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July, 2015

  1. Homework Week 4

    July 31, 2015 by Mr Richo

    Below you will find a pdf of your homework sheets and link to the BtN video. Can’t wait to see your 5/5 quality work next Friday 7th August :)

    Click here for the homework sheets

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  2. Garden Bed Project

    July 23, 2015 by Mr Richo

    We are about to begin our ‘real life’ mathematics project about building a garden bed. What makes this real is that you need to investigate shopping options just like your parents might do when they are buying something for the home.

    You will learn more about mathematical concepts like volume. You will be working with a budget which requires you to cleverly work with money as you hunt down bargain prices.

    Go to the ‘Garden Bed’ page and view the task.

    Happy gardening!

    Extra instructions. (See further info in the design brief on the Garden Bed Page.)

    1. Show where it will be located

     1. Make a birds eye view plan of your house and back yard.

    Write in the measurements of the block of land along each side.

    Show where you want to place your garden bed on the block plan.

    (Your bed should be no bigger than an 18 metre perimeter.)

     Remember – the bigger the bed the bigger the volume you have to fill with soil.

    2. Shop around

     Decide whether you build from scratch or buy a pre made steel bed.

    3. Use your ‘Numbers’ app.

    Keep a record of costs. There are 4 main areas to spend your budget on.

    Show – cost of the bed, tools needed, soil, plants.

     4.Draw the final product.

    Show which plants go where.

    PS. We don’t actually get to make the garden but who knows? Your parents might want to use your design at home.

    (Mrs. Montgomery might also be interested.)

  3. Blog Guidelines

    July 15, 2015 by Mr Richo

    Blog guidelines

    What are APPS guidelines on blogging?

    Internet safety is highly important to Apollo Parkways Primary School. These guidelines have been established to ensure students learn about appropriate online behaviours through a ‘real’ and engaging experience.

    Here are the blogging guidelines at A.P.P.S



    • *All blogs will be password protected, meaning that you need a username and password to add/edit any information on the blog.
    • *Students will only be identified by their first name.
    • *Posts written by students are checked by the classroom teacher before they are published on the blog.
    • *Posts will not include personal details about students such as addresses and family information.
    • *All comments submitted have to be approved by the classroom teacher before they are included on the blog.
    • *There will be no individual photos of students.
    • *Parents who leave comments are asked to use their first name only so as not to identify their child.
    • *Blogs will only be updated by students at school during school times.
    • *All students must abide by the blogging rules that are established as a class.


    How do I make a quality comment?

    We encourage parents, students and teachers to leave comments on our posts!

    • Click on the post heading you would like to leave a comment on
    • Scroll down the page until you see the ‘Leave a Comment’ section
    • You will need to provide your name (you may use a nickname) or an optional email address
    • Complete the ‘spam word’ (this is to ensure that all comments are written by real people!).
    • Type in your quality comment!
    • Click ‘Submit Comment’


    All comments are emailed to Mr Richardson to be approved to continue to ensure the safety of our blog for our students.

  4. Procedural writing

    July 14, 2015 by Mr Richo

    How to tie a ‘Reef’ knot

    How to tie a reef knot[1]

    Here is a series of diagrams that show how to tie a reef knot. Have a go yourself! Don’t forget to take photos of your knot at each of the 4 steps. Good luck :)

    If you had written instructions rather than pictures, do you think it would be easier to learn how to the knot or harder? Why or why not?

    What are some ways in which you follow instructions in your everyday life?

  5. Term Three Goal Setting

    July 13, 2015 by Mr Richo

    Transcript of S.m.a.r.t.i.e.s goal setting

    S.M.A.R.T.I.E.S Goal Setting
    Example: I want to get fit is a wish. I want to be able to run 5 km in under 20 minutes is a specific goal.
    Goals should have a time line. eg. I want to be able to run 5 km in under 20 minutes by August 18th 2014.
    You need to be able to achieve the goal. Running 10 km in under 20 minutes might be too much, but you can probably run 5 km which makes it just right!
    What would you like to buy or do once you have achieved your goal? Choose something you will really enjoy.
    Don’t forget to monitor your goals- you can do this daily, weekly or monthly depending on the goal. You might need to check more often the closer you get to your deadline.
    In your face
    Your goals should always be in front of you- in your diary, on a list on your bedroom wall or any other location where you will see them often.
    How are you going with your goals? Are you close to achieving them or further away? Do your goals need a “tune up”?
    Break down your goals into small steps. You can only eat an elephant one bite at a time 🙂

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