Welcome back 4H! I hope you have all had an enjoyable holiday and have come back well rested and ready to learn. I encourage you to regularly check the class blog as I will be posting bits and pieces throughout the term so stay tuned!

Now lets get ready to start the term with full force!



Mrs Ponzo


Joelle’s Holiday

Hi Joelle,

I have set up this post just for you!


You are more than welcome to share with us your holiday to Lebanon. Just type into the ‘Leave a Comment’ box and continue with each new comment. We are so excited to share your holiday with you and your family.  We will look forward to read what you have been up to over the next couple of months!


Have Fun and take lots of photos!

Bon voyage from Mrs Ponzo and 4H

Making Inferences – Week 9

How do we make an inference?  You make an inference when you use clues from the story to figure out something that the author doesn’t tell you.  When you make an inference, be able to identify the clues that you used. Lets practise!

Watch the following film clips to help you become familiar with how to make an inference and what inferences are!






Make a brief comment about the inferences you made while watching “Bigger than Alexander”. Record your responses in your post.


Now it is your turn to have a go at making inferences! Read “Special Night” and “Something Special” and answer the questions. Make sure you type the name of the story and answer the questions in full sentences.


Story 1 – Special Night

Katie was excited about tonight. Happily, she put on her big, red shoes and bright, yellow outfit. Her mom helped Katie paint her face white with a big, red circle on each cheek. Just before Katie ran out the door to meet her friends, she attached her large, squeaky nose and placed a bright blue, pointy hat on top of her head. She grabbed an empty bag and went out into the night.

Questions –

1. What was Katie excited about?

2. What do you think Katie was dressed as?

3. What words helped you know?


Story 2 – Something Special

Jalisa woke up early and ran down the stairs with a huge smile on her face. She had been waiting all night for Saturday to arrive. She ran into the kitchen. On the table was a large pile of hot, steaming flapjacks with a candle in them. Dante, Jalisa’s brother, walked in holding a large box wrapped in pretty pink paper and tied with a shiny, purple bow. Jalisa beamed and quickly tore off the paper to reveal a box with a beautiful doll on the side. She hugged and kissed her brother and ran to call her best friend. The day was starting off wonderfully.

Questions –

1. What do you think Jalisa was waiting for all night?

2. How do you think Jalisa felt when she woke up?

3. Why do you think Jalisa’s brother gave her the gift?




World Cup Fever!! Ole Ole Ole!!!

Its World Cup time! Do some research to find out the approximate area and population of each of the countries taking part in the World Cup in 2014!

Click on the link below. Record the responses in your Homework Book.

Have fun taking a ride around the world, I hope you packed your passport!



Indigenous Australians – Week 7

As we continue our research on European settlement, we turn our attention to the Indigenous Australians.


Did you know…

The Aboriginal Flag was designed by Mr Harold Thomas, an elder of the Aranda Community in Central Australia. It was first flown in 1972. The top section of the flag is black and represents the Aboriginal people. The symbol of the sun is in the centre and represents the giver of life. The red at the bottom symbolises the earth.

Task: Choose 4 questions and answer them in full sentences. You may need to do a bit of research!

  • Name a famous Aboriginal person. What are they famous for?
  • What are three reasons why the Aborigines got sick or died when the white Europeans came to Australia?
  • What does it mean to be Aboriginal?
  • How do Aborigines pass on information to one another?
  • What are some pieces of information you know about hunting and gathering?
  • Name some things that could be hunted and some things that could be gathered.
  • What information do you know about Aboriginal shelter?







Family History – Week 6

It is important that we know our own family history and where our family  came from. Interview one of your family members to find out more.


1.When did you come to Australia?

2.Why did you decide to come to Australia?

3.Was it hard to come to a new country? Why, why not?

4.Do you call Australia home? Why, why not?

5.Do you still have family in the country of your birth, or the country  you left?

6.Do you think coming to Australia was a good decision?

7.What is your best memory about living here in Australia.

If your family was born in Australia you might like to find out more about  your family’s ancestors here in Australia!

Write two or three paragraphs about your family’s history.


First Sacrament of Initiation – Baptism (Week 5)

We have been learning about the three Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.  It is important for you to know about your special day where you became a member of God’s family.

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Ask your family the questions below to find out more about your Baptism.

1)        When was I Baptised?
2)        Where was I Baptised?
3)        Do I have God Parents? Who are they?
4)        What did I wear when I was Baptised?
5)        Was my outfit specially chosen for me? Was it passed down?
6)        What happened on the day?
7)        Did my God Parents or parents receive a special candle or certificate from the church?
8)        Do your parents remember seeing any of the symbols used in Baptism? What were they?

If you have not been Baptised or are not Catholic, you can still complete this week’s homework by writing 2 or 3 paragraphs about a special religious or cultural celebration in your family.

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Community Classrooms – Term 2 (Week 4)


Answer the following questions about Community Classrooms:

1)     What is a Community Classroom Afternoon?

2)     Why is it important for you to share your work with your parents at school?

3)     What has been your experience of Community Classrooms in the past (either in 2013 or in Term 1 of 2014)?

4)     What would you like your parents to see in a future Community Classroom Afternoon?

5)     Share your highlight of the Community Classroom Afternoon in Week 4 of Term 2.


Family Traditions – Week 3

Ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or other members of your household the following questions in order to collect as much information about your family’s’ traditions as you can:


1) In what countries did the members of your family originate?

2) What are some of the holidays your family celebrates?

3) What are some of the things you do as a family to celebrate these holidays?

4) What special songs do you sing to celebrate these holidays?

5) What special foods are served on these holidays?

6) Why is it important that families have traditions and do things together?


I hope you enjoy finding out more about your family and your family’s special traditions.

I will be looking forward to reading all your replies.

Mrs Ponzo

Community (Week 2)

A community a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.

A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value. It may be prescribed by the traditions  of a community, including a religious community.

A tradition  is a belief or behaviour passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past.

  • WRITE your own definition for these words
  • What community groups do you belong to?
  • Why is it important to be a part of these groups?