54 -040003Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog



    Over here in the 5/6 Neighbourhood we have once again run out of tissues, and, unfortunately, aren’t likely to run out of tears in the foreseeable future.  To the generous and thoughtful parents reading this post, please consider picking up a box on our behalf.  Thanks in advance!

  7. What’s News (in Nature)

    PMpTue, 11 Mar 2014 23:56:29 -040056Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


    Looking at the news tells us much about what’s happening in the world around us.  Whats more it also helps us to predict what might happen next.  Read through some of the ‘Nature’ articles found on the BBC website  and then:

    1) Briefly summarise one of the articles

    2) Identify the ‘change’ involved (what makes this information ‘news’?)

    3) Consider how this information might help us predict future ‘change’

    4) include a link to your article and a name when you respond to this blog post.

  8. BTN (Student Responses to be posted in portfolios)

    AMpTue, 11 Mar 2014 06:24:42 -040024Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Do you think you spend too much time in front of a screen?

    Thanks BTN

    It’s the new way to pass time between every other task in your day, just pick up a phone or tablet and bang, you’re entertained! But what effect is all this screen time having on us? And what effect is it having on families?

  9. National Ride2School Day

    AMpTue, 11 Mar 2014 06:15:54 -040015Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    National Ride2School Day

    Wednesday 19 March 2014 marks the eighth National Ride2School Day, where over 250,000 Australian children, just like ours, will ride and walk to school. It is a day about celebrating riding and walking and encouraging everyone to give it a go!

    Not only is riding and walking a fun way to get to school, but it also contributes to your children’s daily physical activity needs.

    Although some of you live far away, or have conflicting commitments that makes it difficult to ride and walk every day, even going by bike or foot for part of the way, or on some of the days is still great!

    Be part of the fun and pop National Ride to School Day in your calendar now.


  10. Family Life Parent Information Night (REMINDER)

    PMpMon, 10 Mar 2014 23:40:31 -040040Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Dear Parents  / Carers

    This one hour session is designed to give adults an opportunity to have a better understanding of some of the issues for schools in sexuality education.

    Wednesday 12thMarch at 6.00pm  5/6 Media Room

     What is sexuality education and why it is important?

    What do young people need to know? What about values?

    What are the benefits of sexuality education?

    Content of the program and examples of strategies and resources that are used.

    Discussion of some common concerns about sexuality education.

    (Family Life C0-ordinator)

  11. Method in Multiplying Madness?

    PMpTue, 04 Mar 2014 19:14:25 -040014Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Follow this link to see examples of the following:

    Grid Multiplication

    Column Multiplication

    Line Multiplication

    Gelosia Multiplication

    Remember to think about these three questions:

    Why does each method work?

    What does each method have in common?

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of each method?

  12. Behind the News (Student Responses) Week 6 – Thanks BTN:)

    PMpTue, 04 Mar 2014 17:01:07 -040001Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Once a piece of rubbish leaves your hand and lands in the bin most of us forget about it. But what journey does it take from there?  Think about the last product you bought or were given as a gift – how was it packaged?  Packaging plays an important role in protecting merchandise as well as helping to market it with colourful images and shiny plastic.

    Based on the amount of waste that is produced annually in Australia – do you think it would be wise for the government to impose a tax on packaging to help limit its use?

  13. Week 6 Learning Agreement

    AMpMon, 03 Mar 2014 01:28:00 -040028Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Click here for the Week 6 Term 1 LA

    Term 1 Week 6 LA

  14. Parent Reps for 5/6 Neighbourhood

    AMpThu, 27 Feb 2014 05:01:34 -040001Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    We are looking for volunteers to become parent reps. This role is an important one within our school as it helps to bring the school community together. Parent reps also help to provide opportunities for parents to become involved in the learning in neighbourhoods. If you are interested please see your neighbourhoods teachers. 
    Thank You,
    Keith McNeill
    Community Relations Subcommittee

  15. Behind the News (Student Responses) Week 5 – Thanks BTN:)

    AMpTue, 25 Feb 2014 09:25:36 -040025Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    This story is by Coen a very special BtN rookie reporter. He’s a 16 year old kid who will soon be traveling the length of the Murray River by jet ski. He’s doing it to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation a subject that’s near to his heart. Actually literally right next to his heart because he’s the proud new owner of a set of donated lungs. Take a look. (Text from:

    Based on Coen’s story, do you believe all Australians have the responsibility to become organ donors?

  16. Mathematics Information Evening with Professor Di Siemon

    AMpTue, 25 Feb 2014 09:06:42 -040006Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Thank you to all parents who attended the evening. There have been requests by parents to share some of Di’s work with the community. Attached is the extended power-point Di uses to present the key concepts behind mathematics teaching and learning. We hope that this will support you with how we approach learning here at PHPS and provide you with ideas to work with at home.

    Research on teaching and learning and developments in our technological society have prompted considerable changes in how mathematics is taught. School mathematics NOW involves interaction and negotiation of the „big ideas‟. Contemporary approaches include: extended investigations, rich tasks, open-ended questions, games, discussion of solution strategies, mental computation, and visualisation

    These are the ‘Big Ideas’ that address key concepts which, if not understood, will undermine students’ capacity to engage meaningfully with core aspects of the Number Strand in subsequent years. The first four are largely addressed in Primary school and are introduced in Prep as initial concepts and developed throughout the learning journey to Year 6.

