Year 3/4 Unit


3/4 Unit Team


Leanne Stewart


Sharon Hoctor-Turner


Fiona Holland

We would like to welcome you to a new and

exciting year ahead in the 3/4 unit!







Important Dates to Remember:

27/7- School Disco

1/8- Cybersafety years 3-6

7/8 3/4 Incursion- Convicts and Captains

16/8 R.P.S Book Week whole school celebration

18/8 R.P.S Comedy Night

29/8 Curriculum Day- Berry Street Training

30/8 District Athletics

17/9 Division Athletics

21/9 Last Day Term 3




A dedicated 1 hour reading session each day allows teachers to conference with students and set individual reading goals.


Students are taught how to select Just Right Books for independent reading to cater for students’ individual interests and needs.


The comprehension focus for the term is ‘Prediction and Prior Knowledge’ to help students understand how a text works and to find evidence to back up and justify predictions.


CAFÉ strategies taught throughout the term will be:


  • Trade a word/guess a word that makes sense
  • Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody
  • Determine and analyse author’s purpose and support with text
  • Use word parts to determine the meaning of words (prefixes, suffixes and origins, abbrev)
  • Recognise and explain cause and effect relationships.




The focus for writing will be developing and extending a range of skills including planning, drafting and editing a variety of information reports and letter writing.    

Students are exploring the writing trait of voice; how the writer draws the reader in and creates a bond between reader and writer. Students will learn how to create a setting and mood as well as provide the tone of characters within their writing. Students are encouraged to collect ‘seeds’ for their writer’s notebook. These can be anything that students have participated in that can then be glued into their writer’s notebook that will provide a basis to build a piece of writing on e.g. maps from trips to the zoo, movie ticket stubs, photos etc.




SMART Spelling Program

Students and teachers are starting the new spelling approach using the SMART acronym- S-SAY, M-MEANING, A-ANALYSE, R-REMEMBER, T-TEACH. We are well into our journey with this new approach. Some of the areas we will be focussing on this term will be:


plurals ending in f or fe,

prefix dis,

consonant suffix-less,

y as in yawn and i as in onion,

or as in doctor,

u making 2 sounds y an oo,

gg as in egg,

wr as in wrist,

common error as in r/rr/wr,

a as in baby



The main number focus for term 3 is on place value, worded problems across all operations, equivalent fractions, money- represent multiple ways of money and change to 5 cents,  adding fractions and placing values on number lines,  decimal tenths and hundredths.  In measurement there will be a focus on angles, mapping, symmetry, volume and capacity. Students will be collecting data and representing the data on graphs and interpreting information. 



This unit integrates all aspects of student learning for example Literacy, Numeracy, Personal and Social Capabilities, Critical thinking, ICT. This terms topic has a history focus on Australia called “WORLD EXPLORERS, FIRST CONTACTS”. Students will:

  • Learn about sea exploration from other countries that introduces them to the movement of people
  • Examine the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as European exploration and colonisation in Australia.
  • Investigate why Europeans settled in Australia
  • Research the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginals and Early Traders/Explorers and Settlers.


Students understanding will be supported through an interactive, hands on incursion that includes-

  • Dressing up as a character from the first fleet
  • Problem solving, decision making about conflicts that occurred
  • Working as a convict to build a new settlement and enjoy recreation time playing traditional convict games


Morning Circle – (Circle Time)

This is an opportunity for students to connect with their peers and teachers in a positive way– Positive Feelings, students feel connected and enables focus.

Brain breaks - Student activities to ready the brain for learning.

Critical flexible lesson breaks to help students re-engage in learning and reduce off-task behaviour.

Growth Mindset– all classes are introducing the words ‘growth mindset. We are encouraging students to use a growth mindset, whereby challenges, setbacks, mistakes, effort and feedback are considered essential for learning and success. We believe in the power of the word “yet”, so teachers and students use language such as “I can’t do it yet” and “I can become good at this with effort and practise”.






Food Allergies/ Anaphylaxis


In the 3 and 4 Unit we have students that have severe allergies to nuts and eggs so we ask parents and students to consider this when preparing lunch boxes for school.


Unit Sport

All middle school students are involved in rotating sports activities every Thursday. Students are required to be prepared with appropriate footwear and a water bottle. In terms 1 & 4 a sun smart hat is required.