The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Year 3S News

3S had an exciting first semester. In our first unit of inquiry we learnt all about belonging to a community. We discovered the characteristics that make a community successful and learnt about the purpose of the different communities we belong to. To conclude the unit, we put our learning into action by brainstorming ideas to help improve the local and school community. We came up with many great initiatives including 'Teddy Day' that saw the whole school bring their favourite stuffed toy for the day and raise much needed funds for Canteen; the 'Have You Switched Everything Off? Campaign' that continues to encourage staff and students to switch off all electronic devices at the wall at the end of each day; 'Five Minute Help' which is the completion of helpful five-minute jobs; 'Loose Parts Clean-Up' where the whole school is responsible for keeping the Loose Parts clean and safe; and 'Rubbish Collection Days' which allows time for the whole school to pick up rubbish and dispose of it properly.

During our second unit of inquiry, we immersed ourselves in the arts and were lucky enough to participate in workshops run by a real artist, James Giddy. We look forward to working with James again later in the year to complete a Scotch College mural.

Our third unit of inquiry was all about the adaptation of living and non-living things and our interests guided us in an unexpected direction. We ended up exploring how human impact on the environment has forced many changes in plants and animals. We presented out findings in an assembly item in the hope that many of our peers will think carefully about their environmental footprint now and in the future.

Overall, it was a very successful first semester and we can't wait to see what next semester brings.

Mrs Springall
Year 3 Teacher