year 3 team

Year 3

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 2 Overview

Numeracy

This term, students will begin exploring multiplication and division strategies, where they will recall facts for numbers 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s. 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, we will explore money and time through our financial maths and time units of work. 

‘Doodle Maths’ is a tool that will continue to be used in the classroom; students are expected to continue practising their numeracy skills with Doodle Maths for 10 minutes per night. Year 3’s will be given regular opportunities to play numeracy games to build their mathematical fluency, and support students to strengthen their teamwork and collaboration. 

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

Year 3 students will continue to think like authors as they implement the ‘Writing Process’ and the 6+1 Traits of Writing. We will be continuing with the Writer’s Workshops, where 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 original ideas, incorporating a sense of voice and concentrating on the conventions of punctuation and spelling. This term, students are encouraged to publish both Narrative and Persuasive pieces. Year 3 students will use their Writer’s Notebook to generate ‘seeds’ or ideas that they can use in their writing throughout the year. 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.  

Writing Conventions

This term we will focus on using paragraphs correctly to organise and sequence ideas. We will work on spelling rules, and will support students to apply these in their writing. Students will learn how to apply knowledge of letter–sound relationships and letter blends, and to recognise most high-frequency words.  

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 predicting. Previously explored comprehension strategies will be revisited and reinforced throughout the term, 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 thirty minutes. We also request that students continue their 20 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. 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)

Wellbeing

We currently run two Wellbeing sessions per week, where we explore themes of emotional intelligence, resilience and friendship. These sessions develop student capacity to overcome emotional hurdles and difficulties in the classroom, in the yard, and at home. This term, there is a strong emphasis on building and maintaining friendships, and making good choices.   

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. 

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.