Welcome to the Blog Year 6 2020!

Hi Girls,

Welcome to our blog!

The theme for your blog currently is called ‘Edublogs Default’ which you are not allowed to change until teacher instruction.

Here are some housekeeping instructions which you must go through and complete at your own pace:

Make some changes to the appearance of your blog:

  1. Go to the dashboard
  2. Click on ‘Appearance’
  3. Click on Customise
  4. Click on ‘Site Identity’

You may only change the following:

  • Site Title
  • Tag line – this is where you can write an inspirational quote of your choice.
  • Make sure the box is ticked to display the site title and tag line.

Next, click on the arrow next to ‘customising site identity’ now you may change your header image* and colours.

*your header image must be one from edublogs or a photo or drawing created or taken yourself.

Now it is time to create your first post.

In this post, you can express what you are looking forward to in the year 6 Blog?

Can you work out how to add a photo to this post?

We would like you to get the photo from unsplash.com

Extra Challenge:

Can you work out how to reference your image?


Once you have finished all the steps above, please reply to this post saying that it is completed. 

Do you want to embed your own video into your blog?

Here are the instructions to embed your own video into your blog, kindly provided by Kathleen at Edublogs.

  • Go to your Google Drive and click on ‘New’ then ‘File Upload’
  • Upload your video
  • When it uploads, open it and then look for the 3 dots in the top right hand corner
  • Click on ‘open in new window’
  • When it opens in a new window, click on the 3 dots again and you’ll see the option to embed is there
  • Copy that code and embed it as you normally would (Add media > insert embed code)


This week’s challenge is about using photos. Click here to access Week 3 Challenge.

  • Make sure you read the menu on the right hand side of the link above to access shortcuts to where you want to go.
  • Have a look at step 4 to see how you can use a ‘plug in’ to make attribution easy.
  • Have a look at step 1- Lauren has already been acknowledged for making her own images.
  • We already know we can get great images from un-splash and embed code to add a button which also makes attribution easy.

STUBC- Week 1- Let’s Get Started

If you wish to go directly to the STUBC, Week 1 – click here.

Otherwise you can follow the challenge here.

You can see this week’s challenge is about Getting to know each other.

  1. You will have the options of either making an Avatar, or an About Me post. You can also do both.
  2. You will also be invited to visit some other blogs of students in the STUBC.Watch the video below to help you understand the 4 steps to take part in the STUBC each week.

Remember to think carefully about what you share online.

Task 1. Write a post about yourself.

You might want to include:

  • You first name
  • Your approximate location (even just state or country)
  • Your age or year level
  • Some of your interests
  • What your blog is all about. Tell us what might be writing about

Remember to be safe online: don’t include personal details like your YAPPY (see above).

You can get creative when writing your About page.

💡 Here are some ideas and examples that classes or students could use:

  • Write a poem. It could be a traditional rhyming poem or any other style of poetry. Here is an example from Daniela.
  • Rina wrote 15 things about me for her About page. Check it out. 
  • Write an A-Z about yourself (e.g. I am an athletic and brave child who decided that saving the environment is one of my future goals). Check out how commenter Dinah created her A-Z About page especially for the Student Blogging Challenge a few years back.
  • Zaprina made a creative About post that’s an acronym of her own name. It includes paragraphs and coloured text.
  • Huzzah! class included a map to show where they live.
  • Student Rajyashori wrote a creative interview script.
  • Year 5/6 Class at Westwood with Iford School made a Thinglink.
  • If you prefer a traditional style of writing, that’s fine too. Be sure to use paragraphs like in these examples from Grace and Madison.

Task 2: Visit other blogs

 Start making connections!

One important aspect of blogging is commenting on other blogs.

Remember: The more you put in to making connections during this challenge, the more you’ll get out!

This is where you can find other participants’ blogs to visit:

  1.  Here is a page for student bloggers.  These are sorted by age. Student bloggers have hobbies listed so you hopefully can find someone who is not only a similar age to you but shares some of your interests.

💡 Idea: You might even like to write a post about your commenting experiences like 7th grader Cashton did for the last challenge. He even included the links in his post.

Commenting advice

We’re going to talk more about quality commenting next week but for now, you might want to remember:

  • Write your comment like a letter
  • Ask a question, make a connection, or give a compliment
  • Leave your blog URL so the blogger can also take a look at your blog

Don’t forget to approve your comments and politely reply to any comments as soon as you can!


Preparing for the 2019 Blog Challenge

In preparation for the 2019 Student Blog Challenge we have designed this task so that you can practise……

  • Finding the URL to a blog post which you have created on your blog.
  • Copying and pasting your blog post URL into a comment for a different post.

Follow the instructions below.

  1. Create a new post in your blog.
  2. In your post explain what a URL is and what does this actually mean?
  3. What is the difference between a post and a comment?
  4. What is your blog URL? Copy and paste it into your post.
  5. What is the URL to this you have just created? How will you find it?
  6. Now respond to this post with a comment, and include the URL of the post you have just created.