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Classroom guest- Australian Historian

Last week, we were very lucky to welcome a guest speaker into our classroom.  Her name was Carissa.  We invited her into our classroom so that we could find out more about the discovery of Australia and the beginning of the early settlement of Australia. We prepared for the interview by writing as many curious questions.  We typed them up before the interview.  These are our powerful questions.


First fleet and Early settlement

  1. Wh­at did they do to get rid of the Indigenous people? Emre Indigenous lived a different way of life.  Believed in different rules.  A lot were killed and hurt.
  1. What did they do with the all of their toilet buckets? Olivia    Buried it, used potty under bed.
  1. What weapons did Captain Cook have? Cooper                                Guns because he was apart of the Navy, canons on ships.
  1. What crops did the British grow? William                                              Wheat to make bread, barley, maize-corn.  Land was different to England.  Lots of rain there, not a lot of rain in Australia.
  1. Why did they hurt the Indigenous people? Sameen                                  They didn’t think they were normal people or human.  Thought they were savages like animals who havn’t been trained.
  1. What was the jail made of in the convict ship? Alana                            Metal bars, no walls, no privacy or seats or beds.
  1. Where did the indigenous people go when Captain Cook took over? Vidhi                                                                                                                           A lot died, some stayed in towns and cities, other’s were pushed out or moved to the middle of Australia where there are no cities.
  1. Did the convicts make themselves prisons in New South Wales? Gursewak                                                                                                                         Convicts lived in penal colonies.  Like a village for prisoners.  They needed to work and follow the rules.
  1. What were the showers made out of? Emma                                              No showers, take baths in small bucket, take turns, boil water on fire.
  1. How did they cook the food when they first settled there? Timotheos                                                                                                                          On a camp fire, in pots, then on stoves then kitchens.
  1. What did they eat on the ships coming to Australia? Harrison        Meat covered in salt did not go rotten, alcohol, some water, no fruit or vegetables
  1. Who was the first one to explore most of Australia? Sajjad              Captain James Cook was not the first to discover Australia.  The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal all knew about the land.  Different explorers, discovered different parts of Australia.  James Cook explored the east coast.
  1. What animals did the British kill to eat? Blake                                They brought cows, sheep, chickens, ducks, pigeons, goats, geese, pets for the rich people.
  1. Where did the British plant seeds and plants? Chelsea                      They made farms. They tried and failed with different seeds.  Some crops did not grow.
  1. How did Captain James Cook die? Enes                                                  CJC was the first to discover Hawaii.  He wanted to make friends with the King and take him on his boat.  The village people thought he was in danger so they killed him.
  1. Did the indigenous fight to keep their land? Erva                             Yes, they tried very hard and killed some British people with spears.
  1. How did they document their discoveries? Miss Kichakov    Drew maps by hand, wrote a lot of letters to England, journal entries, published books, sang songs, paintings.

The interview questions had our names next to them so that we knew which question to read out.  We all had a copy of the interview questions in our CBL journal and worked very hard to take notes.

Carissa explained that an Australian historian is someone who is passionate and reads alot about history and the past. Their job is to then share what they have learnt through publishing books, making movies, working at museums that show artefacts.  This is the first time Carissa has visited a school to share her knowledge.


After the interview, our job was to sort out the information so that we could make sense of it.  We used hexagonal thinking to help group our learnt understandings and make deeper connections.

We found that our understanding fit under four headings: Convict life, Captain James Cook, animals and Indigenous.

Zahira: “A penal colony links to convict life because it is a village of prisoners living together.”

Chazz: “Four convict ships came over to Australia in the First Fleet.”



Alana: “It was exciting to see our hexagons grow and grow.”


Better Buddies Day!

On Monday, we had Better Buddies Day.  Better Buddies day was created by the Alana and Madeline Foundation.  We celebrated this day to support kids in staying safe and protecting them from violence.  We wear purple because that was the girls favourite colour.  We donated money to help their charity.

Our first activity was a fun scavenger hunt with our buddies.  Challenges included taking pictures of your whole group doing the YMCA, on the slide, a group hug, shoes on hands, flying and jumping.

