Working together to achieve success for every child
Welcome to our 18th 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!
‘Exploration and discovery leads to change.’
The children have been exploring important inventions from the past, co-constructing timelines to show when they were invented.
From this initial inquiry, they chose an invention to explore and have been using their research skills to find out; why it was invented, how it has changed our lives, and the positive and negative perspectives about that invention.
They then chose how they wanted to show what they know about their invention. Some used their practical making skills to create posters and others used their information technology skills to create slideshows.
In maths we have been continuing to explore the four functions, particularly focusing on the relationship between multiplication and division. We have been exploring arrays to help us understand the concept of multiplication being groups of equal numbers. Through the building and drawing of different arrays we began noticing that the repeated addition sum helps us work out the multiplication sum and the multiplication sum helps us work out the division sum, because division is the opposite of multiplication.
Some students were so eager to build arrays that they created a 10 by 10 array using 100 counters! From this, they were set the challenge, “How many different ways can you break up 100 into equal groups?” Their biggest challenge was organising their working out to make sure they had found every possibility.
In Literacy we have been writing narratives based around a setting and a main character. First, the students read and analysed examples of story settings, looking at word choice and word type linked to the senses which helped them visualise the scene. They then brainstormed ideas to write their own story setting, thinking about descriptive language to ‘build a picture’ in the readers’ mind.
The students then developed a character, describing their physical appearance, personality, behaviours and emotions. By practicing how to ‘upgrade’ sentences, they students have been learning to ‘show me don’t tell me’ about their characters’ actions and feelings.
Through analysing the structure of stories using Toontastics, story mountains, and storyboards, the students have been looking at how to sequence ideas from the introduction to the build up, problem, resolution and the ending.
The children have loved challenging their imagination to write their stories and continue through the writing process of editing and refining to build on their first drafts.
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…
- Read a book with your child and notice how the author gives, us the reader, information about the character.
- Predict what phones will be like in the future – maybe even draw a picture of what you think phones will look like and be able to do!
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
- Ms. 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
6-7th June No School: Dragon Boat Festival
13th June PTA School Disco
28th June Last day of school – half day