Grade 3/4 with Todd, Peter, Jordy, Emily & Joseph!
Welcome to Term 2. We have an extremely exciting, engaging and excellent term ahead. We welcome 3/4T to the learning space and look forward to many opportunities to collaborate, learn and inspire as a cohort.
This Term in the 3/4 area our Inquiry topic is, ‘How can we help our environment’, with a strong focus on student driven personal inquiry. Students will explore different concepts derived from their own questions and interests. We will extend our learning at the Melbourne Aquarium on June 11th to explore the human impact on different environments and ecosystems.
Grade 3/4 students will continue Science in Term 2. 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.
We will continue to reinforce our ICT agreement, students will be involved in a variety of activities to promote cyber safety.
Students will continue learning to code using Code.org, showing off their technical skills with games and learning coding language.
This term in Mathematics students will revisit place value and operation concepts in particular multiplication and division, explore fractions as well as using hands on activities and open ended tasks to develop their knowledge in length, perimeter and area.
Homework choice boards will continue in Week 2. 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 cause and effect and paraphrasing the text they are reading. Students will also use a variety of texts to explore many more reading strategies to improve their comprehension.
In Term 2 Writing students will have a large focus on persuasive writing. Students will explore topics, formulate opinions and create paragraphs with evidence to support their opinions. Students will then explore information texts, including text features like headings, subheadings, diagrams and facts.
Read Around the World
Read Around the World will continue in Term 2. 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