Category Archives: 4E

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?



Environment- Green bag designs

This term we have been looking at environmental issues in Art to come up with designs for our own environmentally friendly green bag. First we brainstormed environmental issues that we could use to inspire our designs. We then sketched our ideas on paper using pencils and came up with a message to put on our bags.

The designs were drawn onto the bags using special fabric markers and pastels so that they can’t wash out.

We think that there are many really great designs with very powerful environmental messages on them. Have they made you think about how you can help to fix an environmental issue? We hope that our bags will make people think more about the things in our lives that impact on our environments.  

Skyping a Scientist

In 4A and 4E we had the opportunity to skype a scientist. Before we skyped the scientist we had to find information about her job. We knew that she was a marine spatial ecologist that focuses on Gray whales. This means that she observes the food Gray whales eat and their behaviours when they find their food. We had to research information about her job and facts about Gray whales so we could ask her questions about her job.

When we skyped the scientist named Florence, we recorded key questions and notes to helps us learn more information about Gray whales and how this relates to biodiversity.

We used the information that we learned from the marine ecologist to write a persuasive or a information report in a group. We are using this information to help us understand biodiversity better and to help us with are solutions later on.

By Damla, Indiana and Tameka

Melbourne Zoo


In math’s we have also been looking at maps of the Melbourne zoo so we would be able to find our way around when we went to the zoo.  We were first given the challenge of writing directions to move around the enclosures. We were then given an ozobot and had to try to get the ozobot to move around the map of the zoo. We learnt that different colours mean different things. For example red means stop or slow.

Our trip to the zoo

On the 26th of October all the grade 4’s went on an excursion to the Melbourne Zoo. We first ate our lunch under the shade and listened to a story about two swans. Then we were given lanyards with a map of the zoo. We were given the task to visit our five local legends. Animal legends are endangered animals which people are trying to help.

We then were given time to walk around the zoo and see many different species and types of animals. One of the animals we learned about which was also a local legend was the Philippines crocodile. This crocodile is endangered because people were throwing dynamite in the water to catch fish.

While we were looking for our local legends we explored the other animals. Some of our favorites were; the Geckos, Snakes, Meer cats, Elephants, Giraffes and Platypus.

We found the zoo really interesting.

CBL in 4E

This term we have been learning about ‘Biodiversity’ and we have been exploring biomes. A biome is an area that is made of ecosystems, which includes animals and plants. There are 6 major biomes. These include; deserts, grasslands, forests, taiga, tundra and rain forest.

We have also been doing activities around the classroom about biodiversity and biomes. One of the activities was about food chains and words about biodiversity. The world activity involved a sheet with tons of words and some questions and the food-chain involved questions, books and QR codes to give us information about food chains. (Damla)

Here is a link to a video that helped us learn about biomes.

Some questions that we have are;

-Why is there different animals in different biomes?

-How do animals survive in the desert?

-Why are there different biomes?

3-4 Español

¡Buena tardes! Good afternoon!

Wow, what a term!! It’s been great fun to learn  Español again. We have been busy!

We’ve been learning how to say and write a few different things about ourselves:

  • Mi nombre es…
  • Mi color favorito es…
  • Mi animal favorito es…
  • Mi número favorito es…
  • Yo vivo en…
  • Yo tengo ____ años.
  • Mi cumpleaños es en…

We completed each of these sentences in a puzzle that was “TODO SOBRE MI” (all about me!)

Great teamwork here!
Find the sentence that matches yours! Translating between English and Spanish.
Working hard to achieve our goals!

As you can see, we used our iPads to record ourselves as we read through our puzzles. Each of us has made a video that we can share with you at home.


¡Disfruten sus vacaciones! Enjoy your holidays!

Invention Convention

This term we have been exploring our curiosities by researching information about different inventions. We had to think of real word problems such as transportation, pushing a heaving trolley and not being able to take a trampoline with you. We used the design process to help us with solving these problems. We had to think of possible solutions and research how our inventions would work. We also created prototypes of our inventions using a website called tinkerCAD. Below are some of our invention groups.

Hover Scooter

Our group made a hover scooter.We made two prototypes of our invention and the first one was like a frisbee, the second was a big model that had most parts and looked like the plan. We also made 3 different books. 2 were explanations of how our scooter worked and the other one was about all the different types of hoverboards.

By Forest, ryan and Taylan

Jumping boots

Each group made an invention using teamwork. Our group made jumping boots so you can jump as high as a house, because you can’t travel with a trampoline. Other groups made cool inventions too. We have been working on this for 1 whole term.

By Ashlee, Adem, Indiana, Elyssa and Minoshee

Remote control trolley

My CBL group worked well with our invention called the Super Push-R or the SST (self steering trolley). We made a prototype with one shoe box, 4 pencils, foam wheels and lots of tape and an antenna. Our group did lots of research on controllers and how they work. We found out that radio waves are sent to the  car from the controller.

By Najib and Esther.

Trolley with fan

My group invented a trolley which moves by a fan, it also has wheels at the bottom to make it move.The problem is that when people go shopping and they have a heavy trolley it can be hard to push or people with broken arms can’t push trolley So that’s why our group decided to create a self moving trolley.

How it works:The fan works because the blades in the fan are connected to a battery creating an electrical current. This current is caused from the battery which connects to the DC motor. The blade is attached to the DC motor so the blade will spin and make the trolley move. To make our prototype we used a propeller for the fan, 2 pencils to hold the wheels, some foam for the wheels, wires to attach to the battery and the DC motor which made the propeller spin.

By Santhos, Akshat and Gurjas

Smart Desk

I made a smart desk because some people don’t have enough storage on their desks. I made this by researching materials desks are made out of and using this to help me think of what i would use for my desk. I also researched how wires and buttons work so then i would be able to explain how they would work in my desk.

From Mariam

Fold up trampoline

We made a fold up trampoline because we wanted to take trampolines and the fun with us. First we needed to make a design of what our invention would look like and a prototype of our invention. We had to find out what trampolines are made out of in order to be able to make our trampoline. This took us a long time because we had to measure and we needed a few materials.

By Damla and Camryn

Google door

In 4E we have made inventions to show our curiosity. My invention is a google door if you want to know how it works all you have to do is step on the pressure pad. Then the wires from the pressure pad will send electricity to the sensor which is at the top of the door. After that the sensor will sense a person on the pressure pad then the door will automatically open for the people that are standing on the pressure pad. We have also designed our invention’s on a website called tinkerCad. We even had to make books about our invention’s and how they work. The students also thought of something called the invention Convention where parents come in the year four’s classrooms and look at their designs and the year four’s have to tell them why they invented it and how it works.

By Jasper

Self Stering Bike

My groups problem was that my feet get tired when riding a bike, so we made an invention of a bike that has buttons and these buttons can do different things. One button is for go and the other one is to stop. There is also some other buttons which can do different things. For example folding and unfolding the umbrella. This bike also has an incredible fan and this fan can make you cool down in very hot places. First we had to draw a diagram of the bike including all the key parts such as an umbrella, fan, basket and the buttons.Then I wrote persuasive about my bike invention and when I finished my writing I drew a diagram and it was hard and I had to keep on drawing it which made me stressed. I did lots of research about bikes to help me think about how it would work.Then I finally made my prototype. At our convention we got really good feedback from people like : super cool job. Great job. Great work your bike looks cool. Love the bike. Good work girls. How did you make it? I love your design.

By Tameka and Dua


Our group made a tap that you pull something to make the tap turn on. We did this because it can sometimes be hard to turn taps on and off. We worked in a group of three research, plan and make our prototype.

By Bella, Shakira and Alvira


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!