Thursday, 10 October 2019


WHAT’S ON in Term 4 in Year 3 

2019

  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 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.

Focus Questions:
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?


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, maps, money and mass, volume and capacity! 

 ENGLISH


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.

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 an 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 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.


CAMP

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.



SOME DATES TO NOTE:

                                     
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!


 

 

 


Thursday, 18 July 2019


WHAT’S ON in Term 3 in Year 3 

 

2019

 

  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 2019!

                                                                                          

 

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

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 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. Our whole-school Expert in Residence program continues with all Year 3 class participating in lessons regarding computer coding.


 

 

 

 

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 TUESDAYS (Year 3 Sport or BLOOM)

 

On Tuesdays at 12noon we rotate our Year 3 classes across the four Year 3 teachers for a session of Sport or Garden Science. We title these Garden Science lessons BLOOM (Because Learning Outdoors Offers More). Over a four week rotation every student will be taught by every Year 3 teacher.

 

 

 

 

SOME DATES TO NOTE!

                                     
July 15             Term 3 begins

July 16             Rotated STEAM activities

August 6          Performing Arts Incursion “The Ridiculous Rhyme”

August 8          Learning by Doing Incursion

August 12        Book Week

August 16        Curriculum Day

August 30        Fathers’ Day Breakfast

August 30        Japanese Day

Sept 17            Year 3 STEAM Expo

Sept 20            Last Day of Term 3 (Footy Fever Day)