Term 4 2019
In Numeracy this term, will we continue developing students’ skills with fractions. Students will be exploring fractions in real life situations, learn and apply vocabulary to tasks, and participate in hands-on activities.
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 money this term. Students will develop their skills in transactions and representing values in multiple ways.
Year 3 students will be developing their skills in Statistics and Probability. This will involve collecting data, organizing it and creating charts and graphs with and without digital technology.
Additionally, students 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.
This term, students will be exploring poetry. Year 3’s will be exposed to a wide range of poetry styles and devices, and will create and present a variety of poems. They will have the opportunity to develop their oral reading, and expressive voice through our Poetry Slam sessions, where students will rehearse and present their favourite poem to the class.
We will continue to apply the Writing Process (pre-writing, drafting, sharing, revising, editing, publishing and reflecting) and continuing the 6+1 Traits of Writing. Students will have opportunities to write different genres and apply the skills they are learning in weekly guided Writing Conferences (where small groups of students have the opportunity to conference with the teacher specifically focussing on developing both their writing strengths and opportunities for growth). We will focus on generating great ideas, incorporating a sense of voice and concentrating on conventions (punctuation and spelling). Students will be encouraged to publish a variety of pieces from several genres.
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.
In Reading this term, we will continue to work on the Reading Comprehension Strategies with a focus on 'Think Aloud' and ‘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. Students will have to use clues from the text, prior knowledge, as well as making connections to practise the strategies. 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. In Writing, students will have the opportunity to develop their presentation skills through our Poetry Slam sessions. 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.
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 hypothesise based on their predictions and observations.
This term, students will explore new coding apps which will allow them to think critically, and creatively. Students will sequence their ideas into multi-step processes, and will demonstrate their creativity through coding.
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.