Category Archives: 3D

CBL Solution: Save Light Energy

Over the past few weeks we have been collecting data on the use of light in the classroom across the Year 3 grades. We have asked each class how many sessions they have had their lights on during the day. From the data, we noticed that 3D and 3A use the least amount of light energy out of all the Year 3 classes. However, some classes are not being sustainable and waste lots of valuable energy by keeping their lights on throughout the day.  We  wrote letters to persuade each class to use natural sunlight instead of the lights in their classroom. We also decided to make light switch covers for each class so that they remember to keep their lights off and save energy.

We hope we have helped to make a positive impact on our school environment and that students apply this knowledge at home.

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?



Poem Innovation

Our class has been learning to write our own poems based on the rhythm and structure of another author’s poem. This is called poem innovation. Here are our class examples on the innovation of the classic ‘Roses are red’ poem.

Roses are red
Sunflowers are yellow
Petals are soft
Just like a marshmallow
– 3D

Rose are red
Water is blue
Apples are crunchy
Leaves are too
– Kate

Roses are red
Grass are green
My favourite vegetable
is the bean
– Imogen

Roses are red
Blueberries are blue
Honey is yellow
Bees are too
– Briana

Roses are red
Daisies are white
You are so sweet
I will hug you tight
– Samia

Roses are red
Grass is green
Butterflies are cool
The best you’ve ever seen
– Lucas

Roses are red
Cakes are pink
I clean the dishes
They go in the sink
– Maria

Roses are red
Chocolate is brown
It tastes really yum
It’s the best in town
– Eeshal

Roses are red
Kittens are white
I love playing
But fighting’s not right
– Miguel

Roses are red
Blackberries are black
I love painting
And I dry it on a rack
– Jason

Roses are red
Blueberries are blue
I put on a parachute
Then I flew
– Aydin

Roses are red
Trunks are brown
When people scream
It makes me frown
– Zain

Roses are red
Flowers are rainbow
I can see trees
Outside the window
– Marco

Roses are red
Taxis are yellow
When I make slime
It feels like jello
– Alec

Roses are red
Whiteboards are white
iPads are electric
And they have light
– Haydar

Roses are red
Horses are tan
When I do my work
I try the best that I can
– Tiana

Learning in 3D Weeks 7 and 8

Over the week 3D have been writing haiku poems. These poems are 3 line poems. You have to break the words into syllables. The first line contains 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables and the third has 5 syllables.  Ansh.

Over the past few weeks our group have been learning about solar cars. We have learned that solar cars are powered by the sun. We have been making imaginary solar cars with recycled materials. We have learnt that if you use cars with gas it will damage the Earth’s atmosphere. Imogen and Samia.

Hi our names are Kate and Maria. We are from 3D and we have been learning about chance. Here is an example: Tim had a lollibag. There are 10 strawberry candies and 7 mint candies. Strawberry candy would be the most likely to get pulled out.

The past few weeks we have been doing a mulitplication challenge. What you have to do is, your teacher picks a player. If you get picked you have to pick another player who is above you on the challenge board. The teacher says a times table (e.g. 5×5). If you win you swap places with the person above.  If you lose you stay. Haydar and Malaak.

Over the past few weeks our class has been doing haiku poems. In it we had to have syllables for 5, 7 and 5. We had so much fun, my topic was soccer. Here it is:

It is physical (5 syllables)
Soccer is very healthy (7 syllables).
It is very fun (5 syllables)

In the past few weeks we have been learning about transport by making solar cars. My group made a camper and a car. I made a poster and the other two people made solar cars. In reading we have a chart and we need to read as silent as possible. The teacher puts on the timer. The most we made it up to was 30 minutes of sustained reading. Eeshal.

Today 3D has been learning about chance. We worked in partners to write points on the notebooks about the different cards that we pulled out of a deck. We counted up points and shared it to the class. Briana.

This week in 3D we have been learning about sustainable buildings and how they use solar panels. Solar panels use the sunlight to get energy. Aydin and Alec.

In 3D we have been learning about global warming. Global warming has to do with greenhouse gases and CO2 which is carbon dioxide. Tiana and Aaron.

