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Here are some poems provided by Y5 pupils.  They were asked to write a haiku, kenning or acrostic about Australian animals.

Koalas are very smelly

On trees they scratch a lot

Also they are mostly grey

Legs are mostly made for climbing

And that is why you should stay away from them.


Hair everywhere,

Sharp claws

Very smelly,

Big belly,

No beak,

Big feet not weak,

Very brave!


As sunset passed

He got off the tree,    

His furry ears,

Search for noise.

Eucalyptus leaves,

Held by claws,

Chewed by teeth.



Opens its eyes

As sunset passed

Leered by food

An animal waits.


Streamline crocodile,

Under the water,

To catch its prey.


Catching its prey,

Racing through the water,

Oozing with awesomeness,

Crocodile is the name,

Obviously vicious,

Determined to get some food,

It’s an agile animal in Australia,

Lovely and sharp,

Everyone wants to be as nasty as the

Crocodile SNAP! Watch out!


Zephaniah Art

On the wall of our assembly hall is Zephaniah class’s display of rock art.

We made them by putting our hand on a piece of paper.  Someone was helping us, they got a toothbrush, dipped it in paint and flicked it around our hand (it took a while) and when they had done we left it to dry and then we did their hand.  When it had dried (about half an hour time) we used Australian lines to make a pattern and then Mrs Nunn pinned it to the wall.


“Sometimes I feel I am dancing in the music”:An Interview with the Didgeridoo Man (Chris Holland)

Matthew What feelings do you experience whilst playing the didgeridoo?

Both emotional and physical feelings.  I feel like my breath and rhythm is all one thing.  Sometimes I feel I am dancing in the music.

Morgan When was the first didgeridoo made?

(Chris told us a story about the Dreamtime and an Aborigine.)  In the Dreamtime, an Aborigine blew into a piece of wood which was full of termites.  He wanted to blow out the termites so he could have them for his dinner.  He blew into the wood and the termites flew out spreading out over the land.  They then lifted up and became the Milky Way.

Aborigines have a completely different time to us.  Their time is Dreamtime, our time uses numbers.

Ella Do you think it’s good for us to learn about Australia and would you do it personally?

I think it’s great for your whole school to learn about Australia and across the whole year.  It is a fascinating country and it is a great idea.

Robyn – What inspired you to play the didgeridoo?

I was working in a shop in Bath which sold didgeridoos.  I loved the sound of them and I wanted to learn more.  There was a CD playing with didgeridoo music and I liked the sound of it.

Sophie Who got you interested in the didgeridoo?

A guy called Mark Robson from a band called ‘Kangaroo Moon’.

Iman – How did you learn to play the didgeridoo?

I taught myself by practising and practising and listening to didgeridoo music.

Emily – How long have you been playing the didgeridoo? 

I started when I was 23 and I’ve been playing for 17 years.

Courtney Does anyone else in your family play?

A few have tried but just for fun!

Jago – How many didgeridoos do you have? I’ve got 100 practice ones that I take into schools and 9 other didgeridoos that I play on which are made of metal and wood.  I’ve also got a tromberidoo- a combination of a didgeridoo and a trombone.

Mollie – Do you have a favourite didgeridoo?

It changes from day to day.  I don’t have a particular favourite, it is whatever feels right on the day.

Mr Whitewick – Do you ever get to play with others?

I mostly play on my own but I use to be in a band called ‘Jabberwocky’.  I don’t get to play with others very often.  I was the only didgeridoo player in the group.

Mr Whitewick – Do you ever get to play with other didgeridoo players?

Sometimes.  When you all play in tune together the sound you create can be amazing.  The music penetrates.  It gets into your bones.

Matthew – Do you enjoy teaching people?

I love it.  When they are inspired it is great fun.  Sometimes they surprise themselves by using circular breathing without trying to!

Mollie – What can didgeridoos be made out of?

Metal, wood, glass, plastic, fibreglass and pottery.

Mr Whitewick Is it easier for kids to learn to play then adults?

No, it’s not easier for kids than adults but kids tend to learn quicker.  If you really want to learn, you will.

Freya – Can you play any other instruments?

I can play percussion instruments because of the didgeridoo.

Iman – Can you play the didgeridoo for a certain length of time?

Not really.  You keep going until your lips don’t want to work.  The longest time I’ve played for is about 12-13 minutes.  Some players can go for up to 45 minutes.

Mollie – Which didgeridoos don’t  you have?

I don’t have a glass, fibreglass or metal one.

Mr Whitewick – Is there a certain didgeridoo you would love to have?

I’d love to have a slide didgeridoo but they’re expensive.

Emily – Was it hard to learn how to play?

