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September 3, 2018
by leesclassroom

Summarising (Using The Blurb)

With a partner read the three Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone blurbs, noting the sorts of elements that the blurb has that makes it a good summary. For each one write down any key words or phrases and record why they have chosen them, being ready to share with the rest of the class.
Questions to ask yourself and your partner:

  • Why did you choose that word or phrase?
  • Why is it important?

Which is the most successful summary? Why?

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

When mysterious letters start arriving on his doorstep, Harry Potter has never heard of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

They are swiftly confiscated by his aunt and uncle.

Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a strange man bursts in with some important news: Harry Potter is a wizard and has been awarded a place to study at Hogwarts.

And so the first of the Harry Potter adventures is set to begin.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter thinks he is a perfectly normal boy. Unfortunately, he lives with his hot-tempered Uncle Vernon, his nosy Aunt Petunia and his bullying cousin, Dudley, who all make Harry’s life miserable. Living in a stuffy old cupboard under the stairs is just one of the reasons why Harry hates living with the Dursleys. Unusual things happen to Harry, such as an incident with a snake at the zoo which resulted in him being locked in the cupboard for a month! Then, some unusual letters start arriving for Harry; this confuses and irritates Uncle Vernon so he takes the family somewhere where he thinks no-one will find him but he was greatly mistaken. A giant-sized man with beetle black eyes goes to tell Harry some very astonishing news: Harry is a wizard! Soon, Harry has lots of adventures in his new wizarding school, Hogwarts, but not all is fun and games. Someone is planning to steal a special object being hidden in Hogwarts… but who is it?

August 30, 2018
by leesclassroom

The Rainbow Lorikeet

Earlier this week Amerie brought in to class a picture she had painted a couple of years ago. The class was so impressed we used it as a writing prompt for a short writing dash. Below are a couple of examples of the different takes various students had on the amazing image.

As she pulled out her paintbrush as she was unsheathing a sword, she painted a beautiful piece of art. It had so much texture and detail it was unbelievable, the image on the canvas was so colorful and all the shading was in the exact spot and there was no mistakes at all.

The picture was a beautiful rainbow lorikeet standing proud on a very thick branch and the background was filled with colour. Every time you glanced at the wonderful canvas you would definitely feel like the right comment for this incredible picture would be “This is absolute WOW FACTOR type of art” and you would be expecting to see this in an elegant gallery.

The image was so realistic it felt like a bird was about to spread their wings and saw past you the image was so real. You would expect the finest artists to be impressed.

I even though the Mona Lisa would be jealous.



I saw it, I really did. The rainbow lorikeet, a beak as black as coal and feathers so colourful I could notice them from a mile away. I went to get my camera from my bag to take photo but… OH NO! My the distance. I set of the next day in search of this lovely creature but I forgot my camera so I went back to my room to get it. Then on my window seal was the bird. I got my camera and it was still there. I took a photo and treasured it for ever.



That painting is the most colourful and beautiful painting ever, it’s so well drawn and the detail on the parrot is great. I also love the little bits of colours around the parrot. I say it’s the best parrot painting I have ever seen!


August 24, 2018
by leesclassroom

A useful site for finding information on the population numbers of the country you are researching is:


IndexMundi contains detailed country statistics, charts, and maps compiled from multiple sources. You can explore and analyze thousands of types of data.

August 24, 2018
by leesclassroom


Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week.

The picture below highlights the range of books that capture the imagination of the readers of 3/4D.

Thank you to Alaska’s mum, Melissa, for taking our wonderful group photo.

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