Our next activity was a Lip Sync Battle.  In groups we needed to choose a song and practice a performance.  The songs included Happy by Pharell Williams, Roar by Katy Perry and Dynamite by Taio Cruz.  Students had fun created their dances.

Our third activity was a Spanish and Art activity.  Our challenge was to create a portrait of someone by using pictures of fruit and vegetables.  This was inspired by the Italian artist Guiseppe Arcimbaldo.

Cooper: “Buddies day was fun, especially the scavenger hunt!”

Joel: “My performance was awesome!”

Kavyaa: “We enjoyed our day with our buddy”

Vidhi: “We really enjoyed the fruit ball activity because it was creative to use fruits and vegetables to create a drawing.”

CHALLENGE BASED LEARNING                                                                               It is the Finding out stage of CBL.  We had fun participating in a Scavenger hunt to find out more about different European explorers.  QR codes were scattered around the room and we worked as a team to investigate and match codes to explorers.  We made predictions about countries that may have been explored and used dot points to write down the key information we found.  

We have been practicing our research skills by using key word searches to find reliable sources of information. We are learning the importance of paraphrasing and writing important facts in our own words. We used highlighters to identify key information and make connections.                                                                                                                  Gavy: Captain James Cook was killed by natives in the Hawaii Islands.                                                                                                                                        Kavyaa: I predict that Arthur Phillip explored Phillip Island. Gursewak: The Dutch first discovered New Zealand.                                   Alana: James Cook discovered Australia and found indigenous people living there.                                                                                                               Arda: The British took over Australia even though there were already Aboriginal people living there.


EXPANDED VOCABULARY                                                                                           We have been learning about Australian History and early settlement.  There were lots of words that we didn’t know the meaning of.  We have been using a new strategy to help us understand the meaning of tricky words.                                                               1. First we highlight new words.                                                                                   2. Then we type the word and use google images to help us visualise what the word means.                                                                                                        3. Then we use an online dictionary to make a connection to the meaning of the word.

For example.  In 1770, Captain James Cook landed in an inlet, which he named ‘Botany Bay’.  We didn’t know the meaning of ‘inlet.’

We typed ‘inlet into google images and this is what we found.

We knew that it looked like a beach.  So then we looked up the dictionary meaning.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Inlet: A bay, or small narrow entry of water from the sea.                         We found visualising the word first really helped us to understand the meaning and helped us to remember the word better.

We have been working hard to collect new words that link to our big idea of discovery!  This is what we have so far!                                                   

READING                                                                                                                                   In reading, we have been learning about the importance of finding the main idea.  The main idea is what the author wants us to understand.  We used non-fiction texts to help us find the main idea.  To be successful we also need to search for supporting details and evidence.

We also practiced finding the main idea using a visual text.  We watched a news report from Behind the News.  We needed to listen and watch the news story and re-watch it to find supporting evidence.  We loved watching BTN!

Thank you for visiting us!

3A 🙂


Term 2 Learning!



Our big idea this term is ‘Discovery’.  Students used their senses to explore a range of different artefacts.  They were encouraged to make connections to artefacts and ask questions. We have started documenting our wonderings and displaying our thoughts.

Students loved manipulating and  investigating:

  • Australian, world map
  • compass
  • telescope
  • pirate hat
  • ball and chain
  • magnifying glass
  • mystery box

“I think a prisoner wore these clothes.” Jayden

“I predict this is a pirate hat.” Enes

” I wonder what is inside the suitcase?” Arda

“I wonder what is inside the bottle?” Gavy

“I wonder what this paper says?” Emma

“I wonder what this ticket means?” Zahira.

ANZAC DAY                                                                                                                             

We have been reading lots of interesting books about the Anzacs.  We learnt many facts about the Gallipoli war and how young men lied so that they could enlist and fight for their country. We have also been watching clips about soldiers who survived.  We collected powerful words from the documentaries and books to help us with our writing.

Students worked collaboratively to create and decorate a wreath for Anzac Day.  Students from each class presented their wreaths as a sign of respect for all soldiers who fought  and lost their lives in wars.

