Please click the following link to some general tips about opening a good game of chess. What do you think about the strategies suggested. Post in the comment if you like, dislike or have tried them out.


The following link will give you some drills to practice to improve your chess game.


KB2 Square in Chess explained…

The square King Bishop 2, which is the square in front of the kingside bishop taken from the player’s individual perspective. (Square f2 or f7 for White or Black respectively).

KB2 is a particularly weak point in the opening, specifically before a player has castled, as it is the only square on a player’s second rank that is initially protected only by the king. As a result, it is frequently the target of early game combinations and oftentimes even sacrifices are made profitably to exploit the square’s weakness. It is important that you protect against such an attack and also be aware that you can exploit such weaknesses in your opponent.

Responding to texts

Text response checklist
1 Star 2 Star 3 Star
Share ideas Clear point of view Make text to self, text and world connections during the discussion
Share my point of view Uses language from the text Clarifies the opinions of others by asking questions
Listens to other’s ideas


Talk about the views of others Evaluate the opinions of others
Interact with others



Above is the checklist for your discussion. To score more stars, you have to contribute more to the conversation. See above for details.

Below are some questions to guide your discussion. You may also use some questions from the sheet I have given you.

What does this text remind you of?

Was the character justified in acting he way they did?

What would you do in the same scenario?

Have you ever faced anything like this? Has anyone you know?

Did you like this text and why?

Can you say that the character’s actions were wrong?

Enjoy your conversation!!!

Marvelous Monday.

Monday 22nd May 2017

9-9:30                    Independent Reading

9:30-9:40              Reading reflection in reading journals

9:40-10:10           Soundwaves

Talk about the sound of the week and do questions 1 and 2 together as a small, group.

Students to then finish up to question 3 and visit the ‘unjumbler’ function on independently.

10:10                     We will identify an event from Australia’s history that we wish to research further.

Students to begin researching people/events/groups of significance in Australia’s history from 1785-1901. This may include poets, bushrangers, politicians, people from significant events such as the Eureka Stockade. Begin by looking at all the events in Australia’s history at the following website.

Make note of the fact that the 1800s are the 19th century and the late 1700s are the 18th century.


After recess:             Continue Research if not finished or done well enough. Decide together.

Then:               Maths

Complete MY NUMERACY activities on Essential Assessment. If students have the Statistics and Probability test to still complete, complete during this time.


Move on to week 6 of maths online revision. Repeat until you get 100%. Try specific tasks that you are finding hard. Make independent learning decisions.

Work independently but help each other where appropriate.

1:10                 Write a reflection using the prompts:

-today, a strategy I used to be successful was…

                        -something that stumped me was…

                        -next time I will…

                        -I will try to learn how to do this by…                      

                        Share reflections in small group.

After Lunch: Play games on and select your 10 words for this weeks spelling.

            For the remaining time, you may complete independent writing, independent reading, finish work or work on a maths task.


9-9:30 Independent Reading.

9:30-10 We will understand how to interpret and complete reading comprehension questions.
Read one of the magazine articles below and answer the questions from the magazine in groups.

NAPLAN magazine

NAPLAN Question booklet

10-10:30 We will follow the writer’s cycle to develop an engaging text.
Independent Writing on a project of your choice.

10:30-11 ONLY if you have time or need something extra to do…. Complete the first 3 questions on the soundwaves sheet attached. We will be doing this together tomorrow. Image below.

11:30-11:45 Play 5B buzz. By 3’s, by 2’s, by 0.2’s. Make your own!

11:45-1:30 We will identify our personal weaknesses and set goals to achieve these.
Students to work on their maths goals while completing week 3 revision on maths online.

2:20-3:20 Students to investigate ‘The Rocks’ in Sydney and take notes of the main ideas. Record websites and main facts + some details or pictures in explain everything.
During the reflection time, discuss student findings in your group and talk about how we know that the information is reliable.


Hi guys, I found this table of data last night and I was wondering if you could help me make sense of it? I want you to put this information into a bar graph to make it easier to understand. Make sure to include all features of the bar graph including an informative title.


The world is filled with angles (lines or arms that come together into a vertex) and we are going to find some of them. Go out and find some angles in our schoolyard, photograph them and leave a comment that describes the most interesting angles you found. Were they big or small?

Angles have arms and a vertex, and that size of the angle is the amount of turn required for one arm to coincide with the other.


Hi Everyone.

Today, we are going to learn about flexibility and why it’s important for athletic performance and general health.

Many of us have a favourite sport. Some of these sports require athletes to be more flexible than others. Gymnastics for example, requires a higher degree of flexibility than Shot Put or Discuss. Does this mean that strength athletes do not need to think about their flexibility?

The following article describes why this idea is incorrect. Follow the link, have a read and comment with your idea of whether flexibility is only required in specific sports.

Flexibilty, as explained by Harvard University.

Today, we are going to measure our flexibility, the following link shows you how to complete flexibility testing for various motions. Using rulers, tape measures or any way you can think of, measure your flexibility using the following tests.

– V Sit test

– Groin flexibility test

– Calf muscle flexibility test

Test explanations link.

Record your results in numbers in an organised way using precise measurements. If you don’t have any formal units to measure, you may use informal units and then convert at a later date. 


Practice stretching for every day for 2 weeks. See if you can improve your flexibility. It only takes 15 minutes!!!

You can find out if you’ve improved by repeating the tests again in  2 weeks, entering your data and comparing.

Various websites show you how to complete stretching but the following is the Victorian Government’s guide to make it safe for you.

Stretching: How to do it?

Today when I’m away.

12:30 Onwards: Please do the following…

1: Complete maths online revision sets or uncompleted tasks that you are working on. Evaluate your goal and set a new one if required. Ask for teacher help where appropriate.

Work in small groups to achieve goals that seem hard for you or you keep getting wrong. Teacher help and modelling may be required for this. TRY FOR 100% the second time through.


2: Practice your spelling words using the tools on the soundwaves website (your login is in your diary).

3: Undertake in some narrative writing following the writer’s cycle. WRITE A STORY!!!

4: Make a list of all of the activities that you do outside of school that take you into the local community.