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Fantastic end to Term 3!


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


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 (

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


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!



Term 3 – We’re back!

The Learning Pit

This week we explored ‘The Learning Pit’ to promote challenge, dialogue and a growth mindset. We all face different challenges in life and in order to succeed and overcome those challenges we must have a growth mindset. After a lot of great discussions, students designed their own learning pits. We all agreed that we have been through the learning pit before, we must think of positive phrases instead of negative phrases to be successful. We also learnt that it is ok to make mistakes because we learn from them. Some of us were asking what ‘Eureka’ means when you get out of the learning pit. So if you were wondering what the definition for ‘Eureka’ is, here it is; Eureka means a cry of joy or satisfaction when finding or discovering something.

I went through the learning pit when I didn’t know how to swim, I had negative thoughts going through my head, thinking there were sharks in the water. My dad was there to help me overcome this challenge – Aoun

It was my very first day at school, I was so scared and didn’t want to go to school. I had negative thoughts. But once I got to class, other kids made me feel comfortable, I thought to myself it was going to be ok and I could do this because everyone else is probably feeling the same way so I’m not alone– Shahwaiz

Metacognition – Thinking Marks

Metacognition means you are actively thinking about your thinking. To become fantastic learners, we must do this! Whilst reading we used post it notes to write different symbols to document our thinking, for an example: LOL means funny part, capital I for interesting, ! for surprising, ? for confusing etc. We then had time to elaborate in our reading journals. This boosts our comprehension and thinking skills!

I’m going to add some other symbols such as broken heart for my least favourite part – Jaipreet

This part was very interesting because boy poodles are only ten inches tall – Eva

I am confused on how tornadoes form – Devyan

CBL ‘Power’ – Tuning In

Children were exposed and occupied in a range of provocations based on the big idea ‘Power’. Children explored different provocations these past two weeks to spark their interest and curiosity. Together as a class we used our prior knowledge to create a class word cloud based on the question ‘What does power mean to you?’.

We also read the book ‘Ada Twist, Scientist’ and discussed the key characteristics of a scientist. Children were then asked to draw and write key words of what a scientist looked like to them. We discovered that we are all scientists and that not all scientists were a lab coat with safety glasses. We also discovered that there numerous types of scientists other than chemical scientists.

Other provocations such as Lego Robotics and Makey Makey were also explored. We worked in pairs and were given the opportunity to create whatever we pleased, however, some of us followed instructions to create specific models. As scientists, we continually use our imagination and creativity.

Children were given the opportunity to utilise their prior knowledge to document their thinking, wonderings and understandings in their Science journals. The provocations this week provoked interest and curiosity, children continually used their background knowledge to make connections to the provocations and asked countless curious questions.

I wonder how lightning comes out from the sky? – Lucas

How many atoms in a human body? – Shahwaiz

What makes a volcano erupt? – Devyan

What needs power? – Sarah

Makey Makey is the best! I loved using everyday objects as a keypad – Farzad


Missing 2 days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year”



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:


Maths – Renaming

For the past two weeks, we have been using our knowledge of the place value system to help us rename numbers. We started with 1,000, this number can be renamed in four ways. It could be renamed as 1 thousands, 10 hundreds, 100 tens or 1000 ones. We used the tool ‘number expander’ as an aid to assist us with renaming large numbers. Miss Shabo challenged us by giving us 500 or even 1000 house points if we can rename a large number in front of everyone, most of us could rename large numbers! House colours ended up having points up to five thousand. We firstly rolled the die to create a three and/or four digit number, then we had to rename the number as many ways as we could.

Convict letters

After learning about the horrible experience and conditions the convicts endured during the First Fleet in 1788 we wrote a letter to our loved ones from the point of view of a convict. In our letter, we described our crime, the duration of our sentence, included our 5 senses (sight, smell, hear, taste, feel) and included the name of the ship we travelled on. We also needed to use the correct language such as shillings, sentence, voyage, New Holland, Van Diemen’s Land, hard tack biscuits etc.

“Not all convicts were bad people, they did what they needed to do to survive” – Farzad

“I love writing these type of letters!” – Kiran

CBL Sorting out

To sort out the information we have learnt during the finding out stage of our CBL inquiry process, we got to choose and present the information in any way we wanted. Some of us chose to create a collage, song, recreate a scene, sketch note, and create a news report! We decided whether we wanted to collaborate with our peers to complete this task or work individually.

“Captain James Cook discovered a part of New Holland (now known as Australia)  and lead the expedition on the HMS Endeavour” – Decklan

“We recreated the scene of the convicts being transported aboard in bad conditions” – Shataya & Eva


Thank you for reading!

From 3C 🙂