Science experiment fun!

Over week 7, 8 and 9 we have been growing sprouts. We didn’t just use water but we used other drinks as well such as Sprite, Coke, orange juice and milk. The sprouts with water grew while the rest started to grow mould! You can try this at home. All you need are sprout seeds, soil, drink of choice and sunlight.

Let us know if your sprout grew!

~ Imogen and Maria


Colour Magic

This term we did the colour magic experiment and the dancing sultana experiment. First we wrote a hypothesis and then the materials we needed. Then we did the experiments. After the experiments we wrote our observations.

How the colour magic experiment works is you put some M&Ms or Skittles in a petrie dish (or small dish) and cover with water. Then you put a sugar cube in the middle of the dish. The colours dissolve off the lollies and do not mix together. When the sugar cube is added, the colour is pushed away from the middle of the dish by the larger amount of sugar.

What you do for the dancing sultana experiment is you put vinegar in a plastic cup and pour a little bit of bicarb soda in it. It may fizz! You then put objects in the vinegar and see if they dance. We found that flat objects like paper clips sink and bumpy items like sultanas dance and move with the bubbles.

~ Adit, Batu





Hey Everyone,

This week in CBL we have been researching about  famous scientific discoveries. We have been doing this by using our prior knowledge and comparing information that we gather from a variety of websites. We came up with four key areas to research (what is it?, who discovered it?/produced it?, how was it discovered?, how has it changed our world?. We are working towards creating a presentation, in order to inform each other on different discoveries.

As a class we are researching about the discovery of penicillin, did you know it was found by accident by Alexander Flemming?.

We completed a match . up task where we matched up scientific discoveries with the scientists who discovered it.


Thanks for reading

From 4B

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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3/4 Camp!

Last week, a group of students from 4C were lucky enough to go to camp at Phillip Island. At the camp there were fun activities such as the giant swing, flying fox, archery, low ropes course, team rescue and intiative course. On the giant swing you get put into a harness and you hold onto a rope to swing back and forth.

The giant swing is a lot of fun because it feels like you’re flying – Inaya

During archery I got a bulleye on the first turn! – Emerson

On the flying fox it felt like you were zip-lining from tree to tree – Jason

At night we went to the Penguin Parade. There were 1316 penguins that slowly come out of the ocean at night and walk to their burrows! We got to see the penguins up close as we watched from the boardwalks.

Meanwhile back at Aitken Creek Primary, the non-campers did fun activities such as making pizza, Spheros, Bloxels, made oobleck slime and watched a movie while eating popcorn!

It was a great experience for everyone!


Grade 3/4 Camp!

Last Wednesday, we travelled to Phillip island on a two hour bus ride.  We were so excited! We stopped at San Remo for lunch and watched the penguins.  We loved climbing the big tree, rolling down the hill and skipping rocks in the bay.

We finally reached our destination at Phillip Island Adventure Resort.  The property was huge! Two other schools were already there! We found our bags and got settled into our cabins.  We could fit six people in a cabin and we shared an ensuite bathroom with the people next door.

Our first activity was a walk down to the beach.  It was freezing and started to drizzle.  We put on our gumboots and rain coats and walked 20 minutes to the beach.  At the beach we built sand castles and drew words and pictures in the sand.

Dinner time! Dinner was so delicious! We ate spaghetti bolognaise and for desert we ate apple crumble cake with cream.  Yum!

That night our entertainment was a quiz! At quiz night we worked in teams to answer 5 rounds of questions.  They were about popular authors, movies, listening challenge, famous people and match the teacher to the baby photo! It was so much fun! If we worked really well as a team our prize was lollies and chocolates.

The first night was a little scary with the storm.  It was raining heavily and the wind was very strong that it kept knocking on our door.  We didn’t sleep very well that night.

It rained all night and on Thursday we woke up to a sunny morning!

It was a very big day! We had four activities planned! Our next activity was the Low ropes and Baulder wall. We needed to work in a group of 3 to help each other to complete the course safely.  Each group had 2 spotters.  Their job was to hold their palms up high and follow the person across the course, making sure that if they fell they did not fall and hit their head.

Our challenge at the Baulder was was to climb across horizontally to the other side, each section becoming harder and harder.  We also worked collaboratively to help and spot our group members.

Activity 3 was the Initiative course.  This was so fun! We needed to work in partners and teams to complete each section of the challenge! This included:                                                                                                  1. Walking on 3 ropes with locked arms                                                            2. Standing on a log and trying to get into birthday months without stepping off the log and without talking.  We figured out that we needed to squat down and step over people.                                                    3. Stack the pancake tyres.  We needed to move the tyres off the pole to another pole and arrange them in the same way in under 15 moves.                                                                                                                                          4. Wobbly bridge.  We needed to balance our weight as a group so that we balanced evenly.  We did it for 6 seconds!

