Years 3 and 4
Semester 2 – 2018
In Semester two, during integrated studies students will use geographical tools to map Australia, identifying states, territories, major cities and natural and artificial landmarks. They will investigate Australia’s neighbouring countries, describing the similarities and differences between them.
Students will represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, iMovie and simple reports. They will collect and record relevant geographical data and information from sources such as maps, photographs, satellite images, the media and the Internet.
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. Students will make connections between previous learning experiences that have developed their understanding of contexts beyond familiar settings.
A number of topics relating to the Indian culture will be researched to strengthen skills in evaluating concepts and ideas. Through a unit called “We are similar but different,” students will explore the lives of children in our class, in Australia and around the world.
Intercultural and Critical and Creative Thinking Capabilities will continue to be developed through discussion of current affairs and related tasks by accessing Kids News. The weekly highly motivating code program will continue to develop students’ problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.
During our Health topic students will investigate how the body systems operate and the impact of food choices on our bodies. Students will also develop an understanding of their physical development and consider the impact of medicines and the dangers of harmful substances.
Students will also have the opportunity to attend the ten-day swimming program at the Elite Swimming Centre to develop their aquatic skills.
In a new program “Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships” students will explain the consequences of emotional responses in a range of social situations. They will explore and discuss personal strengths and challenges, coping strategies, diverse perspectives and through their interactions demonstrate respect for a diverse range of people and groups.
In English, students will continue to deepen their understanding of the purpose, language and structure used when reading and writing information, persuasive and creative texts. Students will write their own texts referring to a success criteria checklist.
Students will continue to use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meanings when reading fiction and non-fiction texts. They will further develop the ability to paraphrase information into their own words and make connections between how different authors write about similar ideas, information and stories.
Students will have the opportunity to build upon their speaking and listening skills through class discussions and presentations of their passion projects and reading responses.
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.
Students will be focusing on fractions and decimals exploring fraction families, equivalent fractions, mixed numbers and making connections between fractions and decimal notation. Students will investigate length, mass, capacity and temperatures using a range of materials in a variety of tasks.
Students will be also classifying, measuring and comparing angles, telling and converting units of time and exploring two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes.