- stresses teamwork
- provides participants with opportunity for leadership
- encourages team members to interact in an efficient and cohesive manner
- is about problem-solving – recognising and negotiating obstacles and, as a team, finding solutions
- practises skills necessary for competent performance
- runs morning workshops on the day of the Challenge to prepare teams
- gives satisfaction from activities as well as outcomes
- emphasises having fun with learning
In Term 3, our Grade 3/4 and Grade 5/6 Pegasus Program at Apollo Parkway PS will focus on the G.A.T.E.WAYS Team Challenge. Twenty-four students will work with Miss Tomat each week to complete preparation challenges and reinforce skills in particular curriculum areas. Students will be grouped into teams of 4 earlier in the term so they can collaborate together, learn their team members talents, individual skills and interests and develop an understanding of the challenge they would like to lead their team in on the day.
Click here to be directed to the G.A.T.E.WAYS Challenge website.
When is the G.A.T.E.WAYS Team Challenge?
Term 4 – Week 1
Wednesday 10th October: Grade 3 and 4
Thursday 11th October: Grade 5 and 6
Winners on the day will secure a place in the National FINALS.
Friday 7th December @ Box Hill High
Source of this post’s information: Australian War Memorial
A is for Animals offers an A to Z of animals in war, from mascots and messengers to creepy-crawlies. Animals are put to many uses in war. Sometimes they have jobs to do: the horses, camels, mules, and donkeys used to transport soldiers and equipment, as well as carrier pigeons and tracker dog with their special talents. Often animals are used as mascots and pets, or as symbols on badges and flags. A is for animals also looks at those unwelcome animals, such as insects, rats, and wild creatures, that make life in the field even more difficult and dangerous.
Click on the link here to listen about the role of Animals during wartime.
Although the Grade 1/2 students are focusing on Australian History and Animals at War, the following link shows images of 15 animals who assisted the soldiers in other countries during WWI and WWII. Click here.
In our Grade 1 and 2 Pegasus group we have been exploring significant animals in Australia’s History and have started to identify how they helped to make a better world at a specific moment in time.
This week we are reading and researching to learn more about the role of carrier pigeons used to support the Australian Army during WWI and WWII. On Monday 8th May we shared this picture book,
This book was inspired by the true story of the Australian carrier pigeon D D43 Q879, who was awarded the Dickin Medal for ‘Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty’. The medal was awarded in 1947.
The Dickin Medal is the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery.
This primary source of information is not about Flapper, yet another carrier pigeon. Thought you would enjoy watching to be transported back to the 1940s.
ABC: Animals at War
What happened at Villers-Bretonneux? Click here to read more.
National Museum Australia – Defining moments in Australia’s History
Special Categories give you the opportunity to focus your research on one of the topics below. The special categories are sponsored by different organisations and institutions from across Australia. National winners of the NHC get to visit some of these organisations as part of the National prize – a trip to Australia’s National Capital, Canberra.
*Please remember that you still need to incorporate the theme “Making a Better World?” in your Special Category entry.
For more information about Special Categories and the entry requirements click on the links below copied directly from the NHC website.
|Australian Wartime Experiences||The Department of Veterans’ Affairs|
|Have a Voice in Our Democracy||The Museum of Australian Democracy|
|Sir Robert Menzies and today’s Australia||The Menzies Foundation|
|Indigenous History||The History Teachers’ Association of Australia|
|Women’s History||The National Foundation for Australian Women|
|Using Primary Sources from the National Archives||The National Archives of Australia|
|Asia and Australia||Asia Education Foundation|
|Museum Exhibit||The National Museum of Australia|
|History of Sport||The History Teachers’ Association of Australia|
When learning the concepts to code and create a program using Hopscotch, you will need to understand the following abbreviations:
Sequence (S) – The order in which instructions are given to the computer
Event (E) – A trigger that a computer recognizes and that causes it to do something Loop (L) – Code that repeats
Value/Variable (V) – A holder for a number
Conditional (C) – Statements of the form “IF (something is true) THEN (do an action)”.