What is a scientist?

Our Big Idea for Challenge Based Learning this term is ‘Discovery’. One of our provocations to start us thinking about this idea was to draw a scientist using our prior knowledge. Provocations are prompts about a topic or idea.

We had some great thoughts about what a scientist does and what they work on. Have a look at our work below:

How would you answer the provocation prompt: What is a scientist?

Term 2 Learning!



Our big idea this term is ‘Discovery’.  Students used their senses to explore a range of different artefacts.  They were encouraged to make connections to artefacts and ask questions. We have started documenting our wonderings and displaying our thoughts.

Students loved manipulating and  investigating:

  • Australian, world map
  • compass
  • telescope
  • pirate hat
  • ball and chain
  • magnifying glass
  • mystery box

“I think a prisoner wore these clothes.” Jayden

“I predict this is a pirate hat.” Enes

” I wonder what is inside the suitcase?” Arda

“I wonder what is inside the bottle?” Gavy

“I wonder what this paper says?” Emma

“I wonder what this ticket means?” Zahira.

ANZAC DAY                                                                                                                             

We have been reading lots of interesting books about the Anzacs.  We learnt many facts about the Gallipoli war and how young men lied so that they could enlist and fight for their country. We have also been watching clips about soldiers who survived.  We collected powerful words from the documentaries and books to help us with our writing.

Students worked collaboratively to create and decorate a wreath for Anzac Day.  Students from each class presented their wreaths as a sign of respect for all soldiers who fought  and lost their lives in wars.

WRITING                                                                                                                                   We loved writing from the point of view of a soldier.  We used new and interesting vocabulary to help make our writing more powerful.  We included these words to help persuade the reader we were soldiers in war:                                                                                                            POWERFUL VOCABULARY: wounded, shell fire, communication, runner, enemy, reinforcement, ammunition, graves, Turkish snipers, cove, war ships, sick-dissentry, mission, firing line, trenches, bullets, brave, harbor, troops, heavy fire, shrapnel. We are so proud of our writing!

MATHS                                                                                                                                        In maths, we have been learning how to read large numbers up to trillions!  We could see that there is a pattern when reading numbers. The students noticed that after ones, tens, hundreds and thousands came ten thousands and then one hundred thousand.  This continued with millions and billions.  Some students could read up to trillions!

We created a number reader by folding paper and using a different colour for each group of three numbers.

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for our next blog!

3A 🙂

Our Learning in 4D

Since we have returned from holidays, we have been learning new and interesting things. This week we reflected back on what we have covered and realised there was quite a lot! We each sat down and recorded what has been happening in our classroom – here are some reflections on what stands out for us from our past week of learning.


We have been learning about ANZAC Day when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on Gallipoli. This happened in World War 1 on April 25, 1915. On Tuesday we made ANZAC biscuits with our buddies.

This week we have been writing replies to our wonderful pen pals. We recently got a letter from our American pen pals. We have been making videos for our Korumburra and American pen pals as well.

We have been learning about fractions. In a fraction there is a numerator which is how much you colour in and a denominator which is how many pieces there are in total.

This week we wrote to our American pen pals who live in Colorado. They about to finish their school year. We learned about provocations for CBL and ANZAC Day.

We have been learning about ANZAC Day and World War 1. The ANZACs went to Gallipoli and millions of soldiers died [in the war]. We watched BTN videos that showed us how ANZAC Day is commemorated.

We have been investigating science in CBL. Our Big Idea is Discovery. We have been mixing ingredients (chemicals) and seeing what happens and if our predictions were correct.

We have been learning to use our reading skills and have been practising our reading goals. We also rotated to different groups and explored different things in the world like animals, machines, landforms and chemical reactions.

We have been learning about science. We had some pictures on the table that were Biological and Earth Space pictures. We had to ask questions and use our prior knowledge to record what we already knew and wanted to know.

We have been learning about ANZAC Day. We have been making ANZAC biscuits with our buddies. We mixed the ingredients together and took turns to mix. Ms Moloney and Ms Huntly helped us measure the ingredients.

This week I have learnt about equivalent fractions and how they work. You can x2 (double) to work out an equivalent fraction: 2/4 x 2/2 = 4/8, 8/16, 16/32

I have learnt how to write an amazing descriptive recount. I wrote about my family and I going to Gundagai to the wonderful Sydney. I started with a plan. I used the five finger plan and had fun writing it.

At home I have been practising MangaHigh. In a few days I learned my 2, 3, 4 and 5 times tables. I worked so hard on them and I got it. Now I have a gold star on all of them!

This week I have been working on writing about fortnite. It is a good game.

As you can see, there are a few things that have stuck with us all week! What is something you have learned or practised this week?

~ 4D


This term our big idea is ‘Discovery’ and we have been exploring different provocations to  get our ideas and thinking ready.  Some of the provocations were around different sciences such as biological, physical, chemical and geological.

For biological there was small pictures with parts of an animal and we were given the challenge to draw the rest of the animal using our knowledge of animals.

For chemical there were many ingredients such as flour, oil, vinegar, bicarb soda and water placed on a table. We had to draw what we thought would happen when we mixed ingredients together and then we got to experiment with the ingredients. There was many different chemical reactions from the mix of ingredients.

For geological we explored different landscapes around the world. This included pictures of mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls and many others. We then had to create a landform using play dough.

For physical we watched different videos which included inventions and heavy objects. We then recorded our questions.

