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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
In Grade 3 and 4 Art we’ve had a look at an Indigenous artwork known as the Aboriginal Memorial. Have a look at the picture above to see the installation; does it make you curious to know more?
We have had heaps of great wonderings from this image:
“I wonder why it looks like an Aboriginal Rain stick? Are we going to make our own and put them around the school?” – Cooper, 3F
“It looks like water pipes, are they cardboard, or pipes? What would happen if water spills on it? What would happen to them? It reminds me of a didgeridoo. I wonder why there is different designs because I notice that the sides have similarities and differences. Is it indoor?” – Mustafa, 3F
“Did you take the photo or is it off the internet? Is it bamboo? Who designed it? Who was the first indigenous person to die?” – Solomon, 3F
“Where is it? Why are there little holes? Where are they? Why are some thick and some skinny? Can you touch them? Where does the path go?” Ramin, 3F
“Did we do this on Better Buddies Day? I wonder why some of them are tall and some of them are short, and why there are rocks?” – Solomon, 3F
“Why are some of the patterns cut out? What was the date it was made?” –Shivya, 3F
“Is it a path?” –Zeynep, 3F
“I wonder they are different shapes and sizes?” – Maeesha
“I wonder why all of them are different and have different looks and why did they make it?” – Peter, 3F
“I wonder why they are inside?” – Taylor, 3F
“What happens when they get wet?” – Jessica, 3F
“I wonder how big they are.” – Simrat, 3F
“Who was fighting?” – Kovidh, 3F
The more we asked, the more we wanted to know! We are still finding out more about the image each time we go to Art, and we are creating our own!
Please enjoy some of our work so far and look out for the finished pieces in the next few weeks.
You can find more information about the Memorial here: https://nga.gov.au/AboriginalMemorial/home.cfm
Wow! What a fantastic tournament that was. Dodgeball certainly brought out the best in the students. It was great to see everyone displaying the school values. After the round robin games we had a finals tournament.The games were:
1st place trophy: Ms Murray’s class vs Ms Ashby’s class
3rd place trophy: Ms Kichakov’s class vs Ms Huntly’s class
5th place trophy: Ms Mayor’s class vs Mr Borrell’s class
After a fierce battle, and coming down to the last two students, it was Ms Murray’s class that prevailed and took out 1st place. Not only did her class display great game specific skills they should also be commended for their teamwork and cooperation. Well done! The rest of the results are below.
1st: Ms Murray
2nd: Ms Ashby
3rd: Ms Huntly
4th: Ms Kichakov
5th: Ms Mayor
6th: Mr Borrell
Also, we gave out our Sportsperson awards. Teachers were looking for students who were constantly showing all of the school values throughout the tournament. One of the most coveted and highly respected awards in the Craigieburn and Victorian community, there was obviously very fierce competition for these. Although the awards are still laminated there is talk that next time they could come in the form of a plaque, or maybe even a statue! But most importantly these students have earned the respect of their peers and teachers. They are:
Congratulations to all participants and stay tuned for when our next sport is announced!
In term 3 our big idea is ‘Curiosity’. We have old artefacts like cameras, phones and radio’s in our classroom. They help us to be curious and discover new things.
“There are different magnifying glasses to look closer at our curiosities”. Ramin
“The big disc looks like a dvd cd” Peter
In CBL we have been learning to ask open and closed questions. Closed questions are easy to answer and open questions have many answers and are more interesting to research. Here are some of our questions.
We can choose to research what we are curious about. You can think and create things. We are researching how to make a beyblade out of a bottle cap. We are also writing a procedural text on how to make one.
Written by Ramin and Peter
Hi everyone, in maths we are learning about fractions. We created a fraction wall to help us use the correct maths language. We have learnt about the numerator and the denominator. The numerator always goes on the top. The denominator always goes on the bottom. We have folded shapes into different fractions. We stuck them into our books and labelled them. Here is some of our work.
We also watched a video about fractions. It told us that fractions always have to have equal pieces otherwise they are not a proper fraction.
By Jessica and Juliet
STOP THINK DO
Stop, think, do is about no bullying. It helps you to solve problems in the yard. You need to stop what you are doing and then think about whether it is a good choice or not. Then you do what you think is best. In our class we brainstormed times when we felt sad at school.
Then we role played different scenarios. The first time we acted out a scenario that did not end well. Then we performed the same scenario using the Stop Think Do technique.
Hi readers. Today we are going to tell you what 3F did on Science Day. First we did a sultana experiment. The materials included 2 cups, red food dye, tap water, soda water and some sultanas. We first got one cup and filled it up with tap water. We made predictions about what would happen. Then we dropped sultanas into the water and they sunk to the bottom. After that, we got the second cup and did the same thing but with soda water. Then we put some more sultanas in and they started going up and down. What was happening was the bubbles inside the soda water lifted up the sultana to the top. The bubble slowly popped then the sultana sank back down. The we added food dye for fun!
Our next experiment was a reaction rockets experiment. What we needed was bicarb soda, vinegar, soda, a balloon and a plastic bottle. So we first got our plastic bottles. Then we got a spoonful of bicarb and vinegar and we poured it in 3 times in the balloon. Next we put a small amount of soda in the bottle and strapped the balloons bottom to the top of the bottle and the vinegar dropped in and the bottle started to fill up and the balloon got bigger and bigger without popping.
Last is the third experiment that was really disgusting. We called it colour magic. We used 4 skittles, water, a plastic bowl and a sugar cube. Then we put the smallest amount of water in the bowl. Next we got 4 skittles and put all of them in the water. Last we put a sugar cube in the middle. We waited to see what would happen. The sugar pushed all of the colours of the skittles to the edge. Then it started to look alot like puke. Thanks for listening.
Written by Dylan
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