We are the students from 3/4C at Barwon Heads Primary School in Victoria, Australia. There are 26 of us and our teacher is Miss Jordan. We use this space to share all of the fantastic things that are happening in our classroom.
We have been learning about idioms in literacy this week.
Idioms are phrases that have a different meaning to the actual words in the phrase. For example, if something is described as “a piece of cake”, it is an idiom. It means that something is really easy, it doesn’t actually have anything at all to do with cake.
In class, we discussed the literaland the inferred meaning of lots of idioms.
The literal meaning is when you imagine the words in the idiom as being the real meaning.
The inferred meaning is what the phrase actually means when used in conversation.
Example: To “spill the beans”.
You might imagine someone tipping over a bowl of beans BUT this idiom really means that you have revealed some secret information.
For this learning task, each student chose an idiom they liked. They had to draw the literal and the inferred meaning for their idiom. Check out our work and see if you can identify the idioms!
Learning about idioms is important because authors often use idioms in books, so we need to understand them in order to understand what we read. Since learning about idioms, we also realised that we use idioms all the time in our conversations!
This week, we have focussed on writing “power sentences”.
A power sentence contains descriptive information to help the reader make a picture in their mind. Adding interesting nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs really brings a sentence to life. In class, we had some great discussions about how to add impact to a sentence.
We started with this simple sentence: The boy went up the stairs.
We all agreed that this sentence doesn’t have any impact and provides very little information. By adding some interesting words to create different emotions and feelings, the entire meaning of the sentence changes.
Here are the “power sentences” we came up with!
Here are some other simple sentences. Try to rewrite them by adding interesting vocabulary and submit your “power sentences” in your comment!
Our character strength focus for this week is SELF BELIEF.
Self belief is about having an inner confidence that allows people to understand their purpose and realise that their beliefs shape their actions. Self-esteem is similar to self belief. This is how we value ourselves; it is how we perceive our value to the world and how valuable we think we are to others.
The clip below, titled The Lego Story, demonstrates self belief. As you watch, consider how the the characters display self belief. Enjoy!
How is self belief demonstrated in The Lego Story?
When have you demonstrated self belief in your own life?
Anglesea is a coastal town, with a population of about 3500. It is a very popular tourist destination, particularly in summer as there are beaches and other outdoor recreational activities to be enjoyed.
Here is the route we took from Barwon Heads to Anglesea.
Everyone enjoyed staying in the camp cabins and meal times in the dining hall were lots of fun. There were many on-site activities at camp which provided fun and memorable experiences for all students.
We had eight fun and challenging rotations to complete:
Rock climbing wall
Leap of Faith
Low Ropes Course
The Leap of Faith is a very popular activity at Camp Wilkin and is a highlight for most students! The Leap of Faith involves climbing up a 7.6 metre pole while harnessed, arriving at a small platform and jumping to reach a red buoy. It certainly gets the adrenaline pumping!
Some of our other activities included:
Building sand castles at the beach
Basketball, volleyball and soccer games
Free time on the playground, trampoline and chess board
Playing in the games room
Observing the many kangaroos that frequent Camp Wilkin at all times of the day!
Here is a video containing a selection of photos from Camp Wilkin. Enjoy!
We had a wonderful time on camp and enjoyed all of the new experiences!
A very BIG thank you to our terrific helpers, Mr Haslam, Miss Campbell, Miss King, Sheridan and Mel!
What did you enjoy most about our Anglesea camp?
What was your favourite rotation activity?
Did you succeed in overcoming any challenges while on camp?
Have you ever been on a school camp before?
If you could go on a school camp somewhere, where would you like to go?
Our first lesson focused on mass. Mass is defined as the quantity of matter in an object. Mass is measured in grams and kilograms.
Our learning focus was:
I am learning how to estimate and record using grams and kilograms.
Our success criteria was:
I can make estimates about the mass of an object using grams and kilograms.
I can make conversions between grams and kilograms.
Students were presented with a variety of supermarket items. They had to estimate the mass of each item and record their estimations. We also had lots of weights in the classroom so students could make informed estimations.
Today, we discovered the actual mass of each supermarket item. We compared our estimations and reflected on how close or distant our estimations were.
We are back from our holidays and we are ready for our final term of 2016!
It was great to hear about everyone’s holiday adventures and the students enjoyed sharing their highlights from the past two weeks.
To reflect on their holidays, students wrote in their gratitude journals.
We learnt about gratitude during The Resilience Project presentation a few weeks ago. Martin Heppell explained the importance of gratitude. Gratitude is also part of our Positive Education program at BHPS.
Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Students started their gratitude journals at the end of last term. Each day, students record three things they are grateful for. Today, students wrote about what they are grateful for from their holidays.
This special event was a celebration of the knowledge gained and work completed this term during our “Eco Warriors” inquiry topic.
Usually our classroom looks like this…
During our Eco Exhibition today, it looked like this…
And then this!
Each student had a stall containing lots of work from the term. Students each chose an environmental issue to investigate and a lot of their work focussed on their individual issues. Work samples at the Eco Exhibition included:
An information report
A picture story book
A homework task from earlier in the term
Nearly every class at BHPS visited the Eco Exhibition, and it was fantastic to see so many parents attend as well. As classes, parents, grandparents and teachers walked around the exhibition, the students shared the knowledge they had learned, discussed environmental issues facing our planet and showed off their fantastic pieces of work. Check out the photo slideshow below!
Miss Jordan is very proud of all the students for their hard work during our “Eco Warriors” unit and the enthusiasm they displayed today at the Eco Exhibition!
What did you enjoy about the Eco Exhibition?
What skills did you need to demonstrate to engage people in conversation during the exhibition?
Were there any particular stalls that impressed you?
Can you share some facts you learnt during our Eco Warriors unit of work?
The grade three students had a fantastic time on camp!
Coastal Forest Lodge is a great venue in Anglesea and we participated in lots of fun activities and experiences during our three day camp.
It was an action packed three days and the smiles on all of the students’ faces throughout the activities was evidence of the fun they were having!
The highlights of grade three camp included…
Cooking damper with Mr Haslam
Ropes course with Colin
Archery and mini golf with Miss Jordan
Hut building with Mr Burdess
Nature art with Mrs Kebbell
Initiatives with Miss Merrett
The Eagle Nest Walk
Feeding horses, donkeys and cows
Mr Roskosch and Ms Booth visiting
Doing breakfast, lunch and dinner duty
Playing basketball, volleyball, soccer and footy
The recreation room
Sleeping in cabins with friends
Miss Jordan took lots of photos on camp! Below is a selection of images from each day. Enjoy!
It was fantastic to see the grade three students display excellent behaviour for the entire camp. All students approached the new experiences with a positive and resilient attitude, as well as a keen desire to learn and succeed. Students also showed great teamwork by collaborating, helping each other out and building on their friendships. What an amazing group of students!
Miss Jordan and the other grade three teachers are VERY proud of the campers! It was a pleasure spending time with them all and we hope they made some wonderful memories to reflect upon!
A very big thank you to our wonderful camp helpers…Mr Haslam, Miss Merrett and Colin.
Share your camp experience in your comment!
What was your camp highlight?
Did you learn anything new?
Did you succeed in overcoming any challenges while on camp?