Sunday, 24 March 2019


WHAT’S ON in Term 2 in Year 3 

 

 

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  INQUIRY UNIT – “Awesome Australia”


This term we are undertaking an Inquiry Unit titled "Awesome Australia!" Our inquiry learning will be about the different natural environments in Australia, the living and non-living things within these environments and how people affect (and sometimes enhance) the balance of nature.

 

Central Idea:

Humans need to make choices about how we use Australia’s natural environment in a sustainable way.

 

Key Understandings:

The characteristics of places determine where people choose to live.

 

Australia has a range of natural environments throughout its states and territories.

 

When using natural resources, humans need to consider the way how they connect and the impact of overuse.

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a custodial responsibility for their country which influences their view of sustainability.

 

Focus Questions:

How do we identify and compare the characteristics of different environments?

 

Where and what are the major characteristics of Australia’s natural environment?

 

How do we manage our natural resources in different parts of Australia?

 

                                                                                                          

          

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To complement our continued work on number processes and place value, the children will undertake learning about length and area, subtraction, angles, 2D shapes, slides and turns.

 

 

 

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 Many wonderful things are happening with Literacy in Year 3. Via our rotated literacy groups, students improve their skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Our main writing genres in Term 2 are narratives, persuasive texts and information reports. We shall continue to do more VCOP related ‘Big Write’ sessions too. In Year 3 the students are choosing their own texts for reading at home however some students are being given prescribed texts to read and comprehend at home.

 

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WORD and POWERPOINT are the main two programs the students will be using in Term 2. The students will also be searching for information on the internet and by the end of this semester every Year 3 class will have completed four sessions of coding with our information technology Expert in Residence instructor.


 

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The homework routine will not change in Term 2. 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.

 

NAPLAN

 

NAPLAN is a National Assessment Program for all students in Year 3, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 9. May 14th, 15th and 16th are the days set for NAPLAN. Our Year 3 students are already well prepared for this program from their first three full years of school. We shall communicate with parents prior to NAPLAN Week about any required details.

 

OUTDOORS ON TUESDAYS

 

On Tuesdays at noon 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.


EXCITING EVENTS!]


April 23rd                    First Day of Term
April 25th                   ANZAC Day Holiday
April 30th                   Excursion to Healesville Sanctuary
May 2nd                     “Friends for Life” program begins
BS01323_May 10th                    House Cross Country running
May 14th – 16th          NAPLAN
June 6th                     Whole School Opera in-visit
June 10th                   Queen’s Birthday holiday






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 31 January 2019




WHAT’S ON in Term 1 in Year 3 

 
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  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.

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. Our whole school Expert in Residence program will focus on coding. Throughout the year students will develop their own digital portfolio of files



HOMEWORK

Homework will begin in Week 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.





OUTDOORS ON THURSDAYS

On Thursdays 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.


SOME DATES TO NOTE!


January 31st         First Day for students at GPS
February 7th         Year 3 Life Education Incursion
February 18th       Year 3 Parent Information Evening
February 19th       Year 3 Yoga Incursion
February 26th       Year 3 Feeling Safe Program