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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! 🙂

Buddy survival!

Today we worked with our buddies to create different forms of shelter to assist with survival. All students put their creative minds together to construct different versions of shelter using only the material available in the play pod. Not only was this a creative learning experience but it also allowed students to develop their relationships with one another and have a good time 🙂

3D and 1C

Behind the News

Each week our class watches the weekly BTN (Behind the News).

“It is important to watch the news so that we can learn about the issues and stories around he world.” -Briana

In last week’s episode the children learned:

“I learned that giving away blood can help the people who have cancer or any blood problems.” – Eeshal
“Buying stuff and throwing it outside in the public can hurt the environment.”

“I learned that O+ is the most popular blood type.” – Lucas

“One little kid is trying to save eagle hunting.” – Jason

“Pick your clothes wisely because you will damage the environment.” – Samia

Students also made connections to how the issues on the news linked to our CBL topic of survival.


Last week in CBL, our class explored the development of houses and power. All the students in our class were so focused and engaged in the learning task! Through this activity students were able to develop their problem solving skills and understand the importance of teamwork and communication to achieve a goal.

At the end of the lesson we reflected on our learning and discussed the purpose of the activity. These are the students’ responses: