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‘Wendy’ by Gus Gordon with Room 11

During the past few weeks, the Year 1 children from Room 11 have been exploring the text ‘Wendy’ by Gus Gordon with a focus on adding details to our writing and expanding our vocabulary. Wendy is a remarkable chicken who leaves her… Continue Reading →

Thunderstorm Writing and Art with Room 12

Due to the massive storm we had in Adelaide on Wednesday night the learners in Room 12 decided we should write one or two sentences describing what it was like. We also created some art pieces using photos taken in… Continue Reading →

Making Bees Wax Wraps with KESAB

This week the Year 2 classes in the Peppertree Building participated in a Bees Wax Wrap Workshop with Jo from KESAB. Students created their practical and eco-friendly food wraps by first making personalised nature and food inspired designs on fabric squares, then brushing with… Continue Reading →

Beautiful artwork celebrates wildlife conservation

During Term 3, the Year 4 students from Room 21 took part in an art competition about endangered species. The Orang-Artan Competition tasked students to research an endangered species and create an artwork in order to raise awareness. Students from… Continue Reading →

Room 20 and “The Great Rhino Inquiry” at Monarto Zoo

In Room 20 this term we have been learning about sustainability. As a part of this unit of work, we have been inquiring into sustainable environments. We have been researching the critically endangered white rhino, and we were sad to… Continue Reading →

‘Fox’ by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks with Room 12

In Room 12 the Year 1 students have truly enjoyed exploring ‘Fox’ as our mentor text this term. We decided to do a quick write selling this book to others.  Here is a couple of our pieces of writing along… Continue Reading →

A snapshot of PE at UPS

We have been busy in PE across all year levels this term! We recently started our ‘Invasion’ games unit (Basketball, netball, soccer, hockey, footy) with classes in Years 3-7. This is a fan favourite as so many students play club… Continue Reading →

Room 7 Inquiry Learning Assembly

The children in Room 7 have been very busy preparing to host assembly and it has been an exciting time as they haven’t experienced many assemblies before. Their assembly was a culmination of all their work and they have done… Continue Reading →

Understanding spelling and how it is taught

This article from Associate Professor Misty Adoniou provides an excellent snapshot of the theory that underpins our approach to teaching spelling at UPS. You can read more about our work in spelling in this previous blog post. English spelling has… Continue Reading →

Exciting guests visit EALD learners

At UPS, many of our students enjoy the opportunity to be involved in an English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) program with a focus on learning the features of Standard Australian English. The following snapshot is from our… Continue Reading →

Ten sentence stories have an impact

A story doesn’t have to be long – in fact it can be just ten sentences. This term, students from Room 4 looked at creating impactful, but short, stories. We looked at a couple of examples and came up with… Continue Reading →

Missing the Olympics? UPS students have a solution!

Ready, set, roll! Potatoes this week have sprouted up from all around the world to compete in the annual Potato Olympics, hoping to claim a glorious medal! Their trainers are ready to rumble as they have their whole country behind… Continue Reading →

Through my classroom window…

16th June Today, in Room 21, we took time to reflect on and write about what we could see outside the windows of our classroom. We hope you enjoy our writing. From the Year 4 students of Room 21. Adelaide… Continue Reading →

Mary Had a Little Lamb… 2.0

The following short narrative was written by Abbie Lee, a Year 5 student in Room 19. Responding to our latest Family Writing Challenge, Abbie decided to take one of her favourite nursery rhymes and turn it into a whole new… Continue Reading →

Budding writers let their imaginations run wild

The Year 2 students in Room 17 have been engaging in an in depth study of narrative writing this semester. We have learned about simple and compound sentence structure, and how a good author is very selective with their choice… Continue Reading →

Reconciliation: embracing tomorrow by not forgetting the past

This term the Year 4 students in Room 21 have been learning about Indigenous Australians and what they traded, their art, language and how they cared for the land. Our class has been experimenting with some indigenous artwork. We have… Continue Reading →

Exploring ‘The Stone Lion’ by Margaret Wild

The Year 2 students in Room 15 have been exploring the mentor text ‘The Stone Lion’ by Margaret Wild. It is a heart warming tale of compassion and kindness.The lion has one wish, to be alive. Will his wish be… Continue Reading →

Sport to Kickstart a Friday Morning!

Every Friday in the morning, you may see some big kids out in the yard after the bell. This is because the year 6 and 7 students from upstairs participate in a Round Robin competition every Friday. As a part… Continue Reading →

ART with Room 14 – One Point Perspective

The Year 2 students from Room 14 created one point perspective drawings by following step-by-step instructions. They began with a vanishing point along the horizon line to create the 3D appearance. The buildings in the foreground needed to be drawn… Continue Reading →

Students inspired after reading The Black Book of Colors

The Year 6 and 7 students from Room 4 recently read a book called The Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin. It’s a book about a boy who is blind and it explains how he sees the colours using… Continue Reading →

A Spotlight on Spelling

Late last year, we identified that as a part of our continuing focus on writing improvement, it would be important to pay close attention to students’ spelling. Analysis of last year’s NAPLAN writing data revealed that our students were making… Continue Reading →

That was autumn…

Upon returning to school from holidays, students wrote poems about their experience of autumn. Well done to Year 6 students Geordie and Kaila for capturing the essence of their autumnal break! That was autumn by Geordie Apps Have you ever… Continue Reading →

Examining diversity with the students from Room 22

The key question that the Year 4 and 5 students in room 22 have been trying to answer this term is ‘How can diversity unite us?’ We began the term by examining our own identity. Through abstract art and multimedia,… Continue Reading →

Treehouse Construction – Room 1

Rm 1 was given a technology task of constructing a model treehouse. We used lots of recycled materials like cardboard and toilet paper rolls. We had a house template and some people painted theirs, others stuck tissue paper or just… Continue Reading →

“Even though we have a storm happening now, at the end we will get the rainbow.”

Writing can be a powerful tool to help children express themselves during challenging times. The Year 1 children in Room 6 wrote a letter to Barley, a dog that was in the middle of a heavy rain. We talked about… Continue Reading →

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