Milestone 8 Data
A look at what we have been developing for our school.

Leamington Learners

Sally Anne Rocks on PhotoPeach

Leamington School has had a great year with lots of teachers, doing lots of different activities based on the PD we have done this year. A big thank you to Donna who was the LEAD Teacher until T3 of this year and to Sally Anne who has taken some great KidPix PD with the staff before returning to Australia.
I will let the teachers speak for themselves.
Here are some photos of us using the silent card shuffle. We have also used Venn Diagrams, Y charts and Blooms Hats a lot during our Traditional tales unit although I don’t have photos of these, sorry. The children have really enjoyed the silent card shuffle activities and it has helped them learn to work as a group. The thinker’s hats have been awesome and I now have children thinking in a range of ways and coming up with some really interesting answers. The Venn diagrams are a good way to get children to notice similarities as well as differences and I really like using Y charts. ( Slide show above)


Here are some photos of examples of things we do ----
Children during class time using Kidpix for drawing, typing and getting to know the keyboard
An example of a Venn diagram used during last topic ( we do whole class Venn diagrams OFTEN )
Examples of chn’s art
BIG BOOKS to share. We ‘do’ lots of hands on activities and participate in experience, then take digital photos and print them. We then write captions and make big books to share and re-read in class ( a big favourite ).
Ras alerts ( ‘Can you find’) --- we do this most times that we have a shared book ( and during guided reading – but don’t have photos)

During oral language times we use photographs, posters and well- illustrated books to discuss and describe what we see and do that in groups but again no photos. This has actually reminded me to take more photos. I have also noticed that some of my class are still slow at converting their letter knowledge, capitals-lower case and I intend making some of those keyboard practise charts.

Niki's Cool Adventures on PhotoPeach

Angela's Thinking Room on PhotoPeach


During one of our ICT times I have been working on word processing with the children. This includes using one of the laminated keyboards that Innes provided. We do word processing and during the other ICT time I get the children to make a KidPix picture based on their writing – publishing. I use Kidpix a lot and did so with my calendars – as a background scene for themselves.
I have also used the computers specifically to get children familiar with the keyboard during the time prior to school starting where the children will come in and type their name, or address, or do some keyboard familiarity skills based on the letter of the week. (see above)

As you will see in the photo show above, I use Thinking Hats and other thinking tools such as comparison charts and Venn diagrams alongside text. We have used plasticine to make models of book characters, have photographed these and turned them into books where we have retold the story. These have also been placed on my laptop and the children have done voice overs to retell the story as well.

I also use picture prompts for writing where we may discuss feelings, good points, bad points.

Marg's HOT Room
We have had a busy year- really developing out HOTS in our reading and crossing in to all other areas. The children can identify them all and make connections when using them. They have developed great skills in Photo Story 3 , all making a presentation for our English contact with music and voice. Most can use Publisher independently and most can use the digital camera and download their photos. We have a Blog and all children have contributed to this , many from home . they are all presenting a published book each of their years experiences, writing and ICT. Here is the link to our blog.
Using the HOTS (Higher Order Thinking) on PhotoPeach
In our classroom we always strive to improve our levels of thinking. One way we do this is through the oral language activity "which is happier?". The children are given the names of two things and asked which is happier. They must give reasons for their answers. For example, "which is happier, the sun or the moon?" At the beginning of the year I gave them the topic, now they are able to generate the topics themselves.

We also improve our levels of thinking through various activities such as Silent Card Shuffles, Venn Diagrams and PMIs
I might add here that Tasman ( refered to on Page 1) has had the most amazing adventures and he has just arrived back. Listening to the students talk about him and share the adventures he has is wonderful to hear- fantastic oral language. Marg

SARAH Middleschool on PhotoPeach


Room 7 has been using track changes to edit our writing; using online grammar worksheets to improve our vocabulary, reading and writing; and starting up a WikiSpace so we can share our writing with a global audience.
We have also incorporated Eric Frangheim’s Thinking Skills Framework activities in our reading, writing and topic programmes. Below are two pictures of room 7 students doing a silent card shuffle to show we 1) understand what a simile is and 2) apply our knowledge in a group work context.
Here is the link to our Wiki

TEAM WORK PAYS for R7 on PhotoPeach
ROOM *8 - Reading Rocks with HOTS

We have been using venn diagrams, PMI’s particularly as part of the reading programme. It is great the way students have to negotiate and justify with each other.
Rock it Room 8 on PhotoPeach
Rock it Room 8 on PhotoPeach
LYNNE Seniors
Through the use of Windows Movie Maker, using fables as the context we have tried to make our own movies, creating models of characters and recording speaking parts.

Used Powerpoint and Paint to superimpose photos of children taken on camp{ which we cut out }and pasted onto other photos of different scenes and various backgrounds.

In Room 3 we have been working hard to integrate our I.C.T work with our daily programme. We have been experimenting with our Interwrite board and the kids have found this both interesting and engaging. We have been using the Interwrite pad and the projector to experiment with constructing and editing our writing. The students will each type a piece of writing on a computer which is then displayed up on the projector. As a group we then select a piece of writing to examine where we then use the Interwrite board to go through and highlight and draw over the text to offer suggestions that could enhance the piece of writing. The kids have found this a fun activity and it stimulates a good discussion around the writing process and aspects of text which I have found is able to enhance the student’s knowledge. The students have also enjoyed playing the math games that are on the Interwrite pad. These games are a great motivator for the students and I have found that they will focus on completing their work in order to get some time playing these. As a class we are all looking forward to learning more about I.C.T and making use of some more of the great resources that are available.


One of the Wailite Cluster PD sessions that we went to spoke about using the Thesaurus to change nursery rhymes.
This was our first attempt, the children worked in pairs and used both the computer and book version of the Thesaurus.
They had to work hard at ensuring that the rhyme still made sense as many of the words that they could have used
turned the poem into complete gibberish. The children really enjoy doing this type of activity and the Thesaurus is now
used constantly and confidently in the classroom.
Humpy Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty
Took a seat on a hedge.
Humpty Dumpty had an impressive plummet
Every one of the Emperor’s livestock
Plus all of the Emperor’s gentlemen
Possibly will not place Humpty jointly together once more.


By Jessica and helped by Devon