Category Archives: 3A

CBL Solutions

Our CBL challenge is to ‘Discover Australian History’.  We worked in groups to investigate our interests.  We narrowed it down to creating a penal colony and a ship from The First Fleet.

Students worked collaboratively to plan and design their projects.  They used ‘The Voyage’ game and their research skills to create detailed drawing with labels.

Students were excited to start building their projects.  They used recycled materials an available resources to create.  We co-constructed a teamwork rubric and use it to reflect on our productivity, effort and time management each session.

We have been working hard to create specific goals to achieve each session.  This has helped us to stay focused on a goal.  We have also been researching what we are making so that it looks accurate.  We are excited to showcase our learning and presentations to our parents and peers next week in our CBL gallery!

Word Mania Competition

Good Afternoon Year Three Community,

It is that time of year again, the WORD MANIA CHALLENGE is here! We would love to see all students and parents involved in the challenge. We need everyone to jump onto Word Mania and play as many times as you can to build up the highest possible scores. Last year our Year Two students achieved a tenth placing on the National Leaderboard and won some amazing prizes.
Together we can achieve great things, so let’s get playing!

Accessing Word Mania:
Word Mania is accessible on desktop and mobile devices. Simply log in to LiteracyPlanet on desktop and click on the Word Mania icon, or can download the free Word Mania 2018 app (iOS and Android). Students use their LiteracyPlanet login details for Word Mania.

How to Play
Word Mania is an interactive online word building game. Players are given a board of 15 randomly generated letters, and have three minutes to create as many words as they can. Every valid word formed earns points. Longer and more complex words score higher, and scores can be boosted by building valid words consecutively, and using special Gold and Diamond letter tiles. Word building uses various literacy skills: phonemes, morphemes including affixes and plurals, spelling, word recognition, vocabulary and word knowledge. Students can play as many times as they like, and the sum of the highest 50 game scores by at least five students from the same grade will be their school’s score for that year level.

$350,000 in Prizes!

Word Mania Dates:
Practise – Thursday, May 17 – Sunday, July 29.
Competition Round 1- Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3.
Competition Round 2 – Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 10.
Final Round – Wednesday, August 15 to Friday, August 17.

For more information visit:

Grade 3/4 Camp!

Last Wednesday, we travelled to Phillip island on a two hour bus ride.  We were so excited! We stopped at San Remo for lunch and watched the penguins.  We loved climbing the big tree, rolling down the hill and skipping rocks in the bay.

We finally reached our destination at Phillip Island Adventure Resort.  The property was huge! Two other schools were already there! We found our bags and got settled into our cabins.  We could fit six people in a cabin and we shared an ensuite bathroom with the people next door.

Our first activity was a walk down to the beach.  It was freezing and started to drizzle.  We put on our gumboots and rain coats and walked 20 minutes to the beach.  At the beach we built sand castles and drew words and pictures in the sand.

Dinner time! Dinner was so delicious! We ate spaghetti bolognaise and for desert we ate apple crumble cake with cream.  Yum!

That night our entertainment was a quiz! At quiz night we worked in teams to answer 5 rounds of questions.  They were about popular authors, movies, listening challenge, famous people and match the teacher to the baby photo! It was so much fun! If we worked really well as a team our prize was lollies and chocolates.

The first night was a little scary with the storm.  It was raining heavily and the wind was very strong that it kept knocking on our door.  We didn’t sleep very well that night.

It rained all night and on Thursday we woke up to a sunny morning!

It was a very big day! We had four activities planned! Our next activity was the Low ropes and Baulder wall. We needed to work in a group of 3 to help each other to complete the course safely.  Each group had 2 spotters.  Their job was to hold their palms up high and follow the person across the course, making sure that if they fell they did not fall and hit their head.

Our challenge at the Baulder was was to climb across horizontally to the other side, each section becoming harder and harder.  We also worked collaboratively to help and spot our group members.

