Year 3 Update
Every day, I am so impressed at the fantastic way all the students engaged in their learning activities and were so adaptable and resilient in transitioning to our current offsite learning. It was a real credit to their independence and ability to adapt as we all embarked on this new teaching and learning curve. A big thank you also goes out to you as parents for being there for them during this time. I am very aware that many of you have also been or will be working from home, so I truly appreciate all the support you have given to them during this transition.
The students are starting to settle into the routine and flow of Phase 2 of the Continuous Learning Plan. We will continue to present SeeSaw tasks at the start of the day, as well as the incorporation of real-time video conferencing. Activities will continue to involve a balance of on-screen and off-screen tasks designed to engage your children in experiences that connect to previous learning and the curriculum.
There has been significant consideration given to having tasks that are hands-on and can be achieved in most parts independently, though some jobs may need some guidance from you. Engagement and connection will continue to be a big focus, ensuring your children feel connected to each other, the school, and me. Similar to our in-class learning, there will be times where your children have communication not only from myself but also Miss Tame (Year 4), Mr de Lacy (Year 3 Penbank Campus), and Mrs Gow (Individual Needs Coordinator).
Even though our school day within the new plan doesn't replicate a 'normal' school day, we will be keeping to a sense of routine with our key learning areas of literacy, maths, and inquiry as well as our specialist subjects.
This term, students will be looking at continuing our new transdisciplinary theme of 'Sharing the Planet' with a specific focus on living things. It has been wonderful to see the students excitedly discovering further information about living things around the world and in their backyards. The students have begun to identify their area of interest. Over the coming weeks, we will be formulating questions and pursuing investigations into the relationship between living things and their environment. For the term, we will be guiding the students' journey along the following lines of inquiry:
- Environments and their features
- The interdependence between living things and the environment
- Human impact on the environment and living things
- Solutions and actions we can take to maintain and restore environments and living things
Our numeracy program includes challenges and activities that incorporate multiple streams of mathematics. We will be making links between our unit of inquiry and numeracy tasks linked to our fundamental concept. This term, we will also focus in on specific skills related to:
- Place value; we will continue to be reinforcing and building integral place value skills that majorly influences the students' ability to access other branches of mathematics
- The four operations; addition, subtraction and multiplication, and division. Students will be learning algorithms for addition and subtraction and learning to apply a range of problem-solving skills when completing real-life problems
- Using mathematical reasoning and vocabulary to explain and justify solutions to problems
- Measurement; using standard and non-standard units of measurement
- How to calculate perimeter and area of 2D regular shapes.
Sessions will involve independent and collaborative online tasks aimed at developing a more in-depth understanding across the areas of Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening.
We will be making links between our unit of inquiry and the reading and writing set tasks linked to our fundamental concept. Instruction and activities developed to help students to:
- Explore and analyse the structures and language features used in a range of texts, particularly informative texts
- Navigate and read non-fiction texts by interpreting structural elements, including tables of content, glossaries, chapters, headings, and subheadings and applying appropriate text processing strategies
- Use comprehension strategies to analyse information from a variety of sources
- Be encouraged to independently remember the critical elements of sentences including capital letters and correct use of punctuation
- Create, plan, draft and publish texts for a particular purpose and audience
- Study spelling patterns, word origins, base words, prefixes and suffixes
- Develop their ability to listen and share appropriately in a variety of mediums
- Articulate their ideas in concise and focused contributions to group discussions.
This new adventure that we are all embarking on, we will meet some challenges, but we will face them together.
Please take care of yourself and your family!
Year 3 Class Teacher