Year 3/4

Term Four Overview for Year Three and Four

 

 

 

Integrated Studies: “The Heat Is On!”

This term the students will be investigating Heat and Energy.  They will be observing and performing experiments, which align with the topic’s key questions.  At the core of these experiments will be making predictions, using ‘controls’ to check results, and using materials and equipment safely.

 

Key questions:

  • What is heat?
  • What is cold?
  • What is the difference between heat and temperature?
  • What happens to a material (plastic, wooden, metal spoons) when it is heated up or cooled down?
  • How do we measure temperature change?
  • How will heat change materials?

 

   

Literacy

 

Writing:

We will begin the term with Explanation Text. The students will be investigating the features and structures of this genre of text with the addition of using a script format for explanations. The students will write explanations about the experiments done as part of the Integrated Studies unit.

Towards the end of the term the focus will switch to the Writing Process – students will be using their Writers Notebook to write a variety of genres.  The Writing Process consists of planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. This will give students opportunities to refine their skills and experiment with devices learnt over the year.

 

Reading:

We continue to focus on comprehension strategies. This term the students will be focusing on making connections in their reading.  We will look at Text to Text, Text to Self and Text to World connections. Part of this work will be justifying the connections and using evidence from the texts to show the connections they have made.  Later in the term the students will be working on ‘Metacognition’, this is the thinking process we go through as we read.  We will be talking about ‘the voice in our head’ as we read and tracking our thinking as we read a variety of text types.

 

Numeracy

For our work in Mathematics this term we will begin with Pattern and Algebra. This work will consist of investigating a variety of counting patterns, moving into counting with larger numbers.  Students will also investigate patterns created by using the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as odd and even numbers. Some students will be using algebraic language to create and identify patterns, as well as creating rules for patterns.

 

 

Our last major unit of work for the year will be Money. Students will be involved in activities such as identifying Australian coins and notes, making given amounts, making change, operations with money and budgeting activities.

For the remainder of the term the students will be involved in some ‘mini’ measurement units of work where we will revise area and perimeter, volume and capacity, shape and location.

 

 

HOMEWORK

As all families should be aware by now, the expectation in Year 3 and 4 is that students read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Students are expected to record the books they have read and the time they have spent reading each night in their school diary. This term we have added to this, by asking the students to identify if the book they have been reading is fiction or non-fiction as well as a three star rating system for the book. We would greatly appreciate if you could monitor this and sign their school diaries at least once a week. 

Mathletics tasks are set by the class teacher and are aligned with the topics being covered in the classroom. The students should complete their tasks over the course of the week.  Students should aim to complete 2 to 3 levels during the major units.

Spelling and Word Investigations will continue as part of the weekly homework. These activities are given to students to work on during the week and should to be returned on the due day, so all students have the opportunity to contribute to the class work for that task.

 

 

SCHOOL CAMP

The Year 3/4 Camp is to Marysville in November and around half the students in the 3/4 area will be attending the camp, as well as the four classroom teachers and two teacher aides.  This will be a great opportunity for our students to test themselves and develop their independence in a safe and controlled environment.  Students who do are not attending the school camp will be supervised at school by Ms Lauren Spark, and other FNPS staff.  These students will be participating in a Non-Campers Program which will be a mixture of sessions involving literacy, numeracy, specialist programs and specific non-campers activities.

 

SWIMMING PROGRAM

During weeks 9 and 10 it will be the School Swimming Program – Prep to 4.

We would encourage all students from the 3/4 area to attend this program. The program caters for students with a variety of abilities - from non-swimmers to students who attend squad swimming out of school. Students are taught by qualified teachers at the Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre and supervised by the FNPS class teachers.  We walk the return journey to the pool for 7 of the 10 days and travel by bus for 3 of the days.

Students who do not attend the Swimming Program will be placed in another grade level and will participate in Water Safety activities as part of their time back at school.

