Day of Math and Design Thinking

Dear Parents of 3B,

Big Idea: Procedural texts have specific features and details to help guide readers make or do things.

Big Idea: We can use the Design Thinking Process to think about, make and improve a machine.

Math: Grade 3 Whole Day Math Rotations
Big Idea: Measurement allows us to understand the form of a variety of objects and spaces.


Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)

Friday 5th October – G3 Math Coffee Morning with Ms Beth 8:30 – 9:30

Monday 8th – 12th October – Autumn Break

Happy weekend!


Dear Parents of 3B,

Next week is global goals week at UNIS.  During this week we put the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and centre in our thinking and our learning. As part of Global Goals week we will be having a Nude Food Day on Friday 28 September.  Put simply, nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here


As we continue to inquire into simple machines, a focus on forces and how this concept connects to objects, was a focus of our Friday UOI. Classes rotated through all Grade 3 classes to learn about friction, air resistance, tension and Newton’s Laws of Motion.



Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)

Friday 5th October – G3 Math Coffee Morning with Ms Beth 8:30 – 9:30

Monday 8th – 12th October – Autumn Break

Enjoy your weekend!

Makers Space, Dot Day and Save the Dates

Dear Parents of 3B,

LEARNING: Makers Space

This week in 3B students worked with Ms Michelle and Ms Nhan in the new ‘Makerspace’ to earn themselves safety badges and create models of simple machines. Their mission was to demonstrate they could use tools, such as box cutters, scissors and hot glue guns safely. They had a short design challenge and were assessed on their ability to perform tasks safely.

COMMUNITY: International Dot Day – September 15thSaturday

3B spent time with their G1 buddies playing games involving dots and creating Kandinsky style piece of art.


Monday 17 September – ES Healthy Snack Sale (Please remember that we are a contributing class)

Thursday 20 September- Moon Festival (Students encouraged to wear Ao Dai)

Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)

Friday 5th October – G3 Math Coffee Morning with Ms Beth 8:30 – 9:30

Monday 8th – 12th October – Autumn Break

Have a Wonderful Friday!


Back to School Night Presentation

Dear Parents of 3B,

It was great to meet many of you during Back to School night. For those of you unable to attend, all the information presented can be found here. If you need anything clarified, please contact me.

UOI: We have started our unit on forces and machines. Our first provocation challenged the kids to move an object from one side of the room to the other using materials found around the classroom. The activity revealed some really creative thinking and has sown the seeds for further science and design investigation.

Math: We are working on revision and exploration of place value. Place Value Understanding is foundational for Addition and Subtraction which will be the following topic.

COMMUNITY: Some lovely reflections about our class mandala.

What does our mandala say about our class community?
– 3B are thinkers! creators! thoughtful!
– We are big and colorful
– Our colors go together because we work together
– We are all different pieces of a whole
– Our mandala is beautiful because we are beautiful

Have a great weekend!

Buddies and Artifacts

Dear parents of 3B,


  • It’s a long weekend. School will resume on Tuesday.
  • Back to school night on Thursday


We started our Buddy Program with our Grade one class. Every fortnight, we will be meeting up with our buddies for activities and games. The program encourages our grade 3 students to become mentors and fosters positive relationships between the different grade levels in our school community.




During literacy, we continue to make connections to the theme of kindness and we used a ‘step inside’ thinking routine to delve deeper into the text. We made connections between our visible thinking notes to create a new text (diary entry) to show our understanding.










To introduce our year-long inquiry into ‘Who We Are’, we have shared our important artifacts. We will continue to make connections to the big idea of ‘values’ and how these shape our beliefs and actions.











In Math, we continue to build those dispositions to support flexibility with number and pattern. The idea that there are multiple entry points to a problem and ways of seeing, helps to support the idea that creativity in mathematics is a strength to draw upon.

3B Essential Agreement and Photo Day Date

Greetings 3B parents,

Community: This week we have continued to develop our 3B community by establishing our Essential Agreements.

Class Connections: In literacy we have been reading picture books focussing on the theme of kindness and caring and we will continue to unpack these next week. Math was centered on building behaviors and attitudes to reinforce the belief that all students can be good at math.

Save the Date: Wednesday August 29th is 3B’s class photo day

Have a relaxing weekend!

Greetings 3B Community

A very warm welcome to 3B to all new and returning parents and students. I hope everyone has had a relaxing summer break and are ready to dive back into the busy school year.

Welcome to our first blog post of the year. We’ve had a fab time this week getting to know everyone in the Grade 3 community. We have been team building and developing routines that allow us to learn effectively and cooperatively.

SeeSaw – The student platform

This year, elementary students will be using ‘Seesaw’ to reflect and share their learning with home. Seesaw is private; only people who are invited to view will see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now

Click on this link:

  1. Choose your child from the list
  2. Create your account
  3. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at

  1. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

I look forward to meeting you at our ‘Back-to-School Night’ on the evening of September 6th. You can also drop me an email at I do not answer emails while I’m teaching, so if it is important, please contact the ES office.

Save the Date: September 6th – Back to School Night

Happy Friday!