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Haiku Poems

We have been learning about poetry over the last month and today we focussed on haiku poems. These are poems with 3 lines – 5 syllables in the first, 7 syllables in the second and 5 syllables in the third line.

We found them both easy and hard to write! They are easy because they can be about anything, they are only three lines, they don’t have to rhyme and there is a pattern to follow. But they can be hard to write because you have to find the right number of syllables in a line to fit! This might mean you have to change a word or words to make sense.

Here are some of our haiku poems that were written today by our class:

Happy New Year!

Best party ever

Fireworks are coming out

It is the best day!

  • Ranveer, Senitha, Akasdeep


Christmas Time

A girl loved Christmas

One day she woke up to gifts

And opened them all!

  • Lola, Gurnoor, Selena


Hungry Me

I ate some chippes

The bird came and stole my chips

I am sad right now

  • Emrys, Omid, Youshia


Angry Bird

The bird is angry

The bird squawking at me

It stole my cookie

  • Emrys, Omid, Youshia



I want ice cream now

Can i make it to the store?

The store is now closed

  • Emrys, Omid, Youshia



Staying up too late

Getting lots of presents

Having too much fun

  • Taylor, Aaliyah K, Hazal



Driving in our car

My feet are sinking in the sand

Going home now, no!

  • Taylor, Aaliyah K, Hazal



A place of fun

With laughter and cheer

Filled with all your friends

  • Sirat



So much caring

So much teamwork and respect

You make me smile

  • Sirat


Boom Beach

Boom Beach is so much fun

But the internet cut out

Tomorrow I’ll play

  • Josh, Fadi, Eliah
Have you ever tried to write a haiku? Have a go and let us know how you went! We would love to read your haiku!

~ 3C

Our Pen Pals Came To Visit!

Our pen pals came to visit today all the way from Korumburra! That is over two hours away. We went to visit them in Week 3 this term and today they were able to come and visit us!

They arrived just after our lunchtime and after they had eaten lunch we had a quick play and chat with them. Then we took them in groups on a tour of the school. We showed them all over – the oval, playgrounds, gym, Prep and Year 1 areas, library, Art rooms and even the pond! We took photos of us and our pen pals together around the school.

When we had done that we had more time to play and hang out with our pen pals. Some people played soccer and some played on the spider playground. Other people stayed inside and played some board games like charades and HeadBandz. They had a lot of fun seeing how big our school is and we had a lot of fun showing them!

They had to leave at 1pm which was sad. We wanted them to stay longer! We spent the afternoon putting together some videos of our photos taken so we can share them with our pen pals.

Here are our video memories we made for our pen pals:

We have enjoyed having pen pals this year! It has been so much fun to learn about another school and meet new people.

~ 3C

Sustainable Community

We have been learning about sustainability this term as our CBL Big Idea. We are using our new learning about how to be sustainable in our rich task.

We were able to choose to be an Architect, a Community Council Builder or an Environmental Educator. Together we are designing and creating a sustainable model community. Architects and Community Builders are designing sustainable buildings or community areas while the Educators are creating information presentations to share with people why our community should be sustainable. 

We have learnt about solar panels and other energy saving options such as building materials, paint colours and reusing water in different ways.

Our community will have houses with solar panels, water tanks, vegetable gardens and other sustainable ideas. A park, library, hospital, water park and swimming pool will also be included in our community.

We are almost complete with our buildings and will be preparing for a Community Showcase soon. Keep an eye out for more details!

Here are some pictures of our community being designed and created by us these last few weeks:

Does your house have any sustainable features?

