Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school for 2015!

After six weeks of school holidays, students at Killara Primary School returned to school on Thursday January 29th. Miss Fraser is looking forward to learning with her new Grade 3/4 students.

We have so much to look forward to this year, such as working and learning with our netbooks and Camp in Term 3 to Camp Allambee.

Miss Fraser is sure all of the students in 3/4D will learn so much in 2015 and enjoy their time being part of our classroom community.

Our Summer has been quite cold so Miss Fraser will be very interested to hear how the students in 3/4D spent their holidays…


Miss Fraser spent Christmas with her fiance` Brenton and family. She played Wii with her cousin Lachlan, who is starting Grade 1 this year. Miss Fraser & Brenton went to Echuca for a day with their dog Arj who swam in the Murray River (and then forgot that he knew how to swim!) Miss Fraser also spent a lot of time at Pets Haven – an animal shelter in Woodend. She is helping Pets Haven at the moment by fostering a dog, who she has fallen in love with! Miss Fraser, Kathryn and Miss Alex also attended Miss Vosti’s wedding together. Miss Vosti made a beautiful bride and is now called Mrs Barclay (Her classroom is opposite ours!)

Leave a comment to tell about your holidays. What are you looking forward to in 2015?

End of 2014

Our year has unfortunately come to an end!

Yesterday was the final day of the school year for the Learning Lizards. We have enjoyed so many great times together throughout the year and Miss Fraser will miss her class very much!

On the final week of school, we had our Swimming Carnival and met our new teachers for 2015.

What was your favourite activity from 2014?

Thank you for following our blog in 2014! We will continue using the same address next year. School resumes on Thursday, January 29. Have a happy and safe Christmas and enjoy your holidays!

Genius Hour Expo

On Thursday of Week 10, the Learning Lizards held their Genius Hour Expo!

We invited family, friends and other classes to visit our Expo in the theatre. We have spent all term working on creating something to either inform or entertain our audiences. We mostly used cardboard boxes and some of us used Google Slides to help present information.

Here are some pictures from our Expo:

We were blown away by the amount of people who came to see our projects. Thank you!

What did you enjoy about Genius Hour this term? What was your favourite project? What would you do differently next time?

Hour of Code

December 8-14 is Computer Science Education Week. To introduce students to computer programming, the Learning Lizards completed an “Hour of Code”.

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics

We played different games and completed different activities to learn how to write computer codes. Some were more challenging than others.

We learnt to persist with challenging tasks and to work collaboratively to achieve our goals.

Miss Fraser was extremely impressed with our persistence, collaboration and enthusiasm for expanding our coding skills. Although it was a little tricky at first, once we were shown how to drag the action blocks it was much easier to manipulate the characters.

What did you think of the Hour of Code? Is it something you would like to try again? 

Gingerbread Men Magnets Craft

As part of our Christmas present this year, Miss Fraser organised for Hauyie’s Mum, Karen, to come in and teach us some craft. Karen makes clay magnets all the time and had already made some for Miss Fraser. Karen is also very creative with food – check out the lunch she made for Miss Fraser!


Karen took small groups at a time and helped us to make Gingerbread Men magnets. We used air clay which is really light and very easy to mould. We had to wait for our clay to dry all day before we could take it home. Hauyie told us to keep our Gingerbread Men away from water and to make sure we didn’t squish them.

We are very thankful to Karen for taking the time to come in and teach us how to make the magnets. We enjoyed it very much!

Have you ever made anything out of clay? What did you enjoy the most from making the Gingerbread Men magnets?

Writing Letters

We enjoyed our “Aboriginal for a Day” incursion so much that we decided to write to Big Al, Pancakes and Azza to thank them for coming to our school.

We learned how to write letters properly. We needed to put the return address in the top right corner of our letter – this was something new that we learned to do when we typed our letters up on the computer.

Miss Fraser and 3/4D wrote an example letter using this letter generator. Click to have a go for yourself!

