2017 Term Overviews

Welcome back! In particular a big welcome to our new students – Anika and Eva in Year 3 and Hannah and Daniel in Year 4. We have begun this new school year in a meaningful way by exploring our ‘Learning Community’. This has included setting up effective learning environments, where we have explored our Christian values, identified the members of our community and established our classroom roles and responsibilities.

All teachers have a class blog to share their learning experiences with the community. We encourage you to regularly access these blogs to keep up to date with the fantastic learning that is happening in our school. Students will be accessing these on a regular basis as they develop the skills needed to become responsible digital citizens.

Religious Education – Love One Another & Lent

In Love One Another students explore a Christian way of relating to others. They will explore the values of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Love and Gratitude. In Lent students explore Lent as a time of growth, change and service.

Inquiry – Personal Identity and Community

As individuals we belong and contribute to many communities – family, school, parish, local communities, etc. By establishing safe, healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices we can be responsible for both our own, and our impact on other’s, physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Being aware of rights and responsibilities helps us to make decisions that are just and fair. Students will Inquiry into the role of local government.

Literacy

This term, students will examine what it means to be a good reader and writer. They will focus on narratives and persuasive writing. Individual assessments will inform the teaching and learning within the classroom, including the development of personalised spelling programs.

Numeracy

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: number and place value.

Physical Education

  • Development of net/wall skills and games (newcombe & bat tennis)
  • Refining fundamental motor skills and movement patterns – running, leaping, jumping, throwing, catching, striking
  • Introduction of basic game strategies and concepts
  • Team work / working cooperatively
  • Demonstration of fair play

Music

The focus of term 1 will be singing. Students will be learning a series of traditional short folk songs. Each song has a number of music elements that students will discover through movement, tactile, aural, spoken, sung and visual exercises. Each element is named and then practiced through further exercises, activities and new songs. It’s an interweaving process with a number of steps for each element taking place over a number of lessons in short lesson segments. In Grade 3, the overarching concepts will be reviewed/ learned. This includes dynamics, beat, rhythm, simple meter, form, tempo and pitch. Simple rhythms will be reviewed/ learned and students will begin to develop an understanding of sixteenth note rhythms. Students will review basic solfege and develop knowledge of the pentatonic scale using solfege, depending on readiness. Other concepts in term 1 include: song forms, the music staff (including letter name revision/ sight reading/ writing notation), in-tune singing, singing individually, in small groups and as a class.

Italian

  • Students use Italian to communicate and to interact, for example, to exchange greetings and to address people, using appropriate language and pronunciation. Eg. Ciao, Buongiorno, Buonasera, Come ti chiami?
  • They ask and respond to simple questions by using short spoken responses, either a short phrase or key word. Eg. Come ti chiamo? Mi chiamo, Come stai? Bene
  • Students recognise that language is used differently in different situations and contexts

They notice that there are cultural differences in ways of communicating and can describe similarities and differences between their own and other cultures.

HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS

Students are to read five times per week for at least fifteen minutes. The diary is to be used to record reading and parents are asked to sign once weekly. Teachers will monitor progress weekly.

If students fail to complete their homework and/or bring in their diary, a note must be supplied with a valid reason. There will be consequences for those students who do not submit their homework and diary.