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This term we have been learning about the environment and how we can live sustainably. We have learnt about sustainable housing, renewable energy sources, composting, the waste cycle and how we can save water. Our challenge this term was to make a positive impact on the environment. We noticed that people were putting the wrong things in our compost bin and were putting things that can be composted into the regular waste bin. So we decided to  educate the grade 3s on what things can and cannot be composted, and then make mini compost bins for each class.

Did you know? Fruit scraps, eggshells, tea bags, vegetable scraps, hay, leaves, spices and herbs can go in compost bins. Whilst, meat, onion, bones, glass, metal and dairy cannot be composted.

Composting is important because it helps to reduce waste and keeps our soil full of nutrients so that we can grow big healthy plants.


Thank you for reading!


Assessing our Learning

In 3E, we use many different ways to assess our learning. One way is the Learning Pit. The Learning Pit is a way for us to show how well we understand something. If we are in the bottom of the Learning Pit then it means that what we are learning is too hard. If we are at the top of the Learning Pit then it means what we are learning is too easy and that we are able teach what we have learnt to someone else. If we are climbing up the side of the Learning Pit, then what we are learning is ‘just right’ for us. We have hand signals to match each level of the Learning Pit.

So next time you learn something new think about where you are in the Learning Pit!

Maths Problem Solving

Each Thursday in 3E we have a problem solving lesson. This lesson allows us to apply the skills and knowledge we have gained through other maths lessons to an authentic problem. This week one of the problems we had to solve was the following:

Mr Katsikapis is planning for 2 new portable classrooms to be brought into the school for next year. However, only the legs for the chairs and tables have arrived and they look identical. There are 288 legs in total. How many chairs and how many tables might be in each room?

Can you work out the answer?

DON’T forget to follow the problem solving process, that is: understand the problem, think of a plan, do it and then check your answer.

UV Light

This week we have been looking at the effect the sun is having on our planet. We created visual representations, videos and flow charts to show our understanding of the cause and effect relationship between pollution, the ozone layer, ultraviolet (UV) light and our own bodies. We have been keeping track of the UV index rating each day. We now understand that it is important to wear our hats and protect ourselves even when it is cloudy!

What am I?

This week we have been focusing on using our senses to describe things. On Tuesday, we found something in the environment and described it using three of our senses. Can you guess what these things are?

The 3E Community

Each Monday morning we have a Community Meeting in which we reflect on the previous week. We read our Community Agreement, discuss what is going well and what needs to be improved on, as well as celebrate each others’ achievements. Each week we come up with a Community Goal. We have noticed recently that our noise level has been getting high when we are working which has made it difficult for some of us to focus during  learning tasks. So this week our goal is to whisper at our tables so that we can concentrate on our work. On Friday we will reflect on how we are going on this goal and decide whether we have achieved it or need to work on it for another week. 

Fractions in 3E

This week we have started looking at fractions in Maths. We now know that fractions are equal parts of a whole. We have made fraction posters of ‘fractions’ and ‘not fractions’ to help us understand this. We have also used the halving strategy to halve a variety of different wholes. Stay tuned… We will be learning lots more about fractions over the next few weeks!


The Pond Cleaners

In CBL the Sustainable Development Goal we are focusing on is Life Below Water. Our solution is to clean the school pond every Wednesday and Thursday, to save the living creatures in it. Every Wednesday and Thursday we will go to the pond to see if it is nice and clean. We want to keep our precious pond clean forever and we want to keep the tadpoles that live in the pond alive! So please help us keep our pond clean by not throwing rubbish in it!

The Pond Cleaners

(Nayonika, Anna, Insia, Nathan, Adit, Aadya, Charli, Jenna and Emily)

Should we be using renewable energy?

This week we have been learning about renewable energy. We have learnt that renewable energy is powered by sources that don’t run out like sunlight, water and wind. On Thursday we watched a BTN clip on renewable energy and read comments that children had written in an online forum in response to the clip. We then thought about our own opinions on the use of renewable energy. Using the persuasive techniques we had learnt, we created our own opinion pieces on this issue. Here are some examples:

In my opinion I think all of the world must use renewable energy. Coal will make greenhouse gases and pollute the entire universe. Only a fool would want to pollute the the universe and make green house gases. It will also kill our animals. So if you don’t want to kill our precious animals, use renewable energy. For the good of the world we must all use renewable energy. If you’re not going to use renewable energy who is? – Will and Zion

In our opinion, we must use renewable energy. If we use coal it will be harmful for
our planet and cause pollution. Coal will run out if we use too much and we won’t have any for later. Animals will die because burnt coal will produce smoke which will kill our animals.
It will also cause bad health for others and will have a harmful effect on our amazing planet. – Anuk and Kanav

Why use dirty black coal when you can use clean energy like solar energy, hydro energy and wind energy? My opinion is we must use renewable energy rather then coal. So save the earth from climate change and chemicals. Only a fool would use coal! – Aum and Valentine
In my opinion Australia must use renewable energy because it is sustainable for our future. This won’t harm our environment. The government must donate money to create renewable energy. Just think of the innocent Animals which suffocate from burning coal, it will be better if we use other techniques. – Anna and Insia