Greetings and welcome to our second newsletter for Year 3/4, 2021. We again would like to remind you that the doors in the Year 3/4 area are always open for parents and guardians to come in and help with our learning activities. All parent helpers are required to have a current ‘Working with Children Check’ and need to sign in at the office. We look forward to seeing you and exchanging ideas during the course of the term. Please read the weekly Newsletter as there is a wealth of information regarding news and events about the school.
Angela Palombi, Liana Caligiuri, Maggie Sproul, Sarah De Guzman-Wettenhall and Kathy Cunningham
Our Learning this Term
In our reading sessions we are focusing on understanding how different types of texts vary in use of language choices, depending on their purpose, audience and context, including tense and types of sentences. Students will also identify the features used in informative texts. The children will use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to evaluate texts by drawing on a growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features
In our writing students will be focusing on the structure of an information text. They will be exposed to a variety of examples to assist them in writing their own information text.
Our reading and writing links to our Inquiry learning
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:
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.
- 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 our Mathematics sessions, we have started our term with a focus on Place Value and Counting. In the coming weeks, the students will be focusing on the following key areas of Mathematical learning: Addition, Subtraction, Time, Angles, Multiplication, Division, Location and Chance.
Students develop their Mental Mathematics strategies on a daily basis. Some of these strategies include building to ten, doubles, near doubles and breaking numbers into parts. Students will continue to develop and fine tune their times tables facts.
The following links can be used to further develop your child’s understanding of Mathematical concepts.
The tutoring program is up and running. The program provides our students with additional support in Literacy and Numeracy through small focus group teaching.
In our Religion unit of work, we will be focussing on the Sacrament of Eucharist as some of the Year 4 students will be making their First Eucharist this term.
We will develop the student understanding of belonging to the Church community. The students will investigate the events of the Last Supper/Passover and its significance to our Sacrament of the Eucharist. We will also develop our understanding of the different parts of the Mass.
In Inquiry we are learning about Chemical Science and our unit is called 'Melting Moments.' We are learning about liquids and solids. We will be learning about matter and how it is classified. We will explore how liquids and solids respond to changes in temperature.
Our key concepts in our learning will be solids, liquids, heating, matter, change, solidify. On Friday 30 April the year 3/4 students will be attending an exciting incursion in Science with Professor Bunsen .
Every morning all classes participate in circle time from 8.45 – 9.00am. 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.
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 email@example.com
Angela Palombi firstname.lastname@example.org
Liana Caligiuri email@example.com
Sarah DeGuzman-Wettenhall firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Mondays. Students are to wear sports uniforms with runners only on Monday’s.
Ciao a tutti.
Dear parents, welcome to Term 2.
This term, the students in Years Three and 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. In Italian there are two ways to address somebody: informally and formally. The informal uses “tu” and the formal uses “Lei”.
The students will continue to have the opportunity to use the appropriate form of address in a school setting. They will continue to communicate orally by asking and answering questions and by writing and presenting a dialogue introducing themselves and their school using the newly-acquired vocabulary and grammar.
They will learn how to talk about their favourite subject(s) by using ‘Mi piace .......Mi piacciono...’ 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.
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
Buon lavoro e ciao a presto.
Three/Four- This Term in Physical Education the Year Three and Four students will participate in units of work involving fitness, basketball and Soccer. 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 a standard junior beep test as part of their fitness testing. In the basketball unit students will learn the basic skills involved in bouncing, passing and shooting. They will be involved in modified basketball games to learn basic gameplay and teamwork skills. Year Four Students will finish off the term with a unit on soccer. They will learn the skills involved in dribbling, passing and goal scoring with the soccer ball and will finish off with modified games. Students can attend before school activities such as Cross Country Club (Tuesday & Thursday morning) and skipping club (Wednesday morning).Students in Year Three and Four will also have the opportunity to try out for Cross Country in the 9/10 age group.
Mr Peter Tyndall
Welcome to term 2 in the Art room. The children have begun the term with making some beautiful collage poppy artwork to commemorate ‘Anzac Day’. Some of the children’s wreaths were sent to the RSL in Clayton to decorate their walls. We are also doing some special craft work for mum for Mother’s Day. To assist in their learnings with their inquiry science unit we will also be experimenting with various art mediums to create different textures. The children will continue to practise their drawing and painting skills with me demonstrating some step by step techniques to produce some interesting art pieces.
Mrs Cathy Bartlett
Hello Grade 3/4 Parents and Carers, and welcome to another Term of Performing Arts!
My name is Emma Cooper and I’m really excited about the progress the students have made in Performing Arts in Term 1.
Applying the music theory learnt in Term 1, including rhythmic and pitch notation on the treble staff, students are now beginning or continuing recorder. If your child has not brought in his or her recorder, please remind them to do so ASAP.
The majority of this term will involve learning to read music through the recorder, whilst learning the instrument itself. This may require some practice at home, so please encourage your children to demonstrate what they’ve learnt in class, or to spend 5 minutes practicing their songs.
Students will also be transferring this musical knowledge and applying it to dance, learning elements of dance using the acronym B.E.A.T.S (Body, Energy, Actions, Timing and Space). These dance elements will culminate in students choreographing a series of movements to demonstrate their ability to express ideas through dance to music.
I look forward to watching your student’s growth in Term 2.
Mrs Emma Cooper