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Katipo – Year 3 blog

Purple Mash Computer Science Integration

Year three students have been using the Purple mash programme across the curriculum, here is a show case of some of the work produced.  This has been implemented throughout the year.  The main is focus remains paper and pencil.

Once you have accessed the link you can interact with the programme.

The first piece of work is from 2DIY3D, with this programme the children had to design their own game.

Another programme the children have used is from 2 question which is a branching database that one of the students created.

We have used 2 connect to plan and write write stories.  The great thing about this programme it allows the children to have their plan beside them and insert parts of the plan into the writing.

The children have been creating music compositions with Miss Sancto.  They used the progamme 2 sequence.

Next is an example of a reading response from Serial Mash.

Lately the children have created a database using 2 investigate.  They have thoroughly enjoyed using this programme.  The next step is using the database to create a quiz.

Making Learning Authentic

Pokemon cards are very popular in the Year three class.  So I decided what a great motivator to bring the cards into the learning.  In Mathematics we are learning about Data Handling.  The students are using the Pokemon cards to create a database using Purple mash, 2Investigate.  After they have built their database they can use the information to create different graphs, sort the data and write a report on their findings.  They are all so highly motivated as you can see from the photos.

The children have also shown me how to play the game during a Math lesson as there is an incredible amount of math involved especially adding and subtracting of tens and hundreds.

What’s The Time Mr Wolf

In Year three we have been learning how to tell the time on an analogue clock.  To complete our topic on time we did a treasure hunt.  With a buddy we had to read the time on the clocks and write the answers on the answer sheet.  We had so much fun.

Worry, worry go away!

The Katipo class has discovered that we all have worry monsters and that they all look different and come invade our heads at different times and places.  Some even found that their worry monster can change form and follow them around.  We have been discussing how we get rid of our worry monsters?

First we drew what our monster looked like, named it, how it makes us feel, where and when it visits and most importantly how we can make it disappear.

Sharing our worries has helped us understand that everyone has worries and it is totally normal.  However how we deal with our worries, ensuring they don’t take over is very important.

Worry, worry go away,

Go visit some other stray.

You’ve had your fun,

Now it’s time for you to run.

You’ve taught me what I need to know

And from your lessons I will grow.


Floating and Flying

Did you know……..

  • That if a boat has a V shape with no weight in it, it will sink.
  • You cannot push a cup upside down in a bowl of water because the air fills the space in the cup.
  • Objects with air in them float.
  • We discovered water can act like the force, friction.



Did you know……

  • That a parachute with a hole in the middle floats down more slowly
  • The weight you use has to be the right for the size of the parachute.


We had so much fun finding out about water resistance and and air resistance.



Push, Pull, Squeeze, Twist, Stretch or Pinch

Year three have been learning about forces in Science.  We were all given a piece of modelling clay we had to change the shape by using different forces.  After that in our groups we played a game by rolling a dice then doing the action each number represented by either giving it a squeeze, push, pull, twist, stretch or pinching it the object of the game was to create a dinosaur.  We were given five minutes.  It was so much fun.


    Do you like our dinosaurs we created?  We think we are really clever!

Ancient Museum

We had the privilege of visiting the Year 7 exhibition of the Ancient Museum.  It was incredible the effort the children had gone to with their displays and the information they presented.  The Primary students were very respectful at  listening to the speeches the Year 7 students had prepared.  Definitely highly recommend all parents and families to visit next time I assure you will not be disappointed.


Global Food Day

What a feast we had on Friday.  Food, food glorious food was defiantly the song being sung on Friday.  The array of food from various cultures was certainly spectacular.



It was amazing to see children dressed in traditional clothing from their culture.  We also discovered some interesting facts about different countries.

Yum, Yum Purple Caulifower

We have been enjoying eating the incredible vegetables from our garden especially the purple cauliflower.

A big thank-you to the parents that have given seedlings to replenish the garden.

It has been fantastic seeing the community come and pick fresh vegetables and herbs.

I know the year three students are looking forward to the summer fruits we have planted.

Kiki our class parrot enjoys his fresh vegetables from the garden that we pick for him daily.



School Garden

This term we have been learning about plants. We have planted a school garden as part of our learning, some the seedlings we raised and some we brought. Year three investigated how bulbs grow and we have planted them in the garden also. Please come and look at our garden. When it does start to produce fruit and vegetables it will be for the community to enjoy and hopefully we can use some of it to do some cooking. Year three have been taking great care of it by weeding, watering and taking out dead leaves.

Fascinating Angles

We have been learning how to recognise and measure angles.  To help use find right angles we invented our own tools then tested them out.  It was really fascinating.

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