Thinking Like A Designer

Grade 3 students have been busy inquiring into their second art unit under the theme of How We Organize Ourselves while unpacking the central idea Breaking tasks into steps leads to success.

The students compared and contrasted old and contemporary toy designs, focusing on how these designs have changed over time. We discussed the differences between the materials toys are made from, color choices, and style to get us thinking like designers.

Grade 3 artists have been busy creating a personal design plan for their own moveable toy creation. They have drawn their design, planned moveable parts, colors, and have chosen extra materials to attach to their clay.

We have started using clay to begin creating their toys from their design plan.

PE Update and Welcome Back!

Hi Everyone,

Karen and I hope that you have enjoyed your holiday. This week we have once again looked at the 5 fitness tests as part of our year-long unit and assessment on health related fitness. We have enclosed a pdf of the actual test sheet that your child has worked through this week – talk to them about whether or not they are warm, warmer, hot or on FIRE!

Our next unit is Movement Composition and students will use the terminology of ROTATIONS, TRAVEL, BALANCE, and JUMP to describe and label their movements. This unit covers a mixture of gymnastic type movements such as rolls, balances, leaps, and gallops etc and then adapting/modifying them into a small routine. Within Grade 3 we will be focusing on the aesthetics and function of each movement as well as connecting between different movement – which in child-speak is about making our moves and transitions clean, tidy, and smooth.

Just a reminder that students from G3-G5 are required to the PE uniform during these sessions. Time will be given before and after each session in order to get changed. After Chinese New Year students who do not have PE uniform will be lent an old sports uniform for the PE session and an email will be sent home informing you of this. PE uniforms are available at Dragonwear in the school foyer. We have attached the letter sent last year in English, Korean, and Chinese addressing this matter.

As always both Karen and I encourage families to talk about PE at home and we welcome any feedback, questions, clarifications that you may have as a result of your child’s PE sessions.

Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng

Painting Display

Grade 3 paintings are up on display in the art gallery near the elementary art rooms. Please take the opportunity to admire our Grade 3 artists hard work, it truly is a beautiful display of their best effort and creativity!

Where in are in place and time

We are starting to inquiry into our new unit by thinking about the transdisciplinary theme “Where we are in place and time”

. To begin the children have been looking at the language in the theme and developing their own understanding and thinking about what they would like to inquiry which these areas.


As we near the end of this unit we are taking all of the skills that we have inquired into for soccer and basket/benchball and using them within a game context. This has been a great experience for everyone because they have participated in a formal tournament type structure that encourages teamwork, perseverance, and camaraderie.

Another really important feature of the tournament is the process of team selections. We asked the students to identify their strengths and weaknesses in each of the 2 games and together we created even teams. Having the students make decisions based upon their perceptions of their skill level proved to be a positive experience for the students. Have a talk to your child about how their tournament went.


Here is a selection of some feedback that we received.


I like the way how we helped each other.

I felt happy that our team was cooperate.

I felt caught a ball was too hard.

I liked that we won 3 times and got 16 points.

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