TERM ONE - MIDDLES 2024
Welcome back to the 2024 school year! We are excited to be back and look forward to working with your children this year. In the classrooms we will continue to incorporate our school values which are Respect, Community, Resilience, Excellence and Co-operation. This term's topic students will be looking at health and how they can contribute to healthy and active communities. They will be attending Task Works, an incursion that focuses on co-operation, team building and problem solving.
Teachers will support Year 3 students by providing opportunities to practise the skills required to confidently complete their upcoming NAPLAN Sessions. NAPLAN will commence Wednesday 13th March.
In Term 1, students will work alongside one another in their groups to ensure each student's level is catered for. Within these groups students will study different inspiring authors and read a variety of texts used as mentor texts. They will firstly focus on 'within the text' strategies, such as, monitoring and correcting, maintaining fluency, searching for and using information and summarising. Students will also show their comprehension by using ‘beyond the text’ strategies such as making connections, predicting, inferring, visualising. During our reading conferences students will set individual goals with their teacher and work towards achieving these.
Students should continue to read daily at home for at least twenty minutes five days a week and explore a variety of texts for enjoyment. Please ensure that this is recorded daily in their reading journals/diary.
This term we will be looking at different types of sentences: simple, compound and complex, and the punctuation that can be used. Students will investigate and create narratives (imaginative stories), which feature characters, settings, events, a problem and a solution, and begin using paragraphs to organise their information. They will utilise word charts to expand upon their vocabulary, exploring how to use adverbs and adjectives to enhance their descriptions and detail. Later in the term they will plan, draft and publish persuasive texts, using high modality words to strengthen their arguments. When writing, the students will be encouraged to revise and edit their work and make the necessary changes to improve the quality of what they have written. They will begin to recognise goals for improvement, setting a writing goal and working towards achieving their goal.
Students will learn spelling patterns and rules within spelling sessions and use this knowledge when spelling new words in their writing. During class time throughout the week, students will analyse words by segmenting, identifying syllables and sounds, to assist in remembering their chosen words. Students will bring home their spelling words on Monday, to practise each day at home, and return these on Friday for testing.
This term we will focus on understanding place value, representing and ordering numbers to at least tens of thousands. We will learn about renaming and regrouping numbers and begin to use this skill to help us solve problems, what makes a number odd or even, and how to describe, continue and create a number pattern using multiples of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. As the term progresses, students will begin developing the skills to recall single digit addition and subtraction facts automatically and how to solve equations using all 4 operations. Students will also begin the term exploring two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects and compare and explain their geometric properties.
At home it would be beneficial for students to practise their times tables and quick addition and subtraction facts. If parents are able to use opportunities for students to use maths in real life situations, such as helping to measure ingredients for cooking and working out the change when purchasing something at the shops, it would be greatly appreciated. This will assist students to understand the reasons why we need to learn maths and how we use it every day.
Our classrooms are open from 8:35am each morning for students to get themselves organised so learning time can start promptly at 8:45am.
Please remember, “no hat no play” this term, and also bring a drink bottle, snack, lunch and fruit/veg snack each day.
Year 3 Teachers Year 4 Teachers
Hannah Wight M20
Gianna Salerni M5
Leonie Heeley M22
Niambh O’Reilly M6
Sarah Macdonald &
Lynda Cameron M23
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