Term 4

Week 1-3

Welcome to Term 4! Year 8's - you are now closer to being in Yr 9 than any other time this year so far. Year 7's - you are nearly the leaders of the school! Now is a good time to get your self-management skills honed and ready for your next steps. Below are some links that you will find handy this term:

Term 3

Week 1-6

The start of this term will feel different. There will be no 'Level Up' or university work. We will be having specific literacy time. Here are a few links that will be helpful:

Week 6-9 Level Up


Life Changing



Level 1:

Expand your mind…. (due Friday)

  1. A toothpick, what could this be used for? We challenge you to come up with more than 30 ways to use it! Number them so you know how many you have. NOTE: think outside the box!

Check the table below to see your Awesome Level!

2. Anybody can invent something but 'how to invent' is the question we all want answers to.

(This part should take approx 1 hr to complete)

Aim - build a bank of different types of inventions. Inventions are everywhere!

a) YouTube search - “How to invent”

b) Record the video titles watched & write a quick (2 sentence) statement on its value? Click here to see an example.

Level 2 a: Explore the process of inventing (2 wks)

Completed by Wednesday 28th June

You will find below a bank of resources to help you unpack the process of inventing. For each of them you must do the following:

1.Record title of resource, author, make a statement about whether the source of information is reliable

2. Take notes in bullet points and in own words to help you make meaning of what you are reading

3. Write a summary

It must include:

  • key points
  • technical language (Highlighted and a definition provided where necessary
  • deliberate use of compound and complex sentences

NOTE: if you want to be working at high level 4/level 5, you will need to find an extra article and video to summaries.

Resource bank


Join the 'ed puzzle' by clicking on the link below

Record and answer the questions asked in the video


This is printed off and located on the resource station. Use a highlighter to help you to identify the key points.


Ted Talk-

Level 2 b: Explore an invention

There are three main categories to inventions, Life changing, Disruptive & Evolution

1. Select an invention that intrigues you/blows your mind!

  • What category does your chosen invention sit in? Justify if it could sit in any others and why/why not.

Level 3 a - Time To Invent!

How creative are you?

  1. Invent something that detects when the classroom is too loud and has a response to minimise it. Outline how it would work, draw your product and label it’s features.

Level 3 b - for the deep thinkers

  1. Select an invention and hypothesise (predict) how it could be applied in a different industry

eg: using computer games to train for flying, space pen to write underwater for marine biologists...

Week 5 Level Up

Good news - this is a mini Level Up and will only take 2 x 40min sessions to complete it!

The skills you will be honing while completing this task include:

  • note-taking
  • summary writing
  • problem solving
  • backing up statements with evidence
  • comparing
  • researching
  • time management
  • sentence structure & inclusion of technical language

Sit down, buckle in and hold on ... we're going to Europa! Woah, hold on, you probably need to know where (and what) it is!

a) Research using this article --> and record 4 bullet points for Where/what Europa is.

Hint: This will end up being your first paragraph

b) Compare it to Earth using a Venn diagram and the information from the provided article

c) Use the bullet points to help you address 3 problems with living on Europa. Back up your statements with evidence and include what the facts mean for survival. Use the example as a guide for how to set out your writing.

If time:

d) Copy and paste the URL of any internet article you have used to gain information for this task. This shows how in depth your research has been and is evidence to help show how awesome you are!

Note-taking and Summarising Practice

Take notes (3 bullet points per paragraph) and write three paragraphs:

  • what it is
  • how it works
  • benefits and limitations

Level Up --> Week 6-11

Pallet Upcycling

Level 1 - Initial Research

1. Research & record 20 things you could make out of this pallet in a word doc, including links. Here’s an example of how to set it out.

2. In groups of 2-3, identify as many problems as possible that could come out of this building project. Use the Classify tool to group the problems and make an overall statement. Remember to think deeply about the possible impacts as well as wider reaching applications (eg: business).

3. Considering the problems you have identified above, create a Safe Work Contract. Make sure you include the things you will do to stay safe, how you will behave, what should happen if you break this contract. Remember, during this Level Up, we are expecting you to manage yourself and your own project while working responsibly and safely. Make sure you identify things (including people) that could lead to a break in your contract and measures of how you will minimise/eliminate those risks. Here’s an example

4. Create and conduct a survey that collects data about which of the finished pallet projects (from your list of 20), people would buy. Include pictures, at least 5 questions and what makes it appealing to them. The better your survey is, the more justification you will be able to use when it comes to Level 3.

