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Book Week costumes

This week we have been celebrating Book Week and today we held a dress up day. We could come to school dressed as our favourite character from a book. There were superheroes, villains, animals of all sorts, people from all types of stories and characters from Dr Seuss as well!

This afternoon the entire Year 3 team held a character dress parade so we could all see each other’s costumes. Mr Borrell walked around trying to see people better through his Wally binoculars but he agreed everyone looked fantastic!

The teachers chose a costume winner from a different grade. Here is a picture of the winners – their costumes looked fantastic!

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Well done to ALL our classmates on a wonderful dress up day! We had so much fun that someone said she wished we could dress up EVERY day!

Remember there is a Book Feast happening on Friday – so remember to bring food to share with your class!




Power of Role Models

Today we spent time watching inspirational videos from past Olympics and discussing how these athletes became role models through their actions. We spent time talking about how the athletes overcame something to be successful and what their actions could say to others as a role model. We also shared our ideas through different Padlets and will spend another session looking in more detail at the messages these athletes give us. Some of the videos of athletes we have watched (through Youtube) include:

Another athlete we talked about today is Kerri Strug, who was a gymnast in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Kerri’s final vault was all that stood between USA winning gold or silver in gymnastics. On her first vault she tore ligaments in her ankle and was in pain as soon as she landed. However Team USA were not sure if her score would be enough and she lined up for a second vault. Kerri ran flat out, pushed an amazing vault and landed dead certain on the mat – breaking her ankle when she landed. Despite the pain, she held it together to nail her landing and signal the end of her vault to the judges as she needed to do. Courage, bravery, power – she made sure Team USA won team gymnastics gold for the first time at an Olympics. (It was also the first time Russia had not won gold in this event at an Olympics.)

Here is a screenshot of our Padlet of thinking about Kerri and what message her performance sends us:

Kerri Strug Padlet


Today we were watching the Rio Olympics and saw Kyle Chalmers win the 100m freestyle final from 7th place in the last 30m. We all yelled and cheered when he won!! Definitely an inspirational moment from this year to add to our list – we look forward to adding more over the next week and a half.

What has been your favourite Olympic moment from Rio or an Olympics in the past?


Thinking about Power in 3A

Our CBL Big Idea this term is ‘Power’. We have been talking a lot about personal power and the power we have to control our own lives and affect others with our actions and behaviours. We listed all the ways that we have power and filled outlines with the ones that grabbed our attention. Here are some examples of our work:

As a class we also discussed other individuals and groups of people that we knew of that had some power and how this power affected our lives. We then had two sessions and a week at home to put together our thoughts to present to our classmates. Here is some examples that people shared with us:


(link to Google Slides)

We have also been talking about power in our Literacy sessions. We are reading a book called “Frindle” by Andrew Clements at the Snip20160803_25moment. It is a book where the main character uses his personal power through his friendships and popularity in school to change the word ‘pen’ to ‘frindle’. As his primary school teacher tells him – a word is just a word until someone gives it power! Soon everyone in town is calling a ‘pen’ a ‘frindle’ and the word change begins to cross the country thanks to newspapers, tv reports and merchandise. We are almost at the end and can’t wait to see how Nick’s life ends up – and whether or not his old primary school teacher finally admits he has won the word war! It’s an easy book to read with some cool new vocabulary words along the way – if it sounds interesting please ask us about it!

The idea of power has also been thought about in writing as we get into our information report. We have talked about power of the individual to protect their own work such as words, images, photos, music and movies. We learnt about Creative Commons and how this is a way people can have power over their own work and be respectful with their power over others. In fact we made sure we used Pixabay, Pics4Learning or FlickrCC to choose pictures for our information reports so we knew we had permission to use them! The video below was a short one to get us thinking about the idea of copyright and Creative Commons – feel free to watch! (thanks to Nancy Minicozzi for making and putting the video on YouTube for us to watch):

So much thinking and learning is happening in our classroom! Feel free to leave us a comment or question or leave us an answer to one of the questions below:

  • What power do you have?
  • Who do you think has power in your life?
  • What do you know about Creative Commons?

We look forward to reading and responding to your comments!

~ From 3A

Mapping and Building with 3D shapes

Over the last three weeks of Term 2, our class worked on a rich task involving mapping and shape skills. In groups we designed and planned what buildings and areas we would have in our “city”. We then planned and drew out our city block maps from a birds-eye view. We had to think about what each building and object would look like if we were in the sky above it, just like city planners do when they lay out new areas of cities.