Learning Reflections

There has been a lot going on in 3C lately! Here are some reflections on what has been happening:

We did measurement and time this week. We had fairy bread from Emrys because it is National Fairy Bread Day! We have been learning cricket in PE as well. – Akasdeep

In PE we played Pacman. In Pacman you need to stay on the lines and everybody is IT. We were using hockey sticks. We used tennis balls with the hockey sticks to pass each other. – Youshia and Senitha

Our library visit was great. We went to the library and all got fantastic books. We all got one or two books each. I got Transylvania and Edinburgh Castle. They are both scary books. – Taylor

In Maths this week we are learning about time. Time is more than what you see on your clock. One analogue clocks you say quarter past, quarter to. We also had time equations that we had to do on Showbie and made a poster on what time is. – Harjas

We made sustainable houses because we are learning about sustainability. We are making our house sustainable by putting a vegetable garden in the backyard and a pool. We are also recycling our water. – Angel, Jett

Today we did problem solving and it was really challenging. The harder maths was sooo hard! I couldn’t solve all the problems. I found the question working out hard. – Eliah

On Thursday we had a buddy session with our Year 1 buddies. Our buddy grade is 1J. We took games and colouring to do there because we were all tired and hot from snack. We needed to do some mindfulness activities! I bought charades and we played it for the hour. It was so much FUN! – Aaliyah A

On Thursday we had a buddy session. It was so hot we had to stay inside. -Fadi

In CBL we are looking at what would make a sustainable community. Architects are making houses, the Community Council are building community areas and the Community Educators are explaining to people why we are doing it. We are up to the building stage. I am having a lot of fun and I think everyone is too. – L.M.

I enjoy PE. What we are doing is a rich task with 3A and 3E. We are trying to save the environment. My groups is making a park with trees to make more air. Our park will have shops, pool, cubby houses and animals. – Hazal

Today I ate special fairy bread that Emrys gave us because it is National Fairy Bread Day! I also had Easter Eggs that Aaliyah K give us because they were left overs. It was delicious and tasty because the fairy bread sprinkles were sweet. – Ranveer

This week I celebrated National Fairy Bread Day. we went to the library and borrowed some cool books. Some people borrowed scary books. We are doing a rich task where we have to make a 3D model of a sustainable house. My group’s house has wind mills and solar panels. – Emrys

This week was good because we are making sustainable houses for CBL. My group is designing a house with a pool, water tanks and solar panels. – Zaive

Yesterday we had a really fun buddy session. We got to do colouring, board games and play play doh. We did these activities because they were calming activities. My favourite part was when we were playing charades. – Aaliyah K

Friday 24th November is National Fairy Bread Day. We had fairy bread for lunch. We also went to the library for our last time in Year 3 and borrowed books for an hour. Yesterday we saw our buddies and we played some games. This week we problem solved and had to make a sustainable house that was 3D. – Josh

We had buddies. This buddy session was calm. People chose to play board games, colour and read. My buddy and I chose to play charades. It’s a very fun game. It was a pretty fun buddy session! – Gurnoor

Today is National Fairy Bread Day. One of our classmates handed fairy bread out today. He said to think which fairy made the sprinkles we were eating. The fairy bread was delicious! – S.S.

As you can tell we have had some great moments this week! Look out for more details about our CBL sustainability rich task and other learning next week!


3C Week 4

A kangaroo visit – by Taylor

Some kangaroos interrupted us in writing and we got really interested. We all crowded at the window before they left.

A visit with Sue deGennaro – by Sirat

This week on Wednesday we went to the Craigieburn library to meet with an illustrator named Sue. She made two books with Jackie French. One was ‘The Tomorrow Book’ that we read this term for our CBL Big Idea. She has been working for 10 years and has made 20 books. She even wrote a book on her own. It is called ‘Eddie Frogbert’. We did three drawings with her.

We were so excited when we realised we knew The Tomorrow Book! Sue told us all about how she used collage to make the pictures and only used paper from her kitchen – she bought no new paper at all to make the pictures. We have looked for the special bits of paper she told us about ….. there is part of her eTag envelopes, Telstra bills and other bits of scrap paper used in her collages in the book.

