Category Archives: 3E

3E’s Australian History Treasure Hunt!

For our CBL challenge “Discover our Australian History”, our class decided to create a Treasure Hunt as a solution to teach our community about the discovery of Australia. We have been working hard towards paraphrasing information that will be used in the Treasure Hunt. We created clues and maps to make the Treasure Hunt more fun! We also used a lot of teamwork to enable us to complete all parts of the Treasure Hunt. We made a range of models and artefacts to showcase different aspects of the discovery and history of Australia. These include the 11 ships of the First Fleet, a penal colony, convicts, captains, prison cells, shackles, flags and so much more! We are all so engaged in the creation of our solution and we are so excited for students and parents to learn and join in the fun!!!

Student comments:

“I was so impressed with the student turn-out for our treasure hunt. I was so happy to see our parents learn about our Australian History.” – Kathleen

“I was really amused with how the treasure hunt turned out and how students and parents were intrigued”  – Shyla

“I was really happy to see many students join our fun treasure hunt” – Savneet

“I was really surprised that lots of people came and I hope more people come today” – Cruiz

“I was really proud of the information I’ve learnt which we used to create models. This topic has been very successful.” – Zac

“It was really fun making the artefacts for the treasure hunt” – Brianna

“Our parents really enjoyed our treasure hunt and loved our artefacts” – Lara

Cause and effect

In reading we are learning about cause and effect.

Cause is the reason (why something happens), and effect is the result (what happened)”

We watched news reports on BTN to practice identifying the cause and effect in different situations around the world.

Cause: Hawaii’s volcano erupted

Effect: Destroyed homes and cars, and people had to evacuate

Cause: Bad storm in Hobart

Effect: Formed a flood and swept people and property away

Cause: Australia joined the National Space Agency

Effect:  More jobs for Australians in the space department

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.

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3E’s open morning

On Thursday, our parents were invited to our open morning so that they can observe what we do during our literacy sessions. We explained our independent reading stamina expectations and demonstrated what it looks like in our classroom (eg quiet, focused on own book, sitting in one spot). We had the opportunity to read to our parents and show them how we practise our reading goals.  Later they helped us with our chatterbox activity based around comprehension questions.

In writing, we engaged in a simultaneous writing task where a group  of 4 students took turns writing a sentence each to complete a narrative. The parents were involved too and we loved it!

Learning about the convicts on The First Fleet

In writing, we have been learning to persuade an audience. We started to draft a letter to convince the reader that convicts were treated unfairly.

Here are some examples of students’ thoughts and ideas:

The convicts committed small crimes and were treated unfairly – Shyla

People were punished for being late and lazy – Zac

There wasn’t enough food and water for all the convicts but they still had to do so much work- Hazim

People shouldn’t be punished for stealing a small loaf of bread” – Cruiz

People may have been stealing to survive – Arda

The government were too harsh towards people who committed innocent crimes – Harman


We have also learnt how to paraphrase information about the First Fleet.

“Paraphrasing is when we re-write information in our own words” – Kathleen

Here are some examples of how we’ve paraphrased new learnt information.

Anzac Day- Discovery

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.

Scavenger Hunt!

Today in 3D and 3E we participated in a scavenger hunt for CBL research of Australian history. We wrote down the names of famous Australians and we predicted what the people were famous for.

In our next session we will look for the QR codes and match the numbers with the person and then we will record a fact about that person.



Last week, we explored different artefacts linked to our Big Idea at our Discovery Gallery. With our iPads we took pictures of the artefacts and made wonderings about what we think each artefact was used for, who it belonged to, what it is and why it was special. We made connections with all the artefacts to find a common theme and determine the challenge for CBL.

“I think our challenge might be about travelling across the sea”

“I think it might be about history”

“I think it might be about Australia”

“I think it might be about Australian history

YAY we figured out our challenge!

Challenge: Discover our Australian history

Wonderings after visiting the Discovery Gallery:

“I wonder what the old maps were used for?” – Arda

“I wonder why Australia is so hot?” – Lara

“I wonder how the sun dials were used?” – Savneet

“I wonder when Australia was discovered?” -Brianna

“I wonder why Australia is a dry country? – Eman

“I wonder why prisoners were shipped to other countries? – Lara

“I wonder why the law and sentences were so harsh” – Zac

Athletics Day

Athletics Day was so much fun! We participated in a variety of sporting events such as long jump, sprinting, triple jump and hurdles.  We practised our skills during PE leading up to this big event!

“I liked how we got to do different types of activities” – Shyla

“I really liked triple and long jump especially when I tripped on the sand” – Haveesh

“I really liked hurdles because it tested my jumping skills and it was really fun” – Zac

“I think it was the best day ever because we achieved our goal and behaved really well and showed team work” – Kathleen

“I liked all the activities and how we helped each other” – Stefanee