Years 3 and 4
Semester 2 – 2019
In Semester two, the 3/4 students are excited to be involved in the Merri Creek Project. They will make connections to the local community and biodiversity through hands-on activities with a focus on Indigenous practice and values. They will take a deeper look into Australia’s environment through investigations into the flora and fauna of the site.
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.
In mathematics, students will explore multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, money, angles, units of measurement, symmetry 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 writing, students will continue to deepen their understanding of the language and structure used when writing procedural, explanation and poetic texts. Using creativity and critical thinking skills, students will construct and explore a variety of different poetry writing styles. By collaborating, students will co-author texts using Google docs. They will also be working in small groups to deconstruct text to further develop their understanding of the features used within the text.
When reading fiction and non-fiction texts, students will continue to use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning. They will further develop the ability to paraphrase and summarise information into their own words.
Students will have the opportunity to build upon their speaking and listening skills through class discussions and the presentation of their passion projects.
Intercultural, 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 Coding 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.
In the “Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships” program, 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.
Students will also have the opportunity to attend the ten-day swimming program at the Elite Swimming Centre to develop their aquatic skills.