Science Day

Greetings 3/4s,

On Friday, we had an experiment day. We had the experiment day because our new topic for inquiry is science. We all had lots of fun.

Miss Corduff ‘s experiment was about fast rust where we experimented with steel wool and vinegar too.

Ms Mirabella’s experiment was making plastic milk. It was enjoyable but gross.

Mrs Marshel’s experiment was about how to make a bouncy ball. We had to be very careful not to put too much corn flour in the mixture.

Miss Flanagan’s experiment was about how to make a lava lamp. We mixed water and food dye together to create coloured water. We also put oil in with the water and the oil stayed at the top of the mixture. After we put the oil in, we added a tablet. The tablet made a fizz and made lots of bubbles.

Mrs Kelly’s experiment was making crystals. We put borax and hot water together and dipped a pipe cleaner into it for 48 hours.

Bye From Eva & Mitchell  


Did you make any new discoveries on our Science Day ?

Did you enjoy learning this way and why ?

What questions do you have about how heat can cause change ?

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Growth Mindsets

During Term 3 we will continue to try and develop our growth mindsets. In each of our classes in the 3/4 area we will be referring to the following chart at the beginning, during and after our lessons, to us help us build our growth mindsets so we can be confident, independent learners who love to challenge ourselves and learn from making mistakes. Read and discuss the chart with your parents and ask your teachers if you are unsure of what any of the words mean.

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Here’s a song to help us to remember to never give up when you are facing a challenge.


Do you think you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset when you are learning at school ?

                    Can you tell us how you have used a growth mindset to help you learn ?

Can you think of any times you may have had a fixed mindset ?

Could you make up a song, poem or story about any of the qualities we have when using a growth mindset ?

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Turn Up the Heat! – Inquiry Term 3

In Term 3 the 3/4 level will be learning about physical and chemical changes and how these can effect our environment. Experiments will be conducted that focus on how solids and liquids change with the removal or adding of heat. We will also be analysing how solids, liquids and gases behave in different ways and have observable properties that help to classify them.

Our essential question that we will be exploring is:

Can physical and chemical changes impact the environment?

We are looking forward to another exciting term in 3/4 and being able to be scientists to improve our learning!

What are you looking forward to learning about in Inquiry during Term 3?

Do you have any questions about our topic?


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Murrundindi visits St Mark’s!

Hi everyone!

My name is Ava and my Poppy, Murrundindi came to school on Monday the 6th of June.  He told us about when he was a little boy. He didn’t go to school when he was young. He is 70 years old now! Murrundindi played the didgeridoo for us and we had to guess the animal sounds he was playing. He calls us his sisters and brothers. He through the boomerang for us but said it was a terrible throw because of the wind. He will come back in November to let all the children throw the boomerangs! We are looking forward to that!

Bye from Ava Inglis 3/4 F

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Hi guys it’s Alex F. and Savannah H. from 3/4MC here,

We’re going to tell you some things about composting. We are writing this because 3/4MC had a girl named Hannah came to tell us about worm farming and composting. The 3/4’s are doing the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, so have taken over the responsibility of St. Mark’s compost and worm farm. This year’s compost captains are Olivia A., Scarlett K., Alex E., Emilia D., Eliza W., William O., Cooper L.,Tony B. and us. Some people are forgetting what you can put in the compost. As some people thought that you were not allowed to put citrus in the compost but you actually are. It is only the worms that can’t have citrus because it will burn their skin because their skin is very sensitive.

These are a few facts about composting and worm farming if you want to start doing this at home:

  • you will have to keep it in a semi shaded area and toss it around every few days
  • In the compost bins you are not allowed to put these things:
    • Meat, fish
    • fats, oils, dairy products
    • plastic, rubbish
    • treated wood
    • kitty litter.
  • In the worm farm you are not allowed to put these things:
    • Meat
    • citrus, onions
    • dairy, fats, oils
    • plastic, rubbish
    • kitty litter
  • A tip about worm farming is to put some gardening lime every few weeks this can reduce acidity and keep your farm smelling sweet.