Activity 3 was the Initiative course.  This was so fun! We needed to work in partners and teams to complete each section of the challenge! This included:                                                                                                  1. Walking on 3 ropes with locked arms                                                            2. Standing on a log and trying to get into birthday months without stepping off the log and without talking.  We figured out that we needed to squat down and step over people.                                                    3. Stack the pancake tyres.  We needed to move the tyres off the pole to another pole and arrange them in the same way in under 15 moves.                                                                                                                                          4. Wobbly bridge.  We needed to balance our weight as a group so that we balanced evenly.  We did it for 6 seconds!

Next was the Giant swing! It was 18 metres high! We worked as a team to pull each person up.  They got to choose how high they wanted to go.  If you let go of the rope then you had to do 10 pushups.


Our last activity for the day was Team Rescue.  Our scenario was that we were on an island and we needed to the save the injured pilot Jay.  The only way we could save him is if we worked as a team to get across the course by carrying him.  It was very tricky! We had to pass long planks of wood to create our path!

That night we went to the Penguin Parade! It was a very chilly night! We saw groups of tiny penguins coming out of the water and waddling up to their nests.  They make a calling sound to help find their family.

On our last day at camp we needed to complete two activities. First we had Archery.  We loved it! We needed to stand on our side and place the arrow in the bow and landing.  We used all of our strength to pull the string back passed our chest.  We did really well!

Our last activity was the Flying fox.  We all got into a harness and flew down 5 metres.  It was fun but not as scary as the giant swing!

On the way home we stopped at a park to have a picnic lunch. Thank you for having us Phillip Island! We had the best time ever!



Classroom guest- Australian Historian

Last week, we were very lucky to welcome a guest speaker into our classroom.  Her name was Carissa.  We invited her into our classroom so that we could find out more about the discovery of Australia and the beginning of the early settlement of Australia. We prepared for the interview by writing as many curious questions.  We typed them up before the interview.  These are our powerful questions.


First fleet and Early settlement

  1. Wh­at did they do to get rid of the Indigenous people? Emre Indigenous lived a different way of life.  Believed in different rules.  A lot were killed and hurt.
  1. What did they do with the all of their toilet buckets? Olivia    Buried it, used potty under bed.
  1. What weapons did Captain Cook have? Cooper                                Guns because he was apart of the Navy, canons on ships.
  1. What crops did the British grow? William                                              Wheat to make bread, barley, maize-corn.  Land was different to England.  Lots of rain there, not a lot of rain in Australia.
  1. Why did they hurt the Indigenous people? Sameen                                  They didn’t think they were normal people or human.  Thought they were savages like animals who havn’t been trained.
  1. What was the jail made of in the convict ship? Alana                            Metal bars, no walls, no privacy or seats or beds.
  1. Where did the indigenous people go when Captain Cook took over? Vidhi                                                                                                                           A lot died, some stayed in towns and cities, other’s were pushed out or moved to the middle of Australia where there are no cities.
  1. Did the convicts make themselves prisons in New South Wales? Gursewak                                                                                                                         Convicts lived in penal colonies.  Like a village for prisoners.  They needed to work and follow the rules.
  1. What were the showers made out of? Emma                                              No showers, take baths in small bucket, take turns, boil water on fire.
  1. How did they cook the food when they first settled there? Timotheos                                                                                                                          On a camp fire, in pots, then on stoves then kitchens.
  1. What did they eat on the ships coming to Australia? Harrison        Meat covered in salt did not go rotten, alcohol, some water, no fruit or vegetables
  1. Who was the first one to explore most of Australia? Sajjad              Captain James Cook was not the first to discover Australia.  The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal all knew about the land.  Different explorers, discovered different parts of Australia.  James Cook explored the east coast.
  1. What animals did the British kill to eat? Blake                                They brought cows, sheep, chickens, ducks, pigeons, goats, geese, pets for the rich people.
  1. Where did the British plant seeds and plants? Chelsea                      They made farms. They tried and failed with different seeds.  Some crops did not grow.
  1. How did Captain James Cook die? Enes                                                  CJC was the first to discover Hawaii.  He wanted to make friends with the King and take him on his boat.  The village people thought he was in danger so they killed him.
  1. Did the indigenous fight to keep their land? Erva                             Yes, they tried very hard and killed some British people with spears.
  1. How did they document their discoveries? Miss Kichakov    Drew maps by hand, wrote a lot of letters to England, journal entries, published books, sang songs, paintings.

