Category Archives: 3C

Power-Superheros

During term three we learnt to draw human forms in the shape of superheros. We learnt to draw people using correct proportions design costumes for our superheros using textas and coloured pencils. We think we did an amazing job. Please tell us what you think of our creations.

 

Busy week!

Reading – Analysing illustrations

During our reading sessions, we have been focusing on a new skill. There are so many illustrations in picture story books yet we don’t tend to ask ourselves why the author and illustrator have chosen that specific shot size, angle, colour etc. There are so many shot sizes such as close up, extreme close up, long shot, extreme long shot and two shot. We also learnt about the angles of the shots such as low angle, high angle, bird’s eye view and eye level. These shots and angles are used for different purposes. It was our job to be detectives and think about why the author and illustrator have chosen that specific shot size and/or angle.

The purpose of a close up is to show the expression of a character – Yara

Maths – Area Robots

“Area is the space inside!” We highly recommend you to listen to this catchy song about Area and Perimeter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSVMrPu0__U). This week we have learnt about calculating the area of flat shapes. The formula to calculating the area is length x width. We realised that the formula is much quicker than counting all the squares inside the flat shape.  To further understand this, we created our very own Area Robots! We were then asked to calculate the area of each body part.

Calculating the area is simple, just use the formula (length x width) – Devyan

It’s so easy to calculate the area! – Lucas

Writing

This week we have been unpacking the text type ‘recount’. A recount retells an experience or an event that happened in the past. The purpose of a recount can be to inform, entertain or to reflect and evaluate. Before commencing our draft, we created a plan. As good writers, we always need to plan as this will help us write. In our orientation/introduction, we included the 5 W’s (Who, What, When, Where and Why). We have been learning to use describing words and ‘show, don’t tell’ to create powerful sentences for our orientation. We are now in the process of completing our draft and moving on with the writing process. Here are some examples of our orientations!

Attendance

‘Absences add up. Missing just 2 days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year’.

Thank you for reading!

From 3C 🙂

 

TERM 4!

CBL ‘Change’

Children were exposed and occupied in a range of provocations based on the big idea ‘Change’. Children explored different provocations these past two weeks to spark their interest, wonderings and curiosity. They were given the opportunity to attend an interactive gallery based on our essential question ‘How do rules and laws change the way we behave?’ Our gallery consisted of a ballot box where we could vote on the grade 3 sport for Term 4. Another table had a range of board games without rules, this allowed us to discuss why games have rules and why it’s important to follow the rules of games. Another table consisted of a variety of apps, games, and movies. Children needed to discuss with their peers and match them to the correct classifications. The other two tables had road works signs, safety gear, licences, L and P plates and much more! This sparked students’ wonderings as they were asked to take photos and document their questions and wonderings.

I wonder who makes laws – Yara

What if everyone didn’t follow the rules of a game? – Ishan

Everyone can make rules but not laws – Eva

Maths – Subtraction

We have started to unpack the correct vocabulary for subtraction. This includes takeaway, minus, difference and subtract. We were given a range of subtraction worded problems which we had to solve using the ‘draw a diagram’ strategy. In order to solve worded problems, we always follow this process:

  1. Read the problem TWICE
  2. Underline key words and numbers
  3. Choose a strategy to solve the problem
  4. Show my working out
  5. Check my answer
  6. Write my answer in a sentence

This week, we learnt a new subtraction strategy which is called ‘Split strategy’. This helps us to split the number we are taking away from the whole into parts and then subtracting each part separately. This is awesome for large numbers!

Reading – Visualising

This term, we have a new class text called ‘A different dog’ by Paul Jennings. While reading we have been unpacking unknown words using context clues. This assists us in understanding the text as well as expanding our vocabulary. If we don’t understand the meaning of words and sentences we will find it difficult to visualise. Why is visualising important? If we are able to visualise, it demonstrates that we can comprehend the text. As readers and writers, we have identified that we must use lots of describing words to help the reader visualise. If we don’t use adjectives and pronouns, the readers are unable to paint a picture in their minds. This will leave them being disengaged as well as confused!

 

Attendance

‘One thing you can’t recycle is the wasted’.

Thank you for reading!

From 3C 🙂

Fantastic end to Term 3!

Concert

On Thursday the 13th of September we had our fantastic ‘History of Hits’ Year 3-6 concert. All songs related to the big idea of ‘Power’. Our class song was the kids version of ‘Up town funk’ by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. We were asked to wear colourful clothing, runners and a cap (optional) to suit the theme. We practised our dance multiple times with our awesome teachers Miss Shabo and Mrs Hopkins. On the night, we were so excited and nervous at the same time. From the backstage, we had a quick look at the countless amount of people watching our fantastic performances. That’s when the nerves started to kick in! As soon as we went down to the stage we felt confident since we had practised numerous times. The audience was very supportive and cheered for us when we had finished our performance. We felt very happy at the end of the concert, our families were very proud of us!

