Year 3 Teaching Team
3A- Hannah Sinclair
3B- Ailis Meade
3C- Georgina Aquilina
3D-Esther Chan (M-W)/ Joe Grabin (Th-F)- PLT Facilitators
3E- Sally Jean Pye
From left- Georgina, Sally, Esther, Joe, Ailis, & Hannah
Curriculum Overview Term 1
The Year 3 team are looking forward to welcoming our new students to their first year in the senior school. We have high expectations for all our students and will strive to create safe and supportive learning environments for them to grow in confidence and academics. Towards the end of the term, students will participate in NAPLAN testing in Literacy and Numeracy. We will have them well prepared, so there is no need for additional homework or testing at home. Below is a summary of the topics we will teach the students in Year 3 in Term 1.
In the first weeks of Reading in Year 3, students will begin by revising how to choose appropriate books, developing strategies to grow their reading stamina, and understanding expectations in Reading lessons. Throughout the year, students will learn and practise a range of comprehension strategies. In Term 1, they will learn how to make connections between the books they read and themselves, the world, and other texts. They will make predictions about texts they are reading and justify these as they go. They will use various questioning strategies to deepen their understanding of texts.
Students will also learn to apply text processing strategies during guided reading sessions, including letter-sound relationships, blending and segmenting, and understanding the rules and patterns of the English language, to read and recognise high-frequency and more complex words.
In Year 3, students will be thinking like authors as they utilise the 6+1 Traits of Writing through the ‘Writing Process’. During our first 20 days of Literacy, we will set up expectations and introduce the Writer’s Workshop for Year 3 before moving towards explicit teaching of Narrative and Persuasive texts with a focus on structure and generating clear, original ideas that they can use in their writing throughout the year. Up to three pieces will be published by each student this term, which will be displayed in our ‘Writer’s Gift’ for all students to share and enjoy. Word Study will be meaningfully embedded as part of the Writing program to assist students with their writing development.
Speaking & Listening:
Students will have regular opportunities in all curriculum areas to share their learning and listen to others. They will be encouraged to collaborate to develop social skills and understand the various English language contexts, allowing students to understand specific and appropriate vocabulary and build their content knowledge. Our Australian Geography unit will enable students to share their research with their peers and work together. Towards the end of the term, they will learn to plan and deliver short presentations providing critical details in a logical sequence and using appropriate tone, pace, pitch, and volume.
In Year 3, students will explore a range of problem-solving strategies as they develop their proficiencies in Number & Algebra, Measurement & Space, and Statistics & Probability. In Term 1, students will learn about place value and recognising, modelling, representing and ordering numbers to and beyond 10 000 as well as partitioning, rearranging and regrouping numbers to and beyond 10 000 to assist in calculations and solve problems. They will also recall addition facts and related subtraction facts (fact families) for numbers up to 20 to develop increasingly efficient mental strategies for computation and problem-solving.
Students will have ample opportunity to extend their thinking through open-ended questioning and provocation. Students can challenge themselves by manipulating numbers to suit their capabilities. Later in the term, they will learn to collect, organise and create data displays to interpret data and make appropriate conclusions.
Other Learning Areas (OLA)
We currently run the Respectful Relationships Wellbeing program at NMPS. Students will also explore mindfulness and a growth mindset through meditation and circle time.
Students will use educational iPad applications to support and enrich their classroom learning this year. Some apps we will use include Doodle Maths, Doodle Spell and Doodle English, Epic, Book Creator, SeeSaw, ReadWorks, Sketches, and Keynote. Students will use iPads to research topics, represent their learning, and strengthen skills. It is very important that students abide by the iPad agreement, which will be sent to you on Compass early in Term 1.
Year 3’s will focus on Australia and its neighbouring countries in our Geography unit this term. Students will examine Australia’s major natural and human characteristics and its neighbouring countries. They will investigate how the Australian continent was (and still is) divided into many Aboriginal Countries and Torres Strait Islander Places and learn using maps and their conventions (border, scale, legend, title). Throughout the unit, students learn research skills to identify and represent key information appropriately.
Year 3 students are expected to read for at least 20 minutes per night to improve their reading ability and, in turn, their writing acquisition. There will be times when explicit home learning tasks are set, and students will be expected to complete these activities. These tasks will generally be open-ended and project-based. Your child’s iPad will continue to have new school apps added to it. Many of the numeracy and literacy apps will support the learning we do in the classroom.
To support your child’s learning at home, here are some things you can do:
- Encourage reading every night – including short periods of read-aloud. We cannot stress how important reading every day is. A student who reads less than a minute per day outside of school reads only 8,000 to 21,000 words per year. However, a student reading 20 minutes daily outside of school reads almost 2 million words yearly!
- The Doodle Learning apps (Maths, Spell, and English) are programs that families can download the App or access the website from their iPads/computers so their child can log in to their personal MAP, lessons, texts and literacy games from home. Students are encouraged to access these apps for roughly ten minutes a day.
- Use real-life opportunities such as shopping and cooking to discuss money, addition and other mathematical concepts.
- Write at home – it can be about anything. The more short pieces your child can write, the better writer they will become.
- Encourage random acts of kindness. This could be anything from using manners to writing a card to a grandparent. Students can play www.freerice.com to build global perspectives and empathy for those less fortunate.
Ailis, Georgina, Hannah, Sally, Esther and Joe