Tuesday, 16 June 2020


WHAT’S ON in Term 3 in Year 3 

 

2020

 

  INQUIRY UNIT – “Full STEAM Ahead with Simple Machines”

 

This term we are embracing one of the newest initiatives in global education. STEAM is an acronym meaning Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics! This inquiry unit is based on physical science. The students will extend on their knowledge of push and pull forces yet embrace the practices and information associated with the five STEAM strands. We shall be creating inventions and designing and testing a variety of scientific experiments. Exciting times loom in Term 3 for Year 3 in 2020!

                                                                                          

 

Central Idea:

 

Simple machines can be explored through the lens of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM)

                    

 

Key Understandings:

 

We can apply knowledge of science and technology to understand how one action causes another.

 

Science and technology may be applied to solve a problem.

 

Scientists follow a procedure to learn about the world.

 

Simple machines makes life easier by helping us move things.


 
Focus Questions:
 
What does the acronym STEAM mean?
 
What is the scientific procedure?
 
What happens when force is applied to an object?
 
How does friction change the movement of an object?
 
What are simple machines?

MATHS
During Term 3 all Year 3 students will receive explicit instruction on multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. The students will also have opportunities to learn more strategies to work with these operations and to successfully calculate equations and solve problems. We shall also be working with the collection, representation and interpretation of data.



ENGLISH


Our literacy programs continue to evolve with a blend of different routines. All Year 3 classrooms operate differentiated literacy groups with weekly guided reading activities. The Year 3 teachers are also committed to have an individual personal reading conference with each student every fortnight.
 
The students will continue to plan, create and up-level in VCOP Big Write sessions. We shall also focus on Explanation and Procedural Texts in Term 3. Our SMART Spelling Program is functioning consistently across our whole school. There is a focus on a new spelling principle each week and this is reflected via our chosen words for weekly homework.

Speaking and Listening are very important literacy skills. In Year 3 at GPS we take pride in giving our students opportunities to develop these skills in a variety of settings and dynamics. Students who speak and listen well are generally alert and engaged learners.

 

ICT 

All students will continue having personal use of our Year 3 laptop computers, developing their skills with WORD and POWERPOINT. The students will be able to save and print work they have created. They will also be able to conduct their own research on the internet.


 

HOMEWORK


 

The homework routine will not change in Term 3. Everybody will have their weekly spelling words to practise plus one spelling activity and one maths activity to complete. Students are also to conduct their own personal reading at home and they are expected to write the titles of books they read into their Homework Books. The homework has been designed for Year 3 students to do independently but it is always great to see parents taking an interest in what their children are doing for homework.

 SPORT ON FRIDAYS


On Friday mornings we rotate our Year 3 classes across the four Year 3 teachers for a session of Sport. Over a four week rotation every student will be taught by every Year 3 teacher.

 
 DATES TO NOTE!

July 13      Term 3 begins
July 15      Rotated STEAM activities
August 4   Learning by Doing Incursion
August 24 Book Week
Sept 11      Year 3 Steam Expo
Sept 18     Last Day Term 3

 

                                     
 
 
 

 

 

 





Tuesday, 18 February 2020


WHAT’S ON in Term 1 in Year 3 

 

2020

 

  INQUIRY UNIT – “Mindful Me”

 

Central Idea:
The choices people make affect their wellbeing.
Key Understandings:
 
Self-talk influences our feelings and behaviours.
 
We learn from our successes, failures and challenges.
 
There are things I can do to manage my emotions.
 
A growth mindset can influence the way we respond to challenges.
 
Focus Questions:
How do my thoughts affect my feelings and actions?
 
How do I learn from my experiences?
 
What strategies can I use to manage my emotions?
 
What does it mean to be well balanced?
MATHS

During Term 1, all Year 3 students will be assessed with regard to their numeracy proficiency. Daily instruction, experience and practice of mathematics will be targeted at individual needs. Our teaching and learning will be aligned with the Victorian Curriculum for Year 3 standard but with a constant delivery to challenge and extend every student whatever their current ability.


ENGLISH

Our literacy programs in Year 3 have a blend of different activities and routines. All Year 3 classrooms operate literacy groups with weekly rotating activities. The Year 3 teachers are also committed to have an individual personal reading conference with each student every fortnight.


 
Our school has adopted the well renowned CAFÉ Reading Teaching Model for developing students’ reading abilities. This model encompasses comprehension
accuracy, fluency and expanding vocabulary and we deliver it with a differentiated approach for all the children.
 The students will plan, create and up-level in VCOP Big Write sessions. In Term 1 we shall focus on narrative, report and recount genres. Our SMART Spelling Program is functioning consistently across our whole school. There is a focus on a new spelling principle each week and this is reflected via our chosen words for weekly homework.
Speaking and listening are very important literacy skills. In Year 3 at GPS we take pride in giving our students opportunities to develop these skills in a variety of settings and dynamics.



ICT

All Year 3 students will have opportunities to learn and create work on school laptops. Computers are integrated into all our classroom subject areas. One of our new initiatives is a computer program named Accelerated Reader which motivates students to do more personal reading and test their own comprehension skills.


HOMEWORK

Homework will begin in the week beginning February 17th. Everybody will have their weekly spelling words to practise, plus one spelling activity and one maths activity to complete. Students are also to conduct their own personal reading at home and they are expected to write the titles of books they read into their Homework Books. The homework has been designed for Year 3 students to do independently, but it is always great to see parents taking an interest in what their children are doing for homework.

OUTDOORS ON FRIDAYS


On Fridays at 12noon, we rotate our Year 3 classes across the four Year 3 teachers for a session of sport or garden science. Over a four week rotation, every student will be taught by every Year 3 teacher.
 
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