Talented TA 2

Year 6/7 Waggrakine Primary

Term 4 is flying!!

It is unbelievable to think it is already Week 6 in Term 4! We have been so busy that we havent got to publish many draft posts we have started, now they just seem irrelevant so we thought we would just give you a quick update on the happenings in TA 2 so far this term!

This term started off very differently and has proved a success with the students still smiling and producing fantastic pieces of work!


In Literacy sessions we have been focusing on writing project proposals and letters. The students have shown fantastic persistence when trying to convince me to allow them to do a project of their choice through a persuasive letter. They have also been completing many activities in pairs and groups, enjoying many spelling, general knowledge and grammar quizzes.


In Mathematics sessions the students have continued to work with fractions and we are exploring the world of Chance and Data. The students have drawn and created maps and will soon be directing a blindfolded partner through an obstacle course! Lets hope they give clear directions! We have also started using bows and arrows to play darts and working on our recall of basic facts which the students have found to be engaging.

Students remember to complete your Maths Online tasks, only a few weeks to go!


This term we have looked at a range of topics in Health.

– Smoking

– Cannabis

– Our bodies

– Identity

The students have shown amazing maturity during these sessions asking sensible questions and sharing their thoughts and ideas. It is fantastic to see the students take all of the information on board and interact positively with their peers during some awkward topics of conversation!

Inquiry Learning

A new addition to the timetable this term has been Inquiry Learning. Students have selected a topic and a mode of presentation and are off exploring their interests. It has been great to see the students challenge themselves with a variety tools such as, Animoto, Prezi and Movie Maker.


We have continued to work with our PP buddies from ECE 3, teaching them sporting skills, building with popsticks and today we are starting to make Christmas decorations with them! It is amazing to see how much they have grown and excellent to see them interacting with the whole school at Recess and Lunch now.

We have also had to say goodbye to two students this term, Maekayla and Courtney who have returned to their previous schools. The girls are being missed by all and we hope they have a fantastic final term.

We then received two new additions to our classroom, Toby and Jayke, they have settled in extremely well and as they are both Year 6’s we look forward to having them at our school next year as Year 7 leaders.

Things to come in our busy term are:

– Yera 7 Transition Day- Week 7 Tuesday

– Year 7 Activity Week- Week 8

– Graduation Cermemony & Dinner- Week 9 Friday

– Awards Ceremony Monday

– Waggy Challenge Reward Day- Week 10 Tuesday

Week 10 Tuesday is our final day of 2012!!

Please stay tuned as we post pictures and stories of our exciting last few weeks.



Well done to our Tsunami team; Courtney, Maiesha, Nic K, Tiana, Oakley, Rhan and Mason to who ran their stall beautifully today. Although unfortunately absent today Richard also worked hard towards this project over the last few weeks. We were particularly impressed with the creative activities this group had running as students were invited to build models of tsunamis with sand and also complete hand made jigsaws. This team had __ votes as the favourite booth.

You can view their Waggy TV news here

Poverty in Africa

Well Done to our Poverty in Africa team on a very engaging display and fantastic blog! You can view the work of Zaide, Nathan Shires, Riley W, Byron, Keeley, Jacinta and Declan at http://www.waggypoverty.wordpress.com

Students loved going inside the replica house and realising just how lucky we are to even have our own bedrooms! Another favourite was their informative puppet show!


Food Crisis in Nepal

A fantastic display of knowledge was shared at the Food Crisis in Nepal booth run by Dusty, Josh, Tyler, Kael, Mercedes, Brianna and Jake. Students were entertained by an engaging puppet show and were taught many things by brilliant displays.

You can listen to their fantastic Radio show – SOS Radio below

Floods in India

Well done to Isaiah, Max, Glen, Ashlee, Ben Z, Briannon and Reilly for their fantastic presentation of the devastating floods that hit India each year. This group worked well and had established great responsibilities ensuring every one in the group had a role. Glen took on the leadership of the blog along with the help of the others who made a great display today. The boys did a good job of showing people the blogs and there was a great puppet show run by Ashlee, Briannon and Max.

Please visit their blog at http://www.floodsinindia.wordpress.com


Poverty in East Timor

Wow – what a great and productive team the poverty in East Timor group proved to be. Congratulations to Maekayla, Hayley, Chloe, Nathan Owen, Malachi and Cameron who overcame obstacles to triumph on the day! This stall was very popular today with Malachi and Nathan doing a great job to recruit students and invite them to learn about this important issue. Miss Cross was proud of the way Cameron applied himself to run the radio station which was full of listeners all morning! Meanwhile, the girls were keeping everyone busy with their fantastic games and activities. Well done.

You can listen to their radio broadcast below.

Climate Change vs. Polar Bears

Sophie, Lacey, Warren, Kyle, Jayden and Kaylee did a great job in creating their popular booth! Sophie our resident polar bear was a hit and it was great to see her spreading information at the same time! Jayden, Warren and Kyle put a lot of work into their Waggy TV episode and showed fantastic team work and collaboration. Well done also to Lacey and Kaylee who proved their research skills today with the great amount of information they had to share with other students! Well done!

You can view their Waggy TV news show below.


Child Mortality in Afghanistan

Well done to Haydyn, Dylan, Ashante, Tia, Kyle G, Erin, Allison and Amy on their informative booth about child mortality in Afghanistan. This group produced a great newsletter which lots of students were thoroughly reading. It was great to see the creative ideas this group came up with to educate their audience.


Book Week Parade

This week was busy at Waggrakine Primary School and Friday saw another fantastic event. The Book Week Parade! Students have been involved in a range of activities during Book Week and Literacy and Numeracy Week and Friday saw them showcase their favourite character from a book. We had a variety of characters walking around the school and it was excellent to see a number of the senior students dress up. All students looked fantastic and made the parade a huge success!!

The Book Parade winners from TA 2 were Jacinta as Sailor Moon and Tiana as Cleopatra.

You can check out all of the characters below!

*** Photos still to come!

A Cloudy Lesson

After being directed to the Literacy Shed website by a wise collegue I discovered a fantastic little video which would get the creative minds of TA 2 working. After watching and disucssing this fanstastic little video the students were challeenged to complete one of the following activites.

– Write instructions for ‘How to make clouds.

– Write dialogue between the two.

– Invent ways in which other natural phenomena are made.

– Write a news report detailing what people saw in the sky.

Check out the video below

Here are some of our creations:

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