Moving to a new dimension!

According to a three dimensional (3D) object has… you guessed it, 3 dimensions! The 3 dimensions are called width, depth and height.

Examples include: spheres, cubes, pyramids, and cylinders.

The Grade 3s had a go at making their own 3D shapes using ‘nets’ (a pattern that you can cut and fold to make a model of a solid shape). They did an excellent job of following instructions and persisting even when the gluing part was difficult!

Quiz your child on the following vocabulary: Vertices/vertex, edges, faces, angles. Now, ask them to turn 90 degrees one way and then 180 degrees another way. Some students are grasping this higher level maths information!

See some of the wonderful photos taken by Ava S and Lily G below:

There is no ‘i’ in team!

What isn’t fun about making the tallest tower out of plastic cups? How about when you add rules such as: verbal communication, everybody has to physically help and you aren’t allowed to touch the cups with any part of your body or clothing?

Today, 3B and 3S joined forces during Team Building Fridays to race to build the tallest tower using only a rubber band, some cups and some string in a group of 3 or 4 students.

There was much frustration, irritation, falling cups, and even some excitement!

Upon reflection, the students were able to articulate that they needed to cooperate, plan, discuss and be patient. It was challenging for them to verbalise their needs as they could see what they felt they needed to do on their own.

A great time was had by all! Check out our pics and please comment below!


Ride2School Day

Bell PS will once again be participating in Ride2School Day on Friday 23rd of March

Ride2School is a nationwide program delivered by Bicycle Network, designed to support schools to encourage, empower and enable more students to get physically active on their journey to school.  It provides an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to try riding, walking, skating or scooting to school as well as celebrating the regular walkers and riders.

On this day, riding and walking to school is made normal and the entire school community can support it. It is a chance to celebrate on a large scale and to prove it can be done. 

The event will be organised and run by Junior School Council. Stay tuned for further information. 

The Pentomino Effect

Today in Maths the grade 3s continued their learning about shape by working with pentominoes (those pesky tetris shapes that have 5 squares each). The goal, fit the pieces together to make a ‘pentomino’ (just like making ‘tetris’) which is a rectangle where all 12 pentominoes fit to make a ‘whole’.

Have a look at their frustrated little faces below! See how much fun the teachers are having watching their pain haha

Don’t forget to comment! 🙂



How do we fit in Melbourne? An inquiry question.

Today 3B, 3F, and 3S students walked into room 16 and 17 and saw a giant map displayed on the wall. They spent quite a while looking, discussing, questioning and sharing their knowledge of what the map had on it. Their curiosity was certainly peaked!

As part of our inquiry lessons, the students thought about how we fit in our communities in a student-led task. We created a giant map of the northern suburbs of Melbourne and got the students to identify the places and communities that are relevant to them under a few choice headings:

  1. Sport
  2. Art
  3. Swimming
  4. Grandparents/aunts & uncles
  5. Home

See some of their wonderful learning below and don’t forget to comment!

Sam, Jack and Ajay.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Today March the 8th is International Women’s Day and to celebrate 4W conducted a mini-inquiry that focussed on Sustainable Development Goal 5 “Gender Equality” as well as watched a couple of videos the call for more action on gender equality. The first “Own Your Voice” was from the perspective of some powerful women who use youtube as a platform for using their voice to share their views on equality. The second was a Behind The News article that discussed important women in history herstory and as well as bringing our attention to a fabulous podcast produced by the ABC called Fierce Girls and listened to a snapshot of one of their recordings about the story of Louise Sauvage a Paralympian. We were so enamoured by the story, that we had to listen to the entire episode. Whilst listening to the episode the students draw whatever came to mind in their thinking/ideas book. Below are some of the sketches.




Just gimme some kinda sign, girl! #maths

In maths, we know that all students should work with concrete materials and pictures before moving on to written symbolism. Today, the students in Grade 3 practised their understanding of > (greater than), < (less than), and = (equal to)

We watched this video from MathsIsFun: Equal, Greater or Less Than

Then the students worked together to roll a number, create that number with counters (concrete materials) and use a cute symbol to create a true statement. Then students wrote wrote these statements in their grid books. See below:


Why should I? Persuasive devices to follow rules by Grade 3s

Last week the Grade 3s started looking at persuasive devices that ad companies use to convince us to buy their product or idea. Today, in pairs, they started to brainstorm and create their own posters to persuade others to follow a common school rule or rule at home.

Here is some of their early work. Students were encouraged to use devices such as:

Colour, alliteration, repetition, celebrity, character endorsement, target audience, slogan/catchy phrase, facts and figures, promise, song, rhyme, logo and more!

We hope to put these up around the school to show off our awesome work when we finish them over the next week.


Book Club – A Visual Reponse

This week during Book Club, the Grade 3s in 3B, 3F and 3S have been continuing their reading of The One and Only Ivan as a shared class text.

In the last few chapters, Ivan the Gorilla talks about how he likes to draw things, but only things he sees in his domain. The challenge was for students to do a literal drawing of something from their classroom environment. We were very impressed with the results!

Here are a few:

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