Thursday, 18 October 2018


WHAT’S ON in Term 4 in Year 3 

 

2018

 

  INQUIRY UNIT – “Footprints of the Past”

 

Central Idea: Understanding Australia’s history helps us to move forward as a nation.

 

Key Understandings:
 
We can learn about the past by examining the narratives, myths and celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
 
People can have different perspectives about the same events.
 
European settlement had a significant impact on Australia.
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a strong connection to the land, sea, waterways and skies.

 

Focus Questions:

What was life like for the people of the Kulin Nation?

 

How do we learn about the history of Indigenous Australians?

 

How did life change for Indigenous Australians after European Settlement?

 

What significant events of the past brought about change?


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 3D objects, chance, money, mass, volume and capacity!

ENGLISH
Our literacy programs continue to evolve with a blend of different dynamics and routines. All Year 3 classrooms operate 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 poetry, joined handwriting and writing to describe. 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

Term 4 will revise many of the computer skills practised in the previous three terms. We shall also using our school laptops to work on Essential Assessment which is a new online assessment tool relating to literacy and numeracy.


HOMEWORK

The homework routine will not change in Term 4. 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.

 
CAMP

Parent permission forms have already been sent home regarding camp in late November. Our Year 3 Camp is at Phillip Island and we are all very excited about this looming, new experience!

 

SOME DATES TO NOTE!                                    


October 8           Term 4 begins!
October 15         GPS Poetry Week
October 16         Indigenous Performance in Junior Campus Hall
October 22         Year 3 Incursion regarding Indigenous language and food
October 23         Year 3 Indigenous Walks excursion at Yarra River
October 25         GPS Whole School Spelling Bee
October 30        Year 3 History Box Incursion
November 6       Melbourne Cup Holiday
November 7       Senior Campus Swimming until November 16
November 18    Year 3 Working Bee (Sunday morning)
November 21    Year 3 Camp at Phillip Island (3 days)
December 12     School Concert Evening
December 14    Whole School Science Day
December 21    Last Day of School!



Sunday, 22 July 2018

What's on in Term 3 in Year 3




WHAT’S ON in Term 3 in Year 3 



  INQUIRY UNIT – “Full STEAM Ahead”

 

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 2018!

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 symmetry and the collection, representation and interpretation of data.

ENGLISH

Our literacy programs continue to evolve with a blend of different dynamics and routines. All Year 3 classrooms operate streamed 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 Poetry 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

The Year 3 students will be using the Stop Motion App, amongst other functions, on iPads this term. All students will also 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.
 
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





July 16             Term 3 begins
July 17             CodingBotics Incursion
July 31              Curriculum Day
August 7          Woodwork Incursion
August 21-23  One Little Cup Musical days and nights
August 31        Fathers’ Day Breakfast
Sept 3              Poetry Week
Sept 10            Celebrating HERRRBY Week
Sept 19            Year 3 STEAM Expo
Sept 21            Last Day of Term 3 (Footy Fever Day)