A Poem for Halloween

Witches Brew

I’m making up some witches brew

I’ll stir in five deal flies and mouldy cheese  too

Next comes rotten fish bones into the slippery slop

I will add slimy seaweed  and I wont stop.

I pulled off rats tails for you,

Don’t worry, I’ll only use a few.

Next is an animal skeleton and then I’ll stir

I really hope I didn’t get any fur.

I put in a coloured stinky sock

And even my mother’s very best frock

Sharp shark’s  teeth so big and so bright

Finger  bones are hard to find in the night.

I’ll even add homework to my stew

Ogre ears are added, but just a few.

Let’s stir and stir the witches brew


Let’s stir and stir the witches brew


By Jye P

Created and based on the class shared model.

Happy Halloween .



Independent Reading Time






As you read, engage all your strategies:

1. Metacognition

2. Make Connections

3. Choose a ‘just right’ book.

4. Reflect afterwards

 Your session will look like this:

1. 5 mins- Choose a ‘just right book’.

2. 20 mins silent reading

3. 20 mins to complete a reflection activity

4. 10 minutes to share with a small group.

Now rate yourself during this session. Each section is out of 5.

Choice of Book=

Time on Task=

Making Connections before, during and after reading=

Reflective activity to dig deeper into the book=

Total score=

Bush Poetry


Bush poets are Australians who write about rural life and the bush.

Many colonial  (1800s) bush poets were illiterate and performed their poems from memory instead of writing them.
Bush poetry evolved from the jokes and stories shared by early settlers.
To help with memorising these, rhyme and verse were introduced.
Bush poetry reflects communal attitudes and traditional Australian culture.
Its language is characteristically colloquial and colourful, and the emergence and development of the Australasian identity.

Examples of the language used within bush poetry can be found in many poems by famous bush poets including

Henry Lawson (1867–1922),

Banjo Paterson (1864–1941) and

Dorothea Mackellar (1885–1968).

Some of their popular poems include:

Banjo Paterson is currently featured on the Australian ten dollar bank note amongst scenes of the Australian outback.[2]

Banjo Patterson’s Waltzing Matilda is even considered Australia’s unofficial National Anthem.[3]

Your task:

1. Choose a famous bush poet.

2. Research some information about this person’s life.

3. Choose one of their poems.

4. Publish this poem as part of your project.

5. Answer the ‘5 Ws’ to interpret the meaning behind the poem.

* Who is the character in the poem?

* Where is the poem set?

* What is the poet trying to describe?

*When is the period of history reflected in this poem?

*Why is bush poetry important to our history and culture?

* How does the poet use some the following techniques:

  • Rhyme
  • Metre
  • Pattern
  • Words
  • Stanza
  • Metaphors, Similes and figurative language

This link will take us to the famous Australian poems written by our famous Australian poets.

Famous Australian Poems

Our Most Famous Poems

The link below is an excellent resource for teachers and students called Australian Children’s Poetry.

There is a Poem of the Day published regularly…especially for your enjoyment.

Australian Children’s Poetry

Amber’s comment has been posted!

Our post about Rowen of Rin is handy to refer to because we enjoy the riddles and poems.

It is amazing how Emily Rodda reveals the chapter’s series of events through the riddle. What an amazing writer!

Amber took the time to think about the questions on the post and her reflections are so good that I have decided to make them a post. 

Please read and comment yourselves about your fears and experiences.

Also, acknowledge Amber’s responses.

Do you share her feelings?

 Hi Mrs Lynch,I am going to answer your questions on Rowan of Rin:
Do you have any phobias?
1.I am Coulrophoia(fear of clowns), claustrophobic, Aeronausiphobia (Fear of vomiting due to air sickness), Aviatophobi(Fear of flying), Kleptophobia(Fear of thieves or loss through thievery)
Can you face your fears and overcome obstacles in order to reach your goals?
2.Yes and No because I go in a planes, but many NO!
Have you ever been left out of a group or had a feeling that you don’t really belong?
3.I am not sure if I have been left out of a group before.
Have you taken a risk and succeeded in doing something that you didn’t think you could achieve?
4.Yes! I thought I couldn’t go on the giant swing on my Girl Guide camp.
What is the difference between a strong person and one who has strength of character?
5.I think the difference is that one of them can achieve more physical obstacles and one can achieve more in imagination.
Can the smallest, quietest individual achieve more that the loudest and strongest person?
6.No in my opinion both can achieve the same amount.
Thank You for taking your time to read this

I decided to Google phobias and this is the list that I discovered.
WOw! Some people get worried about some strange things!

Rowan of Rin- a fantasy adventure!

Our serial for storytime reading in term 4 is Rowan of Rin, by Emily Rodda.

We come inside after lunch, find a cushion and a comfortable space in our classroom and enjoy the next 20 minutes.

Everyone (especially Callum) loves the story of the shy, weak boy, Rowan, who looks after the bukshah. He becomes part of the group of seven  villagers from Rin who face the dangers and terrors of the Mountain.

Rowan is the one who has been chosen by Sheba, the witch, to reveal the prophecies from the map.

We enjoy the riddles and marvel at how the chapters unravel.

