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.
• 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?
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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