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!


TERM 2 





 

Important Dates to Remember:

24/4- School Photos

25/4- ANZAC Day- public holiday

26/4- District Cross Country

1-5/5- Book Fair

15,16,17,22/5- NAPLAN

30/5- Family Maths Night

11/6- Queens Birthday Public Holiday

28/6- Student led Conferences

29/6- Last day of term

 











LITERACY

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 focusfor the term is ‘Text Structures and Features’ to help students understand how a text works and to locate specific information to aid in comprehension.

 

CAFÉ strategies taught throughout the term will be, ‘Use prior knowledge and context to predict and confirm meaning’,  ‘Make and adjust predictions; use text to confirm’ and ‘Use text features (titles, headings, captions, graphic features’.

 

 

 

The focus for writing will be developing and extending a range of skills including planning, drafting and editing a variety of persuasive and science report texts.    

 

Students are exploring the writing trait of organisation; learning how to include bold beginnings, mighty middles and excellent endings during writer’s notebook sessions. 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: the plural rule when a word ends in y, the prefix ‘inter’, consonant suffix of ful, the y graph as in pony.


NUMERACY

 

The main number focus for term 2 is on place value, addition worded problems, subtraction with no renaming, multiplication- looking at arrays and times tables and fractions- making the whole. In measurement there will be a focus on length, area and perimeter. Students will be exploring the features of 2D shapes.


INQUIRY

This unit integrates all aspects of student learning for example Literacy, Numeracy, Personal and Social Capabilities, Critical thinking, ICT. This terms topic has a science focus on force called “SMOOTH MOVES”. Students will:

-explore concepts such as friction, gravity and movement.

-explore push and pull forces used to move objects, in ways such as sliding, bouncing and spinning, through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities.

-conduct investigations to observe and gather evidence about rolling objects and explore the idea of fair testing. 

We are endeavouring to include a Hands on Science Incursion for this topic, stay tuned.

 

To engage the students with the topic students had to complete a set of jigsaw puzzles and look at what was in the pictures to try and determine the topic.


 




 

WELLBEING

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”.

 

Our celebration of the ‘Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Program’, was extremely successful and exciting for all students.

 

         



TERM 1

Important Dates to Remember:

13/2 – Meet the Teacher (3:45 – 8:00pm)

22/2 – Meet the Teacher (3:45 – 6:00pm)

12/3 – Labour Day Public Holiday

13/3 – 3-6 School Athletics

16/3 -  3/4 students move to the portables for atrium renovations

16/3-   School photos

26/3 – Whole School Cross Country

29/3 – Last Day of  Term 1 

LITERACY

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 ‘Questioning’ to help students understand what they are reading?

CAFÉ strategies taught throughout the term will be , ‘Check for Understanding’, ‘Cross Checking’, ‘Tune into Interesting Words’.

The focus for writing will be developing and extending a range of skills including planning, drafting and editing a variety of narrative, persuasive and procedural text types.  

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. Please ask the students what this means and read the newsletter to stay up to date with this exciting new approach. 

NUMERACY

The main number focus for term 1 is on place value, ordering numbers up to 10,000, as well as applying place value to partitions (pull apart numbers). In measurement there will be a focus on length. Students will compare length informally (using string, fingers etc.) and formally (using rulers, measuring tapes).  In class and at home, students will be asked to collect data to be used at school to create tables, tallies and different types of graphs. There will also be a focus on telling the time to the minute as analogue and digital.

 

INQUIRY

This unit integrates all aspects of student learning for example Literacy, Numeracy, Personal and Social Capabilities, Critical thinking, ICT. This terms topic is learning about the design process with a focus on designing futuristic garden tools. Students will,

• measure plant growth

• collect and represent data in tables

• collect data and represent data in simple graphs 

• create a timeline of seed germination.

• word walls

• procedural texts

• factual texts

 

WELLBEING

 

So far this term students have been looking closely at the school values triangle and discussing each of the values respect, integrity and responsibility. We have also revisited the 5 You Can Do It Keys.

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.

 

 

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.


 

Thursday Morning Gardening Program

 

Students will grow, nurture a range of produce. Students will be required to bring gloves which will be stored in the gardening shed for the duration of the year, and gumboots or old shoes from terms 2 and 3. Please ensure that all student’s belongings are named.

 

 



 




We have been working on understanding the values of RESPECT, INTEGRITY and RESPONSIBILITY