Year 3/4


Dear Parents,

Welcome to our termly curriculum newsletter for Year 3-4. Firstly, we would like to welcome you back to another exciting school year, after what was hopefully a restful and relaxing summer. Our aim is to keep you informed of your child’s learning and suggest how you can support your child at home. If you have any questions throughout the course of the term please see your child’s class teacher and we will do our best to assist you.


The year has started with some wonderful student focus assessments enabling all students and teachers a chance to get to know each other and talk about our school vision. 


We are looking forward to working with you to ensure your child achieves their best this year.



Maggie Sproul, Angela Palombi, Liana Caligiuri, Silvia De Filippis and Kathy Cunningham

Our Learning this Term


In English this term we are continuing to build on the skills of reading and writing and applying these through a variety of learning tasks. 

In Writing our focus will be Narrative Writing 

In the coming weeks students will be developing individual goals related to their reading and writing. Please take sometime to discuss these with your child.



Reading Daily

In line with our St Andrew’s Homework Policy, it is an expectation that Year 3 and Year 4 students complete the following as homework tasks:

  • 20 minutes Reading per night. Recorded in their diary.
  • 10-15 minutes of other tasks per night as set by the classroom teacher. This will generally be 1-2 weekly Literacy/R.E./Maths/Inquiry task(s) linked to our current classroom learning to be worked on at home throughout the week.

The purpose of our Homework policy is to strengthen home-school partnerships and reaffirm the role of parents and guardians as partners in education. It is an opportunity for students to reinforce and share their classroom learning and develop productive routines and time management skills.


Students will choose a take home reader from school to read and exchange each day. The take home readers will be books that your child can read easily and for enjoyment, the focus is on comprehension. Students can also read their library books. 

Students are expected to read each night for 20 minutes and to record their reading in their diary.

Please record reading using the following format:


Time Read:


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It would benefit your child once reading has been completed to talk about what they have read.

This ‘verbal processing’ helps them remember and think through the themes of the book. 

Ask questions before, during, and after a session to encourage reading comprehension.


 For example: 

  • Before: "What are you interested in about this book? What doesn't interest you?"
  • During: "What's going on in the book? Is it turning out the way you thought it would? What do you think will happen next?"
  • After: "Can you summarize the book? What did you like about it? What other books does it remind you of?"

You may also like to visit the local library and select books that are of interest to your child.



In Mathematics this term, staff will be consulting with specialists Jo Pringle and Jan Walker from (Catholic Education Melbourne) to further develop the teaching efficacy of Mathematics within the school.

Focus areas for the term will be Counting and Place Value, Data Representation, 2D & 3D Objects and Multiplication & Division. .


Students will be introduced to Mental Mathematics card games throughout the term. Parents are encouraged to play these games at home regularly to foster a love of Mathematics in their child.


There are many activities that you can do at home to develop your child’s numeracy skills.

Below are some suggestions of activities-

  • How long do your favourite sport games go for in minutes and seconds? How is the time in the game divided? Into halves, quarters or something else?  What are the shapes of different playing fields and courts? Talk about edges and angles.
  • How can you estimate the perimeter and area of a playing field?
  • How many cars could be parked on the MCG field? How could we work this out?
  • Find a seven-day forecast, then record the actual temperature for each day and compare. Ask your child if the forecast was accurate. Ask them what similarities and differences they notice.
  • Collect and read recipes and discuss the use of fractions, millilitres and grams. Encourage your child to make accurate measurements using measuring cups and spoons.
  • How would you spend $40 from a catalogue? How many products can you buy for $40?
  • Select five products from the catalogue, then calculate what the cost would be if there was a 50% sale. Does it make a difference if you add up the items, and then deduct 50%, or if each item is reduced by 50% then totalled?

Connecting online 

Here are some other useful websites you can access from home or the local library. Some are also available to download as apps on various devices: (select Primary Students tab)

 (start with the Elementary Maths link)



In Religious Education we will be preparing for Reconciliation and Easter. In our Religion unit of work, we are focusing on ways to develop relationships with each other and taking responsibility for our actions and consequences. This will lead to ways we develop and maintain our relationship with God. We are introducing and building on the student understanding of Reconciliation and how it affects their relationships with others.