The interview questions had our names next to them so that we knew which question to read out.  We all had a copy of the interview questions in our CBL journal and worked very hard to take notes.

Carissa explained that an Australian historian is someone who is passionate and reads alot about history and the past. Their job is to then share what they have learnt through publishing books, making movies, working at museums that show artefacts.  This is the first time Carissa has visited a school to share her knowledge.


After the interview, our job was to sort out the information so that we could make sense of it.  We used hexagonal thinking to help group our learnt understandings and make deeper connections.

We found that our understanding fit under four headings: Convict life, Captain James Cook, animals and Indigenous.

Zahira: “A penal colony links to convict life because it is a village of prisoners living together.”

Chazz: “Four convict ships came over to Australia in the First Fleet.”



Alana: “It was exciting to see our hexagons grow and grow.”


Better Buddies Day!

On Monday, we had Better Buddies Day.  Better Buddies day was created by the Alana and Madeline Foundation.  We celebrated this day to support kids in staying safe and protecting them from violence.  We wear purple because that was the girls favourite colour.  We donated money to help their charity.

Our first activity was a fun scavenger hunt with our buddies.  Challenges included taking pictures of your whole group doing the YMCA, on the slide, a group hug, shoes on hands, flying and jumping.

Our next activity was a Lip Sync Battle.  In groups we needed to choose a song and practice a performance.  The songs included Happy by Pharell Williams, Roar by Katy Perry and Dynamite by Taio Cruz.  Students had fun created their dances.

Our third activity was a Spanish and Art activity.  Our challenge was to create a portrait of someone by using pictures of fruit and vegetables.  This was inspired by the Italian artist Guiseppe Arcimbaldo.

Cooper: “Buddies day was fun, especially the scavenger hunt!”

Joel: “My performance was awesome!”

Kavyaa: “We enjoyed our day with our buddy”

Vidhi: “We really enjoyed the fruit ball activity because it was creative to use fruits and vegetables to create a drawing.”

CHALLENGE BASED LEARNING                                                                               It is the Finding out stage of CBL.  We had fun participating in a Scavenger hunt to find out more about different European explorers.  QR codes were scattered around the room and we worked as a team to investigate and match codes to explorers.  We made predictions about countries that may have been explored and used dot points to write down the key information we found.  

We have been practicing our research skills by using key word searches to find reliable sources of information. We are learning the importance of paraphrasing and writing important facts in our own words. We used highlighters to identify key information and make connections.                                                                                                                  Gavy: Captain James Cook was killed by natives in the Hawaii Islands.                                                                                                                                        Kavyaa: I predict that Arthur Phillip explored Phillip Island. Gursewak: The Dutch first discovered New Zealand.                                   Alana: James Cook discovered Australia and found indigenous people living there.                                                                                                               Arda: The British took over Australia even though there were already Aboriginal people living there.


EXPANDED VOCABULARY                                                                                           We have been learning about Australian History and early settlement.  There were lots of words that we didn’t know the meaning of.  We have been using a new strategy to help us understand the meaning of tricky words.                                                               1. First we highlight new words.                                                                                   2. Then we type the word and use google images to help us visualise what the word means.                                                                                                        3. Then we use an online dictionary to make a connection to the meaning of the word.

For example.  In 1770, Captain James Cook landed in an inlet, which he named ‘Botany Bay’.  We didn’t know the meaning of ‘inlet.’

We typed ‘inlet into google images and this is what we found.