 

 

Ms Ngoc Du, Ms. Sharon Smith, Ms. Lauren Vella, Ms. Sally Uldrikis,

 


Term Three Overview for Year Three and Four

 

 

 

Integrated Studies: “Ecology”

This term the students will be investigating Biomes and Eco-Systems.  They will be looking at both planets and animals within these and the relationships between them. The students will also be looking at the impact humans have on these eco-systems.

 

Key questions:

  • What is an ecosystem?
  • What are some different ecosystems?
  • Similarities and differences between ecosystems? (including adaptations suited for these)
  • How do some species depend on one another?
  • How can humans impact ecosystems?

 

   

Literacy

 

Writing:

For writing this term the students will have two major foci. We will begin with Autobiography – in this unit of work the students will be writing about significant events, people and items in their life. The students will create a graphic organizer to assist them with the organization of their ideas and investigate ways to enhance their writing through word choices. 

Our second unit will be Information Text.  This will be aligned with our Integrated Studies with students researching and writing about eco-systems and their related plants and animals.  The students will look at the structure of an Information Text and the use of technical language to support their writing.

 

 

Reading:

This term we will be continuing to work on our comprehension skills with a focus on Inferring.  Students will be looking at both fiction and non-fiction and making inferences about setting, character and plot.  Later in the term we will be focusing on Note Taking and Summarizing.  Again this work will be aligned with our Integrated Studies unit of work.

 

Spelling and word investigations will continue each week and be incorporated into weekly homework tasks.

 

 

Numeracy

For our work in Mathematics This term we will begin with Division, students will be looking at the relationship between Multiplication and Division through fact families and arrays.  The students will also look at a variety of strategies to solve Division problems. We will follow with a unit of work on Chance and Data focusing on probability – the chance of an event happening and the language associated with this. Our next major unit will be Fractions and Decimals followed by Location.  We will be looking at mapping skills and directional language. The term will conclude  with Transformation of Shape – activities will include changing a shape by flipping, sliding and turning it as well as increasing and decreasing it’s size.

 

 

 

HOMEWORK

It is the expectation that students in years 3 and 4 read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Students are expected to record the books they have read and the time they have spent reading each night in their school diary. We would greatly appreciate if you could monitor this and sign their school diaries at least once a week.  Mathletics and Spelling tasks are set by the class teacher, and students should complete their tasks over the course of the week.

 

 

 

Ms Ngoc Du, Ms. Sharon Smith, Ms. Lauren Vella, Ms. Sally Uldrikis,

 



Term Two Overview for Year Three and Four

 

 

During the first four weeks of Term Two, we will be revising many skills in both Literacy and Numeracy to prepare the Year 3 students for NAPLAN in Week 4.  Each class will attend an excursion to the 100 Story Building in Footscray, to participate in a Narrative writing workshop. Towards the end of the term the students will be involved in writing their own self-evaluations to be included in their end of term reports to parents.

 

Integrated Studies: “We Are One But We Are Many”

This Term we will be looking at Australian History, beginning with the Indigenous Australians and leading up to recent immigration to Australia, including the contribution immigrants have made to modern Australian society.

The students will be involved in reading and listening to stories, viewing videos and viewing artifacts to develop their understanding of the key concepts. 

 

Key questions:

•    Who lived here first and how do we know?

•    How has our community changed? What features have been lost and what features have been retained?

•    What is the nature of the contribution made by different groups and individuals in the community?

•    How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?

•    What was life like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?

•    Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?

 

         

 

Literacy

Writing:

For the first four weeks we will be continuing to look at Persuasive and Narrative Texts with an emphasis on how students can plan for writing in both genres. 

Our major focus for this term will be Poetry. Through this work the students will be exploring poetic devices, such as language used for creating similes or alliterations, and poetic styles such as cinquain, haiku etc.

