Dear parents/ carers,
Welcome back to term 4! I trust that you and your family had a wonderful holiday break and are feeling refreshed and ready for the final term of year three. I have created an organisational plan, outlining some of the key areas of learning taking place this term.
As your child develops their reading skills please continue to read to them. It is the modelling and sharing of reading that makes a real difference to skill and attitude development. As fluency improves, you can then encourage expression and place emphasis on comprehension.
In class there are modelled and guided reading sessions which focus on the explicit teaching of reading strategies. In particular, word identification strategies, summarising, paraphrasing and determining importance are some of the reading strategies for focus this term.
There are many writing opportunities provided in Room 25 and a variety of forms are taught. This term we are concentrating on finishing Explanation texts and moving on to Information Report Writing and Poetry, with some time spent on Narrative and Persuasive texts. You can assist your child to see the value of writing through incidental learning – explaining pictures from books, preparing shopping lists, writing thank you notes and captions for photos are just a few ways you can bring meaning to writing at home.
Spelling, Phonics and Word Work
For 20 minutes across every day of the week students participate in various Words Their Way spelling activities, including fortnightly spelling tests. Prior to the school bell each morning, students also take the opportunity to practice their WTW spelling words through various games and sorts for 15 minutes.
Speaking and Listening
At this stage of development, speaking and listening activities are very important. One avenue the children have for practicing these skills is through the telling of news. Your child has been assigned a specific ‘news day’ twice a term. Please encourage them to be well prepared for this event. Talking about an event, something from nature, showing photographs etc. are some ideas for this activity. There are many more opportunities for the development of speaking and listening skills throughout the term, especially within the HASS program.
Book change at our library is held every Friday afternoon, straight after lunch. Students are encouraged to borrow 2 books (1 reader and 1 free choice) each week. Please help your child in remembering to bring their books to class every Friday morning.
The focus for this term is on the Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability Strands, hence a focus on:
- geometric reasoning;
- location and transformation;
- data representation and interpretation;
- Recap of previously taught concepts (number and algebra).
Students also work on building mental maths skills throughout the term and are given opportunities to work with Mathletics on computers each week.
Term 4 will cover the strand Earth and Space Sciences. Students will be looking at how the Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day.
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (HASS)
To begin the term students will be looking at how our community has changed from past to present and the importance of Country/Place to Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Peoples who belong to a local area. Throughout the second half of the term students will investigate the historical origins and significance of the days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia and in other places around the world. They will also investigate the symbols and emblems that represent these days.
The main focus for Term 4 Health is ‘Healthy Eating.’ In this unit, students investigate food and nutrition, interpret and discuss health information and messages in the media and on the Internet and actions in daily routines that promote health, safety and wellbeing.
In Room 25 I ask that you help monitor reading and assist in learning spelling words in preparation for the spelling test held at the end of every 2 weeks. On top of this students will receive homework at the beginning of the first week to be returned and completed at the end of the second week, on Friday, for marking. Please encourage your child to complete the set homework and sign off on the Homework Grid each fortnight.
Room 25 will be performing our assembly in week 8, this term. More information regarding this will be posted on to the Blog or sent home with students closer to the date.
If your child is absent for any reason, please send a message or email me as is required by the Department of Education. If you do this, no note is needed.
You are always welcome in Room 25. However, if you would like a meeting of more than a couple of minutes please contact me to make a time. I can be contacted via email: Katie.McKernan@education.wa.edu.au.
Thank you for all of your support.