Teaching team above:
L-R 3E Elly Benjamin,3C Georgie Murphy, 3A Jaimi Darwell, 3B Michael Griffiths, 3C Eddie Alexander, and 3D Ari Gurr.
Term 1 Overview
Year 3 students will be thinking like authors as they implement the ‘Writing Process’ and the 6+1 Traits of Writing. We will be setting up the Writer’s Workshops, and students will explore and use a variety of genres in their writing. Year 3 students will use their Writer’s Notebook to generate ‘seeds’ or ideas that they can use in their writing throughout the year. We will be setting up the expectations for writing through our First 20 days of the Literacy unit, before moving into explicit teaching of Narrative and Persuasive text genres, with a particular focus on word choice and sentence fluency. Up to four pieces of writing will be published by each student this term, and these published pieces will be displayed in our ‘Writer’s Gift’ for all students to share and enjoy.
Conventions / Word Study
We will work on spelling rules and will encourage students to apply this in their writing. We will learn how to apply knowledge of letter–sound relationships, recognise most high-frequency words and letter blends. We will learn how to add suffixes to a base word, (e.g jump /ing/ed), extended and technical vocabulary and ways of expressing opinions including verbs and adverbs. We will also learn that a clause is a unit of grammar usually containing a subject and a verb and that these need to make sense together.
In Reading this term, the Year 3’s are working on Comprehension Strategies with a particular focus on making connections from the books they are reading to their own life experiences, their prior knowledge and to other literary texts. They will also be using a variety of questioning strategies to deepen their understanding of texts.
Students will also be examining how authors use powerful word choice to describe the settings in texts, and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood of stories. They will then be attempting to apply this to their writing.
Students will be asked to choose appropriate, or ‘Just Right’ books and apply comprehension strategies to develop their understanding of various text types. They will develop the tools to summarise key information and apply their new learning to other areas of the curriculum. We are implementing regular teacher-led reading groups to support and extend students at their point of need.
Speaking and Listening
Students will have regular opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to share their learning and listen to others. Students will be encouraged to collaborate in a team learning environment to develop social skills and understand the various language contexts of English. This will allow students to understand specific and appropriate vocabulary for learning areas and develop their content knowledge. Our Australian Geography unit will give students a chance to share their research to their peers and work together. Junior School Council will also provide an opportunity for the students to express their ideas and collaborate with their peers.
In Numeracy, we will explore problem solving strategies. Our main focus at the beginning of the term will be on Addition and Subtraction. Two units will be running concurrently this term, one focusing on manipulating numbers to tens of thousands, and the other will be developing students’ understanding on Place Value.
By the end of these units, students will be able to:
Recall addition facts and related subtraction facts (fact families) for numbers up to 20 to develop increasingly efficient mental strategies for computation and problem solving.
Clearly present their mathematical thinking.
Recognise, model, represent and order numbers to at least 10 000.
Apply place value to partition, rearrange and regroup numbers to at least 10 000 to assist calculations and solve problems
Students will be given ample opportunity to extend their thinking through open-ended questioning and provocation. Students can challenge themselves by manipulating numbers to suit them. Later in the term, we will be looking at number patterns and partitioning.
In Year 3, nothing should be too easy or too difficult. If something is not the correct level of difficulty for the student, they are advised to change it to suit their needs.
Other Learning Areas (OLA)
We currently run the Respectful Relationships Rights and Resilience wellbeing program at NMPS. Students will explore Mindfulness and Growth Mindset through meditation and circle time.
This year, students will be using educational iPad applications to support and enrich their classroom learning. Some apps we will use include: Reading Eggs, Epic, and Book Creator. Students will use iPads to research topics, represent their learning as well as to strengthen skills. It is very important that students abide by the iPad agreement, this includes using the iPad only in the classroom and not before or after school hours.
This term the Year 3s will be focusing on Australia and its neighbouring countries in our Geography unit. Students will be examining major natural and human characteristics of Australia and its neighbouring countries. They will investigate how the Australian continent was (and still is) divided into many Aboriginal Countries and Torres Strait Islander Places, as well as learn using maps and their conventions (border, scale, legend, title). Throughout the unit, students will create a documentary style presentation based on the aforementioned skills. At the end of the term students will create a non-fiction book to show their newly gained knowledge.
Year 3 students are expected to read for 20 minutes per night to improve their reading ability, and in turn, their writing acquisition. There will be times when explicit home learning tasks are set and students will be expected to complete these activities. These tasks will generally be open-ended and project based. Your child’s ipad will continue to have new school apps added to it. Many of the numeracy and literacy apps will support the learning we do in the classroom.
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 every day 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.