    Big Idea Description
    Trusting the Count Developing flexible mental objects for the numbers 0 to 10


    Place value Moving beyond counting by ones, the structure of the base 10 numeration system


    Additive to Multiplicative thinking Moving from a count of equal groups (eg 1 six, 2 sixes, 3 sixes, 4 sixes, …) to a constant number of groups (eg 6 ones, 6 twos, 6 threes, 6 fours, 6 fives …), the key to understanding rational number and developing efficient mental and written computation strategies in later years


    Partitioning The missing link in building common fraction and decimal knowledge, understanding and confidence


    Proportional reasoning Extending what is known about multiplication and division beyond rule-based procedures to solve problems involving fractions, decimals, per cent, ratio, rate and proportion


    Generalising Skills and strategies to support equivalence, recognition of number properties and patterns, and the use of algebraic expressions



    Di Siemon – PowerPoint presentation of key ideas and strategies for teaching numeracy in the primary years

    Place-Value Game – A useful tool for extending your child’s mathematical thinking about number

    ten_frame_blank – Another tool referred to by Di Siemon in her presentation

  17. The Loong Way Home (Melissa Pritchard)

    PMpMon, 24 Feb 2014 19:04:23 -040004Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    On Wednesday  5th of March we will be having a visit from Melissa Pritchard.

    “That’s right! I’m headed home to Oregon, USA on my bike, from Barcelona, Spain—the loong way!  I plan to cycle over 30,000 km while passing through 4 continents and more than 20 countries in the next 14 months combining my passion to bike and teach. Follow me on my trip!”

    Melissa will be passing through Melbourne next week and has asked to visit our school. As Melissa rides through new countries, she visits schools and gives presentations. Have a look at Melissa’s blog to learn about her journey.



  18. Bethind the News (Student Responses) Thanks BTN:)

    PMpTue, 18 Feb 2014 23:13:21 -040013Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    If you do something wrong do you think it’s fair to be rewarded for it? That’s the debate going round this week after an Aussie woman named Schapelle Corby was released from a prison in Bali after doing nine years for drug smuggling. Rumour is she’s been offered millions to tell her story. But  there’s an Australian law designed to stop that happening.


    Should Schapelle Corby be paid for her story?

  19. Welcome Picnic: Thursday 6:00pm

    AMpMon, 17 Feb 2014 04:50:36 -040050Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    When:    Thursday 27 th February, 6:00 pm onward

    Where: Princes Park (near the playground)
    All families are invited to attend the school welcome picnic. Please bring some food to share.

  20. Week 4 Learning Agreement

    AMpMon, 17 Feb 2014 04:43:31 -040043Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Week 4 Term 1 LA.docx

  21. Week 4 Timetable

    AMpMon, 17 Feb 2014 01:01:02 -040001Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


  22. Nude Food

    PMpSun, 16 Feb 2014 22:31:10 -040031Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Lunch boxes at Princes Hill Primary

     In order to reduce waste and rubbish on our school grounds at Princes Hill primary asks all it’s students to keep any waste from their lunchbox and take it home to be recycled or sent to landfill. We celebrate the efforts of parents and students to create nude food lunches. Nude food lunches are lunches that don’t have any waste such as wrappers, plastic or even things that can be recycled such as bottles or cardboard. Here are some photographs of some nude food lunches that have been spotted so far this year. Thanks for any effort in this direction. It makes a difference.


  23. Literacy

    AMpSun, 16 Feb 2014 03:10:37 -040010Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


    During the literacy workshops, as a learning community, we identified certain indicators that would assist the reader/viewer in establishing if a book, film or image was set in the past and then compared these indicators of the past to the present day. These indicators are listed below and supported children with their Learning agreement last week.


    • Date
    • Money, e.g. the type of currency of the time.
    • Fashion, e.g. the cloths of the time reflected social.
    • Attitudes, for example modesty and certain roles of men and women.
    • Social attitudes – Discipline, laws – power of the government.
    • Language, e.g. the way in which they spoke, type of language being used.
    • Environments, e.g. where they lived and how the houses were built.
    • The roles that we play in society, e.g. Men going to work, women staying at home.
    • Food, e.g. When spaghetti was introduced to Australia, this cuisine was always common for dinner time.
    • Hygiene, e.g. There were no toilets, or toilets outside.
    • Technology (types), e.g. using ink well and quills to write.
    • Transport, e.g. Horse and carriage cars.
    • Education, e.g. Discipline, the way children are seated.
    • Buildings, e.g. the materials used, the way the buildings have been built.
    • Amount of resources, e.g. The amount of food available to the community.

    All students have been introduced to the picture fiction book, My Place.

    The story is about a house somewhere in Sydney and the land around it, told by the children who lived there from 1988 back to 1788 and before.

  24. Neighbourhood Provocations

    AMpSun, 16 Feb 2014 02:52:14 -040052Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Our neighbourhood is looking fantastic with lots of visible provocations to get our students thinking and connecting ideas about CHANGE. Our neighbourhood has been transformed into a large museum. Come and take a look!






    AMpSun, 16 Feb 2014 02:39:15 -040039Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog



    6:00 – 7PM



    Dianne Siemon is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education at RMIT University (Victoria). She is involved in the preparation of pre-service teachers and the supervision of higher degree students. Di has been responsible for a number of State and Territory-wide numeracy research projects involving Prep (Transition) to Year 9.  She is a popular professional development presenter whose interests include the development of the ‘big ideas’ in number, the teaching and learning of mathematics in the middle years, and the use of rich assessment tasks to inform teaching. Di is a past President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and the Mathematical Association of Victoria.


    Di will present to parents what they can do at home to support teachers build mental objects for numbers (looking at strategies such as part-part-whole, doubling etc.) She will discuss strategies for mental computation and importance of these, link briefly to ‘algorithms/processes’ and then spend some time unpacking multiplication and strategies for learning number facts based on understanding.



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