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Year 3

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

Term 4 Overview 2020

Numeracy

In Numeracy this term, we will continue to immerse students in context-driven tasks to support their connections with numeracy in real-life situations. 

Year 3 students will be developing their skills in Statistics and Probability; they will conduct chance experiments and use ‘chance’ language to describe the probability of events occurring. 

Following this, students will be exploring fractions in real-life situations, learning and applying vocabulary to tasks, and participating in hands-on activities.

Later in the term, students explore maps; they will Interpret simple maps of familiar locations and identify the relative position of key features, using a grid reference. 

At the end of the term, Volume and Capacity will be explored in real-world contexts. We will then revisit the four operations through a games-based unit where students will develop their number fluency. 

We will continue to develop students' numeracy skills for everyday life, and encourage students to make mathematical connections to the world around them.

  

Literacy

Writing

This term, students will be continuing the Writer’s Workshop, where they will work closely with their teacher in a small group setting to develop core writing skills and develop their personal writing craft. There will be a strong focus on idea generation ‘seeds’ and the development of ideas through planning. Students will apply the Writing Process (prewriting, drafting, sharing, revising, editing, publishing, and reflecting) and embedding the 6+1 Traits of Writing. Students will be exposed to, and have opportunities to write different genres and apply the skills they are learning through their Writer’s Workshop. Students will be encouraged to complete a variety of pieces from several genres, and publish at least one piece of completed writing for The Writer’s Gift (a collection of completed class writing).

Writing Conventions

This term, students will be developing their spelling through weekly spelling lessons focusing on letter blends and spelling families. We will be exploring possessive nouns, prefixes and adverbs. Year 3’s will practice editing and revising their work to ensure that all spelling and punctuation are correct, and developing the skills of using a dictionary for support.  

Reading

In Reading this term, we will continue to work on the Reading Comprehension Strategies with a focus on ‘Point Of View’. This will allow students to develop a deeper understanding of the plot, the characters, their motives and emotions, as well as all other aspects of a text. 

Year 3’s will discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different ways. Students will continue to be working in Guided Reading Groups with teachers to develop greater control over the reading process. Additionally, towards the end of the term, we will revisit all Comprehension Strategies for students to become effective in applying them independently.

Again, we 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.We will continue to provide our students with opportunities to practice their presentation and acting skills through 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. 

Chemical Science

In Term 4 the Grade 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. 

Australian History

Through our history unit, Year 3 students will be Describing perspectives of people from the past, and Identifying and explaining the causes and effects of European settlement and exploration. Students will discuss the diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples and the significant ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the effects on their daily lives. Students will use the ‘My Place’ resource to support them.  

Wellbeing

This term, there will be a strong focus on emotional intelligence, resilience, and collaboration. We will be offering multiple opportunities for students to work collaboratively, and share their thoughts and feelings, and teachers will be offering multiple avenues of connection to support students in their transition back to school and to help them through this very difficult year.

At Home

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.

Thank you - 3A Mike, 3B Kim, 3C Yolanda/ Eddie, 3D Jaimi and 3E Ari.

 

Staff contacts: 

Mike 

Kim

 


 

All classes are currently in remote and flexible learning mode. 

 

Your child has access to their teacher and class content using Compass, SeeSaw, Webex and Google Classroom. 

 

 


 

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. 

 

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.