Category Archives: 3F


This term our big idea is Environment and Sustainability.  We have been learning about the green house gases.  There are three types of green house gases.  They are carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.  Carbon dioxide comes out of a car’s exhaust and pollutes the earth.  We breathe in oxygen and then exhale carbon dioxide.  Trees have a really important job.  They help to get rid of carbon dioxide in the air and make our planet more healthy.

We were invited to the assembly stage last week to share our message so that red school could learn how to be more careful with our environment.  We were very nervous and excited.  We spent a week making different props out of cardboard and rehearsed so that we could remember our lines.  At the end of our performance, we all sang the Captain Planet theme song.  We love that song!

Watch our performance here!

Written by Shrenil and Zeynep.


In Maths, we have been learning about how division links to  multiplication.  Division is pretty easy.  All you have to do is flip over a multiplication sum to make a divsion sum and add the division sign.  Some strategies for working this out are drawing diagrams and using ‘groups of’, drawing arrays with columns and rows.  For example, imagine if you have 18 / 2.  You can draw two circles and share 18 between them.  Then you count how many in each circle.  You can also use mental maths!


Hi, today I am going to talk to you about mood writing.  Mood writing is when you choose an emotion and use that to help you write a scene from a story.  We have focused on the feelings – anger, excited and scared.  We also experimented with figurative language and added similes to our writing.  Using mood writing is more interesting for the reader and more exciting to write about.

Written by Maeesha


Suffixes are two or three letters that go at the end of a word to change it’s meaning.  eg. read + ing= reading.  The ing is the suffix and it means that you are doing something now. In the word joy+ful, ful means full of.  Tall+ est has a different suffix.  It means most.  Fear+less with the suffix less means without.  Suffixes are so interesting and help us to understand how base words can be changed.  This also helped us to score more points making new words in word mania!

Written by Salim and Shivya


In writer’s notebook we have started to use seeds that link to our big idea Environment.  We have used packets of rubbish to help us think of ideas to write about.  After you brainstorm words from your seed you then write interesting prompts and choose your text types and titles.  I am going to write a persuasive text about why people shouldn’t pollute the earth.

Written By Jessica


Tea ball is played with an iron bat that is similar to a baseball bat.  There are four bases like baseball.  There is first, second, third and then home base.  To get people out you can catch the ball on the full or throw it to the base that the batter is running to.  For safety you need to wear a helmet and if your a keeper you need to wear keeping gloves.  The batter has to hit the ball off the tea as far as they can.

Written by Kovidh and Alfie



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

Totem pole Installation

We finally created our installation for the Specialist showcase and it looked amazing! The hardest part was working out how we wanted to arrange our work. We had to work together as a class and we decided that we were going to arrange them in order from largest to smallest. After taking some time to work this out we used blue tack to stand our totem poles on the tables. Did you see our work at the showcase? if not you can have a look at the pictures below and tell us what you think.

Specialist Showcase- Artrooms

We were so happy to see so many families come to see the work of students on display at the Specialist Showcase this year. Parents and students were able to come into the Art rooms and participate in a variety of activities such as mindfulness Mandala colouring, Pop Art murals painting, bubble art and experimental painting using mineral paper and inks. Everyone had a great time spending time together and making some very creative Art. Some of the Pop Art Murals from the night of the showcase still need some work. If you want to help finish them come to Art club during blue school timetable at lunchtime and give us a hand to finish them. See below for the pictures of what kids and families created.

Art Gallery – Specialist Showcase!

Were you at the Specialist Showcase last week?! It was a huge success and was fantastic to see so many parents coming down with us to see the highlights of our specialist classes. Hopefully you had a look at the Gallery while you were there because we had a great showcase of student work ranging from Term 1 to Term 3. It was like walking through a sea of colour and creativity! If you didn’t get a chance to see the gallery, or you want to see some of it again, check out the gallery pictures in this blog. There’s also some great pictures of some of us and our parents enjoying the art activities. It was pretty busy at times in the art rooms, so hopefully everyone who came a long had a chance to participate. Grade 1s and 2s had already done the activities in Miss Kirk’s room, so they were great teachers on the night to those of us that hadn’t done them before! In Miss Thomas’ room, there was painting happening for a secret picture, which she will shortly be revealing! Please enjoy these pictures!

Curiosity in Art-What is installation?

We have been curious about installations and what kind of art works they are. We have discovered that Installations are artworks that becomes part of a space or an environment and can be made by one or more artists. We made Totem poles out of tubes that represent each one of us and we plan on creating a class installation using everyone’s artwork. We were inspired by the Aboriginal memorial Totem pole installation at the National Gallery of Australia. We hope our installation demonstrates our ability to work as a team and our school values of respect, responsibility and achievement. Look out for our installation around the school, it will be finished soon.


Expanding our vocabulary-Prefixes

In 3F we have been learning about prefixes.  These can be the letters re, in, im, dis, pre, mis and un.  A prefix is a group of letters that can be put at the front of the word to change the meaning of the word.  We used prefixes in word mania to make longer words so that we can get more points. Some of our new words were dis-like, re-read, re-play and unhappy! In our class we also have Word Mania Champions.  These are students that can make words with 5 or more letters! Our longest word so far is information which has 11 letters.

Book week!!

Hi viewers, Today we are going to talk to you about Book Week.  Book Week is all about encouraging everyone to read.  On Tuesday the 22nd of August, we dressed up as our favourite book character.  Then we had a parade to show off our cool costumes.  We also had lunch on the cricket pitch because the sun was out.


On Wednesday we listened to children’s picture story books that have won awards and been shortlisted.  We ate our lunch with our buddies and read our favourite books together.

On Thursday the 24th of August, we invited parents to join us for our reading session.  We practiced our fluency by reading different plays and acting them out using reader’s theatre.  Our parents joined in as well and it was lots of fun! We used our fluency checklist to help us reflect on our reading and how we could improve.

On Friday we had our cultural food celebration.  Students brought in special dishes from their culture or food that they were curious about.  Dishes included gulab jamun, rice cake, indian sweets and savoury dishes like samosas and biscuits.  It was great to taste different foods we had never tried before!

Written by Dylan and Jessica.

Getting curious at Science Works!!!

At Science works, we learnt so much new vocabulary! First we saw the Lighting show.  It was amazing! We were introduced to the large Tesla coil which creates thousands of volts of electricity.  We were safe because we were protected by the large black farrida cage.  We learnt that electrical charges are in everything.  Volunteers came up to try different experiments.  Balloons can help move electrical charges around.  This is called static electricity.  We learnt about the positive and negative symbols.  A positive and negative charge=attract.  But two of the same charges like a positive and a positive=repell.  Then it was time to play with the Vandergraft.  It looks like a big metal ball.  A volunteer stood next to it with a handful of confetti in her palm and her arm stretched out.  The static electricity flowed through her to make the confetti fly away.  Her hair also stood up! To repell this charge all she did was jump down so that her feet could break the charges flow.

We learnt about the rules of electricity.  Circuits help to make electricity.  If there is a gap in a circuit then it won’t light up. Conductors let electricity flow through them. Insulators do not allow electricity to flow through them.  Wood and plastic are insulators and metal is a conductor. Then we needed to predict what a lightning bolt would strike.  We learnt that you will be safe in a car and an airplane if it hits you.  We were shown a strategy if we were outside in dangerous weather.  We were told not to lie on the ground because lightning can travel along the ground after it’s hit. The safest pose is to bend down, stand on one leg and put your hands on your head. Standing under a tree is also dangerous because lightning strikes tall objects and then can travel through your body.

We had such a fun day!

Written by 3F