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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

School Pride

We want our school to be beautiful.  Every week we pick up rubbish- it’s called school pride.  We want to study in a beautiful school.  Make sure you pick up rubbish at least once a week.   You can also pick up rubbish at snack and lunch and the yard duty teacher will give you some stickers. But don’t forget that you can pick up rubbish on the weekends with your family, so that we can keep our community clean.

Written by Jessica and Maeesha.

3F Identity and cultural class festival!

On Friday, we celebrated our Term 1 CBL solution and over 100 people came to visit us! We invited our buddies, parents and grade 3’s.  We set up our room into seven different countries.  The countries were Australia, Macedonia, Italy, Turkey, Vietnam, India and Pakistan.  We decorated our room with paper chains,posters, balloons, pictures and food. We also set up and played cultural performances on our ipad’s.   Some of us dressed up in cultural costumes.   First our buddies came then Miss Murray.  After that was Miss Major and Miss Huntly.  Parents came as well and then it was time to finish. At the end we ate Anzac biscuits!

Written by Harper and Cooper


Anzac Day

Anzac Day

Over 60 million people died in World War 2.  My great grandpa fought in World War 2.  His name was George.  Poppies were the first flower to grow on the battle field after the war ended.  That is why we wear them on Anzac Day.  Poppies are red, yellow and black.

Written by Alex Samaras.

World War 1 lasted for four years and World war 2  lasted for six years.- Alfie

World War 1 began at 11 am of the 11th day of the 11th month- November.- Jessica

People listen to the last post tune to remember all of the soldier’s that died in war- Cooper.

Was your family affected by war?

Reflection on our learning..

Writer’s Notebook

Writer’s Notebook is where you choose a seed to brainstorm about. Then we do word association, which is where we look at an idea and think of words that link to it. Then we go on with the prompt cards. The prompt cards help us to write down how we feel about the seed we have chosen. After that we choose a text type with can be a narrative, information report, persuasive text or procedural text. Then we go on to planning.   After that we go on with drafting, which is where you do a rough copy of your text type. Then we do revising. Revising is where you re-read, use different sentence sizes, add detail, change words to a synonym, remove words\sentences. After that we do editing, which is where we look for spelling, punctuation, capital letters and re-reading our work. Then we do conferencing. In conferencing we re-read our writing to a peer, buddy revise and edit, as well as use our word choice checklist. Last but not least is publishing, which is where we can rewrite it on coloured paper or on an Ipad.

written by COOPER and JESSICA


In CBL we are celebrating identity and culture. We are making a little museum in our classroom. We have spent 2 weeks researching  international cuisine, sport, dance and more. We are working on publishing our work. We are excited to invite our buddies, parents and different grade 3 classes at the start of Term 2.

written by Simrat and Shivya.

Write on time

Write on time helps us to write as much as we can in a small amount of time.  Write on time is where you have time for pre-planning.   We use a seed, which can be a photo, picture or a video clip. We look at the seed and have 10 minutes to brainstorm and plan our text types.  You can choose any text type you want. We then have 30 minutes to write.  After that we revise and edit for 5 minutes.  At the end we share and celebrate our writing!

written by Tayla and Alfie


In maths we learnt about reading really big numbers.  We are also learning about place value.  Sometimes we do a little bit of coding.  Before we start proper maths, we do quick maths games.  We also learn quick addition maths sums and about doubles.  Last time we did maths we learnt about near doubles.  As a class we have done addition on the floor as a warm up and sometimes we do vertical addition.

written by Shrenil and Ramin.


In reading we are learning to find context clues to find the meaning of a word.  A context clue is a way that you don’t have to run to the dictionary all day. A context clue includes using your prior knowledge and looking around the page for the meaning.

We have also been working hard to find new and interesting words in our books so that we can expand our vocabulary.  Have a look at the words we have added to our word wall!

Synonyms are words that have the same meaning.  We are trying to swap boring words for better synonyms.  Check out our emotional literacy wall!

written by Kovidh and Dylan

Happy Holidays parents and friends!!!


In 3F, we made love hearts and cut them out.

We watched a story about a rabbit that was bullied on her first day of school. If the rabbit got bullied we had to scrunch our love hearts up. And if someone said something nice we the we would try to unscrunch our love hearts. After that we were given two apples we had to bully one of the apples and we had to be nice to the other apple. Then we said sorry to the apple we bullied. Then we cut one of the apples open, the one we bullied was bruised and the one we were nice to was fresh.  We learnt that even when we say sorry to a person, it doesn’t always make things better, because we have hurt them.

Then we each got elastic bands so it reminds us not to bully and help others that get bullied.

Written by Zeynep Saytal and Juliet Krstevski 🙂

3F and a snapshot of our learning..

Welcome parents and friends!

This term, our big CBL idea that we have been discovering and exploring is ‘IDENTITY’.  Students had a minimal understanding of what they thought identity meant.

Students were tuned into the idea of Identity by making predictions about what was inside this red suitcase.

The contents included: an apron, knitting, hand embroidered shaul, bowl made in China, family photo, naturalisation papers, letter, menu from a large ship, medical examination report of family, prayer card of the Mother of God.

Cooper– “I predict that they are old things because the suitcase looks old.”

Juliet- “I predict that it is your baba’s (grandma) suitcase because she is old.

We then all used our senses to feel, smell and really observe the artefacts up close.  We had many questions about what each artefact was used for and why it was in the suitcase.

Some of our wonderings and curiosities included:

  • Who is the man in the photo?
  •  What language is the letter in the envelope written and what does it say?
  • Is it your grandma’s suitcase?

Students made connections to the identity of the the artefacts by using their prior knowledge.                                                                                           Jessica- “I think the person was Russian because when you look inside the menu, it says russian eggs.”                                                               Mustafa- “It is a head scarfe because my mum wears one.”           Kovidh- “The writing in the letter is either Latin or Russian. ”   Harper- “This is his family because it says wife, sons and daughters.” Alex- “This is Mary, Jesus’s mother, because I go to church.”


We also were given the opportunity to explore another suitcase from the Melbourne Museum, full of artefacts from different people around the world!

Students chose an artefact and documented their thinking by answering the questions who, what, when, why, how? 

We then investigated the information cards and artefact pictures to make connections to the real identity of the person and why the artefact was so unique to their lives.

Meet Nickel Mundabi, a Congolese artist who lives in Shapparton with his family.  Fleeing his country because of political instability. In his home town, he taught homeless young people skills in woodwork and employed some in his workshop.  He won third prize in the New Heartlands Refugee Art Prize in Australia!

Thanks for visiting!  Students will be encouraged to choose, write and publish their learning journeys!