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Year 3

 

 

 
Term 3
 
 
Learning must lead students to understand the concepts, apply them to their lives, analyse the information received, evaluate and justify their decisions and create their own ways of seeing things. This is what we strive to achieve in the Garden Classroom!
 
 
Goal Setting
Goal setting is an important part of becoming a successful learner. In order to succeed in school and in life, our children need to develop the skill of self-determination. In other words, they need to be able to make their own decisions and guide their own behaviour. Setting goals can facilitate this process because it helps children make the connection between their own personal choices and the end results.
 
Creating Goals
Begin the discussion of goal-setting simply by asking your child what he or she hopes to accomplish or learn this Semester. While you might have a few suggestions in mind, you'll want to let this idea percolate for a few days. You might even be surprised to find that the expectations your child has for himself or herself are higher than you imagined! This conversation will be started at school in Week 1 and I would encourage you to continue the discussion with your child at home.
 
Developing a Plan
Once your child picks a personal learning goal, you'll want to help him or her develop a plan for accomplishing it. This will most likely include defining the goal, setting a time frame, and making a list of steps necessary in working toward the goal. You'll also want to talk about how your child will realize that the goal has been accomplished. Developing the goals plan will take place during the Parent – Student – Teacher meetings in Week 2 and 3.
 
Celebrating Success
Finally, make sure you acknowledge your child's progress along the way. Knowing that Mum and Dad noticed will increase your child's sense of accomplishment and fortify his or her self-determination. We will also be celebrating their success at school on our “Flying High” board in the classroom.
 
Homework
Homework will continue to run Wednesday to Wednesday. Since the students have completed their homework text books I will create a homework sheet each week that outlines the required homework for the children to complete. Please take the time to look at the “Homework Guide” as I’m sure it will answer any questions you may have, particularly about spelling and connections to the classroom.
Please make sure you sign off on your child’s homework each week.
Reading to Learn (R2L)
 “Reading to Learn is one of the world’s most powerful literacy programs. It is designed to enable all learners at all levels of education to read and write successfully, at levels appropriate to their age, grade and area of study. The strategies have been independently evaluated to consistently accelerate the learning of all students at twice to more than four times expected rates, across all schools and classes, and among students from all backgrounds and ability ranges.” Dr David Rose, Director
A Reading to Learn cycle takes approximately 2 weeks and involves the students completing tasks based on specific parts of a well-written, curriculum connected text. A cycle includes; students being clued in to what they’re reading (prepare before reading), explicate teaching of chosen concepts from the text (detailed reading), explicate teaching of concepts by breaking down the text (prepare before writing), supported teaching of concepts by reworking the text (joint rewriting), independent reworking of the text (individual rewriting) and finally independent writing.
Curriculum
English: Using the R2L cycle, the students will learn about verbs and nouns (and their groups), punctuation and editing, sentence structure and narrative and persuasive texts. Our reading focus is on comprehension and using the ‘detective skills’ required to find inferred information in texts. Students will also be encouraged to express their opinion based on books read.
 During our English lessons students will continue to develop their cursive handwriting and develop their grapheme, blends and sound patterns knowledge using Soundwaves.
In Weeks 1 – 4 students will be writing, learning and presenting 2-minute book talks as part of the “making presentations” aspect of the English curriculum. The focus is on how well the students are able to use their voice (speed, volume, expression), facial expressions and eye contact during the presentations. More information will be sent home with this week’s homework.
Maths: There’s lots of exciting concepts to be taught this term, the first being division. I understand some students found learning division alongside multiplication difficult. That’s okay. For some students, it would have been an easy connection to make (division as the reverse of multiplication). For others, they will need more explicit teaching. Using the book “The Doorbell Rang” the students will be introduced to division as the dividing of objects into equal groups. They will also learn the language of fractions.
After fractions the students will move on to learning about 3D shapes, lines and angles followed by the concept of time and capacity.
The students will finish the term looking at the various strategies for problem solving.
Religion: This term in Religion the children will be learning to identify prayers of thanksgiving and prayers of praise and demonstrate their understanding of the significance of these prayers. They will also explore parts of the Torah (Old Testament) to learn about God’s relationship with His people and the Jewish community.
Science: Students will learn about the sustainability of products and the advancement of some inventions over time.
HASS: “Aboriginal Culture” Students will learn about the importance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the main climate types of the world and similarities and differences between the climates of different places. They will also explore the similarities and differences between places in terms of their types of settlement, demographic characteristics and the lives of the people who live there.
The Arts:
Media Arts – “Persuade to Protect” In this unit, students explore representations of people, settings, ideas and story structure in advertising and persuasive presentations, focusing on moving images. They will explore TV advertising and how they can use characterisations, settings and ideas to persuade a targeted audience to a place. Students will experiment with media technology and collaborative production processes (scripts, storyboard, film and edit and green screen) to create a TV style media production.
Dance – Lessons with Miss Amanda take place this term in preparation for our Dance Showcase evening on the 15th September at 5.30pm.
Technologies:
Design Technology (and Science) – “Repurpose It!” In this unit, students will investigate the sustainability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for specific purposes. They will repurpose a clothing item with other recycled materials to create a useful item.