WRITING                                                                                                                                   We loved writing from the point of view of a soldier.  We used new and interesting vocabulary to help make our writing more powerful.  We included these words to help persuade the reader we were soldiers in war:                                                                                                            POWERFUL VOCABULARY: wounded, shell fire, communication, runner, enemy, reinforcement, ammunition, graves, Turkish snipers, cove, war ships, sick-dissentry, mission, firing line, trenches, bullets, brave, harbor, troops, heavy fire, shrapnel. We are so proud of our writing!

MATHS                                                                                                                                        In maths, we have been learning how to read large numbers up to trillions!  We could see that there is a pattern when reading numbers. The students noticed that after ones, tens, hundreds and thousands came ten thousands and then one hundred thousand.  This continued with millions and billions.  Some students could read up to trillions!

We created a number reader by folding paper and using a different colour for each group of three numbers.

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for our next blog!

3A 🙂


Last Friday we were so excited to welcome two police officers into our classroom.  Their names were First Constable Shelley Mc Kendry and Senior Constable Joe Catania.

We had to prepare ourselves before their visit and needed to write some appropriate and interesting interview questions. We worked in partners to think about questions about their roles and responsibilities.


  1. What is so special about being a police officer?- Alana
  2. Why did you want to be a police officer? Olivia
  3. How do you train a police dog to catch criminals?-Blake
  4. What tools do you have?- Gursewak
  5. What training and education did you need to become a police officer? -Chelsea
  6. What was your hobby when you were little? -Joel
  7. How do you get permission to shoot someone? -Arda
  8. Why do you carry guns? -Sajjad
  9. What tasks do you like doing?- Kavyaa
  10. How do you earn your badge?- Emre
  11. How do you learn how to shoot? -Will
  12. How long have you been a police officer?- Zahira
  13. How do you choose and train your dogs?- Cooper
  14. How many people have you caught?-Emma
  15. What do you like about being a police officer- Jayden
  16. Do good hackers help you to solve problems?- Gavy

They showed us what they carried on their belt.  This included a gun, pepper spray, army knife, glass cutter and bullets.


On Tuesday 27th February we went on a community walk with 3C. We walked four blocks on Aitken Boulevard to Craigieburn Road then we walked home. We went on this walk so that we could make predictions about what was being built on the construction site in our local community.

We saw large trucks and diggers, bulldozers and different machinery. We walked respectfully and safely passed the construction site.  A truck driver beeped and waved at us!

We stopped at this sign and made predictions about the meaning of the word ‘junction’.

Zahira- “I predict that it means shopping centre.”

Enes- “I think there is going to be a petrol station and a Hungry Jacks here.”

Joel- I predict that there will be more shops here.”

It was very hot and we were exhausted by the time we got back to school.

When we came back to school we used a map to identify the coordinates of different locations in our community.  These included Splash, our school, Craigieburn Central and the library.

Sajjad- “Our school is located at E5.”

Jayden- “Splash is behind Craigieburn Central.”


We have been having so much fun getting to know our buddies! We have played a getting to know you board game, sketch noted about our lives to find the similarities and difference and played number soccer.  We showed great teamwork because we encouraged each other and helped each other get up if they got hurt.

Questions on the game board included:

  1. How many siblings do you have?
  2. Tell me about a time that made you sad
  3. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Vidhi-” Our similarities are that we both have an older sister.  Our difference is that I don’t have a dog.”

We went on a scavenger hunt to find different areas in our school that linked to the school values.  Some of the questions were:

  1. Find a place where you can play?

2. Find a place where you can learn?

3. Find a place where you can collaborate?

Then we made secret hand shakes with our buddies.  We practiced and then got to share if we wanted to.


In Reading, we have been learning about point of view.  We watched the original story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and the ‘True story of the three little pigs.’ We talked about point of view and from who’s eyes was the story being told.  We found out that the narrator was telling the first story and that the wolf was telling the second story.  It was really interesting to hear the wolfs point of view.

