TERM 3 IN THE Middle SCHOOL
Welcome to term three and we hope that you and your family enjoyed the extended holiday. We are looking forward to engaging the students in learning activities during remote learning and then back at school hopefully in the near future. It is really important that you encourage your child to participate in class activities and your continued support is invaluable.
For writing in term three, students will learn how to plan, draft and publish narratives, responses and procedures. They will be writing simple, compound and complex sentences, including linking ideas using connectives and openers. The skills they will be learning in punctuation are: how to use quotation marks, contractions, apostrophes and paragraphs. They will develop their understanding of how to use verbs, and interesting adjectives and adverbs to improve their writing. Students will continue to build on their knowledge of word origins and technical words.
This term in reading, students will continue with 20-30 minutes of silent sustained reading daily, during which they will continue to build their skills and knowledge of within, beyond and about the text reading comprehension strategies. They will discuss how language is used to describe the settings in texts and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood of the narrative. This will include understanding the construction and purpose of contractions, how different verbs and adverb groups/phrases are used in texts to provide detail and the function of direct and indirect speech. They will investigate how different types of texts vary in use depending on their purpose, audience and context, including tense and sentence type and, will be given the opportunity to compare older and contemporary texts. Students will identify the effect that different elements (illustrations, photos fonts) in texts have on an audience and identify purpose, features, structure and the intended audience of informative texts, including online texts with features such as hyperlinks and site maps.
Students will continue with weekly lessons in SMART Spelling in order to support them in building letter-sound knowledge and their ability to apply their spelling knowledge in daily writing.
In term three in number students will recall multiplication and related division facts for twos, threes, fives and tens. Students will practice and be able to recall multiplication facts up to 10 x 10 and related division facts. They will continue to formulate and solve simple multiplication and division problems, estimate answers and use technology to check calculations.
Students will model and represent multiples of unit fractions up to a whole, using arrays on a number line. Students will investigate simple equivalent fractions and count by halves, thirds and quarters. They will use simple decimals to solve money problems including total cost and change. In Measurement and Geometry students will be measuring, ordering objects using familiar units of perimeter, area and volume and regular and irregular shapes. For Statistics and Probability, students will predict and record the outcomes of chance experiments. Students will be describing everyday events and order their chances of occurring from least likely to most likely. They will identify everyday events, where one cannot happen if the other happens. Students will also identify events where the chance of one will not be affected by the occurrence of the other.
The unit of Inquiry in Term 3 is Health. The students will describe and apply strategies that can be used in situations that make them feel comfortable/uncomfortable or safe/unsafe. They will also discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media, while also addressing the role of food and nutrition in enhancing health and wellbeing.
PERFORMING ARTS (Middles: Blast off! Life in space)
This unit of work provides learning experiences for year 3 and 4 students specifically in drama and dance, through an exploration of space: the universe, space travel and the life of an astronaut. The unit engages in making/creating and responding. Students use the dramatic elements of role-play, dramatic play, improvisation, soundscape, characterisation, devising, ensemble and the stagecraft areas of properties and costume design. They use the dance elements of body, space, time, dynamic and relationships.
• create roles, improvise and use imaginative play to shape dramatic action.
• experiment with dance elements of body, space, time, dynamic and relationships.
• explore and experiment with both verbal and nonverbal language – dialogue, mime, gesture, movement and freeze.
• communicate their ideas to others through presenting, performing and sharing.
• reflect on their own and others' generative, creative and imaginative works as critical thinkers and art makers.
Middle students will be studying Biological Science this term. They will be investigating how different living things have their own specific life cycles and how they depend on each other to survive. Students will plant seeds and record through continuous observations of how they grow in our garden. They will explore ideal conditions for growth and identify what they need in order to survive. Students will harvest their crops and explore how they can use these plants to make meals. They will investigate what minibeasts are drawn to the garden and how to keep the pests away to promote fertile land and healthy growth.
Middle students will complete topics of soccer and netball. They will practice skills and then participate in modified games to put the skills they have learnt into practice. They will participate in a fitness topic to speak about what fitness is and why it is important for our health. Students will be introduced to Newcombe which is a modified volleyball game.
Niambh O’Reilly M1 Pat Galante M3
Danae Maini M2 Lynda Cameron M4
Rebecca Gilbert M2 Leonie Heeley M5