Year 3/4


Welcome back to Term 4. The year has flown by so quickly. We are looking forward to many exciting events this term.

 

DIARIES

We are continuing to use our FNPS Diary. It is your child’s responsibility to bring their diary to school every day. Your child’s teacher will check the diaries once a week to make sure they are being used.

      

IPADS/DEVICES

Students are encouraged to bring an IPad or android device to school to assist in their learning. We are planning to use our devices a lot more this term for Integrated Topics and Digital Technology so it is important that IPads are brought to school fully charged every day.

 

LITERACY

Writing:

Students will continue to practise and consolidate their Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar and Handwriting as part of our focus on explanation texts. Students will explore using the appropriate structure and vocabulary to explain how a bridge is designed & constructed.  Students are encouraged to practise their handwriting at home.

  

Reading: 

Students will continue to practise summarising and note-taking skills during reading to build their knowledge on structures and bridges. They will analyse texts for appropriate structure, voice and purpose. Towards the end of Term 4, students will use a variety of reading comprehension strategies to track their thinking as they read.

 

Speaking & Listening:

Students are continuing to demonstrate active listening and speaking skills through class discussions and activities. They will be encouraged to ask questions for clarification to gain new information and provide useful feedback to their peers and the teacher. They will continue to practise listening to, remembering and following more complex directions with more than two steps. They will learn to use formal and informal language together with applying their fluency to present a theatre script.

 

NUMERACY

We will start Term 4 with Perimeter & Area before moving onto our main focus in learning and exploring Number Patterns & Algebra. We will also be working on Mass, Volume & Capacity before revising for the year. Students are encouraged to continue to practise  multiplication and skip counting patterns at home.

 

INTEGRATED STUDIES

This term we are investigating structures focussing on bridge structures. Students will

  • Investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of a bridge structure
  • Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment in bridge structures
  • Test a variety of materials, components, tools and equipment and the techniques needed to create a chosen bridge
  • Select and use materials, components, tools and equipment using safe work practices to produce a bridge design
  • Plan a sequence of production steps when making designed solutions

To further support learning, 3/4s will participate in an Incursion where they will explore building stable structures using planks. 

 

KIDSMATTER

Students will be exploring the concept of Ethics especially those concerning fairness vs harm. They will also be exploring and discussing how actions can lead of good outcomes or the reverse.  Students will discuss which particular acts might be regarded by different people as good or bad, right or wrong, better or worse, and be able to explain their thinking.

 

 

HOMEWORK

It is the expectation that students in Years 3 and 4 read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Homework tasks are set on a weekly basis. Students are expected to record the books they have read and the time they have spent reading each night in their school diary. We would greatly appreciate if you could monitor this and sign their school diaries at least once a week.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

FNPS students have all been hard at work rehearsing their performance items for our whole school performance. This year’s theme is “Thrive and Shine”. We will be celebrating our students’ efforts on the Thursday 25th November at The Quinn Auditorium @ Caroline Chisholm College 7pm.  Tickets are on sale at the school office.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL SWIMMING

It is the expectation that all students will participate in FNPS’ Whole School Swimming Program currently scheduled for the last 2 week of Term 4.  Final details will be communicated to the school community closer to the date.

 

 



Welcome back to Term 3. It is going to be a busy and exciting term for Years 3/4s.

 

DIARIES

We are continuing to use our FNPS Diary. It is your child’s responsibility to bring their diary to school every day. Your child’s teacher will check the diaries once a week to make sure they are being used.

      

IPADS/DEVICES

Students are encouraged to bring an Ipad or android device to school to assist in their learning. We are planning to use our devices a lot more this term so it is encouraged they are brought to school fully charged every day.

 

LITERACY

Writing:

This term we will be focusing on writing informative texts. Students will explore the appropriate structure and vocabulary to inform their readers about Victoria and its geographical features. Students are encouraged to practise their handwriting at home to help make sure their writing is legible.

  

Reading: 

Students will work on developing skills to identify facts and opinions and be able to explain their thinking. They will also learn to analyse and critique texts while reading. Students will continue to record their daily reading in their diary.  

 

Speaking & Listening:

Students are encouraged to develop their ability to ask clarification questions to gain information and add on to other people’s ideas through questions and providing feedback. Students will continue to practice using appropriate body language and pace of speaking.

 

NUMERACY

We will complete our Multiplication learning before moving onto our major focuses this term in Division and Fractions. Students will set learning goals and collect evidence throughout the units to demonstrate their knowledge of the topics. You can help assist your child by playing games involving skip counting forward and backwards, sharing items into groups, and helping your child work on their timetables.

 

YEAR 3/4 CAMP

Year 3/4s campers will be heading to the CYC Camp on Phillip Island on Monday13th August and returning on Wednesday 15th August. There will be an alternative program at school for non-campers. The packing list will be sent out closer to date. Please return any camp forms as soon as possible. Final camp payments would be greatly appreciated. 

 

HOMEWORK

It is the expectation that students in Years 3 and 4 read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Homework tasks are set on a weekly basis. Students are expected to record the books they have read and the time they have spent reading each night in their school diary. We would greatly appreciate if you could monitor this and sign their school diaries at least once a week.

 

INTEGRATED STUDIES

This term we are investigating Victoria’s Geography

Key Focus:

I can identify the states & territories of Australia

I can identify the different regions of Victoria

I can identify major natural & man-made features of Victoria

I can compare & contrast the characteristics of places and people around Victoria

I can use and explain the map of Victoria using geographical terminology

I can research & collect geographical information and data about Victoria

 

KIDSMATTER

Students will learn to identify and explore the expression of their emotions through appropriate vocabulary and explaining the consequences of their actions and choices. You can assist your child by asking questions about what they have been learning during Kidsmatter sessions.

