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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

We met an illustrator!

This week we went to Hume Library to meet an illustrator. Her name was Sue Degennaro. She taught us how to draw interesting characters such as a bear, a frog, a cat and a mouse. She showed us the importance of drawing shapes, shading and adding detail to our drawings. She also taught us how to bring the characters to life by placing the drawings in different positions and sizes to show movement. Changing a character’s facial expression can also change the story.

We asked Sue some questions about her job…

“How long does it take to illustrate a whole book?”  –  Sue “It takes 8 months to complete one book”

“How many books have you illustrated?” – Sue “I’ve illustrated 20 books”

“When did you start illustrating books?” – Sue “I started 10 years ago.”

We really enjoyed our time with Sue! 🙂 Here are some comments from students in our class.

“I really enjoyed illustrating” – Samia

“My favourite part was drawing the mouse and the cat” – Imogen

“I have improved with my drawings with her help” – Jason

“I’ve learnt how to draw different characters in different ways” – Kate

“I enjoyed the day, it was really amazing” – Maria

“I do art at home and I enjoyed learning new tips from Sue” – Ansh

“I’ve been very interested in drawing since I was 5 and Sue has helped me become more imaginative. She taught me the main parts of drawing” – Zain

“Sue helped me do different movements with my characters in drawing” – Lucas

“I enjoyed drawing the bear and the frog” – Briana

“I enjoyed drawing the bear because it was fun” – Aydin


Sue inspired us to draw interesting things in sketchnoting later that day. We sketchnoted information learnt about Global Warming and The Greenhouse Effect.


In maths we are learning about division. Division is sharing and it is the inverse operation of multiplication, so it is important for us to be able to recall our multiplication facts!  We have been exposed to different strategies to help us solve division problems. These strategies are groups, arrays, repeated subtraction and number lines. Here are some examples of the work we have completed.


eSmart Week!

Throughout this week, our class learnt about the smart and responsible use of technology as part of eSmart Week.

“This week I learnt that you can’t tell anyone your password even if they’re your best friend and they promise not to tell anyone, don’t tell them.” – Zain

“This week I learnt that online cyber bullying is really bad and that you should report them.” – Miguel

“This week I learnt thst you should never tell anyone your password.” – Aaron

“I made an eSmart hero that can stop people from cyber bullying.” – Alec

“This week I learnt that online bullying is really bad.” – Tiana

“This week I learnt about eSmart Week, it includes technology. We all got into a group and coded. We also made our own eSmart hero.” – Eeshal

“This week I learnt that you have to keep your password to yourself.” – Lucas

“Do not share your password.” – Aydin

“Don’t show anyone my password” – Mansirat

“Keep your security up to date.” – Jason

“We made an eSmart hero, mine was named Hero X.” – Elijah

“This week I learnt that you need to look after your passwords safe and I enjoyed making my eSmart hero even coding.” – Samia

“This week I made an eSmart hero that keeps people safe from cyber bullying.” – Briana

“This week I enjoyed coding with my group. We worked as a team.” – Maria

“This week I have learnt that you need to keep your passwords, usernames and accounts safe.” – Imogen

Food from Everywhere!

During Book Week, we celebrated ‘Food from Everywhere’ by sharing dishes from different cultures with the rest of the class. This was such an engaging experience as it allowed some of our classmates to taste food from another culture for the first time! We were able to enjoy and appreciate the flavours from around the world! After enjoying the feast, we showed our curiosity by asking questions about the food.

“I wonder when this dish was first made?”

“What ingredients are in this food?”

“Would this still taste good if I added more ingredients to it?”

“Why do countries have different types of food?”

  Turkish pides

Indian vegetable string rolls

Pakistani fritters

Italian pasta

Portugese custard tarts

Anzac biscuits


Filipino noodles (pancit)


PROBLEM!!! There was a massive earthquake at Aitken Creek Primary School and the only way to safety is to make our way to the gym. But there is a big problem! The earthquake split the ground between our classes and the gym. We must come up with a solution and invent something that will allow us to get from one side of split, to the gym.

Together with our buddies, we joined into small groups to design and create a way to safety. We worked together to share our ideas and create our masterpiece! We had so much fun being creative! Some of our creations include a fly fox, a bridge, a tight rope, a ladder, and monkey bars.

Colour Magic

Last week during Science Day, the whole school participated in a number of different science experiments. In Miss Mayor’s class we engaged in an experiment called ‘Colour Magic’. It involved skittles, water and a sugar cube. We made predictions about what we thought would happen when we put the skittles in the water.

“I think the colour of the skittles will mix because the water spreads it” – Zain

“I think it is going to spread the colour” – Tiana

“I think it’s going to be like rainbow shapes” – Maria

After our predictions, we conducted the experiment and observed what happened.

We then made predictions about what we thought would happen when we place a sugar cube in the middle of the bowl.

“I think the sugar cube will absorb the colour of the skittles from the water”

We watched the sugar cube push the colour away.

We discovered that higher concentration of sugar (sugar cube) pushes lower concentrations of sugar (skittle colour) outwards.

We had so much fun doing this experiment! It was so cool! 🙂