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Week 7 and 8 with 3E

Skype a Scientist

Last week we spoke to a scientist through Skype! His name was Andrew and he is a microbiologist from Stanford University in California. We prepared questions to ask him about how science is used in his work and life.  His answers to our questions was very intriguing.

“He studied micro-organisms in mouse poop! Ew!” – Zac

“He studied the digestive tracts of the human body” – Shyla

“He loves to figure out how bacteria grows” – Kathleen

“The only way Andrew’s work is related to Albert Einstein is the portrait of Einstein created using bacteria” – Balram and Vivaan

“He studies small growing things” – Kathleen

“There are a million trillion trillion microbes in the world” – Saad and Meron

“He was inspired by his middle school teacher” – Shyla

“He has been a scientist for 13 years”

“Scientist are just like regular people”

Book Week

For Book Week, we dressed up as our favourite book characters. We participated in a parade to showcase our costumes to all the Year 3’s. We also read our favourite books to our buddies and wrote short narratives about ‘The Pirate Adventure’.


Lara – I dressed up as the dog from Up!

Shyla, Stefanee and Dilpreet – We dressed up as Hermoine Granger from our favourite book Harry Potter

Hazim – I dressed up as Captain America

Vivaan – I dressed up as a robot

Cruiz – I dressed up as Blue from Jurassic World

Esho – I dressed up as Messi from the Soccer Book

Harman – I dressed as Luke Skywalker from Star Wars

Eman – I dressed up as Matilda from Matilda

Aleyna and Makayla – We dressed up as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad

Fteh – I dressed up as a character from Minecraft, there is also a book

Jesaiah – I dressed up as Harry Potter

Science incursion

Last week the students attended a science incursion where they learnt about ‘Matter’. The students were exposed to new scientific language that allowed them to gain a better understanding of solids, liquids and gases, and how they can be changed from one state of matter to another.

Saad: “To turn a solid into a liquid, we need to add heat.”

Zac: “Condensation is when gas is turned into a liquid.”

Shyla: “When a solid is turned into a gas, it is called sublimate.”


Students then made predictions about the state of each object that was presented to them.

Arda: “I think that this is a solid because it is hard.”

Savneet: “This must be a liquid because it is runny and wet.”

Students observed and conducted science experiments to analyse the changes in the states of matter.


Brianna: “It was so cool when the solid dry ice turned into gas!”

Aleyna: “It was fun grabbing the bubbles then clapping my hands together and suddenly it turned to smoke”


In CBL, we visited the ScienceKids website to explore different sciences by engaging in various online games. The games were organised in 3 different categories; Living Things, Physical Processes, and Solids, Liquids and Gases. The games were not only fun but we learned new things about different types of sciences.

“If a liquid is cooled it can turn into a solid, water turned into ice” – Saad

“If you put too much water on plants they will die because they’ll drown” – Hazim

“When heat is added to a solid, like chocolate, it will turn into a liquid” – Savneet

“Every time you put water on paper it will soften and it can break” – Zac

“There is less friction between cars and an icy road, so when driving it is much smoother and faster” – Zac

“There are scientific names for bones, for example the pelvis” – Harman

“I learnt that if you want to grow a plant, you need to show a lot of attention to it such as providing the right amount of water and heat” – Shyla

“I learnt about different parts of the human’s body and their bones such as ribs and backbones” – Kathleen

“I learnt that for plants to grow,  we need the right amount of water, heat and light” – Jesaiah

“Humans need plenty of food, water, exercise and rest to live” – Balram

“I learnt that there are more than 10 parts in a flower such as the petals and sepal” – Aleyna

“I learnt that that we always need to keep our hearts beating to stay alive” – Jesaiah

We also used Makey Makey kits to investigate how power and electricity makes things work. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that connects any object that conducts even a little bit of electricity to make things like banana pianos.

We attached the alligator clips to the board and onto different things such as fruit, clothes and paper to make electricity to control games on the laptop.


A reminder of the importance of school attendance. “Missing 2 days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year”

Week 1 and 2 with 3E

Assembly performance

Last Friday, our class and 3D performed ‘I am Australian’ at the Year 3-6 assembly. We sang this song because it linked to last term’s Big Idea of ‘Discovery’ with the challenge ‘Discover our Australian History’. We used sign language actions for the chorus of the song. We had a great time practicing throughout the week and performing for our parents and the rest of the school.


Yesterday in buddies, we used Spheros, Dash and Dot, and Beebots/Bluebots to investigate ‘Power’ because it is our Big Idea for this term. We tried to program and direct the robots to move while thinking about how power is used to operate these devices. We had a lot of fun working and teaching our little buddies how to use these robots! Thank you buddies! 🙂

CBL experiment

Today we conducted an experiment to observe how water is absorbed in celery(plants). First we poured water into the plastic cups. Then we put a few drops of food colouring into the cup and used the celery stick to mix it before leaving it on the ledge. We began writing up our scientific method for the celery experiment. This included a title, aim, hypothesis/prediction, materials,  procedure/method, labelled diagram. We will wait a day or two to complete the results and conclusion. We are so excited!



A reminder of the importance of school attendance. “Missing 2 days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year”

3D and 3E Assembly Performance

At assembly last week 3D and 3E sang a song called ‘I am Australian’.  We chose this song because last term  our Big Idea was Discovery and we discovered Australian History. This song included information about who inhabited Australian since the beginning, including the First Australians. For the chorus we included the Auslan sign language hand movements.

Charli – My favourite part was introducing the grades at the beginning

Aiden – I really enjoyed singing the chorus.

Rayshan – I liked the end of the performance.

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!