A (short) week in Grade 3!

This week started with a big leap into digital citizenship and continuing to learn about the safety of being online, we delved into what a digital footprint is (this will be explored deeper through a focused workshop with Miss Brigitte) and how we can be present online without putting ourselves at risk…. enter avatar!

As a part of our blogging challenge (see my previous post) we have created an avatar to represent each person in the class and short bio to go alongside. This bio includes our avatar name and some interesting facts about ourselves. Students learn about the types information you should/can share online and what you definitely shouldn’t. I am proud to say how knowledgeable Grade 3 about the way they conduct themselves online (Thank you Morah Ann-Lynn!) See our blogging challenge post to check out the avatars.

Show N Tell has been happening this week and will continue next week. All subjects had to create a description using adjectives, verbs, similes and alliteration! I have super impressed with all preparation, the amazing items and stories that came along too. The cutest being Tehila bringing in her new baby sister (with mum!) Here are a few in action!

We also have started to challenge ourselves in Math, not only continuing our knowledge about patterning and sequence but Ms Cleveland introduced us to T-charts. Using math cubes, we created out own and had to show the increasing pattern in a chart. once we were confident we re-cap our knowledge in a flip grid.

We also continued to develop our abstract thinking through open ended inquiry questions. This is a difficult skill and requires out of the box thinking…

Our Pumpkin Run took up most of Thursday – what a beautiful fall day to be outdoors!

Finally Friday was our Grade 3 Knesset representative vote. Congratulations to you who won and the 2nd in command(this person steps in when the rep is unable to attend) You will be an awesome Knesset member! Well done to all who entered to race – I loved your enthusiasm and ruach in preparation!


Pumpkin Run fun!

Grade 3 and 4 has a super fun morning at Ken Ross park, Barrhaven competing in the independent schools fall harvest event PUMPKIN RUN! Students ran either a 1.5km or 2km course age depending and then they were able to enjoy the glorious day outdoors, playing games and team building with different grade levels.

Thanks to Mrs Bennett and Morah Yardena – we had a blast!

This week in Kitah Gimmel

This week Kitah Gimmel was been busy learning about Yom Kippur. We spent time learning about the five tefillot of Yom Kippur, as well as the importance of reflecting on the relationship we have with ourselves, with G-d, and with our friends. Another theme discussed this week was Lashon Hara (talking badly about our friends, gossip). We played the game broken telephone to gain a better understanding of how easy it is to unintentionally pass the wrong message.

Gmar Chatima Tova,

Morah Sigal

Student blogging challenge!

Good Morning all!

This week we will be starting The Edublogs Blogging challenge alongside Grade 2,4,5 and middle school. This is a great introduction to blogging without any pressure of being alone online.

Grade 3 will be completing the challenge as a class so all projects and post will be created together and monitored by myself. There will be interactions with other classes from around the world via the commenting section in each blog post so you are able to check in and see the challenge as we complete each stage.

Here is a link to the official Edublogs parent communication.

Any question or queries, please feel free to contact me.



Reminder about Grade 3 field trip this week

Good morning!

This is just a reminder that Grade 3 (along with grade 4) are attending the Pumpkin Run sporting event on Thursday 10th October from 9:30am until approx 1:30pm.

Students will need to arrive at school in their gymkit/sport clothing. With the weather being as unpredictable as ever, I would suggest students bring layers of clothing (sweatpants, t-shirt, hoody, light rain jacket and sneakers). The races are staggered so alongside cheering and supporting other groups, their will be down time. I encourage students to bring along a book or playing cards. I will bring a soccer ball (space depending!) Beyblades will not be allowed on this field trip.

Students will be eating snack and lunch outdoors so ensure to pack food that needs minimal preparation and leaves zero trace.

Thank you for sending the permission trip forms back so promptly!

Miss M

Our week in Grade 3!

This week, we have been developing our knowledge about Plants by learning about Photosynthesis and increasing curiosity by the make up of cells on a leaf…

We also looked in inquiry based questioning and not simply accepting the information presented to us. We are investigators in the making!

Continuing with our personal interest research project, paper blogs are starting to look incredible! The class have learned about positions of titles, subtitles (what is a subtitle? What is the point of it?) the importance of media in a variety of forms to make sure our audience is engaged. Some have been completed and displayed in our hallway. The next stage of commenting and feedback is always interesting.


Structure word inquiry has been become a hot topic this week! From Prefix, to suffix, trigraphs and digraph, Phoneme to Grapheme… we have been busy! Developing new vocabulary is a way to open up new curiosities and independence in learning. I am super excited to see how and where we go with this!

In our novel study of Roald Dahl’s The Twits, students have been practising speaking and listening skills when given discussion prompts. We use the Think, Pair, Share model in class which helps develop independent thinking, paired collaboration thinking and then class discussion. The prompts were linked to kindness and positivity and whether a persons outside appearance matters as much as the inside personality.

Linking finally into  a discussion about Aseret Yimei Teshuva. Grade 3 have shared their thoughts on choosing a more positive path and what asking for forgiveness means to them. They each selected a quotation and wrote what it means for them.

Grade 3 have set a challenge for themselves in which they will spent an hour  during the day  where they will focuses on positive speech and not focus on Lashon Hararh (gossip) . The goal is between Friday October 4 until the end of the Jewish Month of Tishrei,  every day (including weekends) for one hour we will focus on positive speech. We will celebrate this accomplishment at our first Rosh Chodesh Celebration.

Grade 3 have decided to dedicate this time to their Phys Ed lessons. The class suggested this is where they are the least kind and least positive because they ‘get caught up in the game’. I was really proud of the challenge they set as they are thinking about a time which specific positivity is needed. The days when they don’t have Phys Ed, they begin their morning with an hour of positive speech.

And that is all for this week, have a great weekend!

Miss M

Grade 3 Rosh Hashanah


This week our class has been preparing for Rosh Hashanah by learning the Tefillot (prayers), and the difference between the blessings for Yom Tov and the regular brachot we say when there are no holidays. We also learned about Tashlich and how we spend this time of year thinking about how we can be better versions of ourselves.

Shana Tova ,

Morah Sigal


October Homework

October is month full of celebrations and time to be with family.

In our OJCS homework policy, it is stated that homework is not to be set over holidays. With this in mind, for the month of October:

General Studies:

I will be setting weekly general studies homework as usual but the amount will be reduced and there will be NO WEEKLY MATH QUIZZES.

Math quizzes will resume in November.


Morah Sigal will continue to set daily reading on the days children are in school (as usual this will not be set on a Friday)


Monsieur P will be adjusting as follows:

Given Wednesday October 2nd and due Friday October 11th.
Given Wednesday October 16th and due Friday October 25th
Any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to email or comment below.
Miss M