Term Three 2019
What an exciting Term we have ahead of us! Students will be busy writing and preparing their poems to share during our Reading & Writing Together is Magic (RWTIM) evening, in Week 7. In Week 6 the children are off to camp at ‘Angelsea’ for three days, Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st August.
In Reading, the children will continue to build on their independent reading skills through selecting and reading ‘Just Right’ texts. This term they will investigate the text structure and features on a range of different types of Poetry, which will help to prepare students for ‘Reading and Writing Together is Magic’ (RWTIM). The children will continue to build on their comprehension skills, focusing on developing literal and inferential comprehension. They will explore fiction and non-fiction texts through guided reading and reciprocal teaching groups.
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, the children will focus on writing poetry as well as Letter writing. Students will generate a range of poems and publish these in a book, in preparation for RWTIM. Some of the poetry will include Haiku, Cinquains, Acrostic, Diamantes and Free Verse. 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 will be encouraged to ensure they are starting and finishing their letters in the correct places to continue learning how to join different letters together.
This term the children will explore subtraction, multiplication, length, perimeter, area, time and collecting data and graphing. All Numeracy sessions incorporate explicit teacher instruction and modelling of strategies/concepts, along with open-ended activities to cater for a range of abilities. The children 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 and Sharon Hunt working in the Year 3 level to support our Intervention and Extension program. In our endeavour to best cater to all children’s’ 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 is, ‘Geography’, we will be investigating and continuing to develop students’ mental map of the world and their understanding of place through examining the major characteristics of Australia, Australia's neighbouring countries and Africa and South America. The concept of place is developed by examining the similarities and differences between places within and outside Australia. Students use the geographic concepts of environment and space to examine the similarities and differences between places in terms of the climate and the types of settlements.
Students consider the significance of places and environments. They explore how feelings and perceptions form the basis of actions to protect places and environments that are of special significance. They learn that sustainability is about the ongoing capacity of the environment to sustain human life and wellbeing and means more than the careful use of resources and the safe management of waste, and they develop their understanding of the concept by exploring some of the other functions of the environment that support their lives and the lives of other living things. They are introduced to different views on how sustainability can be achieved.
- How and why are places similar and different?
- What would it be like to live in a neighbouring country?
- How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things?
- How can people use places and environments more sustainably?
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 homework will take your child 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