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4D Learning Expectations

Our school has whole school behaviour expectations that we are asked to follow. To start the year and to begin thinking about our expectations of each other in class, we worked in teams to place the jigsaw pieces of our School Wide Positive Behaviour framework back together:

We created our learning expectations as a class after our thinking and teamwork above. From our first thoughts and brainstorm we realised that we could organise our expectations into groups around our school values. Here are our Learning Expectations for 4D:

After thinking about these, we then brainstormed as a team and came up with our Community Agreement:

What does your community agree to? Are there any expectations that you have to follow in your community? Let us know in the comments below!

~ 4D

Our Learning in 4D

B.T.N is a news show. It tells news from around the world. B.T.N is called Behind The News and gives us information. When we watch B.T.N we sketch note or fill in a Triple Entry Journal. We do this because we want to write down information to remember and share with people at home. We like B.T.N because it is news for kids.

In Maths we have been learning how to problem solve by following the problem solving process. We made a computational thinking flowchart showing our thinking process during problem solving. Strategies we have been using to solve problems are thinking of similar problems, creating number sentences (algorithms) and drawing a picture. We have also been thinking about place value when guessing numbers from different clues and when rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100.

We have all been deciding on a personal goal to improve our reading skills. The goals we choose are based on what we want to get better at and Ms Huntly helps us make these goals in conferences. We also think about what we can do when we read to help us can achieve our goal.


We have been using Epic Books to choose books for our independent reading. Epic is an app that has books, videos and quizzes. We can also make our own personal library of favourite books and videos to read and watch again and again.

Ms Huntly also introduced us to YABBA this week. YABBA stands for Young Australian Best Book Awards. YABBA is where kids get to nominate their favourite Australian books and then vote for them. We are creating a list of our favourite authors and will send in our nominations at the end of term. Later in the year we will vote and then watch the awards. This week we went online to listen to an Australian author who has been nominated for YABBA before called Sally Rippin about how she writes her books. She is the author of the Billie B. Brown books. Later in the year we will be going online to listen to Andy Griffiths!

We also worked in teams to think of all the different features of a Non Fiction text or Information Text. There are lots of features like headings, table of contents, index, glossary, pictures and diagrams, captions and lots more. Then we had to match the names of these features with the definition and an example. It was very tricky but once we worked out the ones we knew then we could work out the ones we weren’t sure of!

We have been practising our writing skills and now know the difference between pre-planning and planning in the writing process. We worked in teams to organise and sort the writing process stages and match example pieces of writing to each stage. We have also been working hard to help people when writing by buddy conferencing and achieve our learning goals in independent writing time.

We have been learning about communities and different celebrations that are celebrated like Australia Day. We came up with interview questions and invited parents to come to our class to answer these. Thanks to the Mums who were able to come in that day! We have also learnt that a lot of Aboriginals call Australia Day ‘Invasion Day’ and why this happens. Our challenge this term is ‘Create a community of respect’. Come back soon and see how we are planning to achieve this!

~ Written by 4D

Buddy Time

We have been having so much fun getting to know our buddies this term! We are big buddies to 1B and have been getting to know each other by creating a Buddy Book with our buddies. This will stay with the Year 1s in their book boxes so they can read it in class.

We have also eaten lunch with our buddy class and will do so again very soon.

Do you have buddies? Or did you have buddies when you were at school? Let us know by commenting below!

Looking at the Learning Pit

We read a book called The Dot by Peter H Reynolds. The main character is a girl who does not like Art class because she does not think she can draw well. Her teacher asks her to draw a dot on the page and the next class the girl sees her dot drawing is framed and on the wall. The girl thinks that she can do better and keeps practising until she improves.

After reading the story, we thought about what the main character felt at different stages of the book. As we talked, Ms Huntly recorded our thinking on the board. We realised the girl was feeling very low at the start of the book and was feeling frustrated, negative and sad. But by the end of the book she was feeling confident, happy, excited and felt she could help others with their drawing because she knew what to do. This was because she had started in the “Learning Pit” and by the end of the book had climbed out of the pit by practising and continuing to try.