We knew that it looked like a beach.  So then we looked up the dictionary meaning.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Inlet: A bay, or small narrow entry of water from the sea.                         We found visualising the word first really helped us to understand the meaning and helped us to remember the word better.

We have been working hard to collect new words that link to our big idea of discovery!  This is what we have so far!                                                   

READING                                                                                                                                   In reading, we have been learning about the importance of finding the main idea.  The main idea is what the author wants us to understand.  We used non-fiction texts to help us find the main idea.  To be successful we also need to search for supporting details and evidence.

We also practiced finding the main idea using a visual text.  We watched a news report from Behind the News.  We needed to listen and watch the news story and re-watch it to find supporting evidence.  We loved watching BTN!

Thank you for visiting us!

3A 🙂


Anzac Day- Discovery

This term we have spent some time in Art creating a display for our Schools Anzac Day ceremony. We have learnt about the symbolism of the poppy and have created paper poppies using acrylic paint. In addition, we have also used our prior knowledge of using water colour paints to create some Anzac sunsets for our display. Our display is our way of commemorating the sacrifice may Australians made for our country.

Term 2 Learning!



Our big idea this term is ‘Discovery’.  Students used their senses to explore a range of different artefacts.  They were encouraged to make connections to artefacts and ask questions. We have started documenting our wonderings and displaying our thoughts.

Students loved manipulating and  investigating:

  • Australian, world map
  • compass
  • telescope
  • pirate hat
  • ball and chain
  • magnifying glass
  • mystery box

“I think a prisoner wore these clothes.” Jayden

“I predict this is a pirate hat.” Enes

” I wonder what is inside the suitcase?” Arda

“I wonder what is inside the bottle?” Gavy

“I wonder what this paper says?” Emma

“I wonder what this ticket means?” Zahira.

ANZAC DAY                                                                                                                             

We have been reading lots of interesting books about the Anzacs.  We learnt many facts about the Gallipoli war and how young men lied so that they could enlist and fight for their country. We have also been watching clips about soldiers who survived.  We collected powerful words from the documentaries and books to help us with our writing.

Students worked collaboratively to create and decorate a wreath for Anzac Day.  Students from each class presented their wreaths as a sign of respect for all soldiers who fought  and lost their lives in wars.

WRITING                                                                                                                                   We loved writing from the point of view of a soldier.  We used new and interesting vocabulary to help make our writing more powerful.  We included these words to help persuade the reader we were soldiers in war:                                                                                                            POWERFUL VOCABULARY: wounded, shell fire, communication, runner, enemy, reinforcement, ammunition, graves, Turkish snipers, cove, war ships, sick-dissentry, mission, firing line, trenches, bullets, brave, harbor, troops, heavy fire, shrapnel. We are so proud of our writing!

MATHS                                                                                                                                        In maths, we have been learning how to read large numbers up to trillions!  We could see that there is a pattern when reading numbers. The students noticed that after ones, tens, hundreds and thousands came ten thousands and then one hundred thousand.  This continued with millions and billions.  Some students could read up to trillions!

We created a number reader by folding paper and using a different colour for each group of three numbers.

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for our next blog!

3A 🙂

Exploring the Art of indigenous communities

This term we have been exploring Papier Mache’ as our Art medium to make Australian animals. We got our inspiration from the Artist Peter Murray. He is an indigenous artist from Melbourne and we explored his work while looking at Indigenous art form different communities around Australia.

When we have finished constructing them we will decorated them with dot painting similar to the animals in his paintings.

We can’t wait to finish them this week!

Essendon F.C Player Visit

On Monday the 5th of March, the grade three students were fortunate enough to have six players from the Essendon Football Club visit our school as part of their community visits. We had Tom Bellchambers, Jake Strike, Dylan Clarke, Josh Green, Devon Smith and Mark Bagley visit us and speak to our students.

We were able to ask them different types of questions about A.F.L, the types of injuries they have had, their opponents and teammates and why they love and play footy.

We absolutely loved being able to invite the players into our school community and wish them all the very best for the 2018 season.