In writing we wrote from the point of view of the wolf so that we could tell the truth about why he was so bad.  This is what we came up with.  It was so much fun.  We shared our point of view writing in front of the class and used a deep wolf voice so that it was believable.

This is what we came up with as a class:


“Sob, sob, sob…I can’t believe this is happening to me.  You need to know the real story about the three little pigs! I know you think i’m the nastiest wolf out there but it’s not true!This is how it started….It was my first day at Farm Land Primary School.  All of the animals went to school together.  I was skipping to school, minding my own business when I heard some giggling.  I heard a snap and before I could save myself I was already caught in the trap! It was the three mean and nasty pig brothers! Everyone was scared of them! They left me in the trap all day, it was soo humiliating.  I never did anything to those pigs.  I don’t even like pigs.  I’m a vegetarian! After a while, enough was enough.  So I started planning my revenge..


We learnt about computational thinking.  This is a way to help people to problem solve.  Miss K asked us to imagine aliens were coming down from space to learn how to write.  We needed to create a flowchart to help them understand the writing process.  We started with the question-Do you have an idea? We worked in partners to finish our flowchart.  It was tricky at the start because we had never done this before. But we got there in the end and learnt more about the steps of the writing process.

Here is what we created!


In CBL we have been learning about different communities and how they can be respectful.  Miss Kichakov introduced us to Hexagonal thinking.  It’s when you get hexagons and write key words that link to the community.  When you puzzle piece them together you need to say why they fit together.  It was fun because we had never done it before and it was interesting to see different thinking.

Next time we will use more hexagons and join with another group to see how our thinking grows!

Thanks for visiting!

3A 🙂








Bloxels Project!

On Friday we had an exciting day because we worked on a Bloxels project!

We used a 100’s chart to colour code our own games.  We had to think about all the different types of blocks we could use.

  1. Green = Terrain
  2. Coins= Yellow
  3. Hazards=Red
  4. Enemies=Purple
  5. Water=Blue
  6. Orange=Exploding
  7. Pink=Power up
  8. White=Story blocks

When we were finished with our designs we created a tally of all of the blocks we had used. The second stage was to create an algorithm or a procedural text for our partners to follow.  We used our number charts to help us locate the position of each block in our designs.  This was a little bit tricky but we really wanted to play the game!

We  swapped our algorithms with our partner and created their designs by following the steps.  We checked our partners designs and gave them feedback.  Most of our algorithms were correct.

Emma- “Olivia’s algorithm was not accurate because her game doesn’t look like my design.”

Nathan- “I followed the steps and created Enes’s game right.”

Thanks for visiting!

3A  🙂

It all starts at the beginning.. 3A’s first blog post!

Classroom design and setup                                                                                           When we came to school our class looked very plain and boring.  There was no carpet or pillows or different furniture. First we talked about what a great classroom looks like, sounds like and feels like.  Then we were split into small groups to design how we wanted our class to look. Some people put in bean bags and interesting designs.  We came together and created a design using our ideas.  We helped to move heavy furniture in teams like tables, chairs and lockers.  We helped to make our classroom look much better! We have a classroom library, a sanctuary space, high tables, low tables and different shaped tables. This is what we wanted.  Every term we will reflect on our classroom setup and try new designs.

Zahira- “Our class is very dull.”

Enes- We need a carpet so that it is comfortable to sit on the floor.”

CBL- Community and Respect                                                                                      This term our big idea is ‘Community and Respect’.  We have been exploring different provocations to help us make connections to our big idea.  We have been looking at indigenous communities.  We watched a clip from the news about the government and how it is trying to shut down their community.  We think this is wrong. We also looked at different indigenous photos and wrote down what we saw and wrote down our wonderings. We even have an indigenous display with a boomerang and indigenous picture story books.

Arda- “I wonder if they killed the animals for the food?”

Alana- “I wonder what the dance was about?

CBL-Russian artefacts                                                                                                      First we sat and in a circle and there was a box in the middle of the floor. We were wondering what was inside. There were so many things inside! There were 2 spoons, a red solid egg, musical instruments, scarves, toys and a book written in a different language.  There was also a globe, an Australia flag and Babushka dolls.  We have displayed these artefacts near our door so that everyone can see!

