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Cause and effect

In reading we are learning about cause and effect.

Cause is the reason (why something happens), and effect is the result (what happened)”

We watched news reports on BTN to practice identifying the cause and effect in different situations around the world.

Cause: Hawaii’s volcano erupted

Effect: Destroyed homes and cars, and people had to evacuate

Cause: Bad storm in Hobart

Effect: Formed a flood and swept people and property away

Cause: Australia joined the National Space Agency

Effect:  More jobs for Australians in the space department

3E’s open morning

On Thursday, our parents were invited to our open morning so that they can observe what we do during our literacy sessions. We explained our independent reading stamina expectations and demonstrated what it looks like in our classroom (eg quiet, focused on own book, sitting in one spot). We had the opportunity to read to our parents and show them how we practise our reading goals.  Later they helped us with our chatterbox activity based around comprehension questions.

In writing, we engaged in a simultaneous writing task where a group  of 4 students took turns writing a sentence each to complete a narrative. The parents were involved too and we loved it!

Learning about the convicts on The First Fleet

In writing, we have been learning to persuade an audience. We started to draft a letter to convince the reader that convicts were treated unfairly.

Here are some examples of students’ thoughts and ideas:

The convicts committed small crimes and were treated unfairly – Shyla

People were punished for being late and lazy – Zac

There wasn’t enough food and water for all the convicts but they still had to do so much work- Hazim

People shouldn’t be punished for stealing a small loaf of bread” – Cruiz

People may have been stealing to survive – Arda

The government were too harsh towards people who committed innocent crimes – Harman


We have also learnt how to paraphrase information about the First Fleet.

“Paraphrasing is when we re-write information in our own words” – Kathleen

Here are some examples of how we’ve paraphrased new learnt information.


Last week, we explored different artefacts linked to our Big Idea at our Discovery Gallery. With our iPads we took pictures of the artefacts and made wonderings about what we think each artefact was used for, who it belonged to, what it is and why it was special. We made connections with all the artefacts to find a common theme and determine the challenge for CBL.

“I think our challenge might be about travelling across the sea”

“I think it might be about history”

“I think it might be about Australia”

“I think it might be about Australian history

YAY we figured out our challenge!

Challenge: Discover our Australian history

Wonderings after visiting the Discovery Gallery:

“I wonder what the old maps were used for?” – Arda

“I wonder why Australia is so hot?” – Lara

“I wonder how the sun dials were used?” – Savneet

“I wonder when Australia was discovered?” -Brianna

“I wonder why Australia is a dry country? – Eman

“I wonder why prisoners were shipped to other countries? – Lara

“I wonder why the law and sentences were so harsh” – Zac

Athletics Day

Athletics Day was so much fun! We participated in a variety of sporting events such as long jump, sprinting, triple jump and hurdles.  We practised our skills during PE leading up to this big event!

“I liked how we got to do different types of activities” – Shyla

“I really liked triple and long jump especially when I tripped on the sand” – Haveesh

“I really liked hurdles because it tested my jumping skills and it was really fun” – Zac

“I think it was the best day ever because we achieved our goal and behaved really well and showed team work” – Kathleen

“I liked all the activities and how we helped each other” – Stefanee


This week our class used digital technologies  to support our learning in both Maths and CBL.

We used robotic Lego pieces to construct different inventions that could be useful for our community. All groups decided to create various forms of transportation. A lot of teamwork was used to brainstorm, design and create each invention. We had a lot of fun being engineers!

Later in the week, we designed a birds eye view of a community. We created a path with a start and end point for a Beebot to follow. Using compass points, each partnered group made instructions to lead the Beebot to its final destination. We experienced a lot of trial and error but in the end we made it! Success!

“2 spaces North, Turn East, 2 spaces North, Turn West…”

Debating in 3E

We are learning to persuade an audience. To practice, we participated in a mini class debate where we agreed or disagreed to different statements and provided our reasons. We moved from one side of the class to the other to show whether we agreed or disagreed to a statement.

Here are some of our examples:

Homework should be banned.

“I disagree because practice makes perfect” -Shyla

“I agree because homework is boring” – Hazim

“I agree because we do too much at home like chores” – Cruiz

McDonald’s is better than vegetables.

“I agree because chicken tastes so good and there’s already lettuce and tomatoes in burgers” – Aleyna

“I disagree because vegetables are more healthy. Vegetables make you healthy and McDonald’s makes your tummy big” – Shyla

“I agree because we can get a free toy with our food” – Balram

Children should own mobile phones.

