Category Archives: 3A

It all starts at the beginning.. 3A’s first blog post!

Classroom design and setup                                                                                           When we came to school our class looked very plain and boring.  There was no carpet or pillows or different furniture. First we talked about what a great classroom looks like, sounds like and feels like.  Then we were split into small groups to design how we wanted our class to look. Some people put in bean bags and interesting designs.  We came together and created a design using our ideas.  We helped to move heavy furniture in teams like tables, chairs and lockers.  We helped to make our classroom look much better! We have a classroom library, a sanctuary space, high tables, low tables and different shaped tables. This is what we wanted.  Every term we will reflect on our classroom setup and try new designs.

Zahira- “Our class is very dull.”

Enes- We need a carpet so that it is comfortable to sit on the floor.”

CBL- Community and Respect                                                                                      This term our big idea is ‘Community and Respect’.  We have been exploring different provocations to help us make connections to our big idea.  We have been looking at indigenous communities.  We watched a clip from the news about the government and how it is trying to shut down their community.  We think this is wrong. We also looked at different indigenous photos and wrote down what we saw and wrote down our wonderings. We even have an indigenous display with a boomerang and indigenous picture story books.

Arda- “I wonder if they killed the animals for the food?”

Alana- “I wonder what the dance was about?

CBL-Russian artefacts                                                                                                      First we sat and in a circle and there was a box in the middle of the floor. We were wondering what was inside. There were so many things inside! There were 2 spoons, a red solid egg, musical instruments, scarves, toys and a book written in a different language.  There was also a globe, an Australia flag and Babushka dolls.  We have displayed these artefacts near our door so that everyone can see!

Gursewak- “I wonder what the guitar is made out of? I wonder what the head piece is for?”

Jayden- “I wonder who made them?”

Kavyaa-“I wonder what the doll inside the doll is called?”

CBL- Respected Australian figures/Australian of the year winners    Our room was covered with faces that we did not know.  We made predictions about who these people were.  Some were in picture frames.  I think this is because they are important people.  Some of us recognised Steve Irwen because he has a daughter Bindi and loved animals.

Samantha Kerr is the world’s number one soccer player in the Women’s International league for the Matilda’s Australian team. She won Young Australian of the year in 2018 because of her talent and determination to play soccer. In the past, she was not taken seriously because she was not a boy.  When Samantha Kerr scores a goal she does a triple back flip!

A safe internet start with you! Safer Internet Day                                         In 3A, we learnt that sometimes cyber space isn’t a safe place.  We watched some video’s about students who are not being safe online and what could happen to them.  We learnt that it is not safe to message someone you do not know.  We created a Cyber Smart Hero who would help remind kids to stay safe online. We also learnt about what we should and should not post online, including pictures.  We must always remember to ask permission before we take a picture of them and ask again if we can share it online.  This is called being respectful.

Team Building is fun!                                                                                                          We have been going outside to play some team building games.  Team building means learning how to play in a team.  We have played relay races, hoop chain and number basketball.  We would really love to play number soccer.

Great sportsman ship is when you:

  • encourage eachother
  • don’t get upset when the game does not go your way
  • help people up if they get hurt
  • cheer on the other side

What other games can we play that builds teamwork?


Written by 3A!

See you soon! 🙂







Welcome to Grade 3!

Welcome to the Year 3 blog for 2018! Our blog will be used to share all the amazing learning experiences that is taking place at ACPS. We highly encourage students, parents, families and carers to visit our blog on a regular basis and make comments on different posts. If you are making comments on our blogs please be sure to use first names only to maintain privacy.

Our individual class blogs will help the students learn many important skills, like communicating safely and appropriately in online environments, writing posts, revising and editing, uploading images and files, communicating with others and much more.

This year the Year 3 team consists of six classes:

3A – Miss Kichakov

3B – Mrs Finger & Mrs Gibbs

3C – Miss Shabo

3D – Ms Surgeoner

3E – Miss Mayor

3F – Miss Alebakis

Classes will work collaboratively and independently throughout the year. We highly encourage regular visits and comments to our blogs. Your involvement and interaction is an important element to bridging communications from school to home.

Kind Regards,
Year 3 Teachers

Batik painting- Nature in Art

This term we have experimented with Baitk painting. This Art style is a traditional art form in many Asian countries and is used to decorate fabrics that are turned into clothes. Our paintings were inspired by nature and we used primary colours to mix secondary colours with fabric paint. Fabric paint is runny ahd hard to control so they were a real challenge to paint. The outlines of our work were painted with cold wax- (Batik is usually done with hot wax but our pictures have the same effect as ones made using hot wax). We think our effects are really beautiful, what do you think?



CBL Solution

As part of our CBL solution we have been counting the different types of rubbish we find in the school yard. We decided to have different categories to put the rubbish into to see what type is the biggest problem in our school. In one day we counted 202 ‘wrappers’ that were left out in the school yard. Imagine how much that would be in a week, a month, or even a year!

Our Rich Task

Students in Year 3 have been continuing to explore how sustainability affects our lives. They have looked closely at the sustainability problems that exist in the world and what initiatives have already been put in place.

“People aren’t reusing and recycling and they are destroying forests by chopping down too many trees.” -Youshia

Students have begun to think about how they can be sustainable in their own lives. They have used all of their experiences from this term to help guide them. They are specifically focusing on how they can make a positive impact in the world.

“I can help people not to litter and turn off the lights in my house when we’re not using them.”

“I will make sure we don’t leave taps running at home and always use a half flush.” -Taylor

In finding out how to be sustainable, students designed their own eco friendly homes and community buildings. They designed their buildings based off of the research they had done.

“I used solar panels because they get energy from the sun instead of the burning coal.” -Omid and Ranveer

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?

Class Assembly

Thanks to all of the parents and students who came to our class assembly. We had so much fun! We have been practising very hard for a few weeks but it all paid off in the end. Congratulations to all of the students in 3A and 3E who put on a great performance.

Environment- Green bag designs

This term we have been looking at environmental issues in Art to come up with designs for our own environmentally friendly green bag. First we brainstormed environmental issues that we could use to inspire our designs. We then sketched our ideas on paper using pencils and came up with a message to put on our bags.

The designs were drawn onto the bags using special fabric markers and pastels so that they can’t wash out.

We think that there are many really great designs with very powerful environmental messages on them. Have they made you think about how you can help to fix an environmental issue? We hope that our bags will make people think more about the things in our lives that impact on our environments.  


We had so much fun playing with the parachute. Our buddies and us were swaying the parachute around and we had a ball in the middle.We had numbers and when Ms Smart called our number we had to run around the parachute.We had so much energy and it was super awesome.Everyone was having a blast. Then after we finished that game we had a little break then carried on.We had numbers again then when Ms Smart called our number we went under the parachute and had to find another spot that had a space.When we finished playing the games a lot of people were huffing and puffing. After our other break we went to our classroom and we got dismissed.

By Inaya and Clayton