I hope you learnt something new about composting and worm farming From Alex F. and Savannah.

Do you have a compost bin at your home? if you do what do you put in it?

What do you think are the advantages to composting and worm farming?

Are you inspired to start composting at home?

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The Stephanie Alexander Program – 3/4MC

This post was written by Zoe M. and Kevin B. from 3/4MC

In the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program 3/4MC have learnt how to cook lots of fabulous dishes. We have had great experience so far with teachers, parents and university students helping us to learn about cooking. We have made awesome dishes and they were also very yummy. First we make the dishes, then we go back to class and write what we made and did, then we eat our yummy food and last of all we clean up. We wish that we could do it for the rest of the year but everyone needs to have a turn at doing the Stephanie Alexander Program.

So far in gardening we have learnt a lot of things. We have had a lot of experience in gardening. There was a nice lady who came and spoke to us about worms. Her name was Hannah she was from the city of Kingston council she told us all about worms. She was so amazing that she gave us a worm farm and the worms will help our garden grow by the worm wee so when we dilute it with water and give it to the plants they will grow faster. Mrs D. taught us how to plant, how the compost bin works and also how to get all the weeds out. Mrs D. and all the students planted a lot of things and sometimes we had the vegetables that we had planted in our garden in the food that we made in the kitchen class. All the students really appreciate the parents helping us as well in gardening.

What have you learnt during the kitchen classes?

Do you like the new food you tried?

Do you think doing kitchen gardening has helped your learning ?

Why is it good to learn about gardening and cooking in school?

Do you think cooking and gardening at St. Mark’s could improve a bit more? How?   

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T2 Inquiry: Australia and Our Neighbours

The 3/4’s Inquiry focus for Term 2 is Community: Australia and Our Neighbours. Throughout this unit we will be investigating a number of different features and diverse characteristics of  Australia and its neighbouring countries. These include analysing and comparing types of vegetation, native animals, main climates, major natural and human characteristics, types of settlement and the location of these neighbouring countries.

We will also be exploring how having similarities and differences with other countries can influence how we live. In turn we hope everyone will understand that living harmoniously with our neighbours encourages shared values, which creates a sense of belonging to a world community.

What are you most excited about learning about this term?

What other things about Australia and its neighbours do you want to learn?

Why do you think it is important to learn about Australia and its neighbours?

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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program

In the Kitchen Garden program we have been learning about plants and how to weed and harvest them. The students plant them , harvest them, cook them and eat them. We set the table and sit down and eat together. Our food is really delicious and yummy. Most of this food is from our garden so we’ve made it from scratch!
On the 8th of March some beekeepers came to our school and taught us  many interesting facts about bees and we all learned so many new things like where the bees in our garden come from. Did you know we have black bees that originated in Russia and yellow bees that came from Italy? We are lucky to have our mums and teachers to help us every week as well as students from Monash University.

Written by Josh and Dante from 3/4 KU

What have you learnt during the kitchen classes?

Which recipe did you enjoy the most?

Have you tried any new foods ?

What would you like to plant in our school garden ?

Do you think learning how to grow vegetables and cook is important ?

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The Human Brain

During Inquiry lessons we are learning about the different parts of the brain and how they function.  Some parts of the brain we have learnt are:

the cerebrum, hippocampus, cerebellum, amydala and pre-frontal cortex (PFC).

  • What have you learnt about the brain so far?
  • What are you interested in researching further about the brain and how it works?
  • What do your parents and other family members know about the brain?

Post your thoughts below Year 3/4 neurosculptors!


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Inquiry: Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset


This term we are going to be learning lots about our brains and how they work. One thing we would really like the students to work on is their mindsets. It has been proven that when students approach tasks with a growth mindset as apposed to a fixed mindset, they are more likely to succeed in their learning.

Students – have a look at this video about the growth mindset. You may have already seen it in class.

Parents – have a look at the video below showing Carol Dweck discussing growth mindset vs fixed mindset.


What is you understanding of a growth mindset?

Why is it important to have a growth mindset when you are learning?

Can you change a fixed mindset to a growth mindset? How?

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