# Monthly Archives: November 2013

## Fractions and Decimals

Fraction: Any part of a group, number or whole. When you divide something into equal pieces, each piece is a fraction of the whole thing.

You can use a fraction wall like this to compare fractions with each other.

When do you or your parents use fractions in every day life?

What did you think about the games above?

Compare fractions using the fraction wall above.

Filed under Mathematics

## Cooking at LaSalle

On Monday 11th November and Friday 15th November, Five White visited LaSalle Catholic College to participate in a cooking class. Download the recipe here: Fried Rice. Share it with your parents and perhaps you could cook it together.

In groups of two or three, year five worked with a student from LaSalle to cook fried rice. The students also visited the hospitality kitchen which is set up like a commercial kitchen. A commercial kitchen are the kitchens that you might see in a restaurant and Masterchef. The difference between a commercial kitchen and a residential kitchen (home kitchen) is that a commercial kitchen is often made of stainless steel because it is bacteria resistant and there are many stations so a lot of food can be cooked at the same time.

Take a look at the photos below.

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What is the difference between a commercial kitchen and a residential kitchen?

What did you enjoy about the cooking lesson and what skills did you learn?

Filed under Special Days

## Riddles and Puzzles

This is a guest post written by Nathan.

5 White have been discussing riddles and puzzles in the past few weeks. Riddles are questions which require genius skills! Puzzles can come in the form of a toy or problem which require clever thinking to be solved.

Click herehere and here in order to put your thinking caps on and solve some puzzles!

What did you think of the puzzles?

If you have a riddle, place it in a comment below for other students to try and solve.

Filed under Guest Posts

## 3D Space

Year five are currently learning about three-dimensional space. 3D shapes have length, breadth and height. Pyramids and prisms take their name from the shape of their base. Prisms have uniform cross-sections (cuts that are parallel to, and the same size and shape, as the base) whereas pyramids have cross-sections that are not uniform

Take a look at two students explaining the pairs of parallel faces on a 3D object below.

3D shapes are all around us in the built and natural environment! Take a look at the YouTube clip below.

What 3D shapes can you see at home and/or in the classroom?

Filed under Mathematics

## QR Codes

QR codes are becoming very popular and they are already very popular in countries such as Japan. QR code stands for ‘quick response code’ and they can provide us with information really quickly. They are being used for marketing, advertising and customer service as well as part of learning in classrooms.

Take a look at the YouTube clip below explaining what a QR code is and why they are important. Watch the clip with your parents and your siblings.

Take a look at the new video stamp you can purchase at the post office.

Where have you seen a QR code and when you scan it, where does it take you?

Challenge: look for QR codes around your house and at the shops! Scan them using a QR code reader and take a photo of them! Email your photos to Miss Azzopardi with a short explanation of where the QR code takes you. They will then be added to this blog post.

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Filed under ICT Tools

## School Vision

St Felix has a strong school vision. A school vision is very important as it helps us all to work towards the same goal and encourage each other to be the best that we can be.  At St Felix, we are also called to shine, value learning, collaborate and be committed to environmental stewardship.

At St Felix we AIM to:

Aspire

Inspire

Make a Difference

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop inspires us. She worked hard to run a school that was open to anyone that wanted to learn. The school accepted those who could pay and those who could not. Mary’s school offered all students the opportunity to learn basic life skills. The students learnt how to write a letter, add up a grocery bill and study religion and hymns amongst other things. At the age of 24, Mary declared her intention to become a nun and to serve God. Mary is known for saying “never see a need without doing something about it”.  Click here to learn more about Mary MacKillop and watch the YouTube clip below.

What kind of person do you aspire to be and why?

How can you inspire others?

How can you make a difference at St Felix?