Week 4 homework

Hey Superstars,

Below is the home work for this week (due 26th February). Remember to bring in your homework book (which you only need to bring in on Mondays) and your diary (which you should bring to school everyday).

If you’re struggling to get all the homework finished, or there is some reason that you can’t, please bring a note in your diary and come have a chat BEFORE the due date.

This week you need to do:

  1. Reading Log (signed 5 times for the week)
  2. BTN Summary – Here’s this weeks video
  3. 100 word challenge – this weeks prompt
  4. SRC speech
  5. Hot Maths task

Further details on the expectations for each of these can be found in the Homework section of the class blog.

Remember – if you think that you’re going to having trouble completing the homework, make sure that you come and see me BEFORE it’s due.



Different types of government

There are many other forms of government around the world that are different to ours. Sometimes it can be hard to describe a particular government as just being one type. Australia is a constitutional monarchy, and the government that rules under the constitution is a democracy. Following are descriptions of some of the other forms of government.
Anarchy is a situation where there is no government. In an anarchy, every person does their own thing; there are no rules or organisation. This can happen after a civil war in a country, when a government has been overthrown and different groups are fighting for control.
Communism is a system where the government plans and controls the economy, owning all the businesses and farms. In its ideal form, all the labour and the goods produced are equally shared by the people.
In a democracy the people elect the government. Everyone who is eligible to vote has a chance to have his or her say over who runs the country.
Dictatorship or autocracy
This is a country ruled by a single leader who was not elected by the people. In this situation the leader may use force to keep control. In a military dictatorship, the army is in control and the leader is the head of the army.

A monarchy has a king or queen. In some traditional monarchies this person is the only ruler. In others, like the United Kingdom, it is a constitutional monarchy, which means there is also a democratic government. The government has most of the control and the power of the Queen is limited.
A republic is a country that has no monarch. The head of the country is usually an elected president. Some people in Australia want our country to become a republic.
Totalitarian state
This is a country with only one political party. People are forced to do what the government tells them and they may also be prevented from leaving the country.


Building Blocks of Australia’s Government

Click on the links to help you answer the questions

What does ‘system of government’ mean?-make your own definition

What is democracy?– go to the “Freedom to Choose ” activity

What is Australia’s 2 systems of government?

What other countries influenced Australia’s system of government?


How the principles of our modern democracy emerged.

The rights we have today in our society have not always existed. Rights such as:

  • freedom of speech (The legal right to express one’s opinions freely)
  • equality before the law (All people are subject to the same laws of justice)

have developed over time.

 The Story of Our Freedom

Record key dates and events that lead to the development of the key democratic principles freedom of speech and equality before the law-highlight the 3 most important facts in their opinion.

Write a short summary of information recorded in notes.

Week 3 Homework reminder

Hey Superstars,

Just a reminder of the homework that we set on Monday for this week.

Remember to bring in your homework book (which you only need to bring in on Mondays) and your diary (which you should bring to school everyday).

This week you need to do:

  1. Reading Log (signed 5 times for the week)
  2. 100 word challenge
  3. SRC letter (not due until the 26th but make sure you’re working towards it)
  4. Hot Maths task

Further details on the expectations for each of these can be found in the Homework section of the class blog.

Remember – if you think that you’re going to having trouble completing the homework, make sure that you come and see me BEFORE it’s due.



Parent Information Night

Thank you to all who were able to make it to the information night tonight. We appreciate your support and interest in your child’s learning journey. To those who were unable to make it, we have provided a link below to the notes (powerpoint) discussed, and would encourage you to access the 5/6 Handbook (available on school website and class blogs) to clarify any details.

Click HERE for the power point presentation of everything we covered.

If there are any questions you have further to what was covered, or anything you would like clarified, please comment on this blog post and we will answer.

If you would prefer to speak to any of us, we are available to meet and address any concerns.

Kind Regards,

Libby, Antony and Caitlyn

Welcome grade 5/6B for 2018!



Welcome to our class blog for 2018!! Here we will share and celebrate our learning as well as sharing information about upcoming events and other things we need to know about being a part of 5/6B. There will be links to educational websites as well as links to other classroom blogs and a link to your personal blogs and email.

Our blogs offer us a chance to communicate with the whole world about our learning. Please leave comments and ask questions…but remember to keep your comments appropriate, constructive and related to our learning.

I’ve written you a letter introducing myself in addition to my initial letter you received in the holidays- I’d love you to read it and write me a letter in response.


Hi 5/6B,

I’m Caitlyn, I first started teaching at your school last year as a Casual Relief Teacher (CRT) and have now joined the team as a full time teacher this year, and I am so excited to be at your wonderful school! As a CRT last year I taught at lots of different schools, and with students aged from Prep to Year 12. In addition to teaching primary, I am also a drama teacher, and so I enjoy being active and imaginative!

Before becoming a teacher I worked in theatres and arts organisations across Victoria where I created theatre and performances for children, and often got to perform in schools! I’m very passionate about the Arts and definitely encourage you to be creative!

I love music, which includes playing the guitar and ukulele, and some of my favourite musicians are Paul Dempsey, P!nk, Florence and the Machine, and The Basics – I’ve seen The Basics perform live a number of times and they blow my mind every single time!

My Mum and Dad both live in Ballarat. My mum works as a Financial Counselor where she helps farmers and small businesses, and my Dad has worked for Telstra as a technician for over 40 years where he helps to extend and repair phone and internet service for Victoria. I have two sisters; my older sister Hanna is a paralegal and my younger sister Sarah is studying music at the Australian Institute of Music where she plays the bass, guitar, flute, trombone, and sings!

I was born in Darwin (NT) and did all of my schooling in a town called Swan Hill, it’s located in the Mallee region at the top of Victoria. I moved to Melbourne to attend university, and I loved it here so much that I can’t leave! At university I first completed a degree in Performing Arts and then followed with a Master of Teaching. I loved studying both of my degrees and made some incredible friends along the way!

I have three pets, a dog named Chilli, she’s a toy poodle crossed with a silky terrier and she loves going to the Northcote dog park and Preston market, and two cats named Pea and Chutney. Pea and Chutney are sisters and are both rescues. They both love Chilli, but Chilli doesn’t love them back very much!

Last year I went travelling to Thailand, Nepal, and India for almost three months with my best friend Sam. Sam is also a teacher and we were very lucky to spend a few weeks in remote Nepal in a small village called Batase learning from two schools there. It was an incredible experience and I can’t wait to go back and explore more!

I can’t wait to see what we achieve this year together! I love teaching and you are all what make it so fantastic. In the last few days you have shown me that you’re willing to have a go, make mistakes, incredibly kind, you have made me laugh a lot, and I am already really proud of all of you. It’s going to be a great year, that’s for sure!!

So now, what about you? I want to find out more about you. What are you favourite things? What’s your family like? Have you done something that you’d like to share? What did you do in your holidays? What do you hope to do in the future? Write an entry onto your blog – show it to a family member and make sure you review it to fix mistakes before you publish it. I can’t wait to read about you!


From Caitlyn 🙂