 

 

Reading: Students will be immersed in a variety of literature types including a focus on Persuasive style texts. We will be looking at the Top Level Structures of – Compare and Contrast, Cause and Effect, Description, Problem and Solution and Sequencing.  As we move into our Writing unit on Poetry we will compliment this by reading a selection of poetry, exposing the students to a variety of styles and subject matters.

 

Spelling and word investigations will continue each week and be incorporated into weekly homework tasks. Students will be investigating spelling strategies to assist them to spell unfamiliar words and to increase their personal vocabulary.

 

Numeracy

For the first four weeks of the term the students will be involved in revision of key mathematical skills, language and strategies in preparation for the Year 3 students for NAPLAN.  Our major units of work will be in Subtraction and Multiplication and we will also have a minor unit dealing with Angles and Shape

 

HOMEWORK

It is the expectation that students in years 3 and 4 read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Students are expected to record the books they have read and the time they have spent reading each night in their school diary. We would greatly appreciate if you could monitor this and sign their school diaries at least once a week.  Mathletics and Spelling tasks are set by the class teacher, and students should complete their tasks over the course of the week.

 

 

 

Ms. Sharon Smith, Ms. Lauren Vella, Ms. Sally Uldrikis, Ms Ngoc Du

 


Term One Overview for Grades Three and Four

 

The 3/4 Team would like to extend a warm welcome to our students and parents/caregivers for 2017.  We hope you have had a wonderful summer break.

 

During the first two weeks of Term One, students will be engaged in our start up program. Teachers and students in each grade will be getting to know each other and establishing a learning community within their classroom. Students will be discussing our school values and establishing expectations and routines for their classes. They will begin to set goals and discuss how to work towards these.

 

Integrated Studies: “Let’s Get Involved”

Students will be looking at volunteering both within our school and the wider community.  In small groups the students will chose a charity/organization that relies on volunteers.  Through research, they will develop a poster to display around our school to create awareness with other students and the school community about these organizations.  We are also planning to raise funds for a charity voted for by the students.

Key Questions:

What are some of the groups you and/or your family belong to?

How do people contribute to their communities past and present?

How do people volunteer in our community?

What are some ways people take action?

 

         

 

Literacy

Writing:

We will be focusing on Persuasive writing and Narrative texts.

Students will be writing texts to persuade, they will work on building a clear structure that explains their arguments.  They will also practice using emotive language, rhetorical questions, strong introductions, and clear topic sentences. 

Through narrative writing students will concentrate on developing a character, who can be adapted to various settings. ‘Show not tell’ will be a major focus as the students develop their skills in using strong word choices and interesting vocabulary to create a picture in their writing.

 

 

 

Reading: Students will be immersed in a variety of literature types including a focus on Folktales and Fairytales. They will be exposed to a range of comprehension strategies such as visualization, prediction, and questioning, to explore their own thinking that occurs when they read.  They will also continue to work towards improving their fluency.

 

Spelling and word investigations will be focused on each week and incorporated into weekly homework tasks. Students will be investigating spelling strategies to assist them to spell unfamiliar words.

 

Numeracy

Our major focuses this term will be Place Value and Addition. Students will be expected to be confident in reading, writing, interpreting and ordering 4 digit numbers, or larger. Students will explore addition problems with 2 digit numbers or larger, using both written and mental strategies. There will also be a minor focus on Time and Temperature with an emphasis on reading analogue clocks and thermometers. Also we will be focusing on Data and Graphing. Throughout this term and this year, students will strengthen their knowledge of multiplication tables. 

 

 

HOMEWORK

It is the expectation that students in years 3 and 4 read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Homework tasks are set on a weekly basis. Students are expected to record the books they have read and the time they have spent reading each night in their school diary. We would greatly appreciate if you could monitor this and sign their school diaries at least once a week.

 

 

 

Ms. Sharon Smith, Ms. Lauren Vella, Ms. Sally Uldrikis, Ms Ngoc Du

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