About Daniel Pearce

Hey guys.... Im a year 3/4 teacher at the greatest school (HFCS).... I love trying to make my classroom the funnest place to spend your day.... I love Soccer, Basketball and many other sports and my favourite subject is Science.

Monday, Week 2

Welcome back to week 2,

What a fantastic spring fair on Sunday, we hope that you enjoyed yourself.

At the end of this week it is HN’s buddy assembly, so they are working hard with their buddies to prepare. Whilst at practice DP started exploring angles in numeracy. We discussed the main angles and how to measure them using a protractor. We spoke about right angles, obtuse and acute angles and made a maze in the class. The task was to code a Sphero to complete the maze by measuring the angles it needs to turn. Students learnt how to measure angles using a protractor and code the Sphero’s. We will continue this task tomorrow.

After recess we had our final session with Martin Pascoe and our HASS documentaries. Students will be showing these on Friday after the buddy assembly.

In the afternoon HN met with there buddies again and DP went to library and worked on their animals inquiry. We are aiming to finish the animal by mid week 3 so we can present it during our assembly.

Good afternoon all.

Week 1 Update

Note: Tomorrow is a casual day in preparation for spring fair. We ask if students could bring a pot plant or potting mix to help the plant stall on Sunday.

Welcome back everyone,

We hope that you had a relaxing and enjoyable holidays. What a busy start to term 4. Spring Fair this weekend means that Friday is a pupil free day while the school is being transformed for the fair. HN and DP have also had a very busy start as we have our assemblies in week 2 and 3 respectively. We have spent many lessons meeting with our buddies and working on our productions.

We have also continued to focus on 24 hour time in numeracy and started to explore directions and mapping skills through open ended inquiry.

These are an example of the types of tasks the students could choose in numeracy. Students were able to choose the level that they believed challenged them and worked to complete it to the best of their ability.

DP has also started an inquiry based on the adaptations that animals have made to survive. Using Mudla as a resource we have a range of animals that we can focus on and get first hand evidence. Students are able to choose an animal and discover the physical and behavioral adaptations that animals have made to survive.


Monday, Week 10

Good morning everyone,

Leading into the last week, we have a busy week planned. We have our excursion on Wednesday and numerous meetings with our buddies, prepping for our assemblies next term.

Today we started with our last session of MITIOG. We continued to explore the year 5 framework. We may have one more lesson tomorrow afternoon to wrap the unit up.

After recess we continued working on our HASS documentaries. Unfortunately Martin couldn’t make it in today but we may be able to make up that session later this week. To start the lesson we dissected another documentary, focusing on some of the techniques used. This was the students second to last lesson on this task as it is due Monday, Week 2. We plan on sharing all of our documentaries on this day with Martin.

After lunch we split and HN went to spanish while DP went to library. After this HN met with their buddies and DP worked on their Literacy. The Shaun Tan author study “The Lost Thing” is due at the end of this week.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, Week 9

*Students remember to bring in an object for photography tomorrow.

Good afternoon all,

Numeracy – Time Inquiry

After going through the events of the day, students spent the first session of the morning continuing to work on their Numeracy Investigation regarding “Time”. Students graphed the information they had collated from the previous numeracy lesson. They needed to record averages for each of the runners and plot this information in a table.

After recess we focused on HASS – Government

Students brainstormed their definition of “What is a government?” This led to a discussion regarding the different tiers of government in Australia and “What is democracy?” Students then had the opportunity to choose one area they would like to research.

Inquiry options:

  • Telling the story of the Australian Democracy. Students create their own Timeline highlighting the main events that led to democracy in Australia.
  • Who represents you in your local electorate?

Before lunch students went out for some free Fitness

In the afternoon session, we had Visual Arts – focusing on The City of Salisbury Christmas Card Design Competition

Students were encouraged to participate in the City of Salisbury Christmas Card Design Competition. The Salisbury Council has invited students to participate in this special Christmas card design competition. The winning design will be used on The City of Salisbury Christmas Cards with special credit given to the artist!

*Just a reminder that children can wear Cultural Clothing, Red or School Uniform on Friday 21st September for the Moon Lantern Celebrations.

*We also have a shared lunch tomorrow. We ask students to bring lunch (savory preferred) a reusable plate, fork/spoon. We aim to have zero litter from this shared lunch and we will wash plates and return them home with students. If you plan to bring in hot food aim for 12-12:15. We will begin eating around 12:20.




Monday, Week 9

Good morning all,

This morning we started a new class novel, Georgia’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl while Mr. Pearce set up our Speed Ball competition (Fitness). We then commenced week two of the competition. Once again the students worked really hard, encouraged each other and demonstrated some fantastic skill.

After recess Martin joined us to continue working on our HASS documentaries. We spoke about interviews and how the questions are very important. They need to be open ended and easy to answer. We spoke about the difference between planned interviews and Vox Pops. It is the planned interviews that can have more preparation and go into more depth. We also spoke about how the interviews need to support our overall aim in the documentary.

After lunch we split for Spanish and Library. HN met with their buddies today to continue working on their assembly. DP started our next literacy task, another author study, the new book “The lost thing” written by Shaun Tan. Students had a range of comprehension questions that relate to the book and then some creative writing prompts that will all be collected before the Term 3 holidays.

