Curriculum - Year 3/4 News

Year 3/4

The Grade 3 / 4s have had a busy few weeks with Grade 3s undertaking their first NAPLAN, and the students working hard across the subject areas. The students have been involved in the National Walk to School Day, Division Cross Country and last week the Open School and Biggest Morning Tea (which was a raging success!).

The students have been participating in regular conferences with Mrs Williams; and myself and are working on improving their skills across the range of subjects and learning areas. All students are now regularly borrowing a “Best Fit” book from the class and mobile library. Additionally, the students have been focusing on giving each other useful feedback, and have been considering how to use feedback received.

In our Literacy Block, we have been focusing on Narratives, Persuasive writing and have begun a new focus on Procedural Writing. The students have been receiving regular feedback from myself and Mrs Williams, this feedback comes from the students Big Writes and our weekly dictated paragraphs. The students implement the feedback given to them in our lessons and use the feedback to develop their learning goals.

In Maths, we have worked our way through a Chance and Probability unit and are currently working on Number Patterns. This has included numerous challenge “patterns” with the students developing their own patterns to test one another (and their teachers). The students have been working on using the four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) when designing these number patterns.

In Science, we have recently completed our unit on Eucalyptus Trees. This unit culminated with an experiment on the effect eucalyptus and vegetable oil has on the growing of mould. This experiment produced some fascinating results and several further questions that have been investigated. In the next few weeks, we will begin a new unit on Multiculturalism with the students considering what it is to be Australian and questions about their family histories.

The students have also been thoroughly engaged in our mini STEAM challenges. Over the last few weeks’ we have had a focus on using Straws as a material and have been investigating how they can be used to build bridges and platforms. This work always produces fantastic results and develops the students’ problem solving and cooperative learning capabilities.

Lastly, the Grade 3 students showed a fantastic Growth Mindset while completing their first NAPLAN tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy. In the lead up to NAPLAN both Grade 3 and 4 students completed numerous practice tests and questions, they undertook this challenge with relish and this provided great revision for both year levels. We are now past the half way point of Term 2, and the students have done an amazing job and we can now look forward to showcasing our current and future learning at Student Led Conferences in Week.