Learning in 3D


“This week we have been learning about time, we’ve recently learnt how to tell the time to the minute” – Ansh and Samia

“Reading time by 5 minute intervals links to the 5 times tables” – Ansh

“We have been practicing our times tables and we are improving. Today I made it to the top of the leader board for the multiplication which I am proud of.” – Elijah

“At the start of the year I only knew o’clocks and now I know my half past/to, quarter past/to and time to the minute” – Kate

“During maths, we have been learning short division and we learnt a lot from it. We used multiplication to help us divide different numbers” – Lucas and Ansh


“I have enjoyed writing persuasive pieces during independent writing.” – Imogen

“I learnt how to write in a different point of view (third person) and I enjoyed publishing my work” – Samia

“I enjoyed writing and I nearly completed 4 pages of writing and I am proud” – Miguel

“We used onomatopoeia in our writing to make it more exciting” – Eeshal


“I enjoyed reading about science and making text-to-text and text-to-world connections” – Miguel

“We have been trying to improve our reading stamina by focusing on our independent reading, and graphing our time” – Aaron

“We have been practicing our expression through reader’s theater” – Aaron and Samia


“We have been learning about sustainability and global warming, and how to save electricity” – Tiana

“We have been participating with Miss Murray and Miss Kichacov’s class to make a sustainable community. Our topics are community council, architects, environmental monitors.” – Zain

“In our groups we have been planning and designing for our sustainable community” – Briana

We met an illustrator!

This week we went to Hume Library to meet an illustrator. Her name was Sue Degennaro. She taught us how to draw interesting characters such as a bear, a frog, a cat and a mouse. She showed us the importance of drawing shapes, shading and adding detail to our drawings. She also taught us how to bring the characters to life by placing the drawings in different positions and sizes to show movement. Changing a character’s facial expression can also change the story.

We asked Sue some questions about her job…

“How long does it take to illustrate a whole book?”  –  Sue “It takes 8 months to complete one book”

“How many books have you illustrated?” – Sue “I’ve illustrated 20 books”

“When did you start illustrating books?” – Sue “I started 10 years ago.”

We really enjoyed our time with Sue! 🙂 Here are some comments from students in our class.

“I really enjoyed illustrating” – Samia

“My favourite part was drawing the mouse and the cat” – Imogen

“I have improved with my drawings with her help” – Jason

“I’ve learnt how to draw different characters in different ways” – Kate

“I enjoyed the day, it was really amazing” – Maria

“I do art at home and I enjoyed learning new tips from Sue” – Ansh

“I’ve been very interested in drawing since I was 5 and Sue has helped me become more imaginative. She taught me the main parts of drawing” – Zain

“Sue helped me do different movements with my characters in drawing” – Lucas

“I enjoyed drawing the bear and the frog” – Briana

“I enjoyed drawing the bear because it was fun” – Aydin


Sue inspired us to draw interesting things in sketchnoting later that day. We sketchnoted information learnt about Global Warming and The Greenhouse Effect.


In maths we are learning about division. Division is sharing and it is the inverse operation of multiplication, so it is important for us to be able to recall our multiplication facts!  We have been exposed to different strategies to help us solve division problems. These strategies are groups, arrays, repeated subtraction and number lines. Here are some examples of the work we have completed.


Home Learning Week 2-3

This term we are sending home an optional grid with a set of open ended activities that will relate to our learning, our Big Idea or general personal life skills. A new grid will be provided to students every two weeks.

Homework Week 2 & 3

This Home Learning grid will be provided to students through Showbie as well as sent home via Compass and our Year 3 blog. Any tasks that are completed by students are able to be recorded in the “Home Learning” assignment on Showbie. For those students who do not have an iPad for use at home, they can record their home learning in their Home Learning book provided by their teacher.

Students will have opportunities to practise reading, maths and writing skills throughout the two weeks. There will also be CBL links and activities relating to personal and social skills and habits as well.

If there are any questions at all, please feel free to speak to any of the Year 3 teachers.

With Thanks,

Ms Huntly, Ms Ashby, Mr Borrell, Ms Kichakov, Ms Mayor and Ms Murray