PA reflection. ( stop motion film)

In term 3 of the 2015 school year, the 5/6’s of M.P.P.S  were asked to do a stop motion film with the animals they made in the term before hand. The stop motion film could be about anything that isn’t inappropriate involving our deadly desert creatures.

We made the films using the school iPads and worked in groups of 3-4 people. We chose our own groups that we were asked to base around the people that we work well with and not necessarily within our friendship group, in my group was Mia, Esther and myself. We are all friends but I think we worked quite well together, and I think that made a difference because we weren’t tense when we were talking to each other.

In our group we not only worked well together but no one took the lead and everyone held their own weight. One day while we were working on our project I was away due to illness, but my group still got the work we needed done. We also finished before our project was due.

One of our struggles was getting used to using the application, because we had never made a stop motion film using that before. Our team also had trouble with our creatures along the time we worked together, we had limbs coming off, and then we tried to incorporate that in to the film they just came off again. At one point we tried to stand one creature up on the bridge but then it would just collapse because of the weight.

I think we could have put in more of a group effort on the backdrop as we had one person take it home to work on and to put our ideas into action. We also could have been more organised and I think this because when we were supposed to be filming, we realised we didn’t have a storyboard, so while the others were filming off ideas that they could remember from the week before, one of the group members had to make a storyboard. I also believe we could have done some finishing touches in our last lesson rather then going straight onto the paperwork we needed to finish for our reflection.

In conclusion, I believe our group worked very well together with everyone holding their own weight and that is the main reason why we succeeded.

Term 2 project reflection: Australian mulga (acacia aneura)

  • In term 2 the 5/6’s at M.P.P.S did a unit on the deadly deserts. During this unit we had to do a project on a plant or animal that lives in the Australian desert, we did not choose our animal however we did a lucky dip. My partner and I focused on the Australian mulga (acacia aneura). In our project we had to complete a certain criteria. We had to put in the main adaptations from three areas: Behavioural, Structural and Physiological. We also had to add in how the animal would survive in their environment but without their adaptations. A piece of extra piece of information that we added was the life cycle, this showed how they have evolved, what happens in their life, their life expectancy and also how tall they get . I worked with Tirth for the project and I think we work well together and finished our project earlier than needed but to quite a high standard.

    3 facts I found interesting

    • I found out that the spencers burrowing frog was large eyes that helps it swallow it’s food and also that it has 2 back legs that help it burrow deep into the ground so that it can wait until there is water or moisture to help it survive and when there is it comes up to the surface.
    • I found that the Thorny devil camouflages when it is cold, warm or even alert. The thorny devil also grows a lot during the period of time from birth to death. These creatures have an animal that looks a lot like it but has some different adaptations.
    • I found out the Australian mulga has long and deep roots to help it get nutrients from deep in the soil to cool itself down because further down in the soil it gets cooler and cooler because it is not exposed to the hot or warm air that is above surface. I also found out that it grows to at least 7 metres in 70 years which means it grows 1 metre every 10 years and it grows to a maximum of 10 metres over 100 years which is about half their life span.

    2 understandings that I gained

    • I know understand how evolution helps animals to fit in to their environment and that evolution takes a long time, an example of an adaptation that has evolved over time for the Australian mulga is it’s long and deep roots which help it cool down, it also has phyllodes which are thickened leaf stems that are not leaves as such but do the job of them
    • I now know that not all deserts are hot and not all deserts are sandy. I learned that Antarctica is a desert because it does not get much rain fall which is a factor of a desert. I now know that the Sturt’s desert in central Australia is rocky. I thought before this topic all deserts were hot all the time but most deserts are extremely cold at night.

    1 question I still have

    • How do the eyes of a spencers burrowing frog help it to swallow it’s food and how things change on an animal over time?

    What where the most important things I learned

    • I think the most important things I learned where the importance of team work and how it can help you finish what you need to do.

    How did I learn it

    • Some days when I was working with my partner we were not working well together and other days we were and then we got more of our work done. I think something that could help next time is not having one person take over the entire project and you have to evenly split the work load. I also think having more patience is key to a good presentation.

Term 1 unit reflection (history)

In term 1 2015 the 5/6’s did projects on Australian history. The amounts of people in each group were 3 but mainly 2 people in each group. You could choose from many topics. The year 5’s studied the 1800’s and the year 6’s studied the 1900’s. The topics you could choose from were:

Year 5 possible research areas:

John Batman – Hero or Villain? Batman signed a ‘deed’ with the Wurrundjeri people – but was he stealing their land, Emigration. Explore the tale of one family leaving home and those they left behind, Investigate squatters and selectors history and stories, Investigate aboriginal resistance fighters – eg Jandamarra or Pemulwuy. Etc.

