STARLAB’S visit to St Charles

                                                 IMG_1478Starlab  an inflatable dome, came to St Charles last Friday. The 3/4 level was treated to an exciting incursion where we were lucky to see the night sky, constellation graphics, and Earth maps in the Starlab Cosmodome.

We learnt about the size of the Sun which keeps Earth warm and enables all living things to continue living. Did you know that there are other bodies in the universe that are much bigger and larger that the sun? The images below show this.

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We also saw images of the constellations. IMG_1503 

Did you also know that August is one of the best months of the year to observe the night sky?  During August we can see some of the planets with the naked eye- that is without telescopes.  During the last week of August you will be able to see Mars, Saturn, and the red star Antares. On August 27 you will be be lucky enough to see both Venus and Jupiter as they come together. this will not occur again until the year 2065. So why not go out and see what you can see in the night sky? Let us know what you observe. 

What do you know about the Sun, Moon, Earth System?

In 3/4 we  learning about our amazing universe. these past two weeks we have investigated the Sun, Moon, Earth System. We have made working models of the system where the Earth spins and orbits the Sun, and the Moon orbiting the Earth. 

Paige: The Earth is 100 times smaller than the Sun.

Lucas: The Moon orbits around the Earth, The Earth orbits around the Sun. it takes the Earth a year to orbit around the sun.

Alessia P: the Earth is four times larger than the Sun.

Stephanie: The Earth spins around the sun, while the Moon rotates around the Earth.

Here are some of our working models of the Sun, Moon, Earth System.  What do you know about this important System? Let us know! 


In 3/4 we have been reading and writing poems. One of our favourites is by Roald Dahl, The Dentist and the Crocodile.

We have been busy learning about poetic techniques; 

Similes, Alliteration, OnomatopoeiaRhyme, Repetition and Imagery.

We have written our own poems and we had our own recital in our library. 

We illustrated our poems using collage techniques. 

IMG_1381IMG_1379 IMG_1380 Listen to some of our creative poets reciting their poems.  What poetic techniques can you recognise in their work! hope you enjoy them! 


We have been learning about angles.  Engineers use many angles in their drawings and designs to make them different, safe and interesting. We designed many buildings. How many angles can you find in our buildings? 


Which Buildings would you like in your backyard? Click onto the picture and view our slide show.


This challenge is for all of the budding historians.  Last year we had a few entries in this competition.  Here it is again! 

Lastnational history challenge year Stephanie (Year 6 2016) was a finalist with her entry. Why don’t you have a go? 

The theme this year is Triumph or Tragedy in Democracy?  The National History Challenge is an exciting opportunity for primary students (Year F-6) to engage with history in a creative way. The use of imaginative formatting and presentation is highly encouraged. 

Do you have an opinion on the topic?  Why don’t you check it out on this website. 


Let me know if you want to enter the challenge. We will put in an application! 


Grade 3-4 presetation 9-10am_1 (1)The 3/4 level has had some interesting and notable visitors to the classrooms this week. Have you heard of these people; Mary Wade, Elizabeth Hayward, Phoebe Flarty, Captain James Cook, Captain Arthur Phillip, William Dampier, Dirk Hartog, William Buckley, Deborah Ellam, Bennelong? 

Some are convicts, some are navigators and explorers and one is even the first governor of New South Wales.  He had the task of setting up the new colony in 1788. 

Here they are! Can you figure out who is who?  Let us know if you recognise any of these notable people from our history? 




We communicated our learning to our parents, family members and our classmates.  

Museum Melbourne


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The Melbourne Museum is filled with many exciting and wonderful objects from the past. The 3/4 level had an exhausting but exhilarating day learning about the life of our First Australians as part of our history topic. Here are some words that we thought described the day!


In the Bunjilaka gallery we had a lesson and we used Ipad technology to record our learning. Have a listen to some of our work. 

Tell us what you think about the Museum and what we did? 


The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Year 3 Students are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  We all gathered with our parents and we discussed the following ideas.

How do we really know when some-one is truly sorry? How do we feel when we forgive someone or when we have been forgiven?  

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We also watched Shrek- That’s what friends are for.Watch this clip and let me know what the real message of this modern day Parable. What is the connection with the Sacrament of Reconciliation? 



We just had to show you all the fun we had driving, programming and  controlling Sphero. 

Watch these video clips and join in our excitement. 


We actually learnt more about angles and decimals. Let me know what you think about Sphero.  Are they a great learning tool?


What does ANZAC Day mean to you? 


April 25 is a day of remembrance. 

ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

The Ode below is said at all ANZAC ceremonies?
‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.’ 

Let me know what ANZAC day means to you? Why should we remember all of the service men and women who have fought in wars in the name of Australia?