Science Fair

On Wednesday the 19th of September we had an open morning for families to come and see our presentations about the ‘Power of Science’. We worked collaboratively with our peers to research and gather information on different scientists as well as how their discoveries have impacted the world and changed over time. We worked really hard on publishing, completing our prototypes and timelines. During the Science Fair each group presented in front of the audience. We then received warm and cool feedback from our parents and peers to help us reflect on what we did really well and what our area for improvement is. After receiving the feedback, all students identified one goal they would like to work on and achieve for next term. We would like to thank all the parents that came in and supported us. Thank you!

On Wednesday the 19th of September we had an open morning for families to come and see our presentations about the ‘Power of Science’. We worked collaboratively with our peers to research and gather information on different scientists as well as how their discoveries have impacted the world and changed over time. We worked really hard on publishing, completing our prototypes and timelines. During the Science Fair each group presented in front of the audience. We then received warm and cool feedback from our parents and peers to help us reflect on what we did really well and what our area for improvement is. After receiving the feedback, all students identified one goal they would like to work on and achieve for next term. We would like to thank all the parents that came in and supported us. Thank you!

Next term before presenting I should practise my speech – Vihaan

I like how this time kids presented one group at a time because it was easier to hear and understand – Parent

From 3C 🙂

Expanding our knowledge!

CBL – Science incursion

Last week we attended a science incursion where we learnt about the states of matter. Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space. Through scientific language and experiments, we developed our understanding of solids, liquids and gases. We also learnt how a state of matter can be changed from one state to another.

Condensation is when gas is turned into liquid – Devyan

To change a solid into a liquid we must use heat – Vihaan

When a solid is turned into gas it is called sublimate – Eva

The following week, we followed the scientific method to complete the experiment ‘Blowing up the balloon’ based on the states of matter. Students worked collaboratively in groups of four to conduct the experiment. We firstly needed to ask a question and then state our hypothesis. Majority of us hypothesised that the balloon would blow up because there will be a chemical reaction between vinegar and bi-carb soda. We then listed our materials. It was time to conduct our experiment! We worked together as a team and shared responsibilities. After our experiment, we entered our results on what actually happened and then made a conclusion.

I hypothesise that the balloon will blow up – Jaisal

If you don’t get messy during an experiment then you’re not a real scientist – Priscilla

My hypothesis was correct because the balloon did blow up – Lucas

Reading – Making inferences

We recently started learning about the term ‘Inference’. An inference is like an equation! We use the context clues and our prior knowledge to make an inference. We infer every day without even knowing! During reading we have been working on different inference cards, each card will have a paragraph and a QR code. We firstly need to read the paragraph and then document our inference. After we have inferred, we then scanned the QR code to see if we were correct.

I infer that this person is at school because the author states that they are nervous because it’s their first day and they have their backpack ready which includes supplies – Kiran

This is how you make an inference: context clues + prior knowledge = inference – Shahwaiz

Writing –Character profiles

To hook in our reader and paint a picture in their minds, we must be very descriptive when writing a narrative. We have been investigating different characters in texts and determining their physical traits (appearance), personality (how they are on the inside), feelings (how they felt in the text) and actions (what the character did). After completing the graphic organiser using powerful words, we then wrote a paragraph describing our character. We also learnt about similes, which is a comparison of two things using the words like or as to compare. An example would be ‘The beautiful Lisa was as tall as a giraffe’. The simile was included in our character description to make our writing stronger!

Her shiny red boots were as red as an apple – Eva

The big and greedy wolf always wants his hands on everything! He has sharp bizarre teeth and grey fur like lightning struck the evilness into him – Hannah

Her shirt was as white as snow – Ela

Attendance

Eighty percent of success is showing up!

Thank you for reading

3C 🙂

Discovering the Art of Wayne Thiebaud

We would like to share with you some of our amazing chalk pastel drawing of cakes that were inspired by the Artist Wayne Thiebaud. He was associated with the Pop Art movement and he liked to paint everyday things. He painted lots of colourful and delicious looking cakes so we had a go at creating our own. We learnt about shapes and how to turn shape into forms to draw our cakes. We then learnt how to shade our work by blending tones and experimenting with light and shadow effects.

Assembly Performance!

Writing – Bold beginnings

This week we learnt how to become better writers by hooking in the reader with BOLD beginnings. Some of the bold beginnings are dialogue, onomatopoeia, a question, an exclamation, character description, setting description, an action and a cool fact. To practise writing bold beginnings we firstly chose a story line of our choice. Then, we gave an example of each bold beginning. This will improve our writing and hook in the reader in the very beginning!

