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What’s coming up this term…

Dear Parents,

Hopefully everyone has had a chance to relax and recharge ready for a productive and enjoyable final term. The next 11 weeks will be as busy as ever with lots to learn and do.

Reading: Last term, for each three week block of the term, there was a whole-school focus on a reading strategy, namely: making connections, questioning and visualising. This term, students will be studying:

·     Summarising – being able to retell the most important points in order

·     Synthesising – combining background knowledge, previous information, inferences, predictions, questions and visualising further enhance their understanding of texts, and

·     Vocabulary – figuring out the meaning of new words or different meanings that one word can denote in a variety of contexts

 

Writing: Students will be working on information reports on native animals, linked to our camp in Phillip Island. Students will also be writing procedural (how to) texts, also linked to camp and our Inquiry Unit. As part of these text types, there will be an ongoing focus on paragraphing, subheadings, creative openings and researching information from a variety of sources. As always, spelling, grammar and punctuation will continue to be studied in the context of these text types, and students have been very excited about commencing joint writing last term, which will also continue.

 

Mathematics: The major focus for this term is on fractions. Students will learn how to represent different fractions, for example ¾ and 5/10, using concrete materials and visual diagrams. Students will also be ordering fractions by size and calculating the fraction of a group of objects. Linked to our Inquiry Unit, students will also be studying financial mathematics, including calculating totals and change from transactions. A great way to prepare students for this is to encourage them to count money when shopping and figure out the change they expect to receive from a purchase.

 

Our Inquiry Unitimage : Our Unit is titled Money, Money, Money and the focus this term will begin with establishing the difference between “needs” and “wants”.  We will then move on to learning about goods and services, money and saving. In week 6, (12th Nov) we have planned a free incursion.  It is Stage 2 of the StartSmart, financial literacy program, and involves students in a workshop about earning, saving and spending money.  Shopping catalogues and magazines are also being sought for some of our classroom activities.

 

Phillip Island Camp: Our Phillip Island Camp is fast approaching!  Camp is a fabulous experience for children and exciting activities have been planned. These include Pelican Feeding, visiting the Koala Conservation Centre, Wildlife Park, Penguin Parade and Nobbies Visitor Centre. Rotational activities at the camp will include Frisbee Golf, Trampolines, Low Ropes, Mechanical Wall and Archery. A reminder that the Grade 3 Camp Parent Information Meeting is on Thursday 9th October at 7.00 p.m. in the Staffroom.

 

imageSwimming: As part of our Health and Physical Education Curriculum, the grade 3 students will once again be doing the ‘Swimming and Water Safety program at ‘WaterMarc’ this term. All children are expected to attend. The Swimming and Water Safety program will run as a 10 day program of 45 minute intensive lessons over 2 weeks from the 24th November to the 5th of December.  We need parent helpers to come on the bus and to help supervise children in the change rooms so please let us know if you are available to assist on any of those mornings.

 

imageClass Blog: Have you visited our class blog? Much of what your child is learning and doing at school is celebrated through photos, information and children’s reflections. Browse the site and please leave a comment about what you enjoyed seeing – we LOVE reading comments. In order to access the classroom blogs, log onto the Glen Katherine Website- http://www.glenkps.vic.edu.au/

 

Five Star sustainable classrooms: Each class is trying to become a “five star sustainable classroom”.  Children are required to bring a water bottle each day. Sending “nude food” (lunch and snacks packed in reusable containers) is another way you can help us.

 

Homework: Students are expected to continue with their daily/nightly reading and discussion after reading to promote good comprehension.  Chat about the most important ideas in the text. Children must remember to record everything they read in their diary and to bring it in on Mondays for checking. Please ensure that you sign your child’s diary each week.

Other Reminders:

·     Hats are back.  If children do not have their hat on any given day they will be asked to play under cover.

 

·     Portfolios due back at school now. Please check that you have completed the parent letter page.

 

·     Camp Parent Information Meeting Oct. 9th 7.00pm.

 

·     Phillip Island Camp for Year 3 Oct. 22nd – Nov. 24th.

