This year, marks a big change for many of our students. Year 3 students take the significant step from infants to primary school and into the first year of Stage 2. Year 3 students will also participate in the NAPLAN tests early in Term 2. Students will sit tests for reading, writing, language conventions and mathematics. Parents will receive results towards the end of the year.
The school years and learning outcomes are divided into stages. Years 3 and 4 are both in Stage 2. Consequently, the class will be taught as a Stage 2 class. Children’s rates of progress vary. Learning will be differentiated according to individual achievements of these outcomes as they progress through Stage 2.
English is taught each morning and comprises of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, handwriting and oral language. Stage 2 students are learning to respond to texts with greater understanding and independence. Writing activities will include a range of tasks which include written responses to texts, narrative and persuasive writing.
We incorporate the Words Their Way approach to spelling in Year 3/4, which is based on sorting words to hear sounds and see patterns. Many of our students have had experience using this program last year.
Students in Year 3/4 participate in Mathematics lessons each day, straight after recess. This year, we will be placing particular focus on mental computation strategies and the quick recall of maths facts – doubles, near doubles, friends of ten, times tables and the use of a variety of strategies. You can help your child by playing dice games, using flashcards or encouraging them to use Mathletics or any of the free apps available.
Mrs Nicastri will teach the Science curriculum this year. Students participate in interactive science lessons each Monday, covering each of the science strands. Through hands-on activities this term, students will explore how living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things. They will use this knowledge to investigate the animal groups in the leaf litter of their own school grounds.
Both History and Geography are taught in 3/4. During Term 1 we will be exploring Celebrations and Commemorations to develop our history skills as well as our Information Skills. Mrs Giles, our school librarian, will be assisting with information skills each Tuesday. This will also be our day for borrowing from the library.
Physical development and health will be delivered by Mrs Nicastri each Monday. Mrs Nicastri will be working collaboratively with the classroom teacher to help deliver quality teaching lessons that focus on student well-being, healthy lifestyle habits, and friendships.
PE will be taught separately each Wednesday. This program aims to develop students’ fundamental movements skills, values and attitudes towards sport, game and spacial awareness and competitive strategies. Sport will be for one hour each Friday with students rotating through three different sports each term.
Throughout the year, we will be exploring units of work on Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Drama.
Creative and critical thinking is an important skill which improves learning in all areas. It also encourages independence and resilience. Students are encouraged to “think outside the square” to suggest solutions and ideas. Students are also encouraged to self-assess the strength of these ideas. There is no right or wrong answer provided students can give a logical reason. Students will come to realise that the first idea is not always the best idea and when one solution doesn’t work they need to try something different.
During Term 2 we will be using an exciting new robotics resource. Activities which encourage creative and critical thinking will be incorporated into our regular learning and may also be included in homework tasks.
In 3/4, our core values reflect those of the school which are care, respect and safety. Positive behaviour is encouraged through a range of strategies including class Dojo points, which lead to whole class and individual rewards.
We will be continuing with the Crunch & Sip program currently operating in the school and students are encouraged to bring fruit or vegetables and water to enjoy during the morning session.
We would greatly appreciate it if students could bring one box of tissues for the class.
Students should also be prepared for each day with lead pencils, coloured pencils, scissors and glue sticks in one small pencil case.
Students will have a homework grid to complete and return to school each Friday. There will be a mixture of set work and a variety of tasks where students can choose which ones they would like to complete. I would like parents to sign each activity to confirm they have been completed.
Students will also be required to prepare a short talk each fortnight to be presented during our speaking and listening time. Each talk only needs to be a few minutes long and students may bring items in to help their presentation.
The topics for these speeches will be sent home at the beginning of each term to allow children ample time to prepare each speech. Often there is a choice within each category to cater for a variety of interests.
Most Stage 2 students no longer have set home readers. However, it is still expected that students continue to read for at least 10-15 minutes each night and this will be included as a homework task. Students are also welcome to bring books from home to read during class quiet reading time.
In addition to this, students will have personalised spelling words to complete activities with and a maths task. I also encourage students to use online tools such as Mathletics and StudyLadder to practise concepts learnt in class.
As a parent, you can use ClassDojo to connect to classroom activities and track your child’s behaviour. It also provides a platform to receive reminders or get in touch with teachers, which is great for parents who can’t make it into the classroom as regularly. In Year3/4, we welcome parental involvement and feedback. We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to work with students or share skills in our classroom.
Students are welcome to bring their own technology to school, including phones and tablets. Items can be used at lunchtimes and during some lessons. Whilst technology is the responsibility of the students, all classrooms are equipped with surveillance cameras, offering a level of security.
During terms 1 and 3, there will be an opportunity for a scheduled chat with your child’s teachers to track your child’s progress and address any concerns. However, you do not need to wait until parent teacher conversations to address any issues or concerns. Please feel free to come and chat if necessary.