Grade 5/6 Pegasus – Session 1 Reflection

What an awesome start to our Term One Pegasus Program today. Thank-you for your enthusiasm.

Please complete your ‘Maths Mind’ movies and aim for a duration of 60 seconds. A little over or under is okay. But 60 seconds would be spot on! Don’t forget to add titles to each slide to communicate the mathematical terms and concepts that you see in your film footage.

We will share our completed ‘Maths Mind’ movies at the start of our next session on Friday 23d February. I finished mine as soon as you had left so that I could upload it to our blog for you.

Have fun!

Miss Tomat’s Maths Mind Movie


My Maths Mind, movie!

To begin our maths trail around the buildings and grounds of Apollo we need to cast our director’s eye upon the mathematical landscapes and areas in our school.

On our walking tour this afternoon, use the Notes app on your iPad to document your thinking as you spot real-life mathematical concepts and terms. Use your Camera to take photos or quick film footage.

  1. Complete the design brief
  2. Present at 3pm today!
  3. The maximum duration of your own Maths Mind, movie is 60 seconds!

Click here to visit an online Maths Dictionary

Grade 5/6: The Role of the Designer

Take note of the different seating options that exist, both indoor and outdoor, at your school. We selected 5 chairs to compare and contrast today.

What do they have in common and why?

How do they differ in,

  • materials used to construct the chair?
  • appearance/looks. Are they aesthetically pleasing?
  • universal design. Can it be used by a variety of ages regardless of their differences in height, left/right handedness, ability or disability?
  • durable
  • ergonomic?
  • safety
  • used efficiently
  • can they be stored easily>
  • weight
  • estimated costs

Grade 5/6 – Thursday 3rd August

Welcome Grade 5/6 students,

What were some of the magic techniques you researched that magicians use to deceive their audiences? Please list the 3 you researched.

You may add a link to direct your team mates to learn more about this technique.

Thanks for a terrific first session,
Miss Tomat 🙂

It’s that time of year again!

The G.A.T.E.WAYS Challenge is a team event to challenge, extend, excite and encourage primary students. The Challenge:

  • 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 11th October: Grade 3 and 4

Thursday 12th October: Grade 5 and 6

Winners on the day will secure a place in the National FINALS. 

Friday 8th December @ Box Hill High


Finished researching? Now compose your report!

The text structure of an information report is to present information about an object, animal, person or place. You use paragraphs with topic sentences to organise the different bundles of information discovered in your research for the NHC.

See the examples below for an Information Report titled, iPhone.

Planning Proforma

Composed Information Report

Further Resources:

Annotated Information Report Template, Butterflies



– Choose topic.

– Use Info Report Data Chart

– complete proforma


– General classification

– Written in the third person

– Description written in related groups of information

– Comparison

– Written in present tense

– Sentences containing more than one fact

– Topic sentence

– Specialised vocabulary


– Factual and precise adjectives

– Action Verbs


Refer to the revising planner. If not appropriate, need to establish extra ones for specific genres.

Publishing to be completed for homework in the Grade 5/6 Pegasus classes only.


Grade 1/2: A is for Animals

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.

Grade 1/2: Carrier Pigeons

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