Investigating Rules and Laws

Today 3B & 3F were researching rules and laws in Australia. We have used QR Codes, iPads and MacBooks to help us with our research. We needed to paraphrase the information we found. Our groups were mixed between 3B and 3F students and we needed to participate to get our work done and share our ideas.


  • Today I learnt that every four years you need to vote for who is going to run the country or state  – Jack
  • Today I learnt that if you don’t vote you can get a fine – Elenice

Road Safety 

  • Today I learnt that road safety is extremely important because if you aren’t safe on the roads you could get seriously injured – Lilly Y
  • If a child is in the front seat when airbags go off it can be deadly – Zain
  • When you are driving you cannot look at your phone because if you are not looking at the road you could have an accident – Mason
  • I learnt today that the size of an L plate is 150mm with a black L and yellow background. There are two different types of P plates, one is red and the other is green – Noah
  • Today I learnt that Victoria was the world’s first state that said you have to wear seat belts in the car – Mia


  • The movie rating was added in 1984 because adults don’t want their kids to be watching violent movies. Kids should be watching G or PG movies with parent permissions.  –  Mahnoor
  • X 18 + is Australia’s version of R 18+ – Will
  • You need to show proof of your age when watching an MA15+ movie otherwise  you won’t be able to watch the movie – Navroz
  • MA15+ might involve drug use, swearing and inappropriate scenes – Ayaan

Week 3 Blog post

Hey Everyone,

Last week we did write on time on google drive for the first time. It was about writing a persuasive letter on why we should or shouldn’t change the school time. It was interesting to use new technology for forming our writing . and . this is going to help prepare us for Naplan next year.

We have started contributing to the lesson planning process with Miss Anderson by giving topics that we are interested in. We planned a session for our buddies that was fun but still involved learning around the school values specifically around teamwork and working together. We feel more involved in being able to contribute to our own learning. Next week for our buddy session we have planned to use technology to help learn about coding.

In Maths we have been learning different ways to solve multiplication like; arrays, distributive property, arithmetic, Japanese multiplication ect. Some people find some strategies easy but others can still be rather challenging.

In CBL this term we are using google drive for out CBL journals. We have  looked at different places like national parks, where children sleep, Biomes, the aboriginal map, puzzle map, landscape, Jeanie Baker books. We are interested in exploring Change within Australia.

Thank you

From 4B




Colour Poems in 3F

Over the past week we have been looking at poems. A colour poem creates visual images in the readers mind connected to a particular colour. Colour Poems do not need to rhyme.

Take a look at our Colour Poems.


Purple is the sight of halloween lights

Purple is the sound of doors opening for trick-or-treaters

Purple is the smell of pasty face paint

Purple is the touch of silky costumes

Purple is the taste of yummy candy on your teeth

Purple makes you feel scared like on Halloween Night.

Learning in 3E Week 1-2


Last week we visited the CBL Gallery to discover our Big Idea. At the gallery we explored:

  • road and construction signs and equipment
  • different country laws
  • games and how to play them
  • movies and their ratings
  • drivers lisence
  • road safety gears – helmets, hi-vi vests
  • voting and ballots
  • roads and cars
  • communities

We made connections to all the provocations and used our thoughts and wonderings to spark our thinking about the Big Idea. This term’s Big Idea is ‘CHANGE’.


In reading, we started our new class text called ‘A Different Dog’. We have been using context clues and prior knowledge to make predictions about the text, and use evidence from the text to confirm/dis-confirm or change our predictions.


In writing, we have been learning how to plan a narrative. Different ways to plan a narrative include:

  • Mountain planning
  • Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then

We are learning to plan for a narrative to support us with our upcoming writing assessment task.


In maths, we have been learning how to use different strategies to solve multiplication problems. These strategies are:

  • repeated addition
  • groups of
  • arrays

Multiplication in 4C!

We’re back!

This term in maths the grade 4’s have been learning about multiplication. We’ve been looking at different tips and tricks to learn our times tables such as using your hands to practise your 9 times tables. Together we have explored different ways to show multiplication through arrays, equal groups, repeated addition and skip counting.

Here are some of our think boards we made this week:

We also played some fun games like Land Grab where you roll two dice and colour in the array. The aim is to grab as much land as you can.

For the past week, we’ve been practising a song with 4A to perform at assembly. The song is about counting by 8s to learn your 8 times tables. You will also teach you some of our times table tricks. Hope to see you there!


CBL ‘Change’

Children were exposed and occupied in a range of provocations based on the big idea ‘Change’. Children explored different provocations these past two weeks to spark their interest, wonderings and curiosity. They were given the opportunity to attend an interactive gallery based on our essential question ‘How do rules and laws change the way we behave?’ Our gallery consisted of a ballot box where we could vote on the grade 3 sport for Term 4. Another table had a range of board games without rules, this allowed us to discuss why games have rules and why it’s important to follow the rules of games. Another table consisted of a variety of apps, games, and movies. Children needed to discuss with their peers and match them to the correct classifications. The other two tables had road works signs, safety gear, licences, L and P plates and much more! This sparked students’ wonderings as they were asked to take photos and document their questions and wonderings.