In Inquiry we will be focusing on our St Andrew’s school vision statement. We will be discussing how learning through love, faith and hope looks like, sounds like and feels like within the St Andrew’s community.

Some questions we will discuss include:


What does being inspired by Learning, Faith and Hope feel like in the community of St. Andrew’s?


What qualities do I have now that inspire Learning, Faith and Hope in the community of St. Andrew’s?


How can we grow together as an inspired community of Learning, Faith and Hope? 


What impact will we have as inspired by Learning, Faith and Hope?


Cyber safety and Digital Citizenship

When using technology the students will be expected to be SMART, ALERT, STRONG, KIND, BRAVE

To use the Chrome Books ALL students need to have discussed and signed the Digital Technology Agreement with their parents and then returned it to the class teacher.


Wellbeing News

Circle Time 

In the morning on Monday, Wednesday and Friday all classes participate in circle time from 8.45 – 9.05am.  This is an important time where students engage in activities to build relationships with both their peers and teacher, and learn social-emotional skills to contribute to a positive learning environment within their classroom.  Please ensure that your child is on time for school, as these activities are important to their overall experience at school.   


Respectful Relationships Curriculum

This week students and class teachers will be diving into the Respectful Relationships Curriculum for Term One. These lessons have a focus on developing the social and emotional skills of students, so that they may grow healthy and positive relationships in a variety of settings.   

In particular, this Term the lessons will focus on developing the Emotional Literacy of students.  This involves teaching the students to recognise and understand both positive and negative feelings, managing their emotions on a daily basis and empathy for others.  In the later part of the Term, students will explore the topic of Personal Strengths and how they can use these strengths i.e. (kindness, persistence and creativity) to benefit their learning, relationships and achievement both at school and at home.


National Day of Action against Bullying 

Save the date. Friday 19 March 2021! Our school will Take Action Together with NDA schools across the nation and say #BullyingNoWay #NDA2021


Key Dates

Friday February 12th- Beginning of Year Mass -11.45am

Wednesday February 17th- Ash Wednesday Mass-11.45am

Monday February 22nd- School Closure

Saturday February  27th- Working Bee at 8:30am

Sunday February 28th -Whole School Mass at 11.00am

Monday March 1st-Swimming Program at Clayton Pool (2weeks)

Thursday March 4th- Parent Helpers Information Session - 9:00am and 6:30pm

Saturday March 6th - Reconciliation Mass

Sunday March 7th- Reconciliation Mass

Monday March 8th - Labour Day Holiday

Sunday 14th March-Parents and Friends Sausage Sizzle-8am-2pm

Tuesday 23rd March-Community Celebration-Celebration of Learning, Faith, Hope

Friday March 26th- School Photos

Monday March 29th - Term 1 Parent, Child and Teacher Interviews

Wednesday March 31st - Twilight Athletics 

Thursday 31st March - Last day of Term 1

Thursday 1st April - School Closure

Friday 2nd April - Good Friday 

How to Contact Us

All of the 3/4 team members are able to be contacted on the following emails. Please be aware that teachers will read and respond during working hours. Please be mindful that we are teaching the students and allow us time to reply. We will attempt to get back to you as soon as possible.


Maggie Sproul

Angela Palombi

Liana Caligiuri

(Term 1) Silvia De Filippis

(Term 2 onwards

Sarah DeGuzman-Wettenhall 

Specialist Program News

Specialist Teachers and Timetable 

Italian – Signora White 

P.E. – Mr Tyndall

Performing Arts - Mrs Cooper

Art – Mrs Bartlett


All Year 3-4 classes have specialist lessons on Tuesdays. Students are to wear sports uniforms with runners only on Tuesdays. 


L.O.T.E. Italian

Ciao a tutti e felice anno nuovo.

Dear parents, welcome back and Happy New Year. May it be a happy and healthy one.