Note: If the reader isn’t hooked in the very beginning, they will most likely not read your text or become very bored and not interested while reading. Have a look at some examples!

This was so much fun – Farzad

If we don’t hook in the reader, they will not read our text – Yara

Bold beginnings are used to hook in the reader! – Jaipreet

CBL – Magic milk experiment

We discovered that scientists need to follow a specific method when conducting experiments. This method is known as the ‘Scientific Method’. Scientists need to ask a question that they are curious about to conduct an experiment, then they state their hypothesis. A hypothesis is an educated prediction on what might happen. They then experiment, from the experiment the scientist collects data on what actually happened. With all the information, the scientist then writes up their conclusion of the experiment.

When conducting the Magic milk experiment, we followed the Scientific Method. Some of us hypothesised that:

I think the milk will ooze out – Hadi

I predict that the milk will turn yellow – Decklan

I hypothesise that it will react with the dish washing liquid – Yara

Assembly performance

Since we have been learning about the Scientific Method, we decided that out assembly performance should be about the Scientific Method. Our song was selected from one of the most entertaining kids’ musicians – Jack Hartman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptADSmJCVwQ)

Prior to our performance we worked collaboratively with 3A to get our props, costumes and dance routine prepared in a short time frame. We all dressed up as different scientists. On stage we had biologists, chemical scientists, pharmacists, zoologists, meteorologists, marine biologists, forensic scientists and much more! We had so much fun performing and singing along to our song in front of everyone! To end the performance Miss Shabo conducted the ‘Elephant toothpaste’ experiment, which was awesome! We would like to thank our parents for coming along, watching and supporting us.

We had fun practising in the classroom! – Eva

It was really surprising when we saw the ‘Elephant toothpaste’ – Jaipreet

It took us a few times to practise, however, we looked awesome on the stage – Devyan

CBL/Writing – Biographies on scientists

This week we have been researching different scientists to gather important information to write a biography about them. In order to write a biography, we used a graphic organiser to guide our research. As we researched, the information written in our plan had to be paraphrased – written in our own words. Some of us started writing our drafts, however, we will need to follow the writing process in order for our biography to be amazing.

I chose the scientist Marie Curie to write my biography on – Hannah

Albert Einstein had his first job at the age of 15 – Aoun

Rosalind Franklin attended college with another woman who didn’t get full credit for her work- Decklan

Attendance 

Attend today, achieve tomorrow.

Thank you for reading!

3C 🙂

Cities at sunset- Discovering mixed media drawing and painting techniques.

Last term we created some amazing mixed media drawings of imaginary cities using watercolour paint and oil pastels. We discovered different ways to use these materials in Art to create different effects and designed some imaginary cities to apply our drawing process.

We think that everyone created some really amazing effects using reflections and sunsets and really mastered mixed media drawing and painting techniques. What do you think of our works?

 

Powerful contrasts in Art

As part of out CBL investigation of power we have been exploring how contrasts in artworks can make them visually powerful.

We explored the theme by making Zebra drawings using line and shape as our stating point. When we finally learnt to draw our Zebras using lines we then experimented with colour contrasts until we discovered what combinations work best. After this stage we applied two contrasting colours to our drawings and completed them with a patterned background to make the Zebras stand out.

We really enjoyed making these drawing and are very proud of what we have created. We hope you like them, please let us know what you think.

3A and 3C Assembly Performance!

Assembly performance                           

 Last Friday, we performed at the 3-6 school assembly.  We were preparing for a whole week! We chose a song that connected to our Big Idea of ‘POWER’.  We chose a song that teaches you about the scientific method. The scientific method is an organised way to answer questions and solve problems.

ANYONE CAN BE A SCIENTIST IF YOU USE THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD!                                                                                                                        1.Ask a Question                                                                                                                2. State your hypothesis.  This is an educated guess of what you think may happen.                                                                                                                3.  Identify the variables                                                                                                4. Test your hypothesis                                                                                                  5. Collect your data                                                                                                          6. Interpret your data                                                                                                      7. State your conclusion

Each student chose a different scientist they would like to dress up as.  We wanted to show that there all lots of different types of scientists that study different things in our world.

  1. Chemical scientists study chemical reactions.
  2. Zoologists study animals.
  3. Forensic scientists study clues from a crime scene.
  4. Astronomers study space.
  5. Chemists study medications.
  6. Marine biologists study sea creatures.
  7. Microbiologists study plants and insects that can only be seen with a microscope.
  8. Botanists study plants.
  9. Paleontologists study dinosaur fossils.
  10. Meteorologists study the weather.

Students researched what their scientist studied and what tools they used to help them make interesting props.

We hope you were entertained and enjoyed our performance because we did!