NAPLAN

**Guest Post by Mia**

On the 12th, 13th and 14th of may, the year 3’s had naplan. On the 12th of  may they did language conventions and writing. On the 13th of may they did reading. finally,on 14th of may they did numeracy.

NAPLAN stands for:

National

Assessment

Program-

Literacy

And

Numeracy

Some thoughts from the year 3’s-

Abbey – 🙂

Madison – 🙂

Sebastian – 🙂

How did you feel about NAPLAN?

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?

Growing Mould

You might be wondering why anyone would want to grow mould in the first place. You might also wonder how and where we would do this in the classroom…

Our new pre-service teacher, Alyssa, helped us in completing a science experiment. The purpose of this experiment was to follow instructions and wipe a piece of bread on a surface. We then needed to put the piece of bread in a freezer bag and tie it up. We stuck our freezer bags to the window to allow the bread to bathe in sunlight.

We made predictions about what we thought might happen to the bread.

The next day, we wrote out the steps we undertook to complete our experiment. Miss Fraser & Alyssa think some of our pieces of bread were a little too wet and soggy and they are no longer recognisable as bread!

After a couple of days we will take down our bread to see if any mould has grown on the bread.

What do you think might happen to the bread? Would you make changes to the way you conducted your experiment?

Descriptive Writing

We have been working on our writing to make it more descriptive. We used our senses to describe a scene at the beach and our aim was to let the reader know where we were without actually telling them. This writing technique is called “Show, don’t tell”

We know our readers are smart and can infer our meaning without us having to explain every single detail!

Here are some of our introductions. How do you think we went?

Did we achieve our aim of “Show, Don’t Tell”? Which senses can you see being used in these introductions? We also had to use a special writing technique called onomatopoeia. Can you find it in our introductions?