Here are some of the topics we are learning about in Italian this semester. I have included some internet links to enable the students to practise their Italian outside the classroom and to help them grow in confidence and knowledge.

This semester, the students in Years Three/ Four are continuing to develop their skills in Italian in a unit of work which is centred on school. The students will be able to consolidate previously-learnt language and they will learn new topic vocabulary in structured activities, thus extending their knowledge of grammar and language structures. The students will be introduced to the polite form of address used in Italy.

In Italian there are two ways to address somebody: informally and formally. The informal uses “tu” and the formal uses “Lei”. They will learn to know when and with whom to use both forms in a school setting. They will be taught to ask and say where they go to school and what grade they are in. Quale scuola frequenti?         Vado alla scuola elementare .......Che classe fai? Faccio la quarta elementare.


They will learn how to talk about their favourite subject/s. Mi piace .......mi piacciono....They will be encouraged to communicate orally by writing and presenting a dialogue introducing themselves and their school using the newly-acquired vocabulary and grammar. They will also be able to identify the differences between Italian and Australian school systems by completing a Venn diagram. The focus will also be on reading for comprehension, by predicting from clues and on the plural of nouns and adjectives. During the lessons the students will continue to participate in singing songs, playing games and completing written and oral activities.

To help your child practise his/her Italian, please access the following LINKS :

Buon lavoro e ciao a presto. 

Signora White


Physical Education 

Physical Education- This Term in Physical Education the Year 3/4 students will participate in 2 units of work involving fitness and Athletics. 

They will learn the fundamental skills involved in being prepared for fitness sessions by stretching and warming up correctly. For fitness they will do stretching, running, sit ups, push ups, star jumps and many fun fitness games. They will complete an eight minute run and 4 lap time trial as part of their fitness testing. 

In the athletics  unit students work on sprinting, relays, shot put and discus skills. They will learn about using equipment safely and with the correct technique. 

Students can attend before school activities such as running club (Tuesday Morning) and skipping club (Wednesday Morning)  They can also participate in lunchtime clubs which happen every week. 

Students in Year 3/4 will also have the opportunity to try out for Cross Country and Swimming teams in the 9/10 age group. During term year 3/4  students also participate in swimming lessons at the Clayton Aquatic Centre. Students will also participate in the St Andrew’s Twilight Athletics Carnival at the end of Term 1.

Peter Tyndall



Welcome to the Art room for term 1, 2021. This Semester in Art the children will be drawing with greater detail and with a more developed sense of context. They will enjoy painting and drawing, from direct observation, subjects to include still life, views of their surroundings or a classmate. Devices such as overlapping and collage work  will be used to create space and depth on a page. They will be mixing more complex colours and tones and will recognise and experiment with warm, cool and complementary colours for the effects they create. They will continue to experiment mixing different colours to create shadings and tones using acrylic paints, water-colour pencils, crayons and pens. They will enjoy experimenting with various art materials and also complete art works linking with other areas of the curriculum such as Inquiry units and Religious studies e.g. Artworks from different cultural backgrounds that help to make up our community of St. Andrew’s and the Season of Lent and Easter. 

We aim to have lots of fun during our new learnings, creations and experimentations during art classes throughout term one.


Mrs. Cathy Bartlett     



Students should return their library books in their library bag on their allocated library days. Students will be borrowing books  from the library each week for them to read throughout the week.



 3-4 DW and 3-4S  Mondays
 3-4 P and  3-4 CWednesdays


School Uniform and Hat

Hats are compulsory during Terms 1 and 4. Full summer uniforms should be worn each day throughout Terms 1 and 4.

Please name clothing, especially jackets, jumpers, and hats. This greatly assists students in not losing expensive clothing items. Labelling of all belongings is a great idea.

Please ensure your child is wearing correct school shoes and sports shoes of any kind are worn only on Sport’s day or events.


Sharing of Food

Please be mindful that we ask you not to send birthday foods or lolly bags to share as we have a no sharing food policy.

Many students have serious food allergies (e.g. nut allergies) which may be easily triggered. We ask that you are mindful of this and support us when making food choices for your child’s snack and lunch