Have you ever met an author or illustrator? What books did they write or illustrate? Let us know in the comments!

~ 3C

Our Marvellous and Fun Pen Pal Adventure

Welcome to our marvellous excursion reflection!

We met our pen pals from Korumburra on Tuesday this week. Meeting them was so much fun! We had a ball with our pen pals. They took us on a tour of their school. Their school had a double floor library, a creepy old cottage/classroom and they even have a pony paddock (with no ponies). The oval is called the pony paddock because the kids used to ride their horses to school in the olden days and they were kept on the oval next to the school for the day. Their library building is about 120 years old!They even have a statue of a painted cow!

We also took some photos with them on their netbooks as we went on the tours. They have three basketball courts – one is completely covered with a roof for shade – and some of their classrooms were next to these like at our school. Their school was smaller than ours but it felt larger. Most of the buildings were built out of bricks, which is different to our school but they had a building that looked like our main building (it was half the size). The playgrounds we played in were smaller than ours but had similar equipment to us. Their Year 6 students have special jumpers with their names on them like our Year 6 students have.

Here are some thoughts and reflections on our day:

Josh – At Korumburra Primary I had fun with my pen pal Noah. I played an amazing game of basketball. I saw a haunted classroom there – so scary. And I took some photos with my pen pal Noah.

Sirat – On the way to Korumburra I felt a bit sick. When we made it my pen pal and I went to the playground to play. Then she took photos to prove we visited them. My pen pal’s best friend was my best friend’s pen pal!

Taylor – Korumburra is as cool as the countryside. Regen is funny and kind. We have a few things in common. That’s why I really like her as a friend.

Zaive – On Tuesday the 24th of October my class went on a pen pal excursion to Korumburra. I felt like we were there for one minute because it was super fun!

Youshia – It is fun sending letters to our pen pals. It is great having pen pals.

Omid – I enjoyed playing with my pen pals. I saw a place called the creepy cottage. We had some photos with my pen pal. I played basketball with my pen pal.

Gurnoor – I enjoyed being at Korumburra Primary School. We played on the playground and had a school tour. There was a haunted cottage, classrooms and library.

Elaih – We went to see our pen pals in Korumburra. The bus drive was reeeeaallly long. We had lots of fun there. We played a b’ball game there. Our team won. There was 2 poles connected to the playground. They were used as a slide and something to get down.

Greer – I had fun. It was a great time. I loved it. I saw a lot of horses on the bus.

Emrys – I had lots of fun exploring the school with Aaron because there were lots of cool things I learnt about him. Aaron showed me around the school and we went and had a look at the creepy cottage and the library.

Selena – It was amazing to meet our pen pals face to face. I really enjoyed it. I love having pen pals. Their school is really fun.

Senitha – It was an exiting day with our pen pals. We got to play and look at their places. We liked the library!

Harjas – 3C went to visit our pen pals in Korumburra. I thought the bus trip was very long and I got very tired. When we reached I was very excited to see their school, and I learnt that their school is bigger than ours! We stayed there for 2 hours (2 hours bus, 2 hours school, 2 hours back) and after that we came back on the same bus. On the way there we hit 2 birds.

Ranveer – It was boring in the bus because I didn’t do much in the bus. When we got to Korumburra we had lots of fun. They showed us the school and played tiggy.

Here are just a few pictures from our day. As you can see – we had so much fun we could not stop smiling!

There were a few students who were unable to come with us to Korumburra. They have some thoughts about having pen pals this year:

Aaliyah A: It is very fun to have pen pals because we write to them and video call them! We have pen pals in America and Korumburra. I have pen pals called Jesse and Jorja. Jorja is from Korumburra and Jesse is from Shelledy Elementary School in America. It is FUN having pen pals!

Aaliyah K – It is fun having pen pals because you get to talk to them and send letters to them. It is super fun. Here are some opinions of others: Selena – it’s amazing; Ms Huntly – We get to learn about different people and its fun; Emrys – It’s good.

