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Year 3

Term 3 2019

Numeracy

At the beginning of the term in Numeracy, students will be revisiting the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), to build fluency and number competency. 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. 

Later in the term, Year 3’s will explore perimeter, area and mapping which will be integrated into our History unit. Volume and capacity will be explored in real world contexts. At the end of the term, students will look at statistics and probability, and assess the likelihood of an event occurring. We will continue to develop students’ numeracy skills for everyday life, and encourage them to make mathematical connections to the world around them.

 

Literacy

Writing

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.

Writing Conventions

Students will continue to use joined (cursive) handwriting and demonstrate their best letter formation. 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 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 practice 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 regular topics such as Wellbeing, Technology, History and Genius Hour. OLA 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 identify. We will continue regular mindfulness sessions of Smiling Mind and Headspace and conversations about resilience and maintaining a growth mindset. 

History

This term, Year 3 students will explore Australian History through the lens of Indigenous Australians, European settlers, and convicts. Students will examine the interactions between Indigenous Australians and ‘white settlers’ from colonisation to more recent history. Will will be investigating the impact of early contact, and developing the skills to interpret, analyse, and compare events in history.

 

Coding  

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.

 

Genius Hour

Genius Hour is an inquiry-driven, passion-based classroom strategy designed to excite and engage students through the unrestrained joy of learning. We 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. In term 3, students will develop their passion project over the course of 10 weeks, working in the classroom to complete their project. 

 

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 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.

 

Year 3 Team 

3E John and Georgie: giles.john.r@edumail.vic.gov.au    .georgina.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

3D Alicia: mclean.alicia.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

3A Jaimi: jaimi@northmelbourneps.vic.edu.au

3C Kim: ryan.kimberly.c@edumail.vic.gov.au 

3B Katrina: arnold.katrina.k@edumail.vic.gov.au  

 

Numeracy

At the beginning of the term in Numeracy, we are focusing on fluency and problem solving strategies to prepare students for NAPLAN. Students will develop skills that can support them during test taking situations and participate in mock tests so that they might achieve their best results and alleviate any anxiety.

 

We begin the unit exploring 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. This includes but is not limited to Drawing a Diagram, Making a Table, and Identifying a Pattern. These strategies will allow students to understand their mathematical thinking.

 

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

We will be continuing 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 guided, explicit writing sessions. There will be a focus on generating great ideas, incorporating a sense of voice and concentrating on conventions of punctuation and spelling. Students this term, students are encouraged to publish both Narrative and a Persuasive pieces that demonstrates ideas, voice and appropriate conventions.

 

Writing Conventions

This term we will introduce the students to joined or cursive handwriting and encourage them to write using their best letter formation and consistent size. We will also focus on using paragraphs correctly to organise and sequence ideas. We regularly incorporate spelling and grammar lessons to ensure others can understand their writing.

 

Reading

In Reading this term, the Year 3’s will continue to work on the Reading Comprehension Strategies with a focus on visualising the characters, settings and experiences that we read about. We will also be covering the skills of inferring and asking questions before, during and after reading. We will be revisiting and reinforcing previous comprehension strategies that we have explored, such as predicting and activating prior knowledge about a book, character or topic. We will continue to focus on reading stamina, and students will be encouraged to remain focused during reading sessions for a duration of half an hour. 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 areas of the curriculum to share their learning and listen to others. Our wellbeing units will continue to provide our students with opportunities to discuss ideas in small groups and present their thoughts to their peers through group discussions. 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, which will assist them with confidence, as well as develop their reading fluency.

 

Other Learning Areas (OLA)

This covers regular topics such as Wellbeing and Technology, but also term based units such as Geography last term and Biology this term. OLA also covers a variety of other topics relating to critical & creative thinking, ethical capabilities, Intercultural capabilities and personal and social capabilities.

 

Wellbeing

We currently run two Wellbeing programs at NMPS. In term 1, we covered emotional wellbeing units of the Respectful Relationships program. This term, we will implement The Aristotle program for Emotional Intelligence. Students will continue to explore Mindfulness during sessions of Smiling Mind and continue regular ad hoc conversations about resilience and 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 produces, 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.

 

Coding

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!

  • Reading Eggs is a program that families can download the App or access the website from home iPad/computers, so their child can log in to their personal MAP, lessons, texts and literacy games from home. It is not an expectation that students use Reading Eggs at home, just an option for those families who wish.

  • 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.