Year 6 possible research areas:

Investigating the stories of individuals or groups who advocated or fought for rights in twentieth-century Australia (ie ‘Freedom Riders’ of 1965, Charles Perkins, Eddie Marbo), Explain and compare the push and pull factors that have contributed to people migrating to Australia, Explore how Australia’s immigration selection process determined who was let in and who was not, Investigate the different types of migrants who arrived in Australia after World War II, in the 1970s and recently. Etc

Now I will share things that I learnt from this topic

3 Facts I found Interesting or Surprising:

  1. I found out that Charles Perkins was a half aboriginal but also half European and I found this surprising because even though he was part aboriginal he was a European that had an interest in aboriginal rights and wanted to help them.
  2. I leant that John Macarthur lost his job as an English soldier because he started the rum rebellion but, he ended up very rich because he was amazing in the wool industry and he brought Marino sheep to Australia. In fact he brought  4,000 sheep to Australia.
  3. Another thing I learnt was that a squatter is someone that illegally marks land that isn’t theirs and if they are there for 12 or more years that land becomes theirs. I also learnt that a selector is someone that is legally given land by the government. I found this interesting because it shows how Australia has changed over time.

2 Things I Now Understand:

  1. I now understand that things in the 19th and 20th century were a lot tougher than things today in the 21st century. I also understand that life was even tougher for the aboriginals in Australia because there was the White Australia policy and Europeans thought that their way of life should be the only way.
  2. I understand that in the 21st century we are lucky because we have an easier way of life. We have advanced medical screening, for example: X-ray, M.R.I, cat-scan, bone-scan .etc. We also have technology for example; The news, telephone, mobile, internet, Ipads, Ipods .etc. These things help us to know what is going on in the whole world .EG. war, Budget, Traffic, Whether problems .etc. I believe the most important way that Australia has changed is the amount of multi-cultural people in our country. Australia is now extremely diverse and multi-cultural you know this by when you go through a shopping centre and see all the people that are running shops and they are from China, England, India .etc. there are even grocery shops that only have food from a certain country.

1 Question I still Have:

  1. I still wonder why Europeans thought that they were the only people with the right lifestyle and why they brought in the white Australian policy?

Q & A about the stolen generation (BTN)

1.What was the main point of the story?

The main point was that indigenous people wanted equal rights and wanted the stolen generation to stop. They also wanted the government to apologise for what happened in the past.

2. Why do you think the indigenous children taken were known as the ” stolen generation ” ?

Because, they were stolen from their families, identities, culture, lifestyle, name and their home town.

3. It was the government policy that indigenous children be removed. Why do you think they thought that this was necessary? 

We thought that the government were trying to give the indigenous children a better life, but they were wrong. They thought that if they took them away to a European school they would have a better education and a better life.

4. ” They thought they were doing the right thing.” How has social policy changed?

Everybody has realised that it doesn’t matter what religion you follow or what you look like because everybody is different.

5. What does the sentence ” a gross violation of human rights” mean?

  A gross violation of  human rights means that when people of different religions or backgrounds have unfair rights to people of different religions or backgrounds. It also means that they have attacked the indigenous peoples rights.

6. What is assimilation? 

Not everyone is the same so you want to incorporate everyone for them selves, and the act of becoming a part of the European lifestyle.


This term at m.p.p.s the 3/4s learn’t about and wrote explanations.

We found out the features of explanations.

Explanations need: Tier 3 words, needs to answer an open question , have a clear impersanal and serious voice and the authors purpose needs to be to teach,e.t.c.

Explanations can have: Cause and effect, compare and contrast, facts and opinions, intro and conclusion paragraphs, descriptions( 5 senses), diagrams with captions, sequence words and questions and exclamations.

I did my explanation on, Why do we have seasons?

Here it is;

Why Do We Have Seasons?

By Holly Secchi!

Can you imagine not having seasons? Have you ever gone to the snow or the beach and wondered to yourself why we have seasons and why we need different clothes for different months. Sometimes it gets really, really annoying.

If the world stopped spinning on its axis we wouldn’t have seasons. The angle of the Earth’s axis is a 23.50 angle. The reason different countries have seasons at different times is because, when the Earth spins around the sun different places get direct light.

In different countries they have hotter summers and winters because of how close it is to the equator. There is a Southern hemisphere and a Northern hemisphere. The equator is always in direct light so if a country is close to the equator the hotter the state or country.

Over all, we have seasons because of the when the Earth spins on an axis around the sun and if it didn’t spin on its axis around the sun we wouldn’t have seasons. Hopefully now you know how the angle of the Earth’s axis helps to create its seasons.