What our Year 3/4s are learning this term...
Reading and Viewing
In Reading, students will continue to build on their comprehension skills. Our focus teaching sessions will target students' ability to understand and discuss aspects within, about and beyond the texts. Students will work on identifying features of a non-fiction text and using expression in their voice for various punctuation in fiction texts. Furthermore, we will be explicitly teaching students to read texts carefully and to locate correct information. Students will be taught to identify clues or evidence to support their reasoning. Students will be explicitly taught how to take notes whilst viewing and how this skill can be transferred to summarising and researching.
The overall focus for the Writing program this term will be on maintaining routines and procedures within the daily writing session. These will include: handwriting practise, scheduled conferences and independent writing. We will be focussing on the structure and features of persuasive text and information reports. Particular attention will be given to independently improving and editing their own writing and publishing using different means.
This term Spelling will be taught through the use of the SMART spelling strategy. Each week students will work on a set of new words both at school and for home learning. 80% of these words will follow a specific spelling pattern and have two words each week from their own Writing. The grammar focus will be based on the writing genre to be explored for the term.
Speaking and Listening
During this term, students will be using oral language to persuade, negotiate and communicate their learning. They will practice turn-taking and using language appropriate to the formality of the situation. Students will be expected to listen to and contribute to conversations, to share information and ideas and to negotiate in collaborative situations including the use of active listening skills. They will plan and deliver short presentations and debates, presenting some key details in logical sequence and focus on using appropriate tone, pace and volume.
Number and Algebra
Students will be learning how to model and represent unit fractions including 1/2, 1/4, 1/3 ,1/5 and their multiples to a complete whole. Students will have the opportunity to develop more efficient strategies for solving problems involving multiplication.
Measurement and Geometry
Students will explore telling time to the minute and investigate the relationship between units of time and convert between units such as minutes to hours. They will be learning about calculating the time spent at school during a normal school day, calculating the time required to travel between two locations and determining arrival time given departure time.
Statistics and Probability
Students will explore data displays and interpret and compare results based on questions
In Term Two, students will explore the concepts of forgiveness and healing through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They will investigate the story of Zacchaeus and the parable of The Prodigal Son and its focus on forgiveness. They will examine the four stages of Reconciliation and how it helps rebuild their relationship with God and others. Students will also look at the choices they make and how these choices impact animals and the environment which are gifts, given to them by God.
Social and Emotional Capabilities
Through Circle Time, students will be provided with opportunities to identify conflicts commonly experienced in peer groups and suggest possible resolutions.
In Term Two, our big question is “What is my impact on animals and the environment?”. Students will engage in the inquiry process to investigate a specific endangered animal and the varying impacts on their survival. They will explore the responsibilities humans have in protecting endangered species and design a presentation to share their findings and understandings.
During this term, students will be using digital technologies for researching, organising and communicating their learning. They will be individually and in groups, planning for, creating and communicating using digital products such as Google Docs, slideshows, posters, brochures and sites for a specified audience. Students will continue to focus on the skills required to be safe and ethical digital citizens.