Welcome to Year Three, Term Four, 2019!
It’s hard to believe we are now in Term 4! Where has the year gone? What another exciting Term we have to look forward to!
In Reading, students will continue to build on their independent reading skills through selecting and reading ‘Just Right’ texts. This Term the students will investigate the text structure and features of Fables, Myths and Legends. Students will continue to build on their comprehension skills, focusing on developing literal and inferential comprehension. Students will explore fiction and non-fiction texts through guided reading and reciprocal teaching groups, by which students develop their skills in predicting, clarifying, summarising and asking questions about different texts. Please support our Literacy program by ensuring that your child reads at home every night. It is important to ask your child to share information and opinions and ask questions about their personal reading. Many children who are proficient readers still enjoy being read to, so sharing and discussing a novel or non-fiction text with your child is a very worthwhile activity.
In Writing, students will focus on writing Narratives, Fables, Myths and Legends. In addition to this, there will be a focus on text structures, punctuation, grammar and spelling. Children will continue to explore the use of their ‘Writer’s Notebook’, where they can record their thinking, discoveries, observations and stories. There will be a continued focus on handwriting. Students are encouraged to start and finish their letters in the correct places to continue learning how to join different letters together – students will be working towards their ‘Joining Licences’.
This term the students will explore, fractions, division, capacity (mass), statistics & probability, data Representation and Interpretation – collecting data, graphs and flips/slides/turns. All Numeracy sessions incorporate explicit teacher instruction and modelling of strategies/concepts, along with open-ended activities, to cater for a range of abilities. Students will be supported to develop and select their own strategies for problem solving, using a range of materials.
We are extremely fortunate to have the expertise of Crissy Samaras working in the Year 3 level to support our Intervention and Extension program. In our endeavour to best cater to all students’ abilities, there may be times when your child works with teachers other than their classroom teacher during Reading, Writing and/or Numeracy.
The focus of our Shared Inquiry this term has a curriculum focus on the Intercultural Capability. Our unit is called - Who Am I – What is Culture and how does it influence me?
In line with the school’s Homework Policy, homework is considered compulsory for all Year 3 students. Your child will receive weekly activities which reinforces the learning that is taking place in the classroom. The expectation is that this will take students approximately 30 minutes per week to complete independently. Please note, these tasks are in addition to nightly reading which is to be recorded in your child’s Reading Log.
Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
Year 3 Teachers
Crystal Gunter firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia Irvine Irvine.email@example.com
Kylie Missen firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridget Sherrin email@example.com
Fran Mc Cormick McCormick.Fran.E@edumail.vic.gov.au