2017 Curriculum outline Grade 3/4

TERM 1 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

 

Class: 3/4                                   Teachers: (A)Sarah Jackson, (B) Simon Presljak,      

                                                                    (C) Lewis Bainbridge, (D) Bridget Gibson

English

 

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

 

Distinguishing between Real and Make Believe, Making Predictions, Fact and Opinion

 

Writing

Narrative – students plan, create, edit and publish a narrative, focussing on characters, setting and plot development

Procedural – students will be creating a game during Maths sessions, which they will create a set of instructions on how to play the game

Mathematics

 

Number and Algebra – Place Value (recognise, make, explain, numbers up to five digits, naming the place value of each digit)

 

Measurement and Geometry – Time (tell time to the minute and investigate the relationship between units of time, convert between units of time)

 

Statistics and Probability – Data (collect, record, interpret and compare data displays with and without the use of digital technologies)

Integrated Studies

 

This term we are learning about communities, laws and government systems that make up our Australian identity. In this unit of study, students will learn about: 

 

  • The purpose of government and some familiar services provided by government, particularly at the local level
  • The purpose of creating rules for groups and how rules and laws affect them
  • Explore voting as a key method for group decision making in a democracy.
  • Explore how individuals participate in their community, cultural diversity and how belonging to different groups can shape personal identity
  • Investigate how and why people choose to remember significant events
  • Analyse key events which contributed to the development of the Australian nation
  • Explore symbols and celebrations of Australia’s and Victoria’s past and present

 

Students will also have the opportunity to create their own learning journey on the topic, by selecting from a variety activities according to areas of intelligence, for example, musical, mathematical and visual. Students will develop a portfolio of these learning experiences.

Homework

 

Students have weekly spelling words to practise and are expected to complete homework by the day stated by teachers. They are also encouraged to read on a nightly basis. This can be books (from home, school or local library), magazines, newspapers and ebooks. The 3/4s will visit the library every Wednesday.

Students who don’t complete tasks during class time or hand in their homework may be asked to complete tasks during break times. 

Life Skills

 

Life skills is a program developed to promote optimal student wellbeing, as well as instil mindfulness in children. Students will explore a variety of calming and mindfulness strategies to embed in their daily routines, as well as provide the ability to draw from a bank of strategies during times of stress, or when problems arise.

Important Dates

 

Life Skills commences                  Tues 7th Feb                

Meet The Teacher Night               Mon 13th  Feb

3/4 camp                                       Wed 15th – Fri 17th Feb

Labour Day holiday                       Mon 13th Mar

Twilight Sports                              Thurs 23rd Mar

Last Day of Term                          Fri 31st Mar

TERM 2 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

 

Class: 3/4                                   Teachers: (A) Sarah Jackson, (B) Simon Presljak,      

                                                                    (C) Lewis Bainbridge, (D) Bridget Gibson

English

 

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

 

Interpreting Figurative Language, Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences, Identifying the Author’s Purpose, Finding the Main Idea and Recalling Facts and Details

 

Writing

Persuasive- students will be composing for and against arguments based on a series of topics, using persuasive devices, such as facts and statistics, rhetorical questions and emotive language

Narrative – students plan, create, edit and publish a narrative, focussing on characters, setting and plot development, with an adventure focus.

Information Report – students will be researching and paraphrasing information based on Australian fauna and flora with links to our Integrated topic.

Mathematics

 

Number and Algebra – Addition and Subtraction (recall addition and subtraction facts, apply efficient addition and subtraction strategies to solve problems, estimating and calculating purchases of items and change to the nearest 5 cents)

 

Measurement and Geometry – Length and Temperature (read and measure objects using metric units, order and compare units according to their measurements using scaled instruments)

Angles (identify, make and compare angle sizes in everyday situations)

 

Statistics and Probability – Data and Probability (conduct chance experiments, identify possible outcomes of experiments, describe possible everyday events and order their chances of probability, justify variations in the results of chance experiments)

Integrated Studies

 

This term we are learning about Australian plants and animals and how the environment supports the lives of people and other living things, as well as ways to protect and care for our natural and built environment. In this unit of study, students will learn about: 

-       How living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things

-       Explore living things and their life cycle, for example the life cycle of a plant

-       How the environment supports living things and how they survive, as well as how living things depend on each other to survive, for example the role bees play in plant reproduction

-       Ways to protect our natural and built environment, by promoting and engaging  in sustainable practices and resources, for example maintaining and cultivating the class garden and wildlife corridor

Students will also have the opportunity to conduct a range of scientific experiments and to record their observations and experiences in their journal.

Homework

 

Students have weekly spelling words to practise and are expected to complete homework by the day stated by teachers. They will also have the opportunity to build connections between home and school by engaging in maths tasks or projects according to the topic. Students are also encouraged to read on a nightly basis. This can be books (from home, school or local library), magazines, newspapers and ebooks. The 3/4s will visit the library every Wednesday. Students also have a home reading log to record and monitor their reading progress.

Students who don’t complete tasks during class time or hand in their homework may be asked to complete tasks during break times. 

