Students have almost finished studying fractions. Students have been learning about the size of different fractions. Did you know that if the denominator is a big number, the pieces actually get smaller in size (not bigger)?

This fraction wall (made by a student) clearly demonstrates this.

It’s also easy to see on this excellent example of a fraction wall which fractions are equivalent to each other. For example, can you find what fractions equal the same as 1/2? Look down the wall and figure out how many quarters make 1/2. How many sixths? How many eighths make 1/2? How many twelfths?

Can any number of thirds make exactly 1/2? Why or why not?

You could also try to figure out which fractions are the same size (or equivalent/equal to) 1/3, 1/4, 2/3 and 3/4 for extra challenge.

Remember to visit the Next website to view all sorts of videos on fractions: Just type in or click on and click on the ‘Fractions’ link. It’s full of support and revision of what we’ve learnt so far, as well as some extension.

What have you enjoyed the most during fractions?

Swimming Program reminders

The grade 3/4 Swimming Program will commence next week from Monday the 24th of November to Friday the 5th December.
Grade 3s: 9:00 am -10:30 am each morning for 2 weeks.
Grade 4s: 9:45 am -11:15 am each morning for 2 weeks.

Reminders – What to bring:
It is preferable that students wear their bathers to school in the morning under their school uniform if possible. They will also need a towel, change of underwear and a plastic bag for wet items. Goggles are optional.
All personal items are to be clearly named.

StartSmart Incursion

On Wednesday November 12th, the Grade 3 children had an incursion as part of our Money, Money, Money unit. Annaliese (Coach Cash)from the Commonwealth Bank StartSmart program visited to teach us about being financially fit.  She was hilarious, using different accents and making us laugh!

Some of the things she said were: * Spend some on you, and save some too! * Speed to your needs, and wait for your wants! * Be aware, compare, there’s better prices out there!

We heard about the difference between a credit card and a debit card. With a credit card you are spending the bank’s money. When you borrow money from your bank, you have to pay it back and a little bit more (interest). Using a debit card you are spending your own money. If you have $100 in the bank, you can spend $100. We learned about how EFTpos machines and ATMs communicate with the bank over the internet.

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Everyone enjoyed the activity where you had to mime doing different chores to earn money (including cleaning the toilet after dad’s been in there!)

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Annaliese also taught us about shopping around, reading the fine print and not being distracted by “Free” offers.


  Now we all know a bit more about being smart with money!