In  3/4 we have been studying the events of HOLY WEEK and in particular the events leading to and including Good Friday. We made these conclusions!

We  know Jesus suffered and it seems like a really sad story, but it’s one of the greatest stories of all!  

Jesus died for everybody’s sins, so now when we ask God to forgive us, and we are truly sorry for what we’ve done, He will act like it never happened.  That’s right, He forgets what we did!  We try not to repeat the mistakes. 

We drew our stations representing what happened to Jesus on Good Friday. 

We ask that you reflect on these pictures and think about how his family might have felt seeing Jesus suffer and treated without any dignity!


We would love you to leave us a comment on your thoughts and feelings. 

What’s been happening in 3/4

As usual we have been very busy! This week we have learnt how to leave comments on our school blog. The blog is great as we can see what all of the other classes are doing!

IMG_1049IMG_1050In class we are reading the book, ‘Rowan of Rin’ by Emily Rodda, which is a fantasy adventure. We have learnt how to create a concept map by linking ideas to show cause and effect.


In Inquiry we are conducting our own research projects related to the main question,
‘How can we maintain happy hearts, healthy minds and body and harmonious communities?’. We are in the process of creating posters to share our learning. 

IMG_1061Another great event was working with our buddies to make a mosaic Cross to represent the death of Jesus.

We watched the story of the ‘The Three Tree’. here are some of our insights.

Thomas’ reflection is,  ‘life doesn’t always go as planned’. 

Greta said, ‘what ever your dreams, God will always give you something better’. 

Chloe’s reflection is, “what ever you dream of,  God will give you something that you will love more”. 

Watch this moving story let us know your reflection. 

Learning and Thinking in the 3/4 Class

These past two week have been filled with lots of learning about each other and getting classroom routines set for future learning  to take place. The photos below show how busy we have been asking questions about our InquiRE topic, ‘How can we maintain Happy Hearts, Healthy minds and Bodies and Harmonious Communities?’ 


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As part of getting to know each other we have a created a wall of our qualities. 

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Wicking Garden Bed

So, what  is a wicking bed?  Well  it’s essentially a giant “self watering pot” in the form of a garden bed. It is a garden bed designed to draw water up from a reservoir below, through the soil directly to the roots.  The students on the 3/4 level decided to create this smart ‘watering pot’ as part of the unit on being Water Wise.  The fact that the watering occurs under the ground, there is less evaporation and the water goes straight to the roots, making this an efficient and effective way of watering and saving water.

The students dug out the soil and made a trench, the pipe was laid and then the soil was evenly spread on top.  Thank you to Mr Thomas and Moya for helping us with the heavy moving of the soil. 

Now it is ready for planting!  Ideas are welcome! 





Last Thursday the 3 /4 level went to CERES, as part of the unit of Inquiry on ‘How can we be water wise?’  the students were involved in various learning experiences centered on living sustainably, using resources, recycling and reusing.  CERES is a community garden where sustainable strategies are practised and where people are welcomed to learn and observe how simple some  conservation practices really are to implement in our homes and gardens.  The students walked along the Merri Creek and saw first hand the effect of regeneration along the creek bed, with many more native trees and bushes growing along its banks. This regeneration is gradually bringing back  bird and aquatic life.  students learnt about effects humans have on the river’s life, how to measure weather and how to save water in the home. A  great day was by all and hopefully we can put some of the leaning into the way we all interact with our environment. 

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Mathematics in the 3 /4 Level: Fractions and Decimals

 Fraction, Decimal and Percentage FUN in the 3 /4 level! 

The students in 3 /4 have been making models of fractions, decimals and percentages, as part of of the mathematics teaching and learning experiences. The students have been busy using ‘hands-on’ tasks including paper folding,  100 grid squares and place value knowledge to make the connections between fractions, decimals and percentages. 

They have also investigated how to add fractions using the same denominator and write  fractions as decimal numbers using models.  Here are just a few examples!

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Design a Park with that different areas to enjoy; 40% of the park has to be grass; 20% is reserved for the wildlife in the woodlands; 15% are flower beds to admire; 15% id devoted to the children’s playground and finally 5% is left for the pond. Have fun designing the park!

Our Common Home: God’s Gift of the Earth

As part of our Sustainability unit on ‘how can we be water wise?’ the students in 3/4 have also investigated the question ‘How can we live in Harmony with God, self and others?

We watched a video clip ‘Laudato Si’ in which Pope Francis expresses a message for every person on this planet, asking us all to protect our common home, the earth. In his encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis speaks openly about the devastating effects of climate change on people and the planet. He says that climate change is real, urgent and it must be tackled, asking us to remember that the climate is “a common good, belonging to all and meant for all”.  Play the clip below and listen to Pope Francis’ message to us all.