NOTE: This survey doesn’t have to stay within the classroom, ask your parents and adults around you to get more info - remember: they’re the ones with the dosh!

Here are some Tech ideas and links for online survey creation (you don’t have to use any of these, but you may be surprised how easy they are to set up).

Tech: Google Forms, typeform, Survey Monkey, Socrative

Level 2


5. Make bullet point notes for two articles (in your own words, Key points only), 10 bullet points (approx) and then write a summary of approx 150 words for each article.

NOTE: Your reading AND writing goals have been incorporated into this task. This means we are not only looking for you to succinctly identify the key points, but also the inclusion of technical language, correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and the formation of sentences and paragraphs.

If you are aiming to work in Level 5 for your reading, you should be sourcing ALL articles yourself and your research from Level 1 will help guide you towards appropriate material to summarise. -Must have a focus on pallet preparation,

If you are working in Level 4, you will find at least 1 of your own articles

If you are working in Level 3, choose 2 of the 3 weblinks provided here but remember to push yourselves.

Must cover:

  • Pallet preparation
  • Create a prototype OR Upcycling

Article 1 - How to create a scale model of your furniture

Article 2 - Upcycling, what is it?

Article 3 - Pallet preparation

6. Now that you have done your research, reflect on what this research means for your project.


NOTE: You can work in pairs with teacher approval.

7. Design & draw your product including: equipment needed and measurements.

8. Scale your measurements so they are 6 times smaller than the original and include them on a new drawing (USE A PENCIL). These will be the plans you will use to build your prototype as a scale model.

9. Justify your selection and back it up with evidence eg: survey & research from Level 2.

10. Build a prototype that is a scale model of your end product.

5. Submit your prototype to Vikki / Molly / Mrs Morrie to check if it is done correctly.

6. Build your product once approved!

Manage your time well and you will Repeat steps 4-6 to make a new product!

Level Up -> Week 2-5

Level 1

1. Brainstorm words that come to mind when you look at this image (you should have at least 6)

2. Pair up with another person to collect more words (you should have 8 by now)

3. Share your words with another pair so that you all have 10

4. Create a specialised word list for this topic (you should already have done this in the back of your SRL book for Spelling.

5. Research & record at least 20 interesting things about ants (number them so you know how many you have!)

Level 2 - summarising skills

6. Select 2 of the following information sources and summarise the information in bullet points. Each source should have a heading (name of the article/video) and include 10-12 key points.

Option 1: How ants communicate

Option 2: The story of the ants and teamwork- How ants work as a team

Option 3: Inside the ant colony - how ants behave in the colony

7. Are you an ant expert already? In that case, find one more source to summarise, based on one of the interesting facts you have already listed in Level 1. If you're not an expert, you may just select the third link that is provided above (refer to the marking rubric to see where that would place you for making).

Level 3

Remember to incorporate specialised and technical language into your writing. Thinking deeply and using complex language is part of the criteria for working in Level 4 on the Rubric.

8. Form a conclusion about how ant societies function (approx 1 paragraph) and back up your statements with evidence you have already collected. Make sure you mention the importance of - communication, team work & social interactions.

9. Think deeply and apply your knowledge about ant behaviour by comparing it to humans.

Here is a video from the legend himself to help you form a conclusion about what you have learnt about ants...

Summarising Practice

Main idea & summarising practice worksheet (Thurs 11-12.30)

Digital Ready!

Responsible Digital Citizenship EdPuzzle - be ready to answer a Socrative quiz this week (Week 2) about the video you have watched.

Week 1

The minimal task requirement is three over the course of the week. Show us what you've got!

* Scramble

What does this word spell? How many other words can you make?(Only using the letters once). The word has to have a minimal of 3 letters.


* Google feud

Work with a partner. What crazy things do people want to find out?

* Bloxorz

Look out, this game could be addictive. Use your problem solving skills to complete the different levels.

* Lego

Build, build, build! "Everything Is AWESOME!"

*Physical challenge

All the information required is on a board outside the classroom. Have fun :)