Some of our favourite things were;

  • “The chemical table because when I mixed things together it made a reaction of rising bubbles, which was like a volcano.” Mohammad
  • “My favourite was the geological table because it was fun making waterfalls and mountains” Keerit
  • “My favourite was the biological because we had to think about what animal could the beak belong to and had to draw the rest” Feyza
  • ‘My favourite was the Geological because it was fun to learn about the different landforms on earth and making predictions about the landforms.” Lucas
  • ‘My favourite thing was watching the videos of the Physical Sciences.” Gisele

Our Term 2 So Far

Hey Everyone,

Sorry for the late update but we have been very very busy and you are about to read about just how busy we have been.

We learnt about different scientist such as Izac Newton, Marie Currie and our favourite Albert Einstein we believe he is the smartest scientist in the world. Did you know Albert Einstein is a visual learning! just like Ally Nickerson from ‘Fish in a Tree’ WOW. – R.S &A.Q

The draw a scientist was pretty and they all looked really weird, we were all extremely surprised when we found out we were drawing a scientist.- R.S & A.Q

We have been learning about fractions, we made fraction walls where you need to start with a whole and then create parts such as 1/2s, 1/4s and so on we did an even wall and an odd wall we made our wall up to 16ths. It was heaps of fun. – B.D, Z.F

We were really lucky and got to look at a bunch of different sciences. We had a double CBL session where we worked with Miss Huntly’s class. We used vinegar, bi- carb soda, salt and flour. When we mixed them together some even made an explosion.- J.K, B.N

We also looked at Earth and Space science where we looked at different land forms and then created our own with play dough.- J.B & O.A

We learned about biological science for 2 whole sessions. We looked at parts of animals, we formed questions about different animals. It was really hard but obviously fun. -A.S, S.C, B.B

When we just came back from school holidays and we wrote about one thing we did on the holidays it was a lot of fun and we hope you had a great holiday too. – N.O & S.A

It was also ANZAC day this week we created a wreath first we coloured in a poppy, then we cut them out and folded them so we could glue them onto our wreath. At assembly Kanav and Angel got to take the wreath up to the front of the assembly. Some of the teachers were telling us stories about war and we sang the national anthem. – K.S & F.H


Thanks for reading 🙂





Last week, we explored different artefacts linked to our Big Idea at our Discovery Gallery. With our iPads we took pictures of the artefacts and made wonderings about what we think each artefact was used for, who it belonged to, what it is and why it was special. We made connections with all the artefacts to find a common theme and determine the challenge for CBL.

“I think our challenge might be about travelling across the sea”

“I think it might be about history”

“I think it might be about Australia”

“I think it might be about Australian history

YAY we figured out our challenge!

Challenge: Discover our Australian history

Wonderings after visiting the Discovery Gallery:

“I wonder what the old maps were used for?” – Arda

“I wonder why Australia is so hot?” – Lara

“I wonder how the sun dials were used?” – Savneet

“I wonder when Australia was discovered?” -Brianna

“I wonder why Australia is a dry country? – Eman

“I wonder why prisoners were shipped to other countries? – Lara

“I wonder why the law and sentences were so harsh” – Zac

Discovery in 4C

Hello everyone! This is our first blog of the Term!

We have been learning about Discovery in CBL. First we drew what we thought a scientist was. A lot of our scientists in our drawings wore glasses, were boys and worked with chemicals and potions.

Yesterday we looked at different provocations for the areas of science we will be focusing on: Chemical, Biological, Geological and Physical Science.

Some of the activities included looking at videos, making land forms out of playdough, drawing the rest of the animal based on a biological feature and mixing common kitchen items together to predict and record what happened.

As we did the different activities we added our thoughts to our CBL journal on our iPads. We answered questions and wrote down our further wonderings.

Thank you for reading. We look forward to learning more about science this term!!



We learnt FRACTIONS!

This week we have expanded our knowledge of fractions. We made a fraction wall and used a Think board to show our understadings of fractions. We were able to plot fractions on a numberline, work out equivalent fractions by multiplying the numerator and the denominator by the same number. Some people drew fractions of a whole and fractions of a group and other people did decimal fractions and percentages.

“I learnt how to do an equivalent fraction. I know now, that to make an equivalent fraction I have to multiply the numbers of the fraction by the same number”- Harshil

“I now understand how to count on a fraction numberline by halves and quarters.” – Shivya

“I learnt that a fraction is part of a whole” – John

“I learnt how to divide the numerator by the denominator to calculate the decimal form. If I multiply it by 100 I get the percentage” – Siddak

Play Pod

This morning we were lucky enough to go to our fabulous PlayPod with our buddies. We were so excited to build and create new things.

Some of the materials we have in the PlayPod are:

  • Barrels
  • Foam
  • Tyres
  • Material
  • Wood

We got to make a lot of different things and discover new uses for materials. The most important skill we practiced was sharing and collaborating with us, as we were being role models for our grade one buddies.

We cannot wait to go back!

Our new room design for learning

Our Term 1 challenge for CBL was ‘Create a Community of Respect’. Throughout the term we investigated different behaviours and environments that encouraged respect. We discussed and reflected on what respect is and looked to see when and how we were being respectful in our actions and community.

At the end of term, we used a SWOT analysis to reflect on our learning community to see if we had created a community of respect within our classroom. We looked at behaviour as well as things that helped and stopped respect from being shown.

From this reflection, we decided what environment would be best to help us being respectful in our behaviours. Then our class worked in teams to create new designs that fit this reflection. After we shared and voted on the designs, we put it into action. Here is our new classroom, designed to create and build a community of respect:

How do you help create a community of respect? Does your environment you work in help with this?
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