ENGLISH

Students in Grades 3 and 4 will begin the term by revising and practising reading protocols. They will begin to build reading stamina through the C.A.F.É Reading Program with Read to Self and Read to Someone. They will be introduced to what it means to be a ‘coach’ during our daily reading program.

Students will be introduced to the following reading strategies during Term 1. These strategies will be covered in more detail throughout the year:

Comprehension:

Finding word meaning in context

Comparing and contrasting

Justifying opinions about texts

Making predictions

Recognising cause and effect

Summarising

Drawing conclusions and making inferences

Make connections – text-text

Finding the main idea

Interpreting figurative language

Interpreting visual elements

Identifying the author’s purpose

Analysing language choices

Accuracy:

Flip the sound

Guess or trade a word

Chunk and blend.

Monitor and self-correct errors

Fluency:

Pay attention to punctuation.

Use phrasing

Emphasise certain words

Use character voices for dialogue

Change style and pace to reflect purpose

Expand Vocabulary:

Use a dictionary to define words.

Use a glossary to define words.

Identify subject and technical vocabulary

Students will be given an individual strategy once conferencing commences. They will work on their individual strategies throughout the term which will change as necessary.

This term, students will practise Writing Behaviours. They will begin developing resources that will support their writing. The text types we will be examining are Diary Entries, Narratives and Biographies.

Spelling will commence mid-Term 1. We will be using the Words Their Way Spelling program.

In oral language, students will learn the skills necessary to attentively listen and work as an effective team member.

MATHEMATICS

Students in Grades 3 and 4 work in ability based groups for Number. These groups will be flexible based on the students’ needs. This term we will focus on:

Place value:

Recognising, representing and ordering numbers.

Partitioning numbers.

Four Operations – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division:

Mental strategies

Written strategies

Fractions:

Recognise, represent and order fractions.

Recognise and represent unit fractions of a whole.

Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.

Money:

Counting collections of coins and notes.

Adding money to calculate purchases.

Calculating change.

Investigating money from other countries.

In other areas of Mathematics, students will be learning about:

Length, Perimeter and Area:

Choosing the correct unit of measurement.

Comparing and ordering measurements.

Converting between units of measurement.

Time:

Read and represent time on analogue and digital clocks.

Calculate the amount of time that has passed.

Convert between seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years.

Graphing:

Interpreting and Creating pictographs and column graphs.

Location and Transformation:

Use positional language to describe locations.

Create and interpret maps.

Use compass points to describe location and follow directions.

Apply translations, reflections and rotations to 2D shapes.

INQUIRY

Our Term 1 theme for Inquiry is ‘Identity’. Students in Grade 3 and 4 will explore the characteristics that represent them. They will share their strengths and learn to work effectively with others. Students will discover how they best learn as well as how to lead a healthy lifestyle. They will investigate our school’s values – respect, responsibility, honesty, resilience and persistence.

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING

During Term 1, students will participate in tasks designed to help build relationships with their peers and important people in their lives. They will learn about core values such as being tactful and accepting differences.