We even like to recite the prophecies:

“Seven hearts the journey make.
Seven ways the hearts will break.
Bravest heart will carry on
When sleep is death, and hope is gone.
Look in the fiery jaws of fear
And see the answer white and clear,
Then throw away all thoughts of home
For only then your quest is done.”
“Let arms be still and voices low,
A million eyes watch as you go.
The silken door your pathway ends,
There fire and light will be your friends.
Then see yourself as others may,
And catch moon’s eye to clear the way.”
“Nothing here is as it seems;
Dreams are truths and truths are dreams.
Close your ears to loved ones’ cries,
Die if you believe your eyes.
Bind with ropes your flesh and blood,
And let your guide be made of wood.”
“Look for the hand that points the way,
And take the path where children play.
Then, where the face with breath that sighs
Bends to admire its gleaming eyes,
Your way is marked by lines of light
That mean escape from endless night.”
“Left or right, which will you take?
For both of them your heart will break.
One is cruel, one is fair,
One a passage, one a snare.
Choose the one that hides the light,
And you will know your path is right.”

We will look into ourselves and reflect on the author’s messages as we identify with the character Rowan.

  1. Do you have any phobias?
  2. Can you face your fears and overcome obstacles in order to reach your goals?
  3. Have you ever been left out of a group or had a feeling that you don’t really belong?
  4. Have you taken a risk and succeeded in doing something that you didn’t think you could achieve?
  5. What is the difference between a strong person and one who has strength of character?
  6. Can the smallest, quietest individual achieve more that the loudest and strongest person?

Some of Emily Rodda’s other books include  Deltora Quest, Teen Power Inc. Fairy Realm and Rowan of Rin series.

We recommend the genre, ‘fantasy adventure’ to all 10 year students.



The Water Cycle Song

This term our Integrated Studies unit is called ‘Turning on the Waterworks’.

One of our enquiry questions is: Where does our water supply come from?

We will investigate this important question over the next few weeks.

This week we will begin at the beginning: ‘THE WATER CYCLE’

Clever and talented teachers from around the world have made up songs and raps for their students.

We can use our blog to vote for our favourite teaching vid for The Water Cycle.


Can you make up a song to explain The Water Cycle?

Barwon Water will be a valuable site for us to visit.

National Water Week will be celebrated next week. We are encouraged to ‘protect, conserve and get involved’ in appreciating our water supply. The poster competition is an annual event for Australian schools.

Mrs Lynch’s Holiday Recount

Isn’t it  exciting to begin another term? This will be our fourth and final term together. The year has gone quickly because we have been so busy with our learning experiences. I am looking forward to guiding you through lots of amazing work during our new topic called ‘Turning on the Waterworks’.

The spring holidays are always special because we like to get out and about after the cold days of winter. Mr and Mrs Lynch have an annual holiday with some friends during Grand Final Week. We find an interesting place to visit and drive there to explore the sights and enjoy the traditions of footy finals week. This year the destination was Bendigo.  On the way we stopped for  lunch at an old  Victorian gold mining town called Dayelsford. As I was walking down the main street my eyes caught the attention of a familiar face…Liam, from Seniors! I looked up and sure enough…there was Courtney having her lunch in a cafe. I laughed as I told my friends about the coincidence. We decided that the world is a very small place (even if the population of Australia is 23 million people!).

Football finals are an important part of the third term holidays. My team, Bellpark Dragons, lost in the GFL Grand Final. I was extremely proud of the wonderful sportsmanlike behaviour from all the disappointed players. Even though they were exhausted from trying as hard as they could, they still held their heads high and congratulated the sucessful team, South Barwon Seagulls.

After spending a relaxing time with my friends in Bendigo, Mr Lynch surprised me with a special holiday to New South Wales. It is exciting to start a holiday by flying somewhere in a big jet. Have you ever stopped to think of places  far away? They can still be visited because of  amazing air travel. We arrived in Sydney after 1 1/2 hours in the air. We had plenty of time to see the sights of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Here is ‘Coincidence Number 2’ . As Mr and Mrs Lynch were enjoying a meal in a restaurant, our son Chris walked past us! We nearly choked on our spaghetti! What an amazing surprise! He was on his footy trip and we happened to be in the same place at the same time!

Mr Lynch arranged to hire a car to travel to the Blue Mountains! What an amazing place! The mountains really are blue ( because the eucalyptus trees react with the air to cause a blue haze) and there is a spectacular sight called The Three Sisters. According to the Aboriginal Dreamtime story, the spirits turned three sisters into stone because they were naughty. I didn’t have a coincidental experience here but I did have one on the next part of our holiday.

We continued our tour of New South Wales by travelling north to The Hunter Valley. One day we decided to visit a beautiful place called Hunter Valley Gardens. The gardens are spectacular and during the Christmas Period they have a famous show called ‘The Christmas Lights’. As we approached the entrance we noticed that there was an event in progress. It was the bicycle road race for The Transplant Games. We made a connection. Our nephew Hayden, was in the Transplant Games and he is  a bike rider. (He was born with a heart problem and required a new valve in his heart five years ago. The amazing doctors were able to take his heart out of his body and put a new valve in  it!) Sure enough…coincidence number 3! We shocked the socks off Hayden and his mother Lynette when Mr Lynch tapped them on the shoulder. They looked around and….it was us! Just to add icing to the cake…Hayden won the event and received a gold medal. We are so proud of him.

As I think about my holiday I can hardly believe that I have all these wonderful experiences. Think about this old saying:

‘Live life as if there was no tomorrow. Live tomorrow as if there was no yesterday.

Your task is to write for 15 minutes.

We do this at the beginning of every term.

The text  is to be a recount about your holidays.

Mr Creece has all of your holiday recounts in his office. By the end of Grade 6 we will have a plastic folder full of your holiday recounts.

If we look at your development in writing since prep there will be progress in many aspects of writing. Your handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar has improved. We have learnt about sentence construction, the power of engaging your audience and voicing your personnal comments throughout your recounts.

Your term 4 attempt should be your best ever.

Can you remember to use some complex sentences, figurative language and direct speech?

Good luck with your holiday recount writing this week.