WHAT’S ON in Term 4 in Year 3
INQUIRY UNIT – “Footprints of the Past”
Central Idea: Understanding Australia’s history helps us to move forward as a nation.
We can learn about the past by examining the narratives, myths and celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
People can have different perspectives about the same events.
European settlement had a significant impact on Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People have a strong connection to the land, sea, waterways and skies.
What was life like for the Indigenous People of Australia before European Settlement?
How do we learn about the history of the Indigenous People of Australia?
How did life change for the Indigenous People of Australia before European Settlement?
What significant events of the past brought about change?
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, maps, money and mass, volume and capacity!
Our literacy programs continue to evolve with a blend of different dynamics and routines. All Year 3 classrooms operate differentiated literacy groups with 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. Students who speak and listen well are generally alert and engaged learners.
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 an online assessment tool relating to literacy and numeracy.
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 TUESDAYS
On Tuesdays at 12pm 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.
Our Year 3 Camp is at Phillip Island (November 20th – 22nd) and we are all very excited about this looming, new experience! Information forms and permission forms will be sent home to parents early in Term 4.
October 7 Term 4 begins!
October 15 Year 3 EcoCentre Incursion for Boonwurrung studies
October 29 Year 3 Incursion “History Box”
October 31 GPS Whole School Spelling Bee
November 5 Melbourne Cup Holiday
November 6 Senior Campus Swimming until November 15
November 10 Year 3 Working Bee (Sunday morning)
November 16 Gardenvale Primary School Fair (Saturday)
November 20 Year 3 Camp at Phillip Island (3 days)
December 3 Year 3 excursion to Melbourne Museum
December 11 School Concert evening
December 20 Last day of school!