As part of our CBL challenge ‘Discover our Australian history’, we opened our classroom for our families and buddies to showcase our discoveries. During the showcase, we shared our projects about the First Fleet, Captain James Cook and the colonies that settled in Australia.
Will: “I liked that lots of parents came in to see our CBL solutions that we worked so hard on”
Dave: “I liked the opportunity that the parents were given to see our solutions”
Sathuya: “I liked that we were able to share new information with families”
Joshua: “I liked that we learnt a lot about the First Fleet”
Caitlyn: “I liked that people could roam around our classroom and interact with others and learn different things”
Lavanya: “We were able to give information to our families”
We got our families and our buddies to provide feedback to us about our presentations and the information we were sharing.
Navroz: “Feedback helps us improve for the future”
Aadvik: “Feedback lets us know if we succeeded or not”
Generalisations from parent feedback
Parents were proud of our work
There needed to be more space to move around
We need to work on speaking clearer when presenting our information
100% of parents learnt something new about our Australian history
Generalisations from buddy feedback
Most of the feedback was positive
80% of our buddy class learnt something new and understood the information
20% of our buddy class didn’t learn anything new or didn’t understand the information
We need to work on speaking clearly when presenting information
From this information, we know that we can work on practising public speaking and presenting our information verbally to an audience.
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.
Yesterday 3B had an open morning where our parents came and helped us with our reading and writing. We had a great time! We enjoyed reading our just right books and explaining how we work towards achieving our reading goals. We also started planning our writing and showed our parents how we brainstorm and prepare to write.
We had a great time with our parents and enjoyed our morning!
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.
We have completed out dot painted animals and wanted to share with you our beautiful creations. The painting techniques were challenging and we had to be careful not to smudge our dots but we think that the end result is very striking. What do you think of our designs?
As part of our CBL solution for Term 1, ‘create a community of respect’ we decided to make a video for our buddies on how to show the school value respect at school.
We presented the video to our buddies in Week 1 and made a feedback form to see if we were successful in the message we wanted to deliver in the video. These were the questions we wanted to get feedback on:
Do you litter in the yard?
What did you learn from the video?
Did this video help you learn how to show respect around the school?
Did this video inspire you to show respect to other people?
Did this video persuade you to stop littering in the yard?
How did the video help you when you are in your classroom library or the school library?
What is the key message from this video?
Did you learn the morale of the video?
What did the video make you think about?
What did you like about the video?
Today, we looked at the data gathered and we found out the following information:
Mia: “We found out that the video was successful in helping students show respect around school”
Lavanya: “Most students learnt how to play nicely in the yard and include others in games”
Baani: We found out that alot of students learnt why its important not to throw rubbish on the ground”
Aadvik: “It was important to get feedback to make sure our video was successful”
Thank you for all your support during our Term 1 Community Performance at Assembly last week. We had so much fun creating this video using the green screen. We practiced and rehearsed our scripts and speaking with a loud and clear voices.
If you were unable to be there on the day here is a copy for you to enjoy at home. We hope you like it.
On Monday the 26th of March, half our year three students were fortunate enough to have two police officers from Craigieburn Police Station come and talk to us about their role in our community. We found out lots of information from them and were able to ask them questions as well.
There are different types of police officers. Some police officers fly helicopters, are on boats protecting our oceans, on motorbikes and in cars driving our the community. Dogs and horses are also police officers and do a variety of jobs for our community.
Police work all the time, 24 hours a day and they are here to help us. We call 000 if we are in trouble and if they can’t help us by talking to us on the phone, then they will drive to where we are. Before calling 000 we really need think about what is an emergency and what isn’t.
They have different types of cars which have sirens, and lights to tell drivers on the road that they need to go to an emergency. We also found out that there are different coloured cars who are responsible for different jobs in the community.
Here are some of the questions we asked our visitors and the answers we got:
How do you choose and train dogs? We use certain breeds such as German Shepards and Rottweilers. We look at choosing smart dogs and training them to get used to the cars and noises and teach them how to do things.
How long did it take you to become a police officer? Initially it takes 9 months of training, but we learn new things every day and it depends if you want to train to fly a helicopter or be on the water.
What is your favourite thing about being a Police officer and do you enjoy it? Everyday is a different day. We are always being called to do different jobs and visit different people. It is always new and challenging.
How long have you been a police officer for? 17 years
Why do you carry a gun and what do you use it for? We have it on us to protect ourselves and others. We hardly use it and it is a last resort because we have other tools we can use instead.