Cross Country – Post by Dhriti

In the past term, 3-6 students from our school all competed in a running race known as Cross Country. We all went to the local park for this event and had to run twice around the oval.

The races were according to age groups and gender. From those races the top ten students would get to compete in the next level known as District where they would have to compete against other schools in our District. We all had a wonderful time and tried our best even though some of us didn’t make it.

Have you ever competed in a running race, if you have could you please tell us something about it ?

Year 3/4 Maths Challenge – Post by Lucas

This term some year 3/4s did the maths challenge and it was a lot of fun! We had three weeks to do the problems and we got this little booklet where all the problems were. We could either work by ourselves or with a group up to 3 people. The problems included shapes, turning around 180 degrees, times table, drawing tables and lots more maths thing. We had to work it out in our maths book. When the 3/4s finished, we handed our maths book in and waited for the results. We had lots of fun.

Remember you can do anything if you put you mind into it [made by Lucas]

What is your favourite topic in maths and why? 

Interesting Sentences By 3/4W! Post by – Dhriti and Georgie

For the past few weeks 3/4W students have been editing boring sentences to make them into interesting sentences. We learnt a lot of different ways to make our sentences interesting. We started off by brainstorming some interesting words, nouns, verbs and adjectives. Then we looked at a picture and decided which words are adjectives, nouns and verbs that are appropriate to the picture. Afterwards  we put them into sentences using conjunctions and interesting words to extend the sentence and make them much more exciting.

Here are some examples:

Pick a sentence someone wrote. What did you like about it and why? Can you please write us a boring sentence and turn it into an interesting sentence?

Gould League Excursion

On Friday 12th June, 3/4 classes went to Gould League for an excursion for the whole day. This was a sustainability centre. Some of our highlights included:

  • Seeing worms in the containers. Some were big and some were tiny. We learnt that worms have a saddle and they have babies very quickly, every few weeks.
  • Going to find some mini beasts in the soil. We found centipedes, cockroaches, earwigs, worms and millipedes.
  • Tasting the herbs likes mint, parsley, oregano, Vietnamese mint, curry leaves and rosemary.
  • Going into the shrinking machine. We learnt what is inside a compost bin. Inside a compost bin live worms who make oxygen for the compost. We learnt that spiders in compost bins don’t do anything except wait for flies to eat.
  • Learning that the egg of a worm contains up to 15 worms.
  • Learning that worms have 5 hearts.
  • Learning how long it takes for some materials to decompose.

Gould League excursion on PhotoPeach

What other things do you know about recycling or sustainability? What could you do to help the environment?

3/4W’s Awesome Science Experiments

This term, 3/4W have been doing a variety of experiments. At the start of the term we did an experiment with ice to see how long it would take to melt. We then did this experiment again because we found that when we first did it, it was not a fair test.

This is some of our reflections after doing the first ice experiment:

The ice melting experiment number 1

It’s not fair because some people got the ice before others.

It’s not fair because some people got bigger bits or more ice than others.

It’s not fair because some people did different things with the ice like putting it on the finger, the hand or sucking it.

It’s not fair because some people were in the shade and some people were in the sun.

How could we make it a fair test?

Start at the same time by taking the ice at exactly the same time. We will put ice on the table so that everyone can get it at the same time.

Getting ice of the same size.

Making sure people are in the same environment or place or weather.

Everyone put the ice on your palm. If people are putting it on different areas of their body or hand than the ice might melt quicker or slower.

We will have only one person to do the timer and we will use an online stopwatch.

We found out that most ice blocks melted after 9 minutes. However, another class found most of theirs melted after 5 minutes. We think this might be due to the weather.

Something that is difficult to change

Everyone’s hands are different temperatures.

These are some pictures and steps for our other experiments.

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Making Fizzy Sherbert

Volcanic Eruption

Making Ooblek

Do you know any other science experiments? If so, please tell us about them. What did you learn from these experiments? Which one is your favourite experiment and why?

Orientation by 3/4W – Post by Dhriti, Georgie and Max

In 3/4W, we have been learning to write orientations for fairy tales. Here’s one of our class orientations. Try and guess what fairy tale this is from!

Once upon a time in a far, far away land before telephones were invented there was a dilapidated house with crumbling bricks, rusty pipes and sticks for a roof. Surrounding this humble house, there was a dark and gloomy forest where the grass never grew. There lived a happy maiden with her elderly father. They lived a happy life until her father had to marry another disturbed woman who had two hideous daughters who looked like a cross between a frog and a pig. After the father tragically fell ill and died, Ella’s life became miserable and putrid. The stepmother and stepsisters treated Ella like a dirty mop, someone who was worth less than nothing.

What else do you know about orientations? Please write us a orientation with who, where, why, when and a hook?