·     Cup Day Nov. 4th

·     State Orienteering Nov. 7th

·     StartSmart incursion Nov. 12th

·     St. John’s First Aid Lesson Nov. 19th

·     Swimming program begins Nov. 24th

·     Orientation Morning Dec. 12th

·     Twilight Christmas Concert Dec. 15th

Thank you for your continued support.

The grade three team: Annette Rough, Sandra Febbraro and Anna Kapnoullas

Third Term in Review

Term three has absolutely flown by and our grade three students have done a fantastic job at applying themselves,  working hard and continuing to show exemplary behaviour across the school. Here’s a short overview of what we learnt this term.

Reading

This term, students across GK focused on three main reading strategies: making connections, visualising and questioning. Students started the term by making text-to-self (to their own experiences), text-to-text (to other books and sometimes movies or shows) and text-to-world (to their knowledge of other facts) connections to a range of different novels. The Premier’s Reading Challenge also concluded this term, well done to all the students who participated and congratulations to those who managed to complete their reading list last Friday.

It’s been especially great to see so many students genuinely enjoying their reading and, as our students have become more fluent and better at decoding larger words throughout the year, the grade threes have been discovering many new types of books, authors and genres to experiment with and truly get lost in. After all, that is our main goal: for students to fall in love with literature and independently choose to read. Be sure to keep up the reading habit over the holidays, research shows that reading levels can either improve (or even go backwards!) depending on whether children engage in just 15-20 minutes of daily reading over the school break.

Writing

The main focus this term was the very creative text type of poetry. Students wrote an extremely wide range of poems, including:

  • shape/concrete, where the poem is written in the shape of the object or topic (e.g. a pineapple)
  • cinquain and haiku, where each line has a certain number of syllables
  • alliteration, in which each word (or most) start with the same letter
  • onomatopoeia, where sound effects such as BOING! or POW! predominate
  • autobiographical, a poem all about the author
  • and many more.

Be sure to look our for your child’s very own collection of their favourite poems in their portfolio.

Mathematics

This term students took on the quite challenging topics of multiplication (groups of) and division (shared between). Students did a great job at continuing to develop their times tables, particularly the 2xs, 3xs, 5xs and 10xs; these will be particularly important in grade four and onwards so make sure you have them well-practiced. Students also learnt to multiply larger numbers, such as 5×104. We offered students $20 if they could switch a multiplication and get a different answer, for example: if 4 x 5 = 20,  5 x 4 = 20. Unfortunately, no one got the $20, and the teachers walked away with some extra lolly money! Then, students learnt about multiplication’s best friend: good old division or shared between. Did you know that 20 divided by 4, is the same as asking: 4 x __ = 20. That’s a pretty handy trick! Once you know multiplication, you pretty much know division already.

The NEXT (Numeracy Extension) group also started towards the end of the term. So far, students have been revising subtraction with renaming, particularly over zeroes, for example 1001 – 849. NEXT students have learnt two strategies for double digit multiplication with the aim of them choosing their personal favourite. Students also compared the cost of being a superhero, specifically Batman, today with prices back in 1939. Here’s a quick YouTube tutorial on the two different methods students have available to them to multiply larger numbers:

(Please note: GK uses the language of ‘renaming’ rather than ‘carrying’, so that the tens and hundreds have real place value meaning for students).

If you like, try out the Multiplication Quiz that was posted last month on the blog. A division quiz will be posted over the holidays.

Thank you as always to all the parents for all your help around the school and classroom and for all that you do for the children, day-in, day-out, to support not only their learning but their growth into magnificent young people. Most importantly, rest up and have a very happy and safe break whether you’re staying in Victoria or travelling. We look forward to seeing all the children’s smiling faces happily returning to school for an action-packed term four.

BOOK WEEK CHARACTER PARADE – THANK YOU!

Thank you to all parents and students for the fantastic Book Week Dress-Up Parade that occurred during the Monday morning assembly. Our grade three students looked INCREDIBLE!

It was a very fun opportunity for students to see the characters in books step out and walk around our world for a day. As Ms Tingwell – or Ms Tingleberry – said, it was also a great way to start our next whole-school comprehension focus on visualising what we read and really making books come alive in our minds. It was also great to finally find Wally!

Can you spot Wally?