As a response to this PLEA from Pope Francis the we  created a Google Presentation illustrating the meaning of this message, making suggestions on how to live in Harmony on Earth our Gift from God. we hope you enjoy our illustrations and suggestions.  We can all make a difference. What will you do!

Maths- Fractions

The 3/4 level has commenced learning about fractions and in particular this  fortnight we have explored that fractions3042_Olive-Wood-Fruit-Bowl-32cm are Equal parts of a whole. We have used many concrete materials to describe fractions as part of a whole.

We have learnt terms including, numerator and denominator. 

A fraction is made up of 2 numbers. The top number is called the NUMERATOR and the bottom number is called the DENOMINATOR.

This is one of the problems we have worked on.  

In my fruit bowl, a half of the fruit is made up of 4 apples,

2 kiwi fruit, and 2 oranges.  What could the other half be? 

This is what some us decided was in our fruit bowls. 


3/4S: Water Use in Agriculture



Did you know that it takes over 15,000 litres of water to produce 1 kilogram of meat?


Did you know that our farmers use about 54% of all our FRESH, CLEAN, HEALTHY water for farming?

Did you know that some farmers use open channels to irrigate their crops?  This is a problem because too much FRESH,CLEAN,HEALTHY water evaporates from our precious limited resource, Water! 




Let’s be Scientists

How can you blow up a balloon using vinegar and bicarb-soda?
Do you know which balloon will hit to the ground first,  one that is blown up with vinegar and bicarb – soda or one blown up the traditional way? 
Have you heard of fireproof balloons?
What effect does heat have on vinegar mixed with bicarb-soda?   
Very interesting questions!
Students in 3/4 had the opportunity to be real scientists by planning, designing, testing, evaluating and presenting the findings to these questions and others. Curiosity and the fun of mixing substances that fizzed, bubbled and overflowed was the norm as students applied higher order thinking skills to demonstrate the scientific method.  
The images below capture the enthusiasm and the imagination of these scientists at work.  Well done to all teams!                                                                              

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Math’s Problem Solving in the 3/4 Level

Maths in the 3/4 level has been very hands on this term with students being involved in learning and applying the concepts  of Multiplication  and Division.  Here is a sample of problems the students have been busy solving. Maybe you can all have a go and see how many solutions you can discover. 
Can you design a ring similar to this using
different numbers for the
multiplication and division.  
Make sure your ring works the same way.
Have fun! Get the whole family involved! 

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Here is another Problem.
Think of a three digit number and write it twice making a six digit number.
Now divide it by 7, divide the answer by 11 and then divide that  answer by 13.
What do you notice?   Why does this happen?

What are Microbes?

As part of the 3/4 level science incursion we designed our own microbes. Do you know what a microbe is? Microbes are living organisms, they are small and we need a microscope to see them. They come in all different sizes and shapes.
They are found everywhere! 
Some microbes are useful and even good for us however some can make us ill.
We drew our own microbe, either a bacterium, a virus or a fungus. Before we started we had to decide if our microbe was to be beneficial or harmful. We had fun naming them. Here are some of our microbes! 




Let’s be Scientists!

The students on the 3/4 level have been busy being scientists this term. We have investigated aspects of heat and how heat is transferred from objects to objects.  The students have investigated the following questions: What is heat? What materials make good conductors? What materials make good insulators? Students investigated materials which kept hot water warm. They investigated materials including, foil, bubble wrap, felt, aluminium, paper and other everyday materials. They concluded that insulators trap the heat and block it from escaping. During the investigation the students periodically measured the temperature of the water in each cup to determine the best insulator. 


(Left) Using thermometers to measure the heat 






IMG_0633(Left) Recording the findings

Spirit filled people in our lives


Through our Religious Education Program the 3 /4 Level has learnt about the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  As part of connecting our new learning to real life experiences the students have made a video of important people in their lives. All of these people model the fruits of the Spirit.


Relax and enjoy the beautiful illustrations of their Spirit filled person and the qualities of these special people. 


gardenAt St Charles we have started an ANZAC Commemoration Garden as a tribute to all ANZACS and to remember the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.  The students would like to thank Liz Whyte for donating her time and enthusiasm in helping them to design and plant some of the plants. So far we have planted a border of Rosemary bushes (the plant symbolising remembrance) and one RSL Legacy Rose.  We are waiting for the ANZAC Rose to arrive to complete our garden.  




Year 3/4 S created an ANZAC gallery inspired by the artist Sidney Nolan. 

The students looked closely at some artworks of Sidney Nolan particularly his style, colour, lines and shapes.  They sketched the portrait using pencils and then colored using vibrant pastels. 

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