Learning About Place Value

We are currently studying place value in maths.

Place value is defined as the value of a digit based on its position in a number.

For example: in the number 946 the 4 is in the “tens” position so it shows a value of 40. The 9 is in the “hundreds” position so it shows a value of 900.

Students have been developing their place value skills using four, five, six and seven digit numbers.

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Numbers can be represented in different ways. Consider the five digit number in the place value chart below.

Five digit number

Standard form: 28,362

Word form: Twenty eight thousand, three hundred and sixty two

Expanded form: 20,000 + 8,000 + 300 + 60 + 2

We can also rename numbers in different ways. The number above can be renamed in a variety of ways including:

28 thousands, 36 tens and 2 ones

283 hundreds and 62 ones

2836 tens and 2 ones

28 thousands and 362 ones

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Base 10 materials (sometimes referred to as MAB) are a very useful resource to model numbers.

Students have been building their knowledge by participating in a range of individual, partner, small group and whole class tasks. One highlight has been the Base 10 Race!

To play this game, students worked in collaborative groups outside. Each team rolled dice repeatedly and had to collect the required amount of Base 10 materials after each roll. They had to “trade” the materials when necessary. For example, when they had 10 ones, they exchanged for 1 ten. Or when they had 10 tens, they exchanged for 100. Teams kept a record of their number as the game progressed. It was a fun way to develop place value knowledge!

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How has your place value knowledge improved?

What place value activity have you enjoyed?

If you were designing a place value game, what would it be?

What is your favourite maths topic?

Our Classroom

Our classroom is the “yellow room” in the library building of our school.

Below are some photos to show you what our learning space looks like. Enjoy!

Here is the outdoor entrance to our building. The library is on the right.

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This is our corridor. There are six classrooms in our building – two grade three classes, two grade four classes, our class (3/4C) and a grade five class. Our classroom is at the very end of the corridor on the right.

The art room is also in our building.

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During the holidays, the new building was completed! It is an extension of our corridor and there are five classrooms for the 5/6 grades. It is very exciting to have a brand new learning environment for the senior students!

Each morning, we put our schoolbags in our named lockers outside our classroom. We try to keep this area very tidy!

This is the door to our classroom…

And here is the inside of our classroom!

Keeping our classroom neat and tidy requires everyone to take responsibility and we are working hard to develop our organisational skills. All students have a classroom job and lots of these jobs are related to classroom organisation and management.

We take pride in our classroom to make it a fun and inviting environment. We love learning and working in our classroom!

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What is your favourite part of our classroom?

What is your classroom job?

When do you show organisation at home and school?

Positive Education – Self Belief

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!

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How is self belief demonstrated in The Lego Story?

When have you demonstrated self belief in your own life?

Growth Mindset

As part of our Positive Education approach at BHPS, we have started learning about Growth Mindset.

People with a fixed mindset believe their basic abilities, intelligence and talents are just fixed traits. They believe they have a certain amount and that’s that, they can’t keep improving and developing.

However, people with a growth mindset understand that through effort and persistence you can change and grow your brain to achieve success. The more you try, the brainier you will become because the brain has the ability to grow and change. It is good to make mistakes because mistakes enable us to improve and learn. Instead of saying “I can’t do it”, people with a growth mindset say, “I can’t do it yet.”

We want to instill a growth mindset into all students at BHPS!

We have enjoyed watching the “Growth Mindset” series of video clips. These short videos were put together by Carol Dweck, the lady who developed the idea of growth mindsets to help children to learn.





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Why is it important to have a growth mindset?

When have you displayed a growth mindset?

What are some growth mindset thoughts/phrases that will help you grow and develop as a learner?

We Love Library!

Each Monday, 3/4C visits the library for a half hour session.

Ms Browne is our librarian and she selects great books for us to read together each week.

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In recent weeks, we have been reading the picture books nominated for the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

CBCAEach year, the CBCA shortlists books in a variety of categories. We read the books in the ‘Early Childhood’ and  ‘Picture Book of the Year’ categories.

Early Childhood Books

Picture Books

During Book Week later in the term, each BHPS student will vote for their favourite CBCA shortlisted book and we will compare our results with the official Book Of The Year awards.

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After reading a book together in library sessions, students spend time browsing and borrowing books.

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What do you enjoy about our library sessions?

Which books do you like to borrow from the library?

Character Strength – Kindness

At BHPS, we are learning about character strengths as part of our new approach to Positive Education.

There are 24 different character strengths, and they are classified into six different areas: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance and transcendence. You can read more about the character strengths on our blog post here.

In class, students have identified their “top” character strengths. We have discussed that everyone possesses all 24 character strengths and they change and develop over time.

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Each week, our school is planning to focus on a different strength. The first strength we are focussing on is kindness. As a character strength, kindness is defined as “I am kind and generous to others, and I am always helpful. I enjoy doing good deeds for others.”

We have identified that the key words in the kindness character strength are:

  • generous
  • helpful
  • good deeds

Earlier this week, Mr Roskosch came into 3/4C and read a picture book, The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland, that includes an example of kindness. The students enjoyed the story and the discussions with Mr Roskosch.