Gursewak- “I wonder what the guitar is made out of? I wonder what the head piece is for?”

Jayden- “I wonder who made them?”

Kavyaa-“I wonder what the doll inside the doll is called?”

CBL- Respected Australian figures/Australian of the year winners    Our room was covered with faces that we did not know.  We made predictions about who these people were.  Some were in picture frames.  I think this is because they are important people.  Some of us recognised Steve Irwen because he has a daughter Bindi and loved animals.

Samantha Kerr is the world’s number one soccer player in the Women’s International league for the Matilda’s Australian team. She won Young Australian of the year in 2018 because of her talent and determination to play soccer. In the past, she was not taken seriously because she was not a boy.  When Samantha Kerr scores a goal she does a triple back flip!

A safe internet start with you! Safer Internet Day                                         In 3A, we learnt that sometimes cyber space isn’t a safe place.  We watched some video’s about students who are not being safe online and what could happen to them.  We learnt that it is not safe to message someone you do not know.  We created a Cyber Smart Hero who would help remind kids to stay safe online. We also learnt about what we should and should not post online, including pictures.  We must always remember to ask permission before we take a picture of them and ask again if we can share it online.  This is called being respectful.

Team Building is fun!                                                                                                          We have been going outside to play some team building games.  Team building means learning how to play in a team.  We have played relay races, hoop chain and number basketball.  We would really love to play number soccer.

Great sportsman ship is when you:

  • encourage eachother
  • don’t get upset when the game does not go your way
  • help people up if they get hurt
  • cheer on the other side

What other games can we play that builds teamwork?


Written by 3A!

See you soon! 🙂








MAKING BISCUITS WITH OUR BUDDIES!                                                        Our last buddy session was so fun! We decorated biscuits with icing sugar and different lollies to make an emoji character.  We used jelly beans, snakes and all types of lollies.  We took a picture of our biscuits and then added them to our comic strips.  Our comic strips included different backgrounds and a story line.  Here are some pictures of what we did!


A Haiku poem is a traditional Chinese poem that is used to write about the environment.  Haiku poems have a particular structure.  It is made up of 3 lines.  The 1st line has 5 syllables.  The 2nd line has 7 syllables.  The 3rd line has 5 syllables.  Syllables can be tricky to count but our tip is to count the vowels in the word and to also place you hand under your chin and say the words.  Every time your chin touches your hand that is a one syllable count!


Diamante poems are trickier to write than Haiku poems.  The shape of the poem is a diamond and it is an opposites poem. Opposites include day and night, white and black, happy and sad. The first half of the poem talks about one  noun then it flips to talk about it’s opposite.  The first line consists of one word, which is your topic.  The second line is two describing words.  The third line is three verbs.  The fourth and longest line talks about both things.  The fifth line includes 3 verbs about the opposite idea. The sixth line has two describing words and the last line has one word which is the opposite to the first line.

Here is one we created together as a class! We used friendship and bullying as an example.  Isn’t it powerful?


LIMERICKS!                                                                                                                            We really enjoyed learning about limericks because they are meant to be funny poems and can  include nonsense! A Limerick poem also has a certain structure.  The first and second line has 8 syllables and have to rhyme at the end.  The third and fourth line have 5 syllables and are a different rhyme.  The last line has 8 syllables again and needs to rhyme with the first and second line.  Here are some of our examples!

Learning in 3F!


We have been learning about time.  I helped to make an interactive clock made out of a large hula hoop and sentence strips cut into 8 pieces.  Two of those strips were cut into the minute and hour hand, twelve of the strips were numbers.  We also labelled our clock with quarter past, half past and quarter to because that was our learning focus.  The hour hand is the shorter hand and the minute hand is longer.  The numbers 3,6, and 9 are important on the clock because they represent quarters and a half.

Don’t forget to practice telling the time at home!  The best way to learn time is to wear an analogue watch on your wrist so that you can practice all day long!

Written by Dylan and Cooper.


