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Year 3

Year 3 2020 teaching team above: Mike, Eddie, Jaimi, Kim, Yolanda, and Ari.

Term 3 2020

 

Numeracy

At the beginning of the term in Numeracy, students will explore multiplication and division strategies, where they will recall facts for numbers 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s. Later in the term, we will expand students’ knowledge of problem solving by equipping them with strategies to represent unfamiliar or meaningful situations and plan their approaches to solve problems. This includes but is not limited to Drawing a Diagram, Making a Table, and Identifying a Pattern. These strategies will allow students to deepen their mathematical thinking. 

 

At the end of the term, perimeter, area, volume and capacity will be explored in real world contexts. We will also be investigating units of time, and calculating elapsed time. We will continue to develop students’ numeracy and mathematical skills for everyday life and encourage students to make mathematical connections to the world around them.

 

Literacy

Writing

This term we will be re-establishing the routines of the Writer’s Workshop, with a particular focus on writers using their voice and word choices to enrich their work. Students will have opportunities to explore their deep thinking and choose appropriate text types to best convey their purpose to audiences. Students will apply the skills they are learning in weekly guided writing conferences to revise and improve their writing. These conferences consist of small groups of students having the opportunity to meet with their teacher specifically focussing on celebrating their writing strengths and identifying opportunities for growth. This is also where students are encouraged to reflect on their writing at a whole text level (ideas and organisation), sentence level (voice, word choice, sentence fluency) and at word level (conventions/spelling). Students will be encouraged to choose and publish a variety of pieces to share with their families and the wider school community.

 

Writing Conventions

This term Year 3’s will focus on spelling patterns, grammar and word studies to ensure others can understand their writing. Students will continue to use paragraphs correctly to organise and sequence their ideas.

 

Reading

In Reading this term, we will continue to work on the Reading Comprehension Strategies with a focus on summarising various texts and looking at the ‘big ideas’ of different genres. This will allow students to reflect and develop deeper connections to texts and integrate prior knowledge to draw their own conclusions. Students will be working in Guided Reading Groups with teachers to develop greater control over the reading process. Additionally, we are beginning Reader’s Theatre this term to combine reading practice and performance. This will support enhancing their reading skills, their fluency, as well as developing their self-confidence. We also request that students continue their 30 minutes a day of reading practice at home.

 

Speaking and Listening

Students will have regular opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to share their learning and listen to others. In Reading, we will implement Reader’s Theatre. In Wellbeing, students often demonstrate their understanding through role-plays and small group discussions.We will continue to provide our students with opportunities to practise their presentation and acting skills through sharing their work and ideas. We encourage all students to perform in front of their peers, which will assist them with confidence, as well as develop their reading fluency. 

 

Other Learning Areas (OLA)

This covers cross-curricular topics such as Wellbeing, Technology, History and Genius Hour. OLA also covers a variety of other topics relating to critical & creative thinking, ethical capabilities, Intercultural capabilities and personal and social capabilities. 

 

Wellbeing

This term we will continue the whole school Respectful Relationships program. Students will explore two units covering stress management strategies and discussing gender and identity. We will continue regular mindfulness sessions of Smiling Minds and Headspace and conversations about resilience and maintaining a growth mindset. 

 

Biology

We will investigate Biological Science this term with a focus on living things, life-cycles and food chains. Year 3 students will explore the difference between living and non living things, understand how living things depend on one another to survive, and understand the role of producers, consumers and decomposers within an ecosystem. Students will have the opportunity to observe a real-life life cycle in the classroom, later this term. This unit will end with a ‘Living Things’ project, where students will become experts on one living thing, and present their findings to the community. 

 

Chemical Science

At the end of Term 3, the Year 3 cohort will explore 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. 

 

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 read 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 2million 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.