I found it hard and I got frustrated at times because it felt that I hadn’t learned anything new.  When you are frustrated it is better to put it down and leave it alone and come back to it later.  I found that when I came back to it, I realised I had learned new things and was getting better.

Iman – Can you play any other instruments because you know how to play the didgeridoo? 

Circular breathing helps with instruments like a saxophone, clarinet and trumpet.

(Chris told us about when he went to Australia about 14 years ago he met a man who could play the didgeridoo.  He’s also a writer and he writes books for teenagers.  His name is Scot Gardner so maybe you could check out some of his books.- Matthew)

Do you do private lessons as well as going into schools?

Yes, I also do some performances.  I have got 2 claims to fame.  The first one was when I played with Rolf Harris and his  band.  My second one was when Eric Clapton signed my didgeridoo.

Ella – Where did you visit when you went to Australia?

Mostly the East Coast between Brisbane and Melbourne.  My favourite place to visit is Bald Rock which is the second biggest single rock in Australia after Ayers Rock.

Sophie – How long do you practise for?

I practise 10 minutes a day but I haven’t been practising at all lately!  I must get back to it!

Mr Whitewick – When your feeling sad or unhappy does playing the didgeridoo help?

Sometimes, it helps me feel better when I do.

Interview by the whole blogging group and recorded by Matthew.

Remembrance Day

At 10.45 am today the whole school came together to celebrate Remembrance Day and to hold a two minute silence.  First, Mr Whitewick spoke to us about remembering.  Then, Zephaniah Class showed some research that they did about soldiers that were in the First World War.  The soldiers were ANZACs- Australians and New Zealanders.  Each pupil in Zephaniah read out a name of a soldier.  After that we did our two minute silence at 11.00 am.  We stood and remembered the ones who lost their lives in the war.  Next, we played a song called ‘We Will Remember’ while a member of each class, including Rainbow Early Years, placed a cross with their class name on it.  Mrs Farmer planted the cross for the members of staff and governors.  One pupil planted the Star of David with a poppy on it and another pupil planted a Muslim crescent.

Here is the information about the soldier Jago read out:

Sydney Raymond Hall

Born: 17th December 1883

Rank in the army: Captain

Division: Australian Imperial Force

Family: Wife, mum and dad

Date of death: 25th April 1915

Manner of death:  Died of wounds

Place of death: Near a beach

Age when died: 31

Iman, Sophie and Jago

Mr Clarke’s Visit

On Tuesday, a man called Mr Clarke came round to our school.  He comes from Australia but now works for Wiltshire Council.  He was talking about Aboriginal art. The first type of art he showed us was hand painting.  The aboriginal people did it by getting clay from the ground, then they turn the clay into liquid, put the liquid into their mouths and spat on their hand (which is on a rock).  It then leaves a hand print on the rock.

Next, he handed out two drawings.  One was a fish and the other one was an English person with a gun killing a large bird.  Mr Clarke told us about the drawings.  First, he talked about the fish.  the fish was painted different colours.  He said it was because some bits were edible and some were not.  Aborigines would be able to look at the painting and know which bits they could eat.

The other drawing was of an English person because when they first  went to Australiathey saw the pictures the aborigines drew and they decided to try themselves.

My favourite part of the visit was the drawing of the fish and the bird.


Aboriginal Story writing

In Zephaniah we have rewritten an Aboriginal story about how whirlpools were made.

First we watched a cartoon of it a few times and then some of us wanted to jot ideas down so we could remember. The next day we started writing about it in our books. Finally we typed it on laptop (except for me, I was busy). The story was that there were two tribes one chasing and one rowing away the reason they were being chased was that one of their tribe trespassed and was captured so they attacked to get him back then they rowed away on their boat. When they got near to shore they didn’t want to make noise so they stopped. The chasing tribe, however, was so noisy that a monster came up from the water. The tribe who were being chased got to shore and safety. The monster whirled around the chasing tribe and made a whirlpool.


Interview with My Mum

I interviewed my mother because she has been to Australia.

The first question I asked is what is the landscape like?

She answered, “very diverse – from the red desert with white gum trees to the green of the rainforests.”

I then wanted to know what facts she learnt while being there

“She only leant one about how koalas spend their day, 20 hours sleeping, 3 hours eating and 1 hour mating.”

She visited Ayer’s rock, so I asked her what she thought about it

She replied, “a magical rock that changes colour depending on the time of day and position of the sun. It is of great spiritual significance to Aborigines.

She told me that she also visited the rainforest so she told me that it was warm, wet and full of mosquitoes!

My final question was what snorkelling is like in Barrier Reef.

 “You get to see millions of different types of fish.”