Thursday 29th May

Today you will need to do the following activities.
1 Learn about a historical narrative and then write one of your own.
This activity is in the First Fleet subject on Stile.
2. Exploring congruent shapes.
Read the information on the blog and then create your own presentation on Explain Everything to show what a congruent shape is.
3. Times tables revision.
Complete the activities you will find on the Times Tables entry on he blog.
4. Continue to explore Explore Palindromic numbers.
How many more can you find?
Inquiry Learning
1. Continue to work on your A-Z of Ancient Egypt.
Links can be found at:
2. Children in Ancient Egypt
Read the information on this link.
Play a game of Mehan. Game is available on table near classroom window.
The Ancient Egyptian Board Game Mehan, or Snake
Mehan was a popular game for the lower classes because the game board could be drawn or carved into any surface, including a dirt floor. Wealthier Egyptians had game tables made on a pedestal, resembling a mushroom. A snake is coiled around the board and players start at the tail. The body of the snake is split into squares; a typical snake had about 60 squares to push through. The object is to be the first to move your piece from the tail to the snake’s head. Up to six players used lions and lionesses and ball pieces to maneuver around the board.


9 3 3
+ 7  2  5
1 b.
6  6  1
+ 1  8  9
1 c.
9  4  1
+ 8  6  5
2 a.
4  6  1
+ 3  8  2
2 b.
7  2  4
+ 5  4  1
2 c.
8  2
+ 9  4  6
3 a.
9  6  0
+ 8  8  1
3 b.
2  3  6
+ 3  4  1
3 c.
9  4  1
+ 9  3  0
4 a.
8  8  9
+ 4  9  6
4 b.
8  3  9
+ 5  6  3
4 c.
1  9  1
+ 6  5  8
5 a.
5  2  2
+ 3  9  9
5 b.
1  5  1
+ 4  6  8
5 c.
5  4  2
+ 4  2  2
6 a.
5  2  7
+ 2  1  0
6 b.
8  5  6
+ 7  9  0
6 c.
4  9  7
+ 7  5  2

First Fleet voyage

first fleetThe First Fleet: a timeline of the journey
13 May 1787 : sailed from Portsmouth, England. There were eleven small ships in the First Fleet: two naval ships, six convict ships and three storeships for supplies.Captain Arthur Phillip was in charge of the fleet Onboard were about 1500 people: 722 convicts including 17 child convicts, the soldiers who were to guard them, soldiers’ wives, sailors, and ship’s officers.

3 June 1787 : arrived at Tenerife in the Canary Islands, stayed a week and took on supplies of fresh food

5 July 1787: crossed the Equator

7 August 1787: arrived at Rio de Janeiro, stayed for a month repairing sails, collecting plants and seeds to be grown in New South Wales.

13 October 1787: reached Table Bay (now CapeTown), Cape of Good Hope after surviving tremendous storms in the Atlantic Ocean. Stayed a month, and took on livestock (horses, sheep, goats).

25 December 1787: the Fleet was in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

1 January 1788: Adventure Bay, Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania)

18 January 1788 : arrived at Botany Bay after sailing south of Van Diemen’s Land, then north to New South Wales. It was decided that Botany Bay was not a suitable site for the settlement because water supply and soils were poor. The Fleet sailed on.

26 January 1788 : The members of the First Fleet went ashore at Port Jackson to start a settlement. Arthur Phillip named the place of landing Sydney Cove, after Lord Sydney, an official who had helped to organise th voyage.

More information can be found at:

Aboriginal Flag Raising Ceremony


 Welcome to Country Ceremony

A to Country is where the traditional Aboriginal custodian or Elder welcomes people to their land. Uncle Bill came to school today to perform our welcome to country and smoking ceremonies and help with the raising of our new aboriginal flag.

Smoking ceremonies are conducted by Aboriginal people with specialised cultural knowledge. The ceremony aims to cleanse the space in which the ceremony takes place.

We would like to thank all those involved in organising the new flagpole and Uncle Bill’s visit at our school.

The Wurundjeri-willam people of the Kulin Nation are the Traditional Owners of the land that our school is built on. Use the following website to learn more about the Wurundjeri-willam people.







Life along the River Nile

No one cared how big you built your home in ancient Egypt. It was up to you. Homes were built with bricks made of mud and straw. The ancient Egyptians invented molds to make bricks. That let them make many bricks at one time, and dry them out in the sun. Bricks were not baked in an oven.

The nobles lived in huge homes along the Nile River. They painted their homes white because it kept their home cooler. Some of these huge homes had as many as 30 rooms. Each room had a function. Many were store rooms. They had guest rooms, and kids rooms, and bathrooms! (No running water, though.) A few homes were built with stone. But most were built of sun dried brick. That was the building material most readily available.

Homes had front and back doors. Each door was built about 4 feet off the ground to reduce the amount of sand that worked itself inside the house. You reached the door via a ramp. Ramps, rather than stairs, were used to reach various levels in the house.

The common people also had nice homes, especially in the country, where they had more room to build. They were not as luxurious as the homes of the nobles, and certainly not as big, but each family had their own home. Their homes were also built with sun dried bricks. A series of ramps led from one floor to the next. The flat roof was the center of family life. Meals were prepared on the roof. People often slept on mats on their roof tops to catch the evening breeze.