I wonder who makes laws – Yara

What if everyone didn’t follow the rules of a game? – Ishan

Everyone can make rules but not laws – Eva

Maths – Subtraction

We have started to unpack the correct vocabulary for subtraction. This includes takeaway, minus, difference and subtract. We were given a range of subtraction worded problems which we had to solve using the ‘draw a diagram’ strategy. In order to solve worded problems, we always follow this process:

  1. Read the problem TWICE
  2. Underline key words and numbers
  3. Choose a strategy to solve the problem
  4. Show my working out
  5. Check my answer
  6. Write my answer in a sentence

This week, we learnt a new subtraction strategy which is called ‘Split strategy’. This helps us to split the number we are taking away from the whole into parts and then subtracting each part separately. This is awesome for large numbers!

Reading – Visualising

This term, we have a new class text called ‘A different dog’ by Paul Jennings. While reading we have been unpacking unknown words using context clues. This assists us in understanding the text as well as expanding our vocabulary. If we don’t understand the meaning of words and sentences we will find it difficult to visualise. Why is visualising important? If we are able to visualise, it demonstrates that we can comprehend the text. As readers and writers, we have identified that we must use lots of describing words to help the reader visualise. If we don’t use adjectives and pronouns, the readers are unable to paint a picture in their minds. This will leave them being disengaged as well as confused!



‘One thing you can’t recycle is the wasted’.

Thank you for reading!

From 3C 🙂

Our Wonderings from the CBL Gallery Walk

During Week 1, we participated in a gallery walk where we explored different objects about our CBL big idea, Change.

In the gallery there were lots of interesting and interactive resources for us to explore. Some of the things included:

  • Board games
  • Puzzles
  • Transport materials, including licenses, L and P plates and various road signs
  • Construction material with signs
  • A voting box
  • A sorting activity with different games and movies with the classifications

During the gallery walk, we had to place our vote for the sport we wanted to play for Term 4.

After the gallery walk, we shared our wonderings about the different activities

Madilyn: “Why do you have to do different speed limits in different places?”

Navroz: “Why do you need a drivers license?”

Bailey: “Why do you need L plates and P plates?”

Mia: “Why is it illegal for men to wear underwear under their kilts?”

Aadvik: “Why do we need ratings for movies and games?”

We also explored rules and laws and the difference between them.



Term 4- Building a positive classroom community

Week 1:                                                                                                                               This week students explored a range of activities to help us build a happy and friendly classroom community.

On Monday, students participated in different team building games.  Team building games help students to problem solve as a team.  They needed to communicate and  work together in order to achieve a goal.  Activities included the cup tower challenge, balloon challenge and the airplane challenge. Students were given prizes for the tallest cup tower, the longest time taken to keep the balloon from touching the ground and who could fly their plane the farthest.

What makes a good friend?                                                                                            On Tuesday students explored the qualities that make a good and poor friend.  We worked together as a class to create a list.  Students made a poster about what they would like in a friend and what qualities a bad friend has.

A good friend:                                                                                                          1.Honest- tell you the truth.                                                                        2.Inspirational- they make you want to be a better person.              3.Caring- they look after you when you are hurt.                                4.They make you feel happy and laugh.                                                        5.They are kind- not nasty.                                                                          6.Sharing- toys, balls, always include you.                                                          7. Loyal- they never leave their friends behind.                                               8. Forgive them.  Apologise and make things right.

CIRCLE OF CONTROL                                                                                                      Students were introduced to the circle of control.  We brainstormed the factors that student have no control over in their lives.  These include the weather, parents, friends, animals and cars. Students identified a whole range of factors which they can control.  These include their bodies, the words they choose to use and the way they react in different situations.                                                                                  These are their posters:     


GRATITUDE POSTER                                                                                                         Students created a gratitude poster.  Gratitude means you appreciate someone of something.  Students thought about the qualities of each of their peers.  During writing, they wrote one thing that they liked about each person is in our grade.  They stuck a portrait picture of themselves in the middle. We are going to laminate our posters so we can keep them forever!

“I like the way you are kind and helpful.”

“Thank-you for being my friend and taking care of me when I am hurt.”

Thank-you for visiting! After our first week of bonding, connecting and setting classroom expectations, we are definitely ready for learning! 🙂


Learning Confidence Podcast Series!

Hello! Our names are Alycia, Insia, Jaylen and Selena. We are going to do a podcast series to help students develop confidence in their learning. Last term we looked at data from a survey the Year 4 students completed in Term 1 and we saw that not many students felt they had confidence in their learning.

In our podcast series we will interview students about their confidence and why they feel that way. We hope that this series will make a change and help students have confidence in their learning.

We also made a survey (click this link). We would appreciate if you answered the survey and gave us some information about your learning confidence.

Here is our first podcast! Today we interviewed Samia about her confidence in her learning.

Stay tuned for another podcast soon!!


3D Term 4 Week 1

Last week we discovered our new CBL Big Idea is ‘Change’.  The grades all walked through a discovery of different displays of items related to Change.

One table included a ballot box for us to vote on the grade 3 sport for term 4.

Another table had all different board games so we could discuss why games have rules.

There was a table with apps, games and movies and we had to match them with the different classifications.

There was also a table with different road works signs.

While looking at the different tables we recorded questions and wonderings about our essential questions – ‘ How do rules and laws change the way we behave?’

In maths we are now looking at Multiplication. We started by looking at repeated addition and will continue making groups of numbers.

In reading we have started a new class books called ‘A Different Dog’ and we are predicting and visualising while reading the texts.

In writing we have been looking at using different narrative writing planners. We will also be looking at some poetry in the next few weeks.

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