The Year 3 Teaching Team are:
Term 4 Curriculum Overview
In Numeracy this term, Year 3 students will be developing their understanding of shape, location, and transformation. At the beginning of the term, students will learn the names and properties of angles, and find angles in everyday life. Next, we will be exploring Symmetry in their environment. We will work on identifying symmetry in common objects and manipulate shapes to describe slides, turns, and flips.
We will continue to immerse students in context-driven tasks to support their connections with numeracy in real-life situations. This will be demonstrated through our work with mapping and location this term. Students will develop their skills in creating and interpreting simple grid maps to show position and pathways and plan routes.
Towards the end of the term, students will be investigating the properties of 2D shapes and 3D models. Year 3’s will make models of three-dimensional objects and describe their key features, and find and draw 2D shapes and describe their key features.
Finally, at the end of the term, we will revisit the four operations and provide opportunities for students to develop their skills in mental computation and number fluency, and develop strategies to solve multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction problems.
This term students will be looking at reading and writing through a shared, literacy block process. Students will start each block session with reading, spending the week looking at one text in depth. Students will discuss how language is used to describe settings in these texts and explore how those settings can shape the events and influence their mood. They will also examine points of view in these texts and make inferences from different perspectives.
Each writing session will follow on from the reading, and students will start each session by examining the week’s text from the writer’s perspective, looking each day at a different writing trait.
This will in turn help students to create their own texts, with a particular focus on the organization of content in different ways depending on the purpose, audience or context. Students will also be experimenting with multimodal texts, and most importantly will work on developing an individual writing style that really shows off their own writer’s voice.
In Term 4, Year 3’s will be developing their understanding of less common letter combinations used to correctly spell words. We will be practicing spelling strategies such as phonological knowledge, letter clusters, and morphemic knowledge to learn and apply spelling rules.
Speaking & Listening
Students will have regular opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to share their learning and listen to others. We will continue to provide our students with opportunities to practice their presentation and acting skills by sharing their work and ideas. We encourage all students to perform in front of their peers at many intervals throughout the school day, which assists them with confidence and voice projection.
Other Learning Areas (OLA)
This covers regular topics such as Wellbeing, Technology, and Science. OLA covers a variety of other topics relating to critical & creative thinking, ethical capabilities, Intercultural capabilities, and personal and social capabilities.
In Term 4 the Year 3 cohort are learning about chemical science. The students will be conducting hands-on experiments to explore the properties of the different states of matter, how states of matter can change, and what causes these changes. Students will create their own scientific procedures, and develop hypotheses based on their predictions and observations.
Genius Hour is an inquiry-driven, passion-based classroom strategy designed to excite and engage students through the unrestrained joy of learning. We (and many other Genius Hour teachers) accomplish this by setting aside time in our weekly classroom schedules when students are able to learn about and create whatever they want, unencumbered by teacher control.
If you would like to support your child’s learning at home, here are some things you can do:
- Encourage reading every night – including short periods of reading aloud. We cannot stress how important reading 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 who reads 20 minutes per day outside of school reads almost 2 million words per year!
- 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.