Thursday, Week 8

Good morning all,

After going through the events of the day, students spent the first session of the morning working on their Numeracy Investigation.

We posed the question: How fast can you ran 100m in?

In groups of 4, students recorded how fast they could run 100m. Students recorded their results and will calculate their average time. Students will then graph their groups results and compare their running times against Usain Bolt’s Rio 2016 results.

After recess students began Independent Learning Time.

Students had the option of continuing work on their Company badge, Spring Fair Poster or started to construct their Moon Lantern.

After lunch students continued ILT.

Moon Lantern Festival

Chinese and Vietnamese families traditionally celebrated the new moon as part of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Moon Lantern Festival celebrates the gathering of friends and family after the crops are harvested. The celebration is to give thanks for the harvest and pray for family and good fortune. Some cultures will celebrate with a lion dance, carry brightly coloured lanterns or eat moon-cakes.

In celebration of the Moon Lantern students began planning and designing lanterns for this cultural festival.

It was great to see the children working so well and designing fantastic lanterns.

Catholic Schools Music Festival

All the very best to the girls involved in tonight’s Catholic Schools Music Festival tonight.

 Just a reminder that children can wear Casual clothes tomorrow, Friday 14th September. Please bring in a sealed packet of lollies to support the Spring Fair.

Also the disco is tomorrow night. The year 5 session starts at 7:15 and finishes at 8:30. Parents are welcome to wait in the parent cafe where coffee will be available. Payments can be made through the QKR app.

Monday, Week 8

Good morning all,

We hope that you all had a fantastic weekend. We started Monday morning with a new fitness competition. This aligns with the PE curriculum as the students are learning to play handball. The games were fast paced, enjoyable and the students were really showcasing their skills. These are the teams and results from Week 1 of competition.

After recess we welcomed back Martin. We continued to work on our HASS documentaries. Most students were starting to film, narrate and edit their iMovies. We have set the due to for Term 4 Week 1 (Friday). This will allow students to finalise some editing over the holidays if they wish and then view most of them on Monday Week 2 which is Martins last day with us. We look forward to seeing what the students produce.

After lunch the classes split for Spanish and Library. DP started to work on a mini project that is linked with HFCS’s global project. They started to create a mini movie that showcases who they are as an individual. These movies will be shared with two schools in America as we form a buddy system online.

*Students will be receiving a consent form today for a program called FlipGrid. Could these please be signed and returned ASAP.

Friday, Week 7

Good morning all,

After assembly this morning, students continued to work on and finish their numeracy inquiry. Students were required to look at the times from the 100m Olympic freestyle semi finals. They then placed the swimmers in order from 1-16 using their knowledge of time and decimals. We then checked our answers by watching the race to see if the students placed them correctly.

After numeracy we split to work with our buddies. We started to plan for our assemblies in Week 2 (HN) and Week 3 (DP).  DP focused on some coding skills and animation skills using a variety of programs and mentoring their younger buddies. HN focused on photography with their buddies.

After lunch we focused on completing our logos and then voting on the one we would like to use for our company. Each individual group decided on which logo they wished to put forward. These are the 9 nominations.

After a secret ballot it was narrowed to a couple of finalists. 3 tied with 4 votes for third spot. Two tied for 2nd spot with 5 votes and their was a unanimous decision for first with 21 votes. Congratulations to everyone for creating some fantastic logos.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

Monday, Week 7

Good morning all,

This morning we started a new task. Students worked on a gratitude journal. Our lives are so busy and we can easily forget all of the things we are so lucky to have. Today students had a chance to sit down and reflect on the things they were grateful for. On their One Note i put together a range of open ended prompts to get the students thinking. These journals can be so powerful, focusing on the things we are grateful for can lower stress. Here are some examples of some students who wished to share.

After recess we continued to focus on our documentaries in HASS. We provided the students with some more examples of documentaries and some research they may wish to include.

Students then worked on their documentary with the support from Martin Pascoe. Most students have conducted their research and created a storyboard. They are now starting to film and collate different parts together into one iMovie.

After lunch the classes split for Spanish and Library. After DP finished library they work in class on their guided reading.

Wednesday, Week 6

Good morning everyone,

We had a TRT in today because Mrs Higgs isnt feeling the best, we hope she feels better soon.

Students started the day by continuing their job applications. As part of our photography company we have a number of roles to ensure the company can run successfully. Students wrote an application for two jobs of their choice, all of the options allowed students to focus on their own unique skills and what they can bring to the company. Job titles were:

Accountant, Advertising and Marketing, Blogger, Brand Manager, Data Collector, Documentary Film Maker, Journalist and Website Developer. Students also had the chance to apply for a managerial position in each field.

Students responded to a range of job advertisements, focusing on formal letter writing and learning some base skills in writing cover letters. They could transfer the skills learnt in persuasive writing and use examples of their school work to show specific skills.

In the middle of the day the classes split for Spanish and Sport. This gave individual classes a chance to focus on their guided reading and some Maths Mini.

After lunch we introduced decimals in numeracy. We outlined how important it was to understand, tenths and hundredths as this plays a major role in our monetary system and sports. We watched some sporting videos of how major events can be decided by tenths, hundredths and sometimes one thousandth of a second. Students then completed a couple of workshops that focused on decimals on a number line and manipulating numbers to tenths and hundredths of a second. Students will continue to work on this tomorrow.