Our memories and thoughts from our excursion were recorded using sketchnoting. Have a look at our work (this was our very first attempt at sketchnoting as well!):

We also need to say thank you to Complete Property Centre at Highlands Shopping Centre because without them contributing to the cost of our bus we would not have been able to visit Korumburra Primary and have this amazing day! THANK YOU!!!!!


Have you ever had a pen pal?

Do you know about sketchnoting?

Leave a comment and let us know!

~ 3C

Home Learning Week 2-3

This term we are sending home an optional grid with a set of open ended activities that will relate to our learning, our Big Idea or general personal life skills. A new grid will be provided to students every two weeks.

Homework Week 2 & 3

This Home Learning grid will be provided to students through Showbie as well as sent home via Compass and our Year 3 blog. Any tasks that are completed by students are able to be recorded in the “Home Learning” assignment on Showbie. For those students who do not have an iPad for use at home, they can record their home learning in their Home Learning book provided by their teacher.

Students will have opportunities to practise reading, maths and writing skills throughout the two weeks. There will also be CBL links and activities relating to personal and social skills and habits as well.

If there are any questions at all, please feel free to speak to any of the Year 3 teachers.

With Thanks,

Ms Huntly, Ms Ashby, Mr Borrell, Ms Kichakov, Ms Mayor and Ms Murray

A fun first week!

It’s our first blog post for Term 4! Yay!

On the first day of school this week we really loved seeing our friends again after the holidays. We had missed them and our teacher a lot!


This week Ms Huntly showed us how to get onto our school email accounts. Today on Gmail we were practising writing emails and sending them to Ms Huntly. We are doing this so we can talk to our pen pals in America more quickly, instead of sending letters which can take weeks. Some of our thoughts on using our emails:

  • exciting
  • lots of fun
  • amazing
  • good experience
  • new for some people
  • awesome

On Monday we looked on Google Earth and saw the school that our pen pals go to in Colorado (America). We started putting together a video about our school to send to them and we will post this on our blog next week when it is done. Here is a screenshot of their school from Google Earth:


Our CBL Big Idea this term is ‘Sustainability’. We talked about the environment and all the things we knew about and wondered about. Our class definition of sustainability is growing but we have found so far that it means the world needs to keep going how it is – everything needs to continue to work so we can have food, water and clean air without pollution.

‘The Tomorrow Book’ was read in class and is about a prince that saw the outside world was not as good as inside the books he read. His world was dark and polluted. The prince solves people’s problems by giving them suggestions on how to use materials to fix things. For example, some of the people complained there was not enough water left to fill their pool so the prince suggested they collect water from the roof to reuse.


During our session with 3A this week we explored the website NASA Climate Kids. We compared it to a website made for adults and decided the Climate Kids website was made for kids – it has lots of colour, cool pictures such as the earth with eyeballs, the tabs are different shapes, there were games and things to do and the facts are written in kid speak. We spent some time watching videos, playing games and reading some very interesting facts.


We have been learning about division this week. Division is sharing equally. We have been practising our strategies for division and found these are very similar to multiplication strategies. Some of us are learning to use the division algorithm.


Our buddies came to visit us in our classroom and we made Venn diagrams with them about our holidays.  We also had our first library visit for the term to choose some interesting good fit books for our book boxes.

See you next time!



Community Thank You


Our class would like to send a huge thank you to Complete Property Centre at Highlands Shopping Centre. We have wanted to travel to Korumburra Primary School to meet our pen pals in person and see their school. Complete Property Centre have generously donated half of the money needed to cover the cost of a bus for our excursion.

We are very excited to visit a different country school and meet our pen pals during week 3 next term. Our excursion would not have been possible without Complete Property Centre and their continued willingness to help out our students at ACPS.

Watch this space next term to find out all about our exciting visit to Korumburra to see our pen pals!

~ 3C