 

If you have any questions or queries, please arrange a time to come and see your child’s teacher.

 

Forms of communication: School diaries, Sentral Parent Portal, Facebook (school page) or Flexibuzz. 

 

Teachers: Lee-Anne Egglestone, Sonia De Simone, Sharon Smith, Sally Uldrikis and Ngoc Du

 

 

Term Two is set to be huge and we can’t wait to get stuck into it!

 

DIARIES

We are continuing to use our FNPS. It is your child’s responsibility to bring their diary to school every day. Your child’s teacher will check the diaries once a week to make sure they are being used.

 

IPADS/DEVICES

Students are encouraged to bring an ipad or android device to school to assist in their learning. We are planning to use our devices a lot more this term so it is encouraged they are brought to school, charged, every day.

 

LITERACY

Writing:

This term we will be focusing on using the techniques of persuading and entertaining our audience, to write Persuasive Texts and Poetry. Students are encouraged to practise their handwriting at home to help make sure their writing is legible.

Reading:

Students will work on developing summarising and inferring skills while reading. Students are encouraged to be reading for a minimum of 20 minutes each night as part of their homework. Texts are to be recorded in their diary daily.

Speaking & Listening:

Students are encouraged to develop their ability to persuade an audience, and continue working on their body language and pace of speaking.

 

NUMERACY

Our major focuses this term will be Subtraction and Multiplication. Students will set learning goals and collect evidence throughout the unit to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic. You can help assist your child by playing games involving counting backwards, working out the difference between two numbers and helping your child work on their timetables.

 

YEAR 3 - NAPLAN

NAPLAN will commence week 5 of this term. Students in Year 3 will complete a reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy test.

 

HOMEWORK

It is the expectation that students in Years 3 and 4 read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Homework tasks are set on a weekly basis. Students are expected to record the books they have read and the time they have spent reading each night in their school diary. We would greatly appreciate if you could monitor this and sign their school diaries at least once a week.

 

INTEGRATED STUDIES

This term we are investigating ‘The Human Body’

Key Questions:

I can identify the physical and emotional changes as I grow

I can understand the choices that I make can impact my health

I can identify the different categories of drugs (in relation to medication)

I can explain the effects of harmful and helpful drugs on my body

I can identify the circulatory system

I can identify the respiratory system

 

KIDSMATTER

This term we will be exploring the areas of ‘Emotional Literacy’ and ‘Self-regulation’. You can help assist your child by asking questions about what they have been learning during Kidsmatter sessions.

 

If you have any questions or queries please arrange a time to come and see your child’s teacher.

Forms of communication: School diaries, Sentral Parent Portal, Facebook (school page) or Flexibuzz.

Teachers: Katy Lawley, Sonia De Simone, Sharon Smith, Sally Uldrikis and Ngoc Du

 

 

Term Overview - Year 3 and 4

 

A huge welcome back to our students and parents for 2018. We are looking forward to a huge rewarding term ahead. We extend our welcome to any new students and families to Footscray North and look forward to meeting you.

 

Our first two weeks will see our students help set up classroom routines as part of our whole-school ‘Start Up Program’. Over these two weeks your child will learn help establish rights and responsibilities for their learning community and set goals for the term.

 

Diaries

We are continuing to use a FNPS diary this year, however it will also be used as a reading log and a form of communication between parents and teachers. Diaries are a non-negotiable and are expected at school everyday. You will find your child’s specialist timetable and Mathletics passwords in the back of the diary.

      

Ipads

Students are encouraged to bring an ipad or android device to school to assist in their learning.

 

Literacy

Writing:

We will be focusing on Persuasive writing and Narrative texts.

Students will be writing texts to persuade, they will work on building a clear structure that explains their arguments.  Students will experiment using a range of persuasive devices and using evidence to support their arguments. Through narrative writing students will concentrate on developing a character, who can be adapted to various settings. ‘Show not tell’ will be a major focus as the students develop their skills in using strong word choices and interesting vocabulary to create a picture in their writing.

  

Reading: Students will be immersed in a variety of literature types including a focus on Folktales and Fairytales. They will be exposed to a range of comprehension strategies such as visualization, prediction, and questioning, to explore their own thinking that occurs when they read.  They will also continue to work towards improving their fluency.

 

Spelling and word investigations will be focused on each week and incorporated into homework tasks. Students will be investigating strategies to assist them to spell unfamiliar words and generate rules for why we use certain spelling techniques.

 

Speaking & Listening:

Students will develop appropriate classroom and outside voices, positive body language, active listening behaviours and developing their ability to give and receive feedback.

 

Numeracy

Our major focuses this term will be Place Value and Addition. Students will set learning goals and collect evidence throughout the unit to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic. You can help assist your child by playing games involving skip counting, adding 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers and identifying the number that comes before and after.

 

HOMEWORK

It is the expectation that students in Years 3 and 4 read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Homework tasks are set on a weekly basis. Students are expected to record the books they have read and the time they have spent reading each night in their school diary. We would greatly appreciate if you could monitor this and sign their school diaries at least once a week.

 

Integrated Studies

 This term we are investigating ‘Immigration’

Key Questions:

What is immigration?

Why do people immigrate?

How has immigration changed over the years?

How has different cultural groups contributed to Australia?

If your family has a story to share about immigrating to Australia, we would love to hear all about it.

 

If you have any questions or queries please arrange a time to come and see your child’s teacher.

 

Forms of communication: School diaries, Sentral Parent Portal, Facebook (school page) or Flexibuzz.

 

 

Teachers: Katy Lawley, Sonia De Simone, Sharon Smith, Sally Uldrikis and Ngoc Du