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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.

Book week!!

Hi viewers, Today we are going to talk to you about Book Week.  Book Week is all about encouraging everyone to read.  On Tuesday the 22nd of August, we dressed up as our favourite book character.  Then we had a parade to show off our cool costumes.  We also had lunch on the cricket pitch because the sun was out.


On Wednesday we listened to children’s picture story books that have won awards and been shortlisted.  We ate our lunch with our buddies and read our favourite books together.

On Thursday the 24th of August, we invited parents to join us for our reading session.  We practiced our fluency by reading different plays and acting them out using reader’s theatre.  Our parents joined in as well and it was lots of fun! We used our fluency checklist to help us reflect on our reading and how we could improve.

On Friday we had our cultural food celebration.  Students brought in special dishes from their culture or food that they were curious about.  Dishes included gulab jamun, rice cake, indian sweets and savoury dishes like samosas and biscuits.  It was great to taste different foods we had never tried before!

Written by Dylan and Jessica.

Getting curious at Science Works!!!

At Science works, we learnt so much new vocabulary! First we saw the Lighting show.  It was amazing! We were introduced to the large Tesla coil which creates thousands of volts of electricity.  We were safe because we were protected by the large black farrida cage.  We learnt that electrical charges are in everything.  Volunteers came up to try different experiments.  Balloons can help move electrical charges around.  This is called static electricity.  We learnt about the positive and negative symbols.  A positive and negative charge=attract.  But two of the same charges like a positive and a positive=repell.  Then it was time to play with the Vandergraft.  It looks like a big metal ball.  A volunteer stood next to it with a handful of confetti in her palm and her arm stretched out.  The static electricity flowed through her to make the confetti fly away.  Her hair also stood up! To repell this charge all she did was jump down so that her feet could break the charges flow.

We learnt about the rules of electricity.  Circuits help to make electricity.  If there is a gap in a circuit then it won’t light up. Conductors let electricity flow through them. Insulators do not allow electricity to flow through them.  Wood and plastic are insulators and metal is a conductor. Then we needed to predict what a lightning bolt would strike.  We learnt that you will be safe in a car and an airplane if it hits you.  We were shown a strategy if we were outside in dangerous weather.  We were told not to lie on the ground because lightning can travel along the ground after it’s hit. The safest pose is to bend down, stand on one leg and put your hands on your head. Standing under a tree is also dangerous because lightning strikes tall objects and then can travel through your body.

We had such a fun day!

Written by 3F


Term 3 Beginnings!

In term 3 our big idea is ‘Curiosity’.  We have old artefacts like cameras, phones and radio’s in our classroom.  They help us to be curious and discover new things.

“There are different magnifying glasses to look closer at our curiosities”. Ramin

“The big disc looks like a dvd cd” Peter

In CBL we have been learning to ask open and closed questions.  Closed questions are easy to answer and open questions have many answers and are more interesting to research.  Here are some of our questions.

We can choose to research what we are curious about. You can think and create things.  We are researching how to make a beyblade out of a bottle cap.  We are also writing a procedural text on how to make one.

Written by Ramin and Peter


Hi everyone, in maths we are learning about fractions.  We created a fraction wall to help us use the correct maths language. We have learnt about the numerator and the denominator.  The numerator always goes on the top.  The denominator always goes on the bottom.  We have folded shapes into different fractions.  We stuck them into our books and labelled them.  Here is some of our work.

We also watched a video about fractions.  It told us that fractions always have to have equal pieces otherwise they are not a proper fraction.

By Jessica and Juliet


Stop, think, do is about no bullying.  It helps you to solve problems in the yard.  You need to stop what you are doing  and then think about whether it is a good choice or not.  Then you do what you think is best.  In our class we brainstormed times when we felt sad at school.

Then we role played different scenarios.  The first time we acted out a scenario that did not end well.  Then we performed the same scenario using the Stop Think Do technique.


Hi readers.  Today we are going to tell you what 3F did on Science Day.  First we did a sultana experiment.  The materials included 2 cups, red food dye, tap water, soda water and some sultanas.  We first got one cup and filled it up with tap water.  We made predictions about what would happen.  Then we dropped sultanas into the water and they sunk to the bottom.  After that, we got the second cup and did the same thing but with soda water.  Then we put some more sultanas in and they started going up and down.  What was happening was the bubbles inside the soda water lifted up the sultana to the top.  The bubble slowly popped then the sultana sank back down. The we added food dye for fun!

Our next experiment was a reaction rockets experiment.  What we needed was bicarb soda, vinegar, soda, a balloon and a plastic bottle.  So we first got our plastic bottles.  Then we got a spoonful of bicarb and vinegar and we poured it in 3 times in the balloon.  Next we put a small amount of soda in the bottle  and strapped the balloons bottom to the top of the bottle and the vinegar dropped in and the bottle started to fill up and the balloon got bigger and bigger without popping.

Last is the third experiment that was really disgusting.  We called it colour magic.  We used 4 skittles, water, a plastic bowl and a sugar cube.  Then we put the smallest amount of water in the bowl.  Next we got 4 skittles and put all of them in the water.  Last we put a sugar cube in the middle.  We waited to see what would happen.  The sugar pushed all of the colours of the skittles to the edge.  Then it started to look alot like puke.  Thanks for listening.

Written by Dylan

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Grade 3/4 Camp to Mt Evelyn!

Giant Swing

On camp, one of the activities was the giant swing.  The giant swing was 18metres high! We had to wear a harness and lots of people had a go.  It was challenging but mostly fun! We had to pull a blue rope to make us fly swiftly down.  It was very fast!

Watch Miss Kichakov scream!


Written by Harper and Ronan


Archery is a basic game of bow and arrows.  The aim of the game is to shoot the target or pop the balloon. Sometimes people miss the target.  The white is one point, the black is two points, blue is three points, red is four points, yellow is five points and the middle is ten points! We had to stay behind the red cone.  After the students had three shots, they collected their arrows.


Written by Simrat and Alfie

Flying Fox

The flying fox is a swing that goes down a rope.  First we climbed a ladder with our harness. Then the instructor connected us to a rope and we swung fast down a hill.  To go on the flying fox you need to be strapped up so you can be safe.  A black tyre helps you to slow down and stop.  Walking off the platform was scary.  We loved the flying fox!


Written by Juliet and Tayla.





To celebrate Anzac Day, we made Anzac biscuits with our buddies.  We worked together to follow a recipe and work through the steps.  Our Anzac biscuits had coconut in them.  We stirred, mixed, rolled and flattened our biscuits.  They cooked in the oven for 15 minutes.  They were delicious! We love buddies!

Written by 3F