Next was the Giant swing! It was 18 metres high! We worked as a team to pull each person up.  They got to choose how high they wanted to go.  If you let go of the rope then you had to do 10 pushups.


Our last activity for the day was Team Rescue.  Our scenario was that we were on an island and we needed to the save the injured pilot Jay.  The only way we could save him is if we worked as a team to get across the course by carrying him.  It was very tricky! We had to pass long planks of wood to create our path!

That night we went to the Penguin Parade! It was a very chilly night! We saw groups of tiny penguins coming out of the water and waddling up to their nests.  They make a calling sound to help find their family.

On our last day at camp we needed to complete two activities. First we had Archery.  We loved it! We needed to stand on our side and place the arrow in the bow and landing.  We used all of our strength to pull the string back passed our chest.  We did really well!

Our last activity was the Flying fox.  We all got into a harness and flew down 5 metres.  It was fun but not as scary as the giant swing!

On the way home we stopped at a park to have a picnic lunch. Thank you for having us Phillip Island! We had the best time ever!



Makey Makeys

Today we experimented with the Makyey Makeys. The Makey Makeys is a set which includes alligator clips, a USB to connect to the computer and a circuit board. It allows us to experiment with technology and use materials to make a keyboard.

Here is a link to the website we watched to help us understand how Makey Makey works.

We also learned about inputs and outputs. An input is something that the computer receives and output is the information the computer sends.  ‘For example, with the Makey Makeys, the input was the Makey Makey (telling the computer to do a certain thing) and the output was the game’, Zain.




These past few weeks, 4C have been learning about time in Maths. We’ve been looking at telling the time to the minute. Some of the activities we’ve done have been making clocks, using time dominoes, clock puzzle with a hidden message, estimated time and using a numberline to figure out elapsed time questions.

I only used to know how to tell time to the nearest hour or half hour. Now I know quarter past and quarter to – Kate

I didn’t know what elapsed time was before we did the activities – Clayton

First it was hard for me to tell the time. Now I’m learning to tell time to the minute  – Sophia

Thanks for reading!


Fish In A Tree Review

We have been reading ‘Fish In A Tree’ by Lynda Mullaly Hunt  this semester and we finished it last week!

We discussed lots of reading strategies as we were reading the book. We thought about predicting, questioning, connections, inferring, synthesising, summarising, finding out meaning of vocabulary we didn’t know and many more. We also identified character traits of the main characters and spoke about their choices and how this affected them.

When we had finished reading ‘Fish In A Tree’, we spoke about the message that Lynda Mullaly Hunt might have been trying to share with the reader. We included our ideas in a book review we share wrote. A book review is a summary of the book that also includes our personal opinion. Please read our review – Fish In A Tree Review by 4D.

Have you read ‘Fish In A Tree’ before? We highly recommend it! Would you read the book after reading our review? Let us know in the comments!

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!


Maths – Renaming

For the past two weeks, we have been using our knowledge of the place value system to help us rename numbers. We started with 1,000, this number can be renamed in four ways. It could be renamed as 1 thousands, 10 hundreds, 100 tens or 1000 ones. We used the tool ‘number expander’ as an aid to assist us with renaming large numbers. Miss Shabo challenged us by giving us 500 or even 1000 house points if we can rename a large number in front of everyone, most of us could rename large numbers! House colours ended up having points up to five thousand. We firstly rolled the die to create a three and/or four digit number, then we had to rename the number as many ways as we could.

Convict letters

After learning about the horrible experience and conditions the convicts endured during the First Fleet in 1788 we wrote a letter to our loved ones from the point of view of a convict. In our letter, we described our crime, the duration of our sentence, included our 5 senses (sight, smell, hear, taste, feel) and included the name of the ship we travelled on. We also needed to use the correct language such as shillings, sentence, voyage, New Holland, Van Diemen’s Land, hard tack biscuits etc.

“Not all convicts were bad people, they did what they needed to do to survive” – Farzad

“I love writing these type of letters!” – Kiran

CBL Sorting out

To sort out the information we have learnt during the finding out stage of our CBL inquiry process, we got to choose and present the information in any way we wanted. Some of us chose to create a collage, song, recreate a scene, sketch note, and create a news report! We decided whether we wanted to collaborate with our peers to complete this task or work individually.

“Captain James Cook discovered a part of New Holland (now known as Australia)  and lead the expedition on the HMS Endeavour” – Decklan

“We recreated the scene of the convicts being transported aboard in bad conditions” – Shataya & Eva


Thank you for reading!

From 3C 🙂

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