Hi, today we will be telling you about alliteration.  Alliteration is a poetic device that author’s use to make their writing more powerful.  It is when you use the same sound from a letter in the alphabet in a sentence or to create a story.  For example- The angry alligator ate an ant.

This is an example of an alliteration paragraph that we wrote together as a class.  We have been having so much fun learning about alliteration!

Written by Maeesha and Peter


Our rich task for CBL is so exciting! We were given the choice to join three groups.  We have been learning about how we can be more sustainable and we are going to show this by creating a sustainable community. Here are the groups.

Group 1- Architects

Group 2- Community council

Group 3- Environmental monitors

Groups one is in charge or designing and creating sustainable houses.  These sustainable houses will have solar panels on the roof, double glazed windows for insulation and water tanks to save water and more!

Group two is in charge of all of the things that make up a community.  These include parks, swimming pool, shopping centres.  These will have to be sustainable of course!

Group three is in charge of researching sustainable devices and educating others through a presentation.  They will also be adding sustainable transport to our community.


Next week we will be building our sustainable car prototypes from different materials!

Stay tuned!





This term our big idea is Environment and Sustainability.  We have been learning about the green house gases.  There are three types of green house gases.  They are carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.  Carbon dioxide comes out of a car’s exhaust and pollutes the earth.  We breathe in oxygen and then exhale carbon dioxide.  Trees have a really important job.  They help to get rid of carbon dioxide in the air and make our planet more healthy.

We were invited to the assembly stage last week to share our message so that red school could learn how to be more careful with our environment.  We were very nervous and excited.  We spent a week making different props out of cardboard and rehearsed so that we could remember our lines.  At the end of our performance, we all sang the Captain Planet theme song.  We love that song!

Watch our performance here!

Written by Shrenil and Zeynep.


In Maths, we have been learning about how division links to  multiplication.  Division is pretty easy.  All you have to do is flip over a multiplication sum to make a divsion sum and add the division sign.  Some strategies for working this out are drawing diagrams and using ‘groups of’, drawing arrays with columns and rows.  For example, imagine if you have 18 / 2.  You can draw two circles and share 18 between them.  Then you count how many in each circle.  You can also use mental maths!


Hi, today I am going to talk to you about mood writing.  Mood writing is when you choose an emotion and use that to help you write a scene from a story.  We have focused on the feelings – anger, excited and scared.  We also experimented with figurative language and added similes to our writing.  Using mood writing is more interesting for the reader and more exciting to write about.

Written by Maeesha


Suffixes are two or three letters that go at the end of a word to change it’s meaning.  eg. read + ing= reading.  The ing is the suffix and it means that you are doing something now. In the word joy+ful, ful means full of.  Tall+ est has a different suffix.  It means most.  Fear+less with the suffix less means without.  Suffixes are so interesting and help us to understand how base words can be changed.  This also helped us to score more points making new words in word mania!

Written by Salim and Shivya


In writer’s notebook we have started to use seeds that link to our big idea Environment.  We have used packets of rubbish to help us think of ideas to write about.  After you brainstorm words from your seed you then write interesting prompts and choose your text types and titles.  I am going to write a persuasive text about why people shouldn’t pollute the earth.

Written By Jessica


Tea ball is played with an iron bat that is similar to a baseball bat.  There are four bases like baseball.  There is first, second, third and then home base.  To get people out you can catch the ball on the full or throw it to the base that the batter is running to.  For safety you need to wear a helmet and if your a keeper you need to wear keeping gloves.  The batter has to hit the ball off the tea as far as they can.

Written by Kovidh and Alfie



Expanding our vocabulary-Prefixes

In 3F we have been learning about prefixes.  These can be the letters re, in, im, dis, pre, mis and un.  A prefix is a group of letters that can be put at the front of the word to change the meaning of the word.  We used prefixes in word mania to make longer words so that we can get more points. Some of our new words were dis-like, re-read, re-play and unhappy! In our class we also have Word Mania Champions.  These are students that can make words with 5 or more letters! Our longest word so far is information which has 11 letters.