Ms Huntly then asked us to make connections to when we have felt like we are in a Learning Pit. We realised that we don’t start in the Pit – there is a moment before when we have our first try or begin to learn something new. We might be excited or confident to start but if it becomes hard or difficult then we might find ourselves in the Pit. Our class Learning Pit looked like this at the end of our session:


It is important that when we feel we are in the Learning Pit that we don’t give up. We will feel down and frustrated and annoyed but we need to keep asking for help, practising and trying to stay positive so we can climb out of the Learning Pit and back to the level ground where we are confident with what we know.

Here are some of our personal Learning Pits we recorded in our Learning Journals to remind us to keep trying and stay positive:

When have you found yourself in a Learning Pit? Share your moments with us in the comments!

~ 4D

Using Twitter to find answers

On Wednesday 21 February our class had an awesome visitor on our door handle! There was a green stick insect sitting above the handle for the morning and we were very interested to find out about it! Like Ms Bell’s class last week, we wanted to know what type of insect it was and why we were seeing so many of them around our classrooms.

Alycia used her iPad and looked at different pictures of insects like the grasshopper and mantis but these did not seem to match our visitor. We talked about who might be able to help us with our questions and thought that the Zoo or the Museum may be places that could tell us what insect it was.

We thought we could write a letter but that would take a while to get a response. So Ms Huntly introduced us to Twitter and we sent the Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum our questions along with a great picture that Jessica took of the insect:

We were very excited when Melbourne Zoo tweeted back to us within the hour! They said they would check with their team and get back to us. By the end of the day they had responded with the following information:

Melbourne Museum retweeted our tweet to their Ask Museums Victoria team who told us their entomologist team would respond quickly. A new word for our word wall –> ENTOMOLOGIST means someone who studies insects!

The AskMV “ento-folk” tweeted this reply to us on Friday and included a link to more information:

What was even more interesting for us was we had someone from Geelong tweet us with some information because they had seen our tweet to the Zoo and Museum! Jade Craven was nice enough to give us some pointers on taking pictures of insects to help us find out what type they are:

We made sure we thanked her for her tweet and her help as well!

Using Twitter was a great way to get information quickly from experts and they responded very fast! Thanks to the Melbourne Zoo and the Ask Museums Victoria teams for responding to our questions! We now know that it is a type of mantis and will keep an eye out for another visitor!

Have you seen any insects like our visitor around the school? Have you used Twitter to ask an expert a question? Tell us about it by leaving a comment!

~ 4D


Designing our learning space

This week we spent time thinking about what we need to learn best. We talked about what a positive classroom looks like, sounds like and feels like before working in groups to design a learning space we felt would work best. After we presented them to the class, we voted on which one would be put into action. The architects of the winning design became our Project Managers and directed and helped us to move the furniture around into this new design.

The new learning space has lots of different sizes of tables for us to work at with chairs or cushions to sit on. Our TV is also positioned in the middle of the room facing the whiteboard which is a bit different to what all of us have had before!

Check out our new learning space design in the pictures below:

What do you think of our learning space? Would there be a favourite learning area for you?

Please leave a comment!

~ 4D

Safer Internet Day

Welcome to 4D’s first blog post for the year! Today was Safer Internet Day and we spent our learning time talking and thinking about how we can be respectful online.

In the morning we went on a video call with Kids HelpLine. Georgia from Kids HelpLine @ School spoke with us about what she did there and we asked some questions about Kids HelpLine and found out how they can help us if we need support. Then we talked about how we can be respectful to people when we are on the internet. We learnt about cyber bullying and that it is bad. We watched some videos that told us detail about cyberbullying and why we don’t do it.

We used Padlet to brainstorm some ideas on how we can be respectful online. The book we read during lunch was called “The Internet is like a puddle” and compared the internet to a puddle. We then made a Y chart and thought of ways we can be respectful online. We had to record what respect online looked like, felt like and sounded like – a lot of our ideas linked together! Have a look:


We also made our own pledges and promised to be respectful and safe online. We decided we would be positive and kind to others with our comments, we will always use manners to each other and we would not make fun of people or their photos online.

How are you respectful to others when you are online? Will you pledge to be respectful with us? Write your pledge below!

Come back and say hi again!

~ 4D

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