Let’s Collaborate

Earlier in the year Mrs Smith received an email from Miss Crowther and the children of 5/6 Team@UPPS. It let us know that she would be travelling to Tassie with some of their class on a school trip. She asked about spending a day with our class.


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Oh, wow! What a great idea. We would get to meet some of the children we have exchanged Trading cards with and Mrs S would get to meet someone that she has only spoken with via email or Skype over the last four years.

The answer was definitely yes and the date was quickly added to the school calendar.

As the day drew closer Mrs S thought and thought and thought about what we could do. She felt that this would be a great day to collaborate in person so we were sorted into groups of 4. Each group had children from both schools. During the day we worked together and got to know each other as we created some tetrahedral kites.

Before we started with the kite making the 5/6 CS students gave the 5/6 UPPS students a tour of our school and found out a little about our guests.


Making the kites was a little tricky at first. To start we watched a video. Then we read through the instructions and worked out how to join six straws together with string to create a tetrahedron. Thank goodness for pieces of wire as this made threading the string through the straws a little easier. We learnt that tying good knots was important when repairs were needed on one kite which did not quite get out the door for the first test fly. All was good once some knots were retied.


Working together gave us the opportunity to combine four small kite sections together to create a bigger tetrahedral kite. Our fickle weather made the first test fly of our kites a little troublesome but eventually all the kites were in the air. Take a look at our Animoto to the see the fun.

It was fantastic fun meeting our online buddies and creating kites, talking, flying kites, talking and playing games. The day flew by and then 5/6 UPPS headed off to see some more of our great state.

Have you worked together to create something? Have you flown a kite? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Read 4 comments

  1. How totally wonderful to meet up with a blogging buddy class! I wonder how many classes have managed to do that? It adds a whole new dimension to blogging! Although I suspect we’ll never make it from England to Australia to see any of our blogging buddies on the other side of the world, I imagine that there will be some of the children in the class who one day make their way to Australia and remember our blogging days!
    Fabulous work – and what an exciting project.
    Mrs Monaghan @ A Room with a View

  2. Hello Mrs Smith and 5/6CS,

    Thank you so very much for hosting us. We thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with you. Thank you Mrs Smith for organising the kite activity. It was a great activity! The two smaller kites made it safely back to Victoria. 🙂

    From little things, big things grow. I still remember leaving my very first comment on your blog four years ago asking if you would like to do a Mystery Skype. I had no idea that one day we would visit your school! I think it is always important to set yourself challenges and ‘think big’. Our visit to Tasmania was two years in the making – but it happened!

    I wonder what our next collaborative project will be… Do you have any suggestions?

    Enjoy the rest of your holidays.

    Miss Crowther 🙂

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