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Do you know any other characters in books or movies that demonstrate “kindness”?

Describe a time that you have been kind to someone.

Term Three Begins!

We are back for term three!

After a two week break, it was great to see all of the 3/4C students again.

To reflect on their school holidays, students had to think of one specific activity or experience they enjoyed during the holidays. Students were required to write at least three interesting clues that described or explained the activity without using really obvious words. It was quite challenging! Students then drew a picture of their holiday memory to go alongside their clues.

Read each student’s holiday clues below. After each page of clues you will see the drawn picture with the answer!

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We are all looking forward to another fantastic term of learning and fun!

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What did you think of the holiday clues?

What writing skills were required for this task?

Describe your holiday highlights.

What are you looking forward to this term?

What are your learning goals for term three?

End of Term Two – Happy Holidays!

Today is the last day of term two. What a busy eleven weeks we have had!

Highlights from our last week of term two include…

Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews

During the week, BHPS held our annual student/parent/teacher interviews. Students led the interviews by sharing their learning achievements with their parents. The  students created presentations on their iPads to reflect on their semester and shared work samples that demonstrated their learning. Students spoke about:

  • Semester highlights
  • Areas of success
  • Areas for future improvement
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Maths
  • Inquiry
  • Specialists
  • iPad Program
  • Character Strengths

Everyone spoke clearly and confidently, elaborated on their key points, made eye contact and articulated their learning extremely well. Miss Jordan is very proud of all of the 3/4C students for their outstanding efforts during the interviews!

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Genius Hour

Students worked on a Genius Hour project on Thursday and Friday. Genius Hour allows students to explore their own passions and promotes creativity in the classroom. Students are encouraged to think about topics they want to learn more about. The three main components of Genius Hour are:

  • Students think of a “driving question” they want to find the answer to
  • Students research their chosen question and create a presentation (making a movie, slideshow, poster etc)
  • Students share their work with others.

There was a very broad range of topics covered, including specific topics in the following categories:

  • Historical events
  • Different countries
  • How things work
  • Animals
  • Sports
  • Technology

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Reading Reflections

Students read novels and annotated their thinking by recording reflections. Reflections they recorded included:

  • Predictions
  • Questions
  • Reactions
  • Inferences
  • Text connections
  • Character descriptions
  • Setting descriptions

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School Building Project

A new school building is currently under construction at BHPS. Students completed a real life maths project this week, which involved the following:

  • Designing a floor plan of the building
  • Calculating the perimeter and area of each space in the building
  • ‘Purchasing’ furniture for the classrooms
  • ‘Purchasing’ equipment for student learning

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Shape

We explored shape with some fun mathematical investigations this week. Specifically, we focussed on

  • Tangrams
  • Tessellations

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What a busy, fun-filled week of learning we have had in 3/4C! Here are some photos of our last week of term.

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Today was also the last day for Mrs Cross, our amazing Assistant Principal. Mrs Cross is retiring from education. We will all miss her very much!

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What was your term two highlight?

What did you enjoy this week?

What are you looking forward to next term?

Education Week

Last week was Education Week!

On Friday, we participated in three fun Education Week experiences:

  • The Life Education Program
  • The Estimation Exhibition
  • Open Classroom for parents

Life Education Program

We visited the Life Education van and our module was titled, “All Systems Go”. Instructor Gaye, and her helper Harold, led us through some discussions and activities about the functions of various parts of our body. We focussed on the circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system and the nervous system.

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Estimation Exhibition

For the past few weeks, classes have been preparing “estimation jars” for our first school-wide Estimation Exhibition. On Friday, all classes spent some time at the Estimation Exhibition in our gym, recording their estimations of the collections. It was fun and challenging!

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Open Classroom

To celebrate Education Week, parents and family members were invited into our classrooms to participate in some interactive activities with the students. The activities in our classroom included a variety of mathematical card games focussing on improving ‘mental strategies’, Scattergories and blogging.

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Here are some photos from our Fun Friday!

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What was your highlight from our special day last Friday?

What did you learn in the Life Education van?

What strategies did you use during the Estimation Exhibition?

What game did you teach your mum or dad at our Open Classroom session?

The 24 Character Strengths

Today, we started learning about the 24 character strength traits.

The VIA Classification of Character Strengths is made up of 24 character strengths that are categorised into six different areas:

  • Wisdom
  • Courage
  • Humanity
  • Justice
  • Temperance
  • Transcendence

As individuals, we each possess all of the 24 identified character strengths to varying degrees. Some strengths feature prominently in our characters (these are our ‘top traits’ or ‘signature traits’), but they can all be developed over time.

The 24 character strengths are described below.

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In class, we researched and discussed the meaning of each character strength. Once we know more about them, we will be able to identify which “signature traits” feature in our personalities.

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What did you learn about character strengths?

Which character strengths were new to you?

What strengths do you think might be your “top traits” or “signature traits”?

Are there any strengths you would like to develop?