After our letters were written and typed up, we put them in envelopes and walked to the post box at the end of our street. We then sent off our letters by posting them.

Thanks to Kymberley for joining us on our walk!

Have you ever written a letter to someone? Have you ever had a Pen Pal? Is letter writing still an important skill to learn?

Aboriginal for a Day

On Friday, all of the Grade 3/4s had an incursion called “Aboriginal for a Day” from Cultural Infusion.

We held a welcoming ceremony in the theatre to begin with, where we met Big Al and his sons Pancakes and Azza. We were told the three rules of the day were to;

1. Have fun

2. Follow all directions

3. Have fun!

We also had our faces painted in the colours of the tribe where Big Al and his family come from. They are originally from Western Australia.

Painted Faces

Painted Faces

After our welcoming ceremony, we split into three groups to complete the three different workshops for the day. 3/4D joined forces with 3/4C and some of the 3/4Goldfish to complete the workshops. First, we listened to Big Al tell the story of the biggest crocodile. The story Big Al told was many thousands of years old!


After snack, we drew symbols with Pancakes. He was impressed about how much we already knew about Indigenous symbols. Then we had a dance lesson with Azza. We were split into four different groups and taught to dance like four different animals – waitch (emu), maloo (kangaroo), bunjool (eagle) and carda (goanna) (Miss Fraser is not sure she has spelled these words correctly so please forgive her!)

After lunch, all the 3/4s gathered in the theatre again for our closing ceremony. First, Azza performed in his tribe’s clothes the “Dance of the Spirit Tree”. One student from each class was chosen to perform their animal dance with Azza while Pancakes played the didgeridoo. Did you know that the didgeridoo was given that name by Captain Cook? The Indigenous people call it a yidaki though.

We thoroughly enjoyed our incursion and learnt so much! Thanks to Big Al, Pancakes and Azza for coming to our school (for the second time in a week!)

What learning stuck with you from the incursion? What was your favourite part from the incursion?




Every Kid Needs a Champion

We watched a TED talk by Rita Pierson called “Every Kid Needs a Champion

As the year comes to an end, this made Miss Fraser reflect on what kind of teacher she is to 3/4D and to all the other kids in the school. Miss Fraser became a teacher because she loves kids and wants to inspire them. Think about teachers that you have had in your schooling life. What can you remember about them?

Have you ever had a champion teacher? Why were they a champion? We would love to hear your inspirational stories!

Indigenous Rotation Day

We have started our final school term for the year with a Bang!


Last Wednesday, to kick start our Inquiry for the term, the 3/4 Team held an Indigenous Rotation Day.

Each class rotated to all of the other 3/4 rooms to immerse themselves in different aspects of Indigenous life. The workshops we participated in were; Photographs, Videos, Geography/Location, Paintings, Fact and Fiction Sort, Symbols/Drawings and Dreamtime Stories.

Miss Fraser and Alyssa ran the Painting Workshop. We read a Dreamtime story and had a go at doing the dot painting a picture from that story.


We learnt so much from such a short time in each workshop. We wrote down what we learnt and wonderings we had from each workshops. You can see some of them in the slides below.

What else did you learn from our Rotation Day? Do you like learning from other teachers in workshops? What is one thing that surprised you about Indigenous Life?

Why are Pirates called Pirates?

… Because they “ARRRRRGGGHHHHHH!”

The last day of term was “International Talk Like a Pirate Day”!

Captain Fraser & Captain Kathryn decided to get into the spirit of things by organising special pirate activities for the day. We made our own pirate hats, eye patches and flags and even found out our pirate names!



We earned treasure for working well with our shipmates and finding the answers to pirate jokes. Here is an example (It’s Kathryn’s favourite!):

What is orange and sounds like a parrot?

Do you know the answer? Leave it as a comment!

What did you enjoy most about International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Does your class celebrate crazy holidays like this?