3.1 Blog is moving to Seesaw

Dear Parents,
Thank you for your positive feedback and questions concerning Seesaw. Please be advised that this will be the last post on this blog and all future correspondence will be through Seesaw or email with your child’s teacher.
This blog will remain active for your reference until the end of the year.
Thank you and hope you all have a lovely holiday.
The Year 3 Team

Review Writing – Our New Writing Focus


In our latest inquiry into writing, writers will write about something they have experiences in and are passionate about (or are not passionate about J). They will share their opinion- whether it is positive or negative and will use evidence (their own experience) to support their opinion.

This unit allows writers to feel that their opinions are valued and have an audience.

We have been immersing ourselves as writers in reviews – of toys, of games, of books, of hotels. And we have been exploring the purpose of those reviews – how do they work? We have been able to make connections to our own experiences – how is it connected to other things? And we have noticed that sometimes our perspective can be different from others – what are the points of view?

Our eagle-eyed critics are sharpening their pencils ready to make their opinions heard!

Maths – Thinker Learner Profile – Summer Holiday

Dear Parents,

This week the children were going on a summer holiday. They were asked to pack their bag which contained 4 different coloured shirts and shorts. Linking to our learner profile attribute of thinker they then had to find all the different combinations of dress using these 4 colours.

After exploring for a while the whole class gathered to share their strategies and we agreed that the best way to find all the combinations was to keep one thing the same (for example keep the same colour shorts) until all the combinations could be found.

As an extension some of the children had to find all the combinations using 5 different colored shirts and shorts plus 2 different colored hats. Many agreed this was much harder as their were so many more combinations.

Alien Eyes Maths Investigation

Dear parents,

The children have visited an alien planet. On the planet they met some friendly aliens with different numbers of eyes. Some have one eye and some have two eyes. Altogether there were ten eyes. How many different combinations of aliens can there be? Perhaps 1+2+1+2+1+2+1 or 2+2+2+2+2.

How about if there were 13 or 19 eyes? What if the aliens had 3 and 5 eyes what would the combinations be?

Enjoy investigating!


Invite and Exciting News From Year 3

Welcome to a Year 3 Celebration of Writing


Our writers are excited to share their writing journey with you as they have developed independence in managing their writing and creating Expert Books.

We can’t wait to share with you all we know about Minecraft, gymnastics or the Congo!

We hope you can join us!


WHEN: Thursday 28th September


TIME: 2:00 – 2:35


WHERE: We will start in Room 6 and then move to your writer’s classroom.




2:40 – 3:00

After the in class celebration there will be a chance for you to learn about Seesaw, an online portfolio that Year 3 is piloting this year.

This will be an opportunity for you to bring your electronic devices to school and have our fabulous tech team support you as you log in and explore the site for the first time!

You can also download the app prior to coming to the event.

iOS devices: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seesaw-parent-and-family/id930565469?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=seesaw.shadowpuppet.co.seesaw

A visit by Ms. Jasmine and Mr. Chris

Mr Chris and Mrs Jasmine came to our class last week.

They shared about their different roles at school.
Mr Chris talked about his role as principal, and Mrs jasmine about her role as counselor.
They also did a little role play with puppets around teasing.
Children could experience the different answers that they could give to someone if they are teased. Children also learned that it is a matter of practice, using “I ” statements and being able to say “I don’t like it, please stop”.

At the end Mr Chris and Mrs Jasmine presented two pictures representing different mindsets.
Students were asked  to express differences around the 2 pictures: one with a wall in a brain and one with a “TREE”.
Students said about the wall : “a WALL is fixed…bricks are hard…it is hard to break…there is no door…it makes us feel sad”.
Some students said about the Tree: “it grows, it is soft…it helps us to learn…it has air”.
Children understood that any time they try something new, even if they make mistakes it’s like  choosing the TREE, and with this mindset, they are consciously GROWING inside and their brain is also growing.
They learned that they can apply this in every area of their lives: they can be fixed in believing ” I DONT HAVE FRIENDS, NOBODY wants to play with me” etc…or they can have a growth mindset “saying hello to someone new, introducing themselves to some new student, or even encouraging a friend etc”.
If you want to share more about the growth mindset with your children at home, you can visit those videos:
Growth Mindset versus Fixed Mindset
or the DOT

PE Learning through the Unit of Inquiry

”Learning Engagements:  The Chinese table is a gymnastic / acrobatic figure formed by 4 people. Each person sits in a stool and leans their trunk over next person knees. After they form a square/table the leader takes the seats away and the table must keeps stable.
Groups practice the    “Chinese Table” – by themselves Each students will represent the domains: Mental, physical, personal, spiritual and social.’’



The PE Department

Peace Day Invite and Assembly Support – Friday September 22nd

Dear Parents,

On Friday, 22 September we will be celebrating Peace Day here at LIS. The morning will begin with an assembly and continue with a variety of Peace Day centered workshops throughout the day. The day will end with a Peace parade. Here’s where we need your help! The parade will begin around 2 pm. The children will “walk for peace” around the campus on a predetermined route and then finish back in the school cafeteria area for a final assembly at approximately 2:20pm. We would like to see the parents there cheering the children on as they come inside. We will then listen as our guest speaker, U.N. Resident Coordinator Paolo Balladelli, has some final words for us, share a song or two, and reflect on our day of peace.


Students are encouraged to wear something they feel represents peace and who they are.


Hope to see you all there.


Queridos pais,

Na sexta-feira, 22 de setembro, estaremos celebrando o Dia da Paz aqui no LIS. A manhã começará com uma reunião e continuará com uma variedade de workshops centrados no Dia da Paz ao longo do dia. O dia terminará com um desfile da paz. Aqui é onde precisamos de sua ajuda! O desfile começa por volta das 2 da noite. As crianças vão “caminhar pela paz” ao redor do campus em uma rota predeterminada e depois terminar na área da cafeteria da escola para uma montagem final em aproximadamente 2:20 da tarde. Gostaríamos de ver os pais ali torcendo as crianças enquanto elas entram. Em seguida, iremos ouvir como nosso orador convidado, Coordenador residente da U.N. Paolo Balladelli, com algumas palavras finais para nós, compartilhar uma ou duas canções e refletir sobre o nosso dia de paz.

Os alunos são encorajados a usar algo que eles sentem representa paz e quem são.

Espero ver todos vocês lá.