This week we have expanded our knowledge of fractions. We made a fraction wall and used a Think board to show our understadings of fractions. We were able to plot fractions on a numberline, work out equivalent fractions by multiplying the numerator and the denominator by the same number. Some people drew fractions of a whole and fractions of a group and other people did decimal fractions and percentages.
“I learnt how to do an equivalent fraction. I know now, that to make an equivalent fraction I have to multiply the numbers of the fraction by the same number”- Harshil
“I now understand how to count on a fraction numberline by halves and quarters.” – Shivya
“I learnt that a fraction is part of a whole” – John
“I learnt how to divide the numerator by the denominator to calculate the decimal form. If I multiply it by 100 I get the percentage” – Siddak
This morning we were lucky enough to go to our fabulous PlayPod with our buddies. We were so excited to build and create new things.
Some of the materials we have in the PlayPod are:
We got to make a lot of different things and discover new uses for materials. The most important skill we practiced was sharing and collaborating with us, as we were being role models for our grade one buddies.
We are excited to explore our big idea Discovery. We are working towards the challenge of, share an important scientific discovery. We drew what we think scientists look like and described what they do.
Do you think our ideas will change as we learn more?
Thank you for all your support during our Term 1 Community Performance at Assembly last week. We had so much fun creating this video using the green screen. We practiced and rehearsed our scripts and speaking with a loud and clear voices.
If you were unable to be there on the day here is a copy for you to enjoy at home. We hope you like it.
Wow we can’t believe how fast the term went! It was an exhilarating term .
We learnt about community, different cultures and traditions and how we can build a community in our classroom. We used a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) to evaluate our classroom. We now know what we need to work on for next term.
4C discussed and decided to change our learning space. We changed the library space, sanctuary and made sure we had group and independent learning spaces. Here’s our new layout:
Some of our highlights this term were Athletics Day, meeting our buddies, celebrating World Neighbour Day with different cultures food, getting to know each other and building our 4C community!!
Every second week we get to work with our buddies which are grade 1’s. This week we played some teamwork games which involved a parachute. Some of the challenges involved working together to get the ball to a certain person. This one was hard because everyone kept shaking the parachute. Another challenge was crawling under the parachute with our buddies which was our favourite because some people got stuck inside and it was funny.
On Monday the 26th of March, half our year three students were fortunate enough to have two police officers from Craigieburn Police Station come and talk to us about their role in our community. We found out lots of information from them and were able to ask them questions as well.
There are different types of police officers. Some police officers fly helicopters, are on boats protecting our oceans, on motorbikes and in cars driving our the community. Dogs and horses are also police officers and do a variety of jobs for our community.
Police work all the time, 24 hours a day and they are here to help us. We call 000 if we are in trouble and if they can’t help us by talking to us on the phone, then they will drive to where we are. Before calling 000 we really need think about what is an emergency and what isn’t.
They have different types of cars which have sirens, and lights to tell drivers on the road that they need to go to an emergency. We also found out that there are different coloured cars who are responsible for different jobs in the community.
Here are some of the questions we asked our visitors and the answers we got:
How do you choose and train dogs? We use certain breeds such as German Shepards and Rottweilers. We look at choosing smart dogs and training them to get used to the cars and noises and teach them how to do things.
How long did it take you to become a police officer? Initially it takes 9 months of training, but we learn new things every day and it depends if you want to train to fly a helicopter or be on the water.
What is your favourite thing about being a Police officer and do you enjoy it? Everyday is a different day. We are always being called to do different jobs and visit different people. It is always new and challenging.
How long have you been a police officer for? 17 years
Why do you carry a gun and what do you use it for? We have it on us to protect ourselves and others. We hardly use it and it is a last resort because we have other tools we can use instead.
This term we have been exploring Papier Mache’ as our Art medium to make Australian animals. We got our inspiration from the Artist Peter Murray. He is an indigenous artist from Melbourne and we explored his work while looking at Indigenous art form different communities around Australia.
When we have finished constructing them we will decorated them with dot painting similar to the animals in his paintings.