1/2G and 1/2C’s Movie Master Class


Posted by rylee26 | Posted in ICT, Student Voice | Posted on August 5, 2016

Last week, Lawrence (Mel’s father) came to visit our classes to teach us about making stop motion movies. He showed us his camera and some excerpts of his amazing stop motion movies that he makes for YouTube. He was lovely, patient and answered all of our questions.

The main things that we learned were:

1) Watch how people move and try to make your figurines do the same. He called it “studying human movement”.
2) Music is one of the most important parts of a movie.
3) The more pictures you take the smoother the character appears to move in the movie. Lawrence takes thousands of photos and it takes him weeks to make a movie.

Below are some thank you letters that 1/2C wrote to Lawrence afterwards:


Making potions in 1/2C


Posted by rylee26 | Posted in Science | Posted on August 5, 2016

Today in Open Time some of us made potions. We wanted to do it because it is fun to mix things together. To make potions we used these ingredients:

  • sand
  • food dye
  • glitter
  • flour
  • salt
  • water
  • oil
  • petals
  • leaves
  • grass
  • dirt
  • rocks

Next time we want to make potions that overflow and explode! We also want to make potions that turn into play dough.

Thanks to Ben N. and Fern L. For taking photos for us.



The Power of SUPER E in 12A & M


Posted by matta | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 3, 2016

iPads iPads iPads in 12A & M!!!


Posted by matta | Posted in ICT, Uncategorized | Posted on August 2, 2016

With having our own personal trolley of iPads in our classroom until the end of the year, the iPads have been getting a good workout. The students are completely self managing the devices, to the point where our monitors are putting them away at the end of each day. Check out a few shots!



BIFF Setting Design


Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 1, 2016

The grade 1/2s have recently been designing the settings for their BIFF movies. We don’t want to give too much away, but we’d love you to know a little about our process!

Since planning our stories, writing our stories and storyboarding, we have been designing our characters and settings! This has been a very creative and collaborative process!

  1. First, we used the story boards to help us decide how many important places were needed to tell our story.
  2. Then, as a team, we brainstormed what our settings would need so that our audience could tell where the characters were. For example, if the story is set in the street then we decided we would need to show grass, a road, the sky, the sun, cars, trees etc. If we were showing inside a bedroom then we needed to show a bed, some carpet and a bookshelf.
  3. Next, we made a list of materials we would like to use to make the settings and characters eg. coloured paper, recycled boxes, toilet rolls, cotton wool, icy-pole sticks, doilies, crepe paper, cellophane, printed photographs.
  4. Finally, we allocated jobs for different members of our teams to design and create the elements of our settings and characters.

Once our settings and characters are complete we’ll be ready to begin filming! Stop motion takes a long time to make a few seconds of footage…

Did you know that in order to make a minute of footage in the film Wallace and Gromit it takes 6 WEEKS of work!!! Here’s a little video about their process

Be sure to check out the BIFF blog to gain some insight into the different film making processes happening around the school!

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