 
 
Extension and Support
I understand that as parents you only want what is best for your child. I understand, I am the same with my Fletcher. Part of wanting the best for your child is concern as to whether your child is being supported or extended as much as they can be. Rest assured that in Term 3, the team at OLHC are doing everything they can to do this.
Reading Support – based on reading assessments completed in Term 2, the student support team and I have come up with some small group goals for those readers who are still developing their skills and whole class activities to target comprehension.
Writing Support – having analysed the student’s writing from Term 2, I noticed a number of patterns in the children’s writing. These patterns are being addressed with both small group and whole class lessons targeting spelling / phonics and editing and punctuation.
Maths Support – the structure of our maths lessons allow for children who require support to access it via Mrs G or myself during learning times. To date, we have found this sufficient and have noticed that all students have been successful at meeting the curriculum requirements. We will continue to monitor student progress, and make changes to the support available as required.
General Support – any child who requires support during a lesson can receive it, thanks to the inclusion of Mrs G in our classroom. She and I will often play tag across the classroom, ensuring there is adequate supervision and support across the room. Students are encouraged to ask questions of their peers and their teachers in order to help their learning.
Extension
All students are capable of meeting the needs of the curriculum; it is my job as their teacher to challenge them to extend themselves past this base level. All assessment tasks the students complete are aimed at this higher level. The task is explained to the students and they learn the information or skills needed to meet this level, or reach beyond it. If a child finds this level difficult, the task is scaled back to the expected level, ensuring all students feel success in their learning. They are constantly given feedback and numerous opportunities to respond to this feedback, in order to achieve their best. This is how students are extended in the Year 3 classroom. It is not about removing children from the classroom a few times a week, it is about extending themselves in our classroom constantly.
Communication
I am aware that communication was messy in Term 2, and I apologise for that. The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is so often quoted, yet can be difficult to follow. I strongly believe that the best way for your child to reach their potential is for communication to be frequent, honest, open and most importantly, respectful.
My chosen forms of communication may not suit everyone, but hopefully there’s an option that will help you to feel like part of the OLHC village…
-          Class Dojo: not just for behaviour point updates. The class story option allows me to post pictures and snip-its about our day in a safe (private) way for all parents to access via the app on your phones or devices. While Dojo does allow for parents to contact teachers, I ask that you do not use this method please. An email, or note sent with your child are the best methods to reach me.
-          Twitter: Due to class dojo’s class story option I am no longer using Twitter to communicate with parents.
-          Email: I am happy to email parents about small matters, however, any serious or important matters should be sent to me via the office (phendra@bne.catholic.edu.au) or Margaret (mtomov@bne.catholic.edu.au).
-          Parent Portal: The Parent Portal is the school’s preferred method of sharing class letters and photos. If you are having trouble accessing the Parent Portal, please contact the office for assistance. I will aim to have the weekly letter up by the Sunday evening, so that you’re aware of what’s happening in the coming week.
o   The Weekly letter is a curriculum update for the week ahead, ensuring you are kept informed about what your child is learning in class. It will also contain reminders about things happening in the week, notes due back etc.
o   You can access photos by clicking on the Photos link on the right hand side of the page (just past midway)
o   You can access archived posts by clicking on the term links on the left hand side of the page.
 
-          School Newsletter: the school newsletter is another great place to find information about what is happening (or coming up) in the school community. I know sometimes it arrives in my inbox when I don’t have the time to look at it, so I keep it there until I can give it my full attention, and it’s always worth the time!
Important Dates
July
August
September
11
First Day back
 
2
Parent Info Session “Visible Learning” (7.30pm)
1
Father’s Day Stall
 
12
P & F Meeting (7.30pm)
7
Parish – School Mass (9.30am)
2
Father’s Day Assembly (8.30am)
15
NAIDOC Week Assembly (8.30am)
9
·         Bike Skills (1.30pm)
·         P & F Meeting (7.30pm)
6
Parent Information Session “School Renewal” (7.30pm)
27
Year 3 Mass (9am)
 
10
EKKA Holiday
 
9
·         Child Protection Week Assembly (8.30am)
·         Disco (6pm)
28
Athletics Carnival
 
15
Feast of the Assumption Mass (9am)
13
P & F Meeting (7.30pm)
 
 
 
16
Scooter Skills
15
Dance Showcase (5.30pm)
 
 
18
Zone Athletics
16
Last day of Term 3
 
 
25
Art Show