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.
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
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
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.
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.
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?
Dealing with disappointment