Division (Shared Between) Quiz

Grade three students have been studying division (shared between) especially by reversing their known two, three,  five and ten multiplication facts. For example, 24 shared between 2, is the same as 2 x __ = 24. Here are some real-life shared between problems you could try to solve over the holidays:

1. I ordered twenty five pizzas for our grand final party. We had five guests in total. How many pizzas can each guest eat? (Do you think I under or over-ordered?)

2. Three friends were training for their grand final on their local oval. They had 21 footballs to perform their practice drills. How many footballs can each friend kick so that they each have a fair share? (What if there were 210 footballs?)

3. My team kicked 60 points in our footy match. If there were ten players and they all scored an equal amount, how many points did each player score? (How many goals did each player kick?)

4. There were forty swans who were being released into four different rivers, with an equal number of swans in each river. How many swans ended up in the third river?

5. 45 lollies were purchased for our grand final party. Each person is allowed to eat five lollies. How many people the maximum amount of lollies before they all run out?

Extra challenge: 

6. There are 66 grade three students who need to fit into 4 classrooms when school starts in term four. How many grade three students in each classroom?

7. There are 125 students attending camp and 6 students can fit in each cabin. How cabins will be required?

Please answer using the comments. Thank you to Ryan in 3F for his fantastic multiplication quiz answers!

Maroondah Dam Excursion

Maroondah Reservoir Well, it was third time lucky as we set off on our excursion this week!  No forecast of freezing conditions, thunderstorms or hail, and no severe wind warning!  Just cloudy with showers.  And cloudy it was as you can see from our photos.

On the bus, we had our Spotto sheets to help us notice some of the different ways land is used in Victoria.  We saw lots of things including farms, sheep and cows, vineyards and towns. Our guides, Karen and Steve, met us at Healesville and we travelled on to look at the Maroondah Dam.

We learned about this very important catchment area for our water supply and the dam wall, around forty metres high, that was built almost a hundred years ago.

There was some excitement when we spotted a kangaroo in the distance.  Can you see it almost in the centre of  the photo below?

We travelled on up the Black Spur. Before white man came, Aborigines used to make their way over here when it was cold on this side of the Great Dividing Range, to get to the warmer side.  From the bus we could see trees blackened by the fires in 2009.  Our next stop was at Dom Dom Saddle where we had lunch.  We were surprised how foggy it was and we could see how the trees play a part in the water catchment.  Water in the air condenses on the leaves then drips to the ground so there is a permanent water supply. 









After lunch we took a walk into the Yarra Ranges National Park. We saw signs reminding us of the rules to make sure that the flora and fauna are looked after here.







Along the way we looked at the trees.  There were eucalypts and mountain ash (the tallest flowering trees in the world).  There were tree ferns, bracken, the ‘bootlace bush’, the ‘blanket’ tree with its soft leaves, sword grass and forest wire grass.  Some of these plants would have been used by the Aboriginal women to make baskets and nets. We heard birds in the forest and saw signs of other creatures.  This is home to the endangered Leadbeaters Possum and there may be koalas here too but we didn’t see them.




Next we were back on the bus and continued up into the Great Dividing Ranges to Fernshaw. Here we had a snack and explored the area which was once a township. It used to have hotels where Cobb and Co Coaches would stop and there was a school with 29 pupils. There were two historic oak trees here, planted in 1913 from acorns from Windsor castle, to commemorate a day in 1901 when Queen Mary (then the Duchess of  York before she married King George in 1910) stopped and lunched at Fernshaw.  Looking at old black and white photos shows us how much places can change over time.





Then it was back on the bus for our return to school (and a snooze for some!)

Thanks to our helpers James, Julie, Sally, Michelle, Brigitte and Madeline, who helped to make the day run smoothly.

Third Term in Review

Term three has absolutely flown by and our grade three students have done a fantastic job at applying themselves,  working hard and continuing to show exemplary behaviour across the school. Here’s a short overview of what we learnt this term.


This term, students across GK focused on three main reading strategies: making connections, visualising and questioning. Students started the term by making text-to-self (to their own experiences), text-to-text (to other books and sometimes movies or shows) and text-to-world (to their knowledge of other facts) connections to a range of different novels. The Premier’s Reading Challenge also concluded this term, well done to all the students who participated and congratulations to those who managed to complete their reading list last Friday.

It’s been especially great to see so many students genuinely enjoying their reading and, as our students have become more fluent and better at decoding larger words throughout the year, the grade threes have been discovering many new types of books, authors and genres to experiment with and truly get lost in. After all, that is our main goal: for students to fall in love with literature and independently choose to read. Be sure to keep up the reading habit over the holidays, research shows that reading levels can either improve (or even go backwards!) depending on whether children engage in just 15-20 minutes of daily reading over the school break.


The main focus this term was the very creative text type of poetry. Students wrote an extremely wide range of poems, including:

  • shape/concrete, where the poem is written in the shape of the object or topic (e.g. a pineapple)
  • cinquain and haiku, where each line has a certain number of syllables
  • alliteration, in which each word (or most) start with the same letter
  • onomatopoeia, where sound effects such as BOING! or POW! predominate
  • autobiographical, a poem all about the author
  • and many more.

Be sure to look our for your child’s very own collection of their favourite poems in their portfolio.


This term students took on the quite challenging topics of multiplication (groups of) and division (shared between). Students did a great job at continuing to develop their times tables, particularly the 2xs, 3xs, 5xs and 10xs; these will be particularly important in grade four and onwards so make sure you have them well-practiced. Students also learnt to multiply larger numbers, such as 5×104. We offered students $20 if they could switch a multiplication and get a different answer, for example: if 4 x 5 = 20,  5 x 4 = 20. Unfortunately, no one got the $20, and the teachers walked away with some extra lolly money! Then, students learnt about multiplication’s best friend: good old division or shared between. Did you know that 20 divided by 4, is the same as asking: 4 x __ = 20. That’s a pretty handy trick! Once you know multiplication, you pretty much know division already.

The NEXT (Numeracy Extension) group also started towards the end of the term. So far, students have been revising subtraction with renaming, particularly over zeroes, for example 1001 – 849. NEXT students have learnt two strategies for double digit multiplication with the aim of them choosing their personal favourite. Students also compared the cost of being a superhero, specifically Batman, today with prices back in 1939. Here’s a quick YouTube tutorial on the two different methods students have available to them to multiply larger numbers:

(Please note: GK uses the language of ‘renaming’ rather than ‘carrying’, so that the tens and hundreds have real place value meaning for students).

If you like, try out the Multiplication Quiz that was posted last month on the blog. A division quiz will be posted over the holidays.

Thank you as always to all the parents for all your help around the school and classroom and for all that you do for the children, day-in, day-out, to support not only their learning but their growth into magnificent young people. Most importantly, rest up and have a very happy and safe break whether you’re staying in Victoria or travelling. We look forward to seeing all the children’s smiling faces happily returning to school for an action-packed term four.