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3/4’s learning about solids, liquids and gases

3/4’s learning about solids, liquids and gases

Grade 3/4 had an interactive lesson learning all about the states of matter – solids, liquids and gases; and identifying properties of each. We had fun learning about Ooblek (goop) with an ooey-gooey ending from sticky to solid so students could see first hand and understand the states of matter involved in this experiment.

We looked at how how solids are packed tightly together and move slightly in place, liquids are close together but they can flow and move around and gases move around freely and quickly and bump and bounce off each other. We demonstrated this as a class pretending we were particles!

See the pictures below with the fun we had getting ‘sticky’!

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GRADE 3/4 CAMP 2018

GRADE 3/4 CAMP 2018

The 3/4’s embarked on a journey that brought a lifetime of memories. What a wonderful, challenging and enjoyable 3 days we had at Campaspe Downs! Emotions ran high leading into the camp, but as soon as we settled, the adventures began. Not only did the Year 4 students help, guide and mentor the Year 3’s to make them feel comfortable and at ease, but ALL of our happy campers overcame challenges they thought they would never dream of doing.

Starting with climbing up a 10 metre wall, then onto building rafts, heading up high in the sky on the giant swing and possum glider and the much anticipated flying fox – one of the highlights of the camp. The staff at Campaspe Downs are also to be commended on their energy, helpfulness and guidance during our 3 day adventures.

Our 3/4 students are still reliving memories in class with writing a recount of their favourite activities and adventures. What a great way to end the year!

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3/4 Perimeter and Area

3/4 Perimeter and Area

This week during Maths, 3/4 have been learning about the perimeter (fence) and the area (field) of rectangles, squares and polygons. They worked in small groups and compared areas by measuring the area of rectangles (including squares) by counting the number of square centimetres. They also worked out perimeter with familiar objects around the classroom by exploring efficient ways of calculating the perimeters of rectangles such as adding the length and width together and doubling the result. Here are some pictures of them at play!

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Camp Letter

A copy of the letter sent out to parents about the Grade 3/4 Camp can be found by clicking here.

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Volume, Capacity and Mass in 3/4

Volume, Capacity and Mass in 3/4

3/4 used unifix and MAB to become little architects to demonstrate and calculate the Volume (L x W x H) for appropriate buildings. They used their buildings and their objects to determine the volume by using the familiar metric units (cubic centimetres).

See below pictures of their work in progress – showing great team work!

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Grade 3/4 Integrated Topic

Grade 3/4 Integrated Topic

Grade 3/4 students completed an explanation text as part of the term’s integrated topic. Students learned about the relationship between the sun, moon and earth. This helped them to explain seasons, shadows, night and day. They used a range of technical vocabulary including axis, tilt, rotation, revolve, equinox and solstice. The photos show some of the resulting explanation texts and an experiment focusing on shadows.

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Multicultural Day

Multicultural Day

Last Wednesday, 21 March, 2018 the whole school celebrated ‘Harmony week’ with our annual ‘Multicultural day’. The day started with a parade, students came in wonderful costumes representative of their cultures. It was evident that a lot of thought and effort went into the costumes which was fantastic to see.

Costumes at the parade!

Costumes at the parade!

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…and more

Costumes at the parade

…and more again!

The parade was followed by a learning rotation. The kids participated in activities such as origami making, learning how to play the European sport; ‘fist ball’, making Chinese dragon masks, learning how to play French boules referred to as ‘Petanque’ and making pasta necklaces (just to name a few).

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Shield Making

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Origami

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Origami

After recess the junior school had the pleasure of watching ‘Around the World and Back again’ by Two Friends Productions whilst the middle and senior school engaged in a second learning rotation. After the first show, the middle and senior school students then watched the show whilst the junior school engaged in a second learning rotation. The presentation was an engaging and fun filled story about a Captain and his sailor assistant who travel the world making amazing discoveries. The story explored various continents, countries and their cultures. The incursion was fantastic, it provided lots of learning and laughs and was thoroughly enjoyed by students and staff!

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Around the World and Back Again

The students then had a special pizza lunch that was organised with the help of our wonderful PFA that consisted of authentic Italian pizzas from ‘Via Condotti’. This was followed by gelato from the ‘Something Sweet’ gelato cart. Students enjoyed either vaniglia (vanilla) or fragola (strawberry). Both the pizza and gelato were delicious! After lunch, students discussed and reflected on the day’s events as well as developed their understanding of the significance of Harmony week.

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Eating gelato

Multicultural day 2018 was a fantastic success. It demonstrated the wonderfully diverse yet collaborative community we have at Belle Vue Primary School. As a community we were able to lead by example what it means to live in harmoniously in a multicultural community. Students, staff and parents should be proud of the successful day it was. Thank you to everyone for their contributions, Multicultural day 2018 is certainly one we will not forget!

 

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Preps looking amazing!

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Grade 3/4s looking wonderful!

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…and again!

 

See the upcoming newsletter for more wonderful photos & reflections!

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3/4 Measurement

3/4 Measurement

MEASUREMENT – HEIGHT AND LENGTH

3/4 have been exploring measurement in maths and comparing their height to the width of a long jump to see if how far they can jump depends on their height. In groups, they used a tape measure, chalk and an an outside space to do long jump (no run off). First they measured each person’s height and recorded it under their name. Then each person jumped as far as they could from the line drawn with chalk and no run off. They then measured this distance and recorded it under their height to compare. See them in action below!

and....JUMP!

and….JUMP!

 

Jumping in Action

Jumping in Action

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Archie measuring Mickey’s height

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Grade 3/4 Newsletter – Term 1

The Grade 3/4 Newsletter for Term 1 can be read by clicking here.

Newsletter Term 1 2018

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Grade 3/4 – Place Value

Grade 3/4 – Place Value

Students in Grade 3 and 4 have been working on their understanding of place value. In particular they have been using expanded notation to express large numbers in different ways. For example, the number 25,482 can be expressed as 2,548 tens. Following whole class discussions the students consolidated their understanding by practising their knowledge using Maths games with their peers.

You can read a newsletter article containing more details by clicking here.

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