Curriculum - Year 3/4 News

Year 3/4

The Grade 3 / 4’s have had a fantastic first few weeks and are now fully into the swing of a new year. This year we have been given a great opportunity, gaining the service of Mrs Donna Williams who will be working with our class on Monday to Wednesday from 9am to 1:30pm. This will provide our students with greater opportunities to receive one on one conferencing as they work on new goals and learning. The students have done a great job adjusting to two classrooms and the new expectations that brings.

In our Literacy Block, all students are now regularly borrowing a “best fit” book from the class and mobile library. We have been focusing on Recounts and Narratives; and there has been a specific focus on the use of openers and connectives to extend our ideas and add additional detail. The students will begin completing Big Writes from this week, and will have the opportunity to read these to the class and to the school at Assembly.

In Maths, we have had a focus on Place value, which includes concepts such as odd and even numbers and the addition and subtraction of these numbers. The students have completed a pre assessment and this information has been used to plan a rich and diverse range of learning tasks targeting the learning needs of all students. The students have been actively engaged in the game based learning activities we have been completing.

Our class has been working its way through a Starting Right program this term. This has included establishing some classroom rules, considering what makes a “good” teacher and a “good” student and establishing some norms and agreements that we adhere to this year. Additionally, we have reintroduced the Growth Mindset to our classroom; this mindset allows people to take on the challenges of life and has a focus on effort over the result. We will have a focus on “rating our effort” this year with students considering how much effort they have put into a task or project.

Following Starting Right our new Biology science unit will begin. This year we complete the first five weeks of the unit in Term 1 before finishing the final 5 weeks at the beginning of Term 2. The class will be working through two, hour-long sessions; one session will be dedicated to any scientific vocabulary the students need to know, while the second session will be based upon an inquiry e5 approach.

In the upcoming weeks, the students will be given the opportunity to apply for a position on the Junior School Council, with members of the grade 3/4 class being chosen as our class representatives. Applying students will deliver a short 1 to 2 minute speech to the class before a vote will determine our representatives.

 We have had a great start to the year, and with several exciting events just beyond the horizon, this (short) term will begin to fly by! The students have done a fantastic job and are continuing to strive to improve and become better learners and people.