How to take GOOD video using iPads

Mr. Broughton came in to our class this week and we came up with the following rules/ideas for getting good video on the iPad.

1. Always use the iPad in LANDSCAPE mode.
2. Background – make sure it’s not ‘busy’ or distracting. Simple but with contrast. Check brightness.
3. Don’t stand next to, or lean on a wall.
4. Light on one side of a face can be nice.
5. You don’t have to have the subject of the video in the middle of the screen. Offset it. Rule of thirds!
6. Be aware of volume.
7. All video should be UNDER 5 minutes – though 1 or 2 minutes is often enough.

Thank you Mr. Broughton

So important to say thank you!

We talked in class today about thanking the counsellors, big boss and kitchen staff at camp for the wonderful experiences that they helped us all to have. We will write a letter this week.

Step 1: Big chat
Step 2: Categorising brain frame (4 paragraphs planning)
Step 3: Modelling an example letter in class with Mr. Weekes – example HERE
Step 4: Write paragraph 1 + 2 (check and edit as necessary)
Step 5: Write paragraph 3 + 4 (check and edit as necessary)
Step 6: Write conclusion – check everything and change/add/delete as necessary.
Step 7: Print, write address on envelope and post via school office on Friday

Bitly links to your child’s letter will be available by the end of the week in the comment boxes below.

Mr. Broughton taught us HOW to take + edit great PHOTOS on the iPad

Mr. Broughton came in to class today to teach us HOW to take and edit great photos on the iPad – and then put them in to Seesaw.

Mr. Broughton recommends that:

1. you FOCUS on the image.
2. you hold the iPad still (arms at your sides)
3. keep your fingers away from the lens.
4. think about whether you want to or need to use the timer or flash.
5. keep the image in the CENTER.
6. be careful of GLARE – take the photo over the top of the image and in a brightly lit place.

How to EDIT:

Always use the AUTO ENHANCE tool
CROP the image leaving a small margin around the outside


5W Personal Inquiry time – what is YOUR child interested in?


The 5W ‘PROCESS’ can be seen HERE

Genius Hour / Personal Inquiry Tim – Where interest and curiosity comes alive

Each week we have approximately an hour dedicated for student personal inquiry through Genius Hour. Personal Inquiry time is time given during the school day to allow students to follow their passions and learn about topics that interest them concluding with a presentation of their learning. Sometime action!

Our first step was to identify a range of ideas / topics that we might be personally interested in.

Our second step was to develop a range of questions. Ones that can’t be answered simply with a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’

Please ask your child what his or her ideas included and check out your child’s comment in the comment box below.

Of course the question is just the starting point. Sometimes as the kids get into their inquiry they realise that it might not have been the best question. Sometimes they begin and their inquiry takes them in a whole new direction.

The first inquiry has been absolute free choice. Any passion, any project, any curiosity, any interest!

The inquiries for the remainder of the year will be varied. They need to be creative, thought through and followed up. Hopefully the students will be excited about inquiring into an area of personal interest. This is going to be great practice leading up to our Exhibition in April 2017.

A short biography about a Nobel Peace Prize winner

Last week we celebrated World Peace Day. As part of our unit of inquiry into conflict, we have spread our wings to look at people who have helped the world become a better place.

5W students have looked at the Nobel Peace Prize winners and have chosen one to write a short biography on. We used:

to research facts and interesting details about the person we chose. We focussed on seeing if we could answer these questions:

What makes this person special or interesting?
What kind of effect did he or she have on the world? other people?
What are the adjectives you would most use to describe the person?
What examples from their life illustrate those qualities?
What events shaped or changed this person’s life?
Did he or she overcome obstacles? Take risks? Get lucky?
Would the world be better or worse if this person hadn’t lived? HOW and WHY?

5W students edited biographies will be available in the comment boxes below from today.

A great day out with Grade 5 students – cooperative games in Yamashita Park

A great day out on the 9th September in Yamashita Park. The weather was hot but beautiful and at least it didn’t rain! We found a nice grassy area of Yamashita Park. Mr. Claydon had some wonderful ideas for games and it was all great fun. We learned how to work with each other to achieve our goals.

How do you subtract?

Minus, deduct, take away, less than, reduce etc?

We looked at 3 methods in class today – the ‘old way’, Mari’s way and counting up. We modelled 3 examples in class and then students were asked to work out 2 calculations for each method. Ask your child to show you how s/he did them!

Old way: 7561 – 2643 and 8987 – 6478

Mari’s way: 6234 – 4545 and 6324 – 3456

Counting up: 2016 – 1897 and 2020 – 1743

5W students will practice subtraction problems over the next few days with the method that she or he finds the best to use. Test your child out at home!