ENGLISH

Students in Grades 3 and 4 will continue to work on the C.A.F.E reading strategies during Term 2. Strategies will be taught as a whole class, while students work on individual strategies during read to self and strategy groups.

In Term 2, students will be introduced to the S.C.R.I.P.T.S Writing Program. Students will be introduced to the following Writing strategies. These strategies will be covered in more detail throughout the year:

Structure – strategies to help students organise their writing.

Conventions – strategies to help students use correct grammar.

Revisions – strategies to help students improve their writing.

Ideas – strategies to help students be creative.

Punctuation – strategies to help students punctuate sentences.

Text – strategies to help students with different genres.

Spelling – strategies to help students spell words correctly.                                                                     Students will continue using the Words Their Way Spelling program with the introduction of personal spelling words that they have identified from their work.

Students will continue to develop resources to support their writing.  They will have individual writing strategies that they will work on during free choice writing time and in strategy groups.

The text types we will be examining during Term 2 are Persuasive Texts and Information Reports.

In oral language, students will practise 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:

Patterns and Algebra

Skip counting forwards and backwards (addition and subtraction)

Identifying the rules for skip counting patterns (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)

Creating skip counting patterns when given a rule (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)

Using an equivalent addition/subtraction or multiplication/division number sequence to find an unknown quantity

 

Number and Place Value

Recognising, reading and representing numbers

Partitioning numbers

Rounding numbers

Comparing and ordering numbers

Identifying odd and even numbers

Identifying prime and composite numbers

Four Operations – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division:

Mental strategies – jump, split, compensation

Written strategies – contracted and extended methods

 

Money and Financial Mathematics

Counting collections of coins and notes

Adding money to calculate purchases

Calculating change

Investigating money from other countries

Creating simple financial plans

Calculating percentage discounts

 

Fractions and Decimals

Recognising, representing and ordering fractions

Recognising and representing unit fractions of a whole

Adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator

Adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators

Converting mixed numbers and improper fractions

Converting common fractions to decimals

 

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

Location and Transformation:

Using positional language to describe locations

Creating and interpret maps

Using compass points to describe location and follow directions

Applying translations, reflections and rotations to 2D shapes

Measurement and Geometry

Shape: combining 2D shapes to make other shapes, identifying 3D objects, recognising and describing features of shapes (faces, edges and vertices).

Angles: comparing the size of angles.

Statistics and Probability

Chance: identifying and representing probabilities of different events, conducting chance experiments.

INQUIRY

Our Term 2 theme for Inquiry is ‘Sustainability’. Students will learn about what sustainability means and different ways in which we can sustain our planet. They will learn about the four areas of sustainability; waste, water, energy and biodiversity.

Questions students will investigate include:

What are the key aspects of sustainability?

How has our environment changed over time?

How can we better look after our environment for the future?

The key concepts emphasised within this inquiry will be:

  • Sustainability: waste, water, energy & biodiversity
  • Caring for our environment
  • Implementing sustainable practices at our school

 

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING

During Term 2, students will participate in tasks designed to focus on achieving success and understanding and managing their emotions.

Achieving Success:

Train your brain for success and think like a CHAMP.

Challenge yourself, set a goal and make a plan.

Mistakes help you learn – don’t be afraid to make them.

Use grit – persist, work hard and don’t give up

 

Understanding and Managing Emotions:

Describing and understanding feelings.

Boosting positive feelings

You can change a bad mood into a good mood

When do you feel angry?

Helpful thinking

Dealing with disappointment