“I agree because we can call our parents when there’s an accident” – Harman

“I disagree because we are too young for a phone” –  Stefanee

“I’m not sure because it might be dangerous but it’s also good for emergencies” – Alara

“I agree because there’s cool games on phones” – Fteh

We should have 4 days of school and 3 days of weekends.

“I agree because we need to rest and I’m always tired” – Joel

“I disagree because we have to learn new things from school” – Lara

“I agree because we need time to play on our xbox” – Meron

I like going to school

“I disagree because school is boring, at home we can do something fun” – Hazim

“I agree because I get to learn new things and play with my friends” – Jesaiah

“I agree because school helps you learn and we can meet new people and make new friends” – Eman

CBL Solution: Save Light Energy

Over the past few weeks we have been collecting data on the use of light in the classroom across the Year 3 grades. We have asked each class how many sessions they have had their lights on during the day. From the data, we noticed that 3D and 3A use the least amount of light energy out of all the Year 3 classes. However, some classes are not being sustainable and waste lots of valuable energy by keeping their lights on throughout the day.  We  wrote letters to persuade each class to use natural sunlight instead of the lights in their classroom. We also decided to make light switch covers for each class so that they remember to keep their lights off and save energy.

We hope we have helped to make a positive impact on our school environment and that students apply this knowledge at home.

Poem Innovation

Our class has been learning to write our own poems based on the rhythm and structure of another author’s poem. This is called poem innovation. Here are our class examples on the innovation of the classic ‘Roses are red’ poem.

Roses are red
Sunflowers are yellow
Petals are soft
Just like a marshmallow
– 3D

Rose are red
Water is blue
Apples are crunchy
Leaves are too
– Kate

Roses are red
Grass are green
My favourite vegetable
is the bean
– Imogen

Roses are red
Blueberries are blue
Honey is yellow
Bees are too
– Briana

Roses are red
Daisies are white
You are so sweet
I will hug you tight
– Samia

Roses are red
Grass is green
Butterflies are cool
The best you’ve ever seen
– Lucas

Roses are red
Cakes are pink
I clean the dishes
They go in the sink
– Maria

Roses are red
Chocolate is brown
It tastes really yum
It’s the best in town
– Eeshal

Roses are red
Kittens are white
I love playing
But fighting’s not right
– Miguel

Roses are red
Blackberries are black
I love painting
And I dry it on a rack
– Jason

Roses are red
Blueberries are blue
I put on a parachute
Then I flew
– Aydin

Roses are red
Trunks are brown
When people scream
It makes me frown
– Zain

Roses are red
Flowers are rainbow
I can see trees
Outside the window
– Marco

Roses are red
Taxis are yellow
When I make slime
It feels like jello
– Alec

Roses are red
Whiteboards are white
iPads are electric
And they have light
– Haydar

Roses are red
Horses are tan
When I do my work
I try the best that I can
– Tiana

Learning in 3D


“This week we have been learning about time, we’ve recently learnt how to tell the time to the minute” – Ansh and Samia

“Reading time by 5 minute intervals links to the 5 times tables” – Ansh

“We have been practicing our times tables and we are improving. Today I made it to the top of the leader board for the multiplication which I am proud of.” – Elijah

“At the start of the year I only knew o’clocks and now I know my half past/to, quarter past/to and time to the minute” – Kate

“During maths, we have been learning short division and we learnt a lot from it. We used multiplication to help us divide different numbers” – Lucas and Ansh


“I have enjoyed writing persuasive pieces during independent writing.” – Imogen

“I learnt how to write in a different point of view (third person) and I enjoyed publishing my work” – Samia

“I enjoyed writing and I nearly completed 4 pages of writing and I am proud” – Miguel

“We used onomatopoeia in our writing to make it more exciting” – Eeshal


“I enjoyed reading about science and making text-to-text and text-to-world connections” – Miguel

“We have been trying to improve our reading stamina by focusing on our independent reading, and graphing our time” – Aaron

“We have been practicing our expression through reader’s theater” – Aaron and Samia


“We have been learning about sustainability and global warming, and how to save electricity” – Tiana

“We have been participating with Miss Murray and Miss Kichacov’s class to make a sustainable community. Our topics are community council, architects, environmental monitors.” – Zain

“In our groups we have been planning and designing for our sustainable community” – Briana