Wishing Tree 2016

3/4G decided this year to put aside a portion of their Secret Santa gift money and put it towards buying presents for the Wishing Tree Appeal. We wrapped the presents yesterday and they are now sitting snug under the wishing tree ready to be opened by someone who would not usually be able to open a gift on Christmas.
Thank you to 3/4G for being considerate and for thinking of others now and throughout the year.
We hope everyone has a wonderful end of year break.

34E and 34A showcase afternoon – Living Things!


A huge thank you to the parents/grandparents and friends of students in Grade 3/4E and 3/4A who visited our classrooms to celebrate our student’s work.

What a wonderful way to showcase the efforts of all of our class members who have worked hard producing dioramas, documentaries (using iMovie), booklets and mobiles on their chosen habitat and animal during our studies of Living Things!

We hope that you enjoyed your afternoon in our rooms.



Werribee Zoo Excursion

On Tuesday the 22nd of November, the 34 cohort spent the day at Werribee Zoo. The excursion was part of our studies on Biological Sciences. Despite the not so great weather, the students (and adults) had a fantastic day. We piled onto the safari bus and saw what the whole zoo had to offer, seeing animals such as zebras, rhinos, giraffes and ostriches on our way. The students participated in an educational session about predator and prey relationships and came up close and personal with the meerkats. The 34 teachers would like to thank the parent helpers on the day and the rest of the adults who were prompt and efficient with permission forms.

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‘I liked walking around and seeing the meerkats being fed’ – Winnie

‘I really enjoyed going to the zoo, I saw some animals I hadn’t seen for years!’ – Freya

‘I liked seeing all the animals and they were very cute’ – Beck

‘It was great, I loved it’ – Josh

‘The Safari Tour was awesome – it was scary being so close to the rhino’ – Nathaniel

‘I liked the safari because we got to see lots of animals’ – Sarah

‘It was amazing and incredibly interactive’ – Poppy

‘I loved seeing the meerkats being fed’ – Caitlin

‘I liked seeing all the cute animals and going exploring’ – Abby

‘ It was fun and I liked exploring’ – Verity

3/4E launches into learning about Living Things

During this term’s Science Inquiry unit, our students have been very busy investigating and exploring language, concepts and skills surrounding Biological Sciences. They have been exposed to various texts, documentaries and short video clips to ascertain their knowledge on concepts such as habitats, life cycles, food chains, and adaptations that plants and animals use for survival.

The overarching key understandings / ideas that students have focused on in this unit are that:

  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things
  • Living things have life cycles
  • Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive

All students chose an animal from the zoo and formed questions to guide them in their investigation. They based their questions on the above ideas and embarked on their own research and development of information which they have been working very hard on to put together in recent weeks.

Here are some books that we created.  Click on the link which should direct you to our investigations

ring-tailed-lemurs – Ring Tailed Lemurs by Hana

red-panda-booklet – by Isabelle

Chimps – Chimpanzees by Maggie


Red Kneed Tarantula – by Leo

Leo’s Tarantula

Regent Honey Eater and Brown Snake – by Angus and Otto

Otto and Angus – Brown Snake and Honeyeater presentation

Southern Corroborree Frog – By Thomas

Thomas – Southern Corroborree Frog doco



Movember Day!

On Friday the 25th of November, we will be having a fundraiser for men’s health called Movember. It will be a gold coin donation don’t forget to wear a moustache for the day, you can draw one on yourself or you can buy a fake one from a shop.



Over the past few weeks 3/4G students have been creating ‘Zines’, their very own magazines which cover topics of their choice. They have included many different text types and games and puzzles to match! You can view our Zines in the library on the top shelf to the left as you walk in. Read exciting stories such as ‘Super Knot Man’, in ‘Knives, Knots and Knighttime stories’, or how to make peanut butter dog biscuits in ‘Pomeranian Plus’.