Solar Boat Year 5 teams…dare to win…

Year 5,

I was going to share with you a video. A video that showed how  a Year 5 team defied  all odds in 2011. Not only were they Grade 5 students…they were an all girl team.

However…my message is the same…’Game On’ Year 6…the Year fives are  playing to win.

Knowing what you have learnt about ‘working in a team skills’,what behaviours will your team be focussing on?

Where oh where…?

As our London leg of the Cyber Race draws to a close, the question on almost everyone’s lips is ‘Where to next?’.

Well, as you know, I can’t give too much away. It may give some of you an unfair advantage.
However, because I’m such a caring teacher, I can’t resist giving you a helping hand.
Hint#1…It will be handy if you could become fluent in a language other than English. If not, a language translator will come in very handy.

Hint#2… If you can learn where this image can be found, it might steer you in the right direction. Or am I being cruel and throwing you off the scent?

Where can you find me?

Where can you find me?

Food Glorious Food…

Sydney Leg Team Challenge

Food Glorious Food


For this challenge you need do the following preparation:

  • access the video in the ‘To Collect’ folder. This will provide you with the tune you need to learn. You will need to listen to this video a number of times
  • collect the word doc with the lyrics that match the video clip.

You will need to use both of these resources to assist you with your team rehearsal.

Remember…the group that records the most entertaining rendition of this song wins a tour voucher that can be ‘cashed in’ during any of the remaining Amazing Race legs.

I’m guessing that this might be the most challenging aspect of the competition so far.

I’d like you to EXPLAIN how your team PREPARED for this CHALLENGE.


House rules and the technology process…

Today the Passive Energy House project came to an end…5,4,3,2,1…zero.

The pressure in the classroom was palpable.

We spent a great deal of class time discussing the technology process.

I’d like to know …Which of these images best explains the process your team  followed? Click on each image to enlarge it.


Lemonade stand…profit or loss?

One Summer I remember ( I was about 11 ) setting up a lemonade stand with my brother and sister and the children from 2 other families who lived down the street where we lived.
Our special recipe consisted of water, freshly squeezed lemons and fruit saline ( the secret to our success).

We set up a card table out the front of our neighbour’s house, grabbed a number of glasses, ( back then honey and peanut butter was sold in jars that could be used as  glasses once you rinsed them out) and made a sign using our Derwent pencils.

Our neigbours became our faithful customers. We made enough money each to buy an ice cream.My favourite was something called a ‘Cream Between’.

This probably sounds like a sad tale compared to the success you may have experienced playing the Lemondade Stand game. How successful were you? 

 What did you learn from your analysis of the game?

By the way….according to a very well know saying….”The customer is always right.”….epecially if you are a duck!!! This will make sense if you watch this video. ( courtesy of school tube )

Prep buddy tabloid sports afternoon..Congratulations Year 6!

Never work with children or animals…apparently sound advice for some.
But look what happens when children work with children…especially when Year 6 students work with their Prep buddies.

What did you learn from this experience Grade 6?  Did you enjoy the afternoon’s activity?

Solar Boat Race Day

The race day had finally arrived.
The sun shone…well, most of the time.
The teams prepared to do battle…otherwise known as friendly rivalry.
The boats raced…backwards, sideways and forwards at various speeds.
A crowd of children watched on…nervously and excitedly

  One team, one boat and one winner (or in this case, four).

Visit student blogs to learn more about the day’s activities.

The winning team and their boat

The winning team and their boat


Solar Boat Final from carolkane on Vimeo.