Once we had planned out and designed our cities (including lots of colour!), we selected several buildings and used our knowledge of shapes to build them up as 3D buildings. Some of us used basic cubes and rectangular prisms and others challenged themselves and built cylinders, square based pyramids and someone even attempted a hemisphere! It was tricky to make some of our big buildings because we didn’t have templates big enough, so we had to draw nets from scratch based on the area of our 2D shape on the map. Once we had finished our buildings, we added roads to our blocks to make a completed “city” area.

Our fun did not stop there! Once we had created our city areas, we used arrow code to create algorithms for getting from one point in the city to another. After checking our codes with a partner, we then tried it with a BeeBot (they use arrow code for algorithms also). We all really enjoyed the project and were proud of our work and the effort we put into our maps.

BeeBot ready to go on a trip around the city
BeeBot ready to go on a trip around the city

Group quick reflections:

  • Our group really enjoyed working on building our buildings. We worked as a good team and listened to each other. We helped each other to build our buildings. ~ Brahmleen, Uzair, Sneha, Ghullam, Alicia
  • We enjoyed making and colouring our maps. Our group worked together well. ~ Isabella, Anushri, Gurjas (Mahrosh)
  • Our group liked designing and building the city. Our group worked excellent together. We really enjoyed the task. ~ Ayan, Kashyap, Ashor, Ege
  • Our group worked together nicely and respectfully. We enjoyed building and colouring. It was very fun. ~ Montana, Anjali, Ryan, Tomaia
  • Our group enjoyed planning and colouring. We worked hard, helped each other when we finished and answered each other’s questions. ~ Saliha, Arda T (Ethan, Danieka)
  • We enjoyed designing and coding. We worked well together and enjoyed problem solving. ~ Koini, Riley, Aarushi, Ada S

Everyone was very disappointed to finish on the last day of Term 2 but are extremely proud of our effort!

What do you think about our maps and cities?

~ 3A

CBL Reflections

We have been learning about discoveries and how to make our research skills better.  Discoveries we have been learning about include petroleum, planets (Pluto, Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter and Jupiter’s moons),  cocoa beans, electricity, gravity, the Titanic and penicillin.

We have been finding out about the discovery and researching information about who discovered it, why it was important and how it changed our lives, where it was found, when it was discovered and how it was found. We have been practising our research skills such as using specific 3-4 words for searching in Google, reading or skimming and scanning carefully to understand the information, checking 2-3 different websites to see if information is correct and making dot point notes using specific words only.

What we are proud of:

  • My work on my presentation
  • Improving my research skills
  • Working as a group to fix any problems

What we are going to keep working on:

  • Finding information on people and writing biographies
  • Improving research skills
  • Being productive with our time
  • Reading and finding more information for our topics

Next term our big idea is POWER. We look forward to seeing what kind of power there is and completing more presentations.

See you next term!


Recount – My trip to camp

On the first day of June, all of the campers went to meet at the gym for checking of who’s here and who isn’t. Then we got on the bus and took off to camp. We were going to Phillip Island Adventure resort and the teachers said that this place was AMAZING!

When we got there we have a little meeting and then we went to our cabins. We were super excited. I was sleeping with Danieka, Alicia and Isabella. After that we arranged our groups. I was in Galatio. Only Alicia and Danieka were in my group. But the whole camp was ……. AMAZING!

By Mahrosh


Discovery research in 3A

In 3A we are researching about different discoveries we are interested in and want to know about. We need to include what, where, when, why and how it changed our lives. We are also finding information about the person who discovered it.

We have talked about research skills we need to use when we look for information. Here is our list:


We are going to present our learning about discoveries. Watch out for blog posts to come that will explain how we are meeting our challenge!

From 3A

Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge 2016

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Join us and share a love of reading!

 The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Aitken Creek Primary School is excited to be participating.

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 9 September 2016.

Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll. If you would like your child‘s name to appear on the Honour Roll, please return the PRC Parent Consent Form to your school.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:


Mystery Skype


On May 16th we had a Mystery Skype with a class in Peter Moynes Anglican College, Mindarie (Perth). We had lots of fun and we discovered what city they were in. It was interesting because they were in Australia and everyone went “Ooooooooo” when they said “Yes”. When we got a question right we got another turn to ask a question.

It was very very easy. We had to narrow down their location. We learnt some very interesting things about them and their school. One of the things we learnt was they have 2000 students in their school and only 9 students in their class (they are in a extension class).


We used this map to find out where they were by asking yes or no questions.

By Aarushi, Kashyap and Danieka