Year Three and Four

Years 3 and 4

TERM 3

In Term 3, our teaching and learning will continue to embrace our philosophy of the 4Cs – Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical Thinking.

Through our integrated studies topic, students will learn about the conditions that living things need for survival such as how they rely on other living things and the environment in order to thrive.

Students will be encouraged to ask questions, investigate scientifically and make predictions. They will be involved in a number of research activities using thinking tools to sort information and ideas.

In English students will be using the findings from their investigations to write information reports These will be carefully planned and presented with students being supported to re-read and self-edit their work with a focus on using correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.

During reading, students will use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meanings when reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. They will further develop their ability to paraphrase information into their own words and make connections between how different authors write about similar ideas, information and stories.

In mathematics students will be furthering their understandings of multiplication, division, money and financial mathematics. They will be solving multiplication facts up to 10 x 10, exploring the relationship between multiplication and division, using mental and written strategies to solve problems and calculating change to the nearest five cents.

Mathematics this term will also include classifying, measuring and comparing angles, telling and converting units of time and exploring data including how the same data can be represented in different ways.

Through the coding program Code.org students will continue to learn and create puzzles, games, animations and stories using visual programming.

Term 2

To begin term 2, students will reflect on their learning across all areas of the curriculum. This will take place as a whole class, in small groups and individually. Together with their teacher, they will co-construct individual learning goals based their reflections and feedback. These goals will be supported through the term by new strategies to improve their learning.

Cyber Safety tasks will enable students to explore the safe use of computers at school and at home, as they grow their computer skills through a range of fun and engaging tasks. Through the coding program Scratch, students will create an animated project showing an understanding of blocks and how they construct together to make a command.

In English students will continue to deepen their comprehension strategies during literacy circles and by completing reading response tasks.  Students will answer open and closed questions about a variety of texts. They will write persuasive and narrative texts using the appropriate language and structure. Students will be encouraged to be curious, ask questions and contribute to group discussions to enhance their speaking and listening skills.

In Mathematics students will focus on the operations of addition and subtraction, develop location and transformation skills and enhance chance and data understandings. Students will be encouraged to challenge their mathematical thinking through a range of ‘hands on’ activities, open ended learning tasks and direct instruction.

Geography will be a study focus this term where students will investigate how and why places are similar and different.  They will identify climate, vegetation and settlement areas of Australia, South America and Africa and how these impact on how people live. Students will also read and interpret maps using geographical language. They will complete a comparative study of China and Australia.  Our work this term will continue to embrace our philosophy of the 4Cs – Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical Thinking.

Term 1

Years 3 and 4 is a time to foster student’s enthusiasm and independence focusing on their creative, collaboration, communication and creative thinking and skills. In term 1 the importance of getting along is explored through identifying the traits of friendship and learning to collaborate and communicate successfully in a new learning area.

In Term 1 year 3 students begin using their new laptops. To support the safe use of computers at school and at home, students learn about Cyber Safety. They join with year 4 students to grow their computer skills through a range of fun and engaging tasks including coding activities with increasingly difficult algorithms which will result in them creating a variety of animated games.

In English their comprehension skills are enhanced as they read in literacy circles and small book groups and complete reading response tasks relating to fiction and non-fiction texts. They will write persuasive and narrative texts learning about the appropriate language and structures required. They will also improve their ability to edit their own work paying attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation.

There will be opportunities to build on their speaking and listening skills by presenting orally to small groups and the whole class. They will be encouraged to be curious, ask questions and contribute to group discussions.

In mathematics students will explore pattern and order, place value, shape, location and transformation. Students will be encouraged to challenge their mathematical thinking through a range of ‘hands on’ activities, open ended learning tasks and direct instruction.

In Australian History and Civics and Citizenship this term, student will study the idea of communities, including the arrival of Europeans and the effects on the Indigenous community. Students will also understand the importance of making decisions democratically and who makes rules, why rules are important in a community and the consequences of rules not being followed.

The camping experience this term will be another way to experience a different kind of community with special environment and its own set of rules.