Our Grade 3 Blog

May 26, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term Two – Week 6

This week all students at Laburnum were fortunate enough to be part of National Simultaneous Story Time. On Wednesday at 11.15am schools across Australia and New Zealand logged in and watched Jay Laga’aia (from Play School) read Tony Wilson and Laura Wood’s Hickory Dickory Dash. The students really enjoyed being part of this exciting event and thought the picture book was a wonderful choice!

Meetings/rehearsals for the Year 3 Dance Group started on Friday lunchtime and will continue to be held every Friday lunchtime for the rest of the term. If your child would like to join the dance group but has not returned their permission form, I have attached a copy of the permission form to this post, so they can join in.
Year 3 Dance Group notice-16xtvpg

Reminder: On Wednesday 30th May students will be going on an excursion to Edendale Farm. There is a reminder notice attached to this post about what students need to remember for the day.
Reminder for Edendale-1zr9svv

May 13, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term Two – Week Four

This week Year 3 students were lucky enough to have another visit from third year Pre-Service Teachers from Deakin University. Groups have been working on a variety of exciting scientific topics including forces.

Jim with his parachute

We want to congratulate all of the runners that participated in the district running on Wednesday!

This coming week:

  • Just a reminder that Monday is a student free day
  • Naplan:
    Language Conventions and Writing are on Tuesday
    Reading is on Wednesda
    Numeracy is on Thursday


May 7, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term Two – Week Three

Friday afternoon of week 3, students participated in this year’s first STARS (Student Teams Are Really Special) session – making chatterboxes to assist them in getting to know each other better. STARS groups are made up of students from prep up to year 6 and gives students who would not normally work together a chance to get to know each other.

Students are reminded that there will be a Mother’s Day stall set up in Week 4, with gifts ranging from $1 to $7, so they are reminded to bring some money on the day their class is scheduled to purchase gifts (timetable in last week’s newsletter).

Week 4 is also the week that our students will run in the District Cross Country if they were fortunate enough to make it through to this round. We wish all of our runners the best of luck!

Notices for swimming in term 3 have gone home, if you have any questions about this program do not hesitate to speak to one of the year 3 teachers.

I have attached some information about the Science Club which will be starting up again next week for year 3, run by Jan TrendMorning Science Club is Back-178db8t

April 22, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term 2 – Week One

Busy first week back at school for the year 3s!

This week the year 3s were fortunate enough to attend a performance by the Ubunto African Dance Group. The performers traveled to Australia from Uganda and Kenya and are touring parts of Australia with their dances and music. The students were invited to participate in playing the drums and leading some dances. They were given the opportunity to ask questions and learnt that some people from Uganda and Kenya have to walk to a nearby well to collect water for their homes.

Ubunto Dance Performance

Ubunto Dance Performance

Ubunto Dance Performance

Just a little reminder that students must wear their hats until April 3o!

March 26, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term One – Week Eight

The year threes were busy as bees during week 8 with many exciting things happening such as the music incursion, the art incursion and the Box Hill walking excursion.

Music Incursion

Box Hill Town Hall

Box Hill Town Hall

A big thank you to all the parent helpers who came along to Box Hill and helped us make the day run as smoothly as possible.

Attached to this post is some information about the science, english and mathematics competitions run by the University of New South Wales. The cost for each competition is $10 and entry is completely voluntary.
Parent Letter (maths, science, english comp)

March 17, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term One – Week Seven

This week in year 3 students worked on completing their exposition about whether or not students should be allowed to play with sticks, focusing on the structure of this type of writing and high modality words.
There was a buzz about the school on Wednesday and Thursday for school photos and everyone looked wonderful!

Don’t forget next week students have the:
– Art incursion
– Music incursion
– Box Hill walking excursion (reminders have been sent home for this about what students are required to bring – thank you to all the parents who offered their assistance for this excursion, because there were so many of you we had to pull names out of a hat, so if you missed out there will be more opportunities later in the year to help out)
Please ensure your child’s Excursion Levy has been paid prior to these activities or unfortunately they will not be able to participate.

Next week is Miss Challen’s last week before she runs away to get married. We wish her well and hope she has a wonderful time celebrating the beginning of a new chapter in her life. Congratulations Miss Challen! We look forward to having her back in Term 2!

March 10, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term One – Week Six

Another busy week in Year 3!

We have been concluding our unit on time where we have been focusing on reading analogue clocks to the minute and using the language of quarter to/past and half past. We have spent some time looking at calendars, locating particular dates, calculating the time between days and marking in special occasions. As the unit comes to a close, you can help your child at home by remembering to ask them to read the time on the clock when at home, asking them to work out how many minutes/hours until extracurricular activities and engaging them in calendars you have in the home.

All Year 3 classes will be having their school photo’s this coming Wednesday 14th March. Please remember to send your child to school with their school photo order form and money in full school uniform. If money is not returned on the day, you will still be able to purchase your child’s photo but the company will put a monetary penalty onto the price.

Just a reminder that all students who have nude lunches (lunches with no wrappers/rubbish) go into a weekly draw to win a prize from the Green Team every Friday at assembly.

Congratulations to all of the Year 3 Green Team and JSC members who were voted into their positions by their peers. We know they will make us all very proud!


March 3, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term 1 – Week Five

It was another busy week for the year 3’s this week!
During writing, students started working on expositions, looking closely at the structure they need to use and some different strategies they can use to convince their reader.

Each class has also been working tirelessly on setting up their classroom libraries (discussing things like where it should be, the types of books they would like to see in their library and coming up with categories to sort the books into) and they are looking really good! Students will work on building their reading stamina this term during independent reading time using books of their choosing that are ‘just right’ for them.

Several forms and excursion notices have recently been sent home including:
– Acceptable use of Technology form
– Art incursion permission form
– Music incursion permission form
– Box Hill Community walking excursion permission form
– Student dance gala permission form
– School photo order form
Please return these completed forms to school as soon as possible.

Just a little reminder for students to write their reading in their reading log every night. If they do not read an entire book, students can write in the number of pages/chapters they read that night so that this can be checked by teachers on Fridays.

3C’s Classroom Library and Reading Corner

3C’s Classroom Library and Reading Corner

February 26, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term 1 – Week Four

During week four we focussed on place value in maths. Below is an example of an activity the students completed and thoroughly enjoyed.

Thank you to all the parents who made appointments and came to meet the teacher interviews. It was really fantastic to get to know the students, their families and the whole Laburnum community a bit better.

Place value flower


February 16, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term 1 – Week Three

Thank you to those parents who attended the year three information night last night! As promised the information discussed last night is attached to the bottom of this post.

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, as it is a professional development day for teachers, and we will see everyone bright eyed and bushy tailed on Tuesday morning 🙂


2018 Information evening HANDOUT Year 3-11xa05r

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