Tree Planting Day

Emotional Awareness

Brainstorm as many emotions as you can within a time limit using the alphabet as a guide. Colour-code positive, negative, and neutral emotions. Read this article and as a pair/triad, try to identify each emotion shown. Try the same activity with the second image.

Have a go at some reading emotions quizzes:

Finally, in your pair/triad complete Venn diagrams for what causes different emotions in each of you.

The Carbon Cycle

First, a little science. Carbon is often referred to as the ‘element of life’ as all life (and many non-living substances too!) on Earth contains carbon.

Think back to the water cycle for a moment: water cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change form as a solid (ice), a liquid (water / rain), and a gas (steam). Carbon also cannot be created or destroyed, but its form often changes, making the Carbon Cycle. Some forms of carbon you may recognise include:

  • Coal
  • Diamond
  • Oil
  • Natural gas
  • Carbon dioxide in the air
  • Graphite (eg. in ‘lead’ pencils)
  • Petrol for fuel
  • Plastics
  • Plants and animals

Forms of carbon, such as coal and oil, used to be living things that have since died and have been absorbed into the ground, then formed into coal and oil from heat and pressure below the Earth’s surface. Carbon is absorbed into the ground and is released out of the ground.


Humans have been extracting too much carbon from the ground and burning fossil fuels, which means we have more carbon dioxide than usual in the atmosphere and are unable to absorb it all. We are tilting the balance by burning carbon sources (like wood, coal, and oil), which is causing more carbon to be trapped in the atmosphere, and less carbon being stored as coal, wood, and oil.


Complete the carbon cycle activity in your Geography book.


This week, Year 5 students will be completing their NAPLAN assessments. Remember, it is just a test of one point in time of your English and Mathematics learning. It doesn’t test all the things that make you special, it doesn’t measure how much you have grown and improved in your personal goals, it doesn’t assess your unique interests and talents. So good luck – do your best, and nobody can ask any more than that!

Trish Jackson

Today we were fortunate to hear the inspiring life story of thalidomide survivor, Trish Jackson. She was born without arms, has had many surgeries for problems with her heart and endures constants pain. But she feels:

“The world doesn’t owe me anything. You make what you want in life. It’s about what you can do, not what you can’t.”

“People told me that I wouldn’t. But I could, I can and I still do.”

She has found ways to do everything with her feet, from eating and writing, to fishing and even driving! Trish has now discovered her talents in visual arts and photography. She spoke about being resilient and persistent, and always choosing kindness over bullying.

Finally, Trish challenged us to try writing with our feet. She definitely did a much better job than all of us, which goes to show you can do anything if you try hard and practice long enough!



Many physical features can be passed on through families through their DNA. Here are some pictures of Ms Salmon and her family at similar ages – what features do we have in common?


Some things you might have noticed include: hair colour, eye colour, shape of the smile, eyebrows, dimples, straight or curly hair, eye shape, angles of the nose…

What do you have similar across your family?

Describing Memorable Characters

Bellbirds have been working on creating interesting characters that an audience cares about and wants to know more of. We are using adjectives, similes and metaphors, and choosing ways to speak and act that SHOW not TELL about that character. It’s been tricky not to just jump into telling the story, but we need to hook the reader in first or they won’t be interested.

Here are some of Ms Salmon’s favourites!:

Her hair was as soft as silk it would shimmer in the sun. She had a funny sense of humour – it was like a clown doing the weirdest thing ever. Her eyes were as blue as the sky on a hot summers day. Her skin shines when the sunset fell to the ground. Her cheeks were like a red rose that was reflecting from a shimmering pond. Her smile made everyone in her neighbourhood smile – it was like her teeth would glow like a torch in the midnight sky.


His hair is like the dark brown in the deep part of the forest and his eyes are like the moss green on a rock on the shore. He’s as shy as a cat when they see a moving car


Her face went bright red like a tomato her eyes were big as a balloon. She was shaking like an earthquake was coming to get her emotionally. she was rocking back and fourth thinking about what would could happen to her.


A long time ago there was a silver back wolf. Fenrus was a great wolf that attacks evil who comes in his way. His eyes are as red as molten lava, his teeth are as sharp like razors and his claws are as sharp as blades. His heart has so much kindness in it and he loves his family.


Frank was the grumpiest person in the world he was short like a dwarf grumpy as a giant and had a sour look like he just ate a warhead.
He always had a frown and kept on looking down he had nobody to talk to or any friends to play with. When he went home he had no space and he had candles that were sad and his room was dark like a midnight park.


As she scampered down the road her purple eyes lit up the neighbourhood. Her glamorous blond hair shone like the sun while her tall skinny legs moved like the wind. She sang a marvellous song that sounded like the a humming bird in the morning. Her voice was like a singer. A crowd formed to listen to her sing but then HHH EEE she was hesitating to sing, she sounded like a sick child. Then off she ran like a jet in the sky. Her legs were like to lightning bolt.

Visual Arts – Oil Pastel Colours

Welcome to term 2

This term our Geography topic is Climate Change. To begin, think about the words weather, and climate – what do you already know about each, and what do you think the differences are? Check out this video for more information:

When would it be appropriate to use each word (weather / climate)?

With your table group, write a definition of each word.

More information here

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