Important Dates

 

ANZAC Day

Tuesday 25th April

NAPLAN (Year 3 only)

Open Day

School Photos

Tuesday 9th to Thursday the 11th of May

24th May

29th May

Queen’s Birthday

Monday 12th of June

Parent Teacher Interviews

Incursion

Tuesday 27th of June

To be arranged

TERM 3 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

 

Class: 3/4                                   Teachers: (A) Sarah Jackson, (B) Simon Presljak,      

                                                                    (C) Lewis Bainbridge, (D) Bridget Gibson

English

 

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

 

Interpreting Figurative Language, Compare and Contrast, Recalling Facts and Details and Summarising

 

Writing

Poetry – familiarise and analyse various styles of poetry including: Alliteration, Limerick, Cinquain, Rhyming Couplet, Haiku, Diamantes, Free Verse. Students will plan and compose different types of poetry and publish in a poetry booklet.

Discussion –research, plan and create a discussion writing piece, offering two points of view relating to a topic, concluding with the student’s own opinion.

Information Report – students will be researching and paraphrasing information based on Australia’s first peoples and the significant ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place. We will also explore causes and effects of European settlement and exploration, with links to our Integrated topic.

Mathematics

 

Number and Place Value – multiplication and division, linking the relationship between both operations with repeated addition, groups of and equal sharing; fractions and decimals.

 

Measurement and Geometry – location, area and perimeter, 2D and 3D shape

 

Statistics and Probability – Data and Probability (conduct chance experiments, identify possible outcomes of experiments, describe possible everyday events and order their chances of probability, justify variations in the results of chance experiments)

Integrated Studies

 

This term we are learning about significant events and people in Australian history; including Australia’s first peoples, as well as European settlement and exploration. In this unit of study, students will learn about: 

- Significant events in chronological order about the journey of navigators, explorers or traders up to the late eighteenth century, including their contacts with and effects on other societies

- Describe perspectives of people from the past.

- The diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples and the significant ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the effects on their daily lives.

- The journey(s) of a significant world navigator, explorer or trader up to the late eighteenth century, including their contacts with and effects on other societies

- Stories of the First Fleet, including causes and reasons for the journey, who travelled to Australia, and their experiences and perspectives following arrival

- Identify and explain the causes and effects of European settlement and exploration

-The nature of contact between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and others, for example, the Macassans and the Europeans, and the effects of these interactions.

Homework

 

Students have weekly spelling words to practise and are expected to complete homework by the day stated by teachers. They will also have the opportunity to build connections between home and school by engaging in maths tasks or projects according to the topic. Students are also encouraged to read on a nightly basis. This can be books (from home, school or local library), magazines, newspapers and ebooks. The 3/4s will visit the library every week, according to their grades timetable. Students also have a home reading log to record and monitor their reading progress.

Students who don’t complete tasks during class time or hand in their homework may be asked to complete tasks during break times. 

Important Dates

 

Welcome to Smoking Ceremony

16th of August

Author Visit- Kym Lardner

Maths Incursion

Student Led Conferences

Incursion/Excursion

4th and 5th of September

30th-31st of August

19th of September

 TBA

 

 

 

 

 

TERM 4 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

 

Class: 3/4                                   Teachers: (A) Sarah Jackson, (B) Simon Presljak,      

                                                                    (C) Lewis Bainbridge, (D) Bridget Gibson

English

 

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

 

Word Meaning in Context, Making Predictions and Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences

 

Writing

Science Fiction Narrative – research science fiction concepts, as well as making links with our Integrated unit, to plan and create a narrative writing piece. Students will explore the program Audacity to focus on digital effects and enhancement of spoken text.

Scientific Procedural texts - students will hypothesise and participate in scientific experiments based on their Integrated unit, which they will create a set of instructions on how to complete the experiment

Transactional texts- letter writing and emailing, writing to and responding to letters and emails

Mathematics

 

Number and Place Value – fractions and decimals of whole numbers, relationships between fractions, decimals and making whole numbers, making, recognising and ordering decimals, comparing size of decimals. Review of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division strategies.

 

Measurement and Geometry – volume and capacity of various objects, using formal measurements, conversion of units; transformation of shapes, tessellation

 

Statistics and Probability – data, collecting, collating, presenting data, interpreting data.

 

Integrated Studies

 

This term we are learning about chemical science and the way change of state between a solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat. In this unit of study, students will learn about: 

- the difference between temperature and heat and explore examples to illustrate how heat is produced and transferred

- how heat is involved in changes of state between solid and liquid.

- explain the Earth’s rotation and the regular changes that occur, including night and day

- analyse the Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity

Homework

 

Students have weekly spelling words to practise and are expected to complete homework by the day stated by teachers. They will also have the opportunity to build connections between home and school by engaging in maths tasks or projects according to the topic. Students are also encouraged to read on a nightly basis. This can be books (from home, school or local library), magazines, newspapers and ebooks. The 3/4s will visit the library every week, according to their grades timetable. Students also have a home reading log to record and monitor their reading progress.

Students who don’t complete tasks during class time or hand in their homework may be asked to complete tasks during break times. 

 

 

Important Dates

 

3/4 Excursion to Scienceworks

Pupil Free Day

30th of October

6th of November

Melbourne Cup

Swimming

 

7th of November

20th of November to the 29th of November