Welcome to Grade 3/4 with Todd, Peter, Jordy, Emily & Joseph!
It is with pleasure we welcome you back to school for 2019. The students have settled in well and are ready for learning. Here are some of the exciting things happening in the term ahead…
This Term in the 3/4 area our Unit topic is, ‘First Contact’, focussing on Australian History. Students will explore what life was like for the First Australians before European Settlers arrived in Australia and their reason for making the journey on the First Fleet. They will practice thinking and acting like historians as they are immersed in stories of the first contact between Indigenous Australians and the European Settlers. We will extend our learning at the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Education Service excursion on the 25th of February.
Grade 3/4 students will begin Science in Term 1. It will begin on a rotating basis between the Grade 3/4 teachers. The students will learn about four Science branches; Chemistry, Forces, Space and Biology, this Term. As well as completing experiments and testing hypotheses, students will conduct their own investigations.
As a part of our ICT agreement, students will be involved in a variety of activities to promote cyber safety.
Students will continue learning to code using the Swift Playgrounds app, showing off their technical skills with games and learning coding language.
This term in Mathematics students will explore place value and operation concepts as well as using hands on activities and open ended tasks to develop their knowledge in statistics and probability through the concept of chance. Students will also extend their knowledge in measurement by exploring the concepts of mass, capacity and temperature.
Homework choice boards will begin in Week 3. Students should choose one task to complete each week; the tasks are short and fun activities linked to the topics we are covering in class. Students will have access to Mathletics and Spellodrome as additional homework tasks. Basic Facts will be regularly tested and sent home too. We recommend a combination of all the above activities, and home reading, between 10-15 mins per night.
Reading this term will incorporate several different methods of teaching, from guided reading to reading rotations. Students will use a variety of fiction and non-fiction text to practice finding the main idea and making predictions. Students will also use a variety of texts to explore many more reading strategies to improve their comprehension.
Read Around the World
Read Around the World will begin in week 3. For every page a student reads at home, students will travel an agreed distance on our classroom world map. For example, by reading 60 pages at home a student could travel the 4,400km from Australia to Singapore. The students will then conduct research on Singapore for that week and record it in their passport. Read Around the World is designed for students to explore different countries and develop their research skills in conjunction with reading.
The 3/4 team, Todd, Peter, Jordy, Emily & Joseph