10 May 2019

Yr3 Curriculum Update – 10/05/19

Working together to achieve success for every child

Welcome to our 16th edition!

In each update, the Year 3 Team will bring you snapshots of what your children in Year Three have been up to every 2 weeks. You will see a variety of learning experiences exemplifying learning which is fun, exciting, challenging, innovative and/or creative…and whatever they are, we know that your child has worked really hard to get there and should you have the chance, you may want to share this newsletter with your child to find out the juicy details and discuss the great learning they have been doing!

Transdisciplinary Learning – It’s all connected!

‘A scientific understanding of natural hazards reduces the impact on human societies.’


We are now nearing the end of our exploration into natural hazards; the causes, impacts and how we can reduce these impacts. Many students are becoming experts in their fields as they choose one hazard to focus on. Below you can see our cause and effect paper chains that demonstrate students understanding of the short and long term impacts of their natural hazard. Finally, students are preparing for their show what you know projects and have been working in teams to collect and organise information before showcasing their learning.



In maths we have been delving into our new inquiry into pattern. We have developed definitions for different patterns and have identified growing, shrinking and repeating patterns. We have also explored continuing, describing and recording patterns to help us communicate the rule. We are getting used to using the word ‘term’ to discuss the patterns and are beginning to predict larger terms that are tricky to draw or create by using our knowledge of the rule.



This week we have begun a new area of learning into stories and narrative writing. Students have been discussing what their favourite stories are and what makes them great. We discovered that a great story needed characters that were interesting and inspirational, and an exciting plot with a surprising ending. We also discussed how our favourite stories also had messages of kindness and friendship.


Chinese Year 3:

In the Chinese classrooms, we continue to focus on the concept of wellbeing and providing different learning opportunities for children to explore their own interests and promote agentic learning. Connections to learning are made using Chinese songs, rhymes, games and stories.

Here is a glimpse of some of our classrooms:


At home you might like to…

  • Spot some patterns at home and in nature.
  • Discuss your family’s favourite stories and what them great.
  • Reflect on our natural hazards inquiry – “What was the most interesting part of this inquiry?”



A few key reminders for students and parents:

  • Please remind your child to pack his/her school hat for each day, as children who do not bring their hat will not be allowed to take part in snack or lunch play.
  • There are extreme peanut allergies in Year 3, so please make sure your child does not bring nuts to school or eat peanut butter or nutella for breakfast before he/she heads to school.
  • Please remind your child to pack his/her own cutlery as we do not provide extra sets of cutlery at school
  • Lau, our librarian, says please remember to buy a book bag to protect the library books. Children can bring in cash or cheque of $60 to the PTA to purchase one. Many Thanks


Key dates for the Diary

Important Dates

10th May                                 PTA Bingo Night

13th May                                 No School: Buddha’s Birthday

6-7th June                               No School: Dragon Boat Festival

13th June                                PTA School Disco

28th June                                Last day of school – half day