2017 Term Overviews

Dear Level 3 & 4 Parents,

Welcome back to Term 2, we hope you all had a Happy Easter and a restful and relaxing break. As always, Term 2 is going to be a busy term, with many learning opportunities for students to participate in.

 

Appointments with the teacher

Should you wish to speak to your child’s home group teacher we invite you to email us directly to arrange a suitable time to meet and discuss any concerns you may have.  As we are sure you understand, learning time is sacred and our absolute priority, therefore at these times our attention is dedicated to the students.

 

Specialist Classes

3R 3D 4M 4C
Wednesday: Italian, Art

Thursday: Sport, Music, STEM

Friday: Library odd weeks

Wednesday: Art, Italian

Thursday: Music, Sport, STEM

Friday: Library odd weeks

Wednesday: Music, Sport

Thursday: Art, Italian, STEM

Friday: Library odd weeks

Wednesday: Sport, Music

Thursday: Italian, Art, STEM

Friday: Library odd weeks

3R and 3D – Sports Uniform to be worn Mondays and Thursdays

4M and 4C – Sports Uniform to be worn Mondays and Wednesdays

Blogs

In 3/4, class blogs will continue to be used on a regular basis. Students will access their teacher’s blogs to source homework tasks, links needed to complete classroom activities and to respond to blog posts. We also encourage parents to subscribe to their child’s homeroom teacher’s blog, so that you can see what is happening in the classroom.

Blog Addresses:

Mrs Ryan: http://rryan.global2.vic.edu.au/

Mr Dodds:  http://mrdoddsclassblog.global2.vic.edu.au/

Miss Mackinnon: http://missmsclassblog.global2.vic.edu.au/

Miss Cashin: http://misscashinsclassblog.global2.vic.edu.au/

Uniform

To begin Term 2, students will have the option to wear either their summer or winter uniform depending on the weather. Students are not required to wear their hats during snack and lunch times, however this is still an option. As of the 1st of May, students will be required to wear their winter uniform.  

We ask that students show responsibility by wearing their uniform correctly, and wearing their sports uniform only on allocated days. Consequences for incorrect uniform include time out during snack or lunch time, and a note will be sent home.

Late Arrival/Absences

As per school policy/legal requirements students arriving after the 8.55am bell are required to enter through reception and be signed in by a parent/carer and must have a reason stipulated, for example appointment, traffic, family, etc. Late arrival reasons are entered onto the roll’s database along with reasons pertaining to school absences.

Just a reminder that class diaries are a great communication tool where student absence notifications can be recorded for the teacher.

Italian

This semester, students will:

  • Interact and socialise with the teacher and peers to exchange personal information and describe people, places, things and everyday routines relating to self, school and home.
  • Participate in everyday classroom activities by asking permission, requesting help, asking how to say or write something, asking for repetition, praising or complimenting. 
  • Listen to, view and read a range of imaginative texts for children, and discuss messages and impressions. 
  • Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing

Physical Education

  • Practising and refining fundamental motor skills – kicking, catching, running
  • Performing movement sequences in invasion field games (soccer & football)
  • Examining the benefits of physical activity and physical fitness to health and wellbeing
  • Demonstrating teamwork and fair play and adopting inclusive practices in games
  • Applying basic rules and scoring systems when participating in games
  • Application of basic game strategies and tactics in “invasion” type games (field games – soccer, football)

The Arts (Music & Visual Arts)

Visual Arts

Term 2 finds us completing some very interesting self portraits using both photography and sketching. This project allows us to explore the hidden mathematics we can find in our faces and gives us an opportunity to explore shading. As the term progresses we will move onto textiles, embarking on sewing and some fun weaving. Watch out for emails and messages asking for help to support sewing sessions! Please follow Ms Blanch’s Blog to see images from lessons and masterpieces in progress.

Music

  • Students will continue to develop towards the pentatonic scale over term two.
  • In term two, students will be moving into more complex traditional-song repertoire and expanding on rhythmic and melodic theory learnt in term 1.
  • Students will be learning 16th notes and their variations.
  • We will be moving into some notation exercises, applying melodic and rhythmic elements to the music staff and developing ostinatos on xylophone instruments.
  • The process for learning each new rhythm and solfege note (do, re, mi) requires a similar sequence of discovery, being: sung, gross motor movement and activities, fine motor/ tactile, aural analysis, visual understanding, naming of element, practicing the new element in new settings and song material.

Library:

Library lessons commenced in Term 1 with all classes enjoying exploring our new space. Fortnightly visits for each class will continue this Term. Library sessions consist of shared reading: this may include listening to a picture fiction book, a chapter of a novel or a highlighted section of a non fiction text. Students will be encouraged to borrow a range of texts to both keep in book boxes in classrooms for Literacy sessions and to bring home. Please check with your classroom timetable for your child’s library time.  

English

During English this term students will be immersed in the Explanation writing genre. Students will explore the structure of explanation texts, composing their own explanation writing pieces and unpacking quality examples.

An ongoing focus throughout the year will be to develop their knowledge of correct sentence structure, as well as grammar, punctuation and spelling.  During English lessons students will participate in whole group activities, independent tasks and focused teacher groups that target an identified need or provide greater teacher contact in order to learn more challenging concepts.

Mathematics

This term, students will develop their ability to explain their thinking as they work on their problem solving skills. Concepts to be studied this term include: making connections between the four operations, understanding worded problems, 2D and 3D shapes, and measurement.

Religious Education

This term students will further develop their knowledge of Easter, Pentecost and Sacraments. The Year 4s will have a particular focus on Eucharist during this time, in preparation for making their own First Eucharist.  Later in the term, all students will be learning about creation and how they can become stewards of creation.

Inquiry

The Inquiry focus for Term Two is Extreme Weather / Natural Disasters, with students learning about  the causes of extreme weather events, and the effect on the environment. Students will also be participating in related STEM lessons once a week with Mrs Heath and their classroom teacher.  These lessons will take place on a Thursday.

We look forward to working with you throughout the term and please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns.