You Can Do It!

Our year has got off to a fabulous start. Everyone in 3A understands and is able to use all of the Keys To Success. These are Organisation, Getting Along, Confidence, Persistence and Resilience.

Today we learnt about Persistence and the importance of having a growth mindset. We came up with some positive ways of thinking. For example instead of thinking or saying “I can’t do this!” say “This is hard but I am going to try my best.”

We also talked about setting goals that we can work towards achieving.

These photos are of 3A interviewing a partner to find out how they are the same and how they are different. The student’s used Venn Diagrams to show their results.

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How are you and your partner different?

Maths Game

Yesterday Maddy and Eva from 4A came to our classroom to share a maths game that they had developed for a maths project.

They did a fantastic job of explaining the game including a Learning Focus and Success Criteria.IMG_1781 IMG_1782

Eva and Maddy brought all of the materials needed apart from the 10 sided dice.

The game involved throwing two die, multiplying them and placing a small cube on the answer – laminated sheet (if it was there!)

3A thought that the game was well thought out and that the girls explained the rules with confidence. They were also very helpful.







Last night was the Grade 3-6 performing arts event at BHPS.

We had an awesome night and I have to say that I thought 3A were AMAZING!

3A danced to Bear Necessities and Hot, Hot, Hot!

The music was great and the performers even better. Congratulations to all of the students and thank you to all of the teachers, especially Miss Curtain for all of her preparation.

What did you like most about our concert?


Reader’s Workshop

I have not posted many entries about Reading lately, so thought I would show what a typical morning in 3A looks like.

This week our Learning Focus is to recognise character’s traits in Author’s writing. 

In our class we have four groups who are grouped according to the goal that they re working on. We then focus on that goal during Guided and Independent Reading sessions. During the week each group rotates through activities based on our Learning Focus.

This morning we had one group doing Reader’s Theatre (the play they chose was Rapunzal)


Here they are rehearsing outside. We thought and talked about the traits of the main characters and really enjoyed it when Rapunzal was performed to our class.


This group were reading passages and identifying the traits that the characters displayed.


This group were doing activities with their spelling words. Some of the activities included using 7 words and writing a short story, making a comic strip with their words, words in alphabetical order, breaking up their words etc.

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This group were doing Guided Reading. We looked at a procedural text and focussed on monitoring and re-reading (if words don’t look or sound right or don’t make sense).

When students finish their activity they do Independent Reading, focussing on our Learning Goal.

Which reading activity do you enjoy most?

Mindfulness Sparkle Jars

Today we made Glitter Jars in class – Lily’s mum told us about this activity after she did a Positive Education Course. Thank you Penny!

The idea is that sometimes our thoughts, stresses or worries can “cloud” our perspective and we can’t see through the cloud (just like the glitter when the bottle is shaken).

But when we wait a few seconds, we watch the glitter settle. We take time, feel our breathing and rest. things seem clearer, just like our glitter jars.


Have you used your sparkle jar yet? 

Did it help you to feel settled?

Butterfly Habitat

Last week, Maddy from Barwon Coast came to talk to us about butterflies, caterpillars and how important they are for our environment.

We learnt……

That you can tell what kind of butterfly a caterpillar is going to turn into by its colours.

That caterpillars come out of a chrysalis.

If you touch their wings their scales come off and they can’t fly.

Some butterflies only live for 2 weeks, some for 6 months.

They need to have something to hang off to make their chrysalis.

They are attracted to bright colors.

Butterflies are cold blooded.

Today we met Maddy at our butterfly habitat and planned where to plant some indigenous plants that the butterflies like. The plants are kangaroo grass, wallaby grass, tall blue bells, pale swamp everlasting daisy, wattle mat rush and drumsticks.

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What did you learn about butterfly habitats?