READING

Students in Grade 3 and 4 will begin the year revising good reading behaviours and building their reading stamina. Students will also be given individual reading strategies to focus on at home and during Read to Self and Read to Someone. Students will also work on these strategies during Strategy groups with the teacher.

The reading strategies that we will be covering this term include:

Comprehension

  • Finding word meaning in context.
  • Comparing and contrasting.
  • Justifying opinions about texts.
  • Make predictions.
  • Make text to text connections.
  • Recognising cause and effect.
  • Distinguishing between fact and opinion.
  • Finding the main idea.
  • Interpreting figurative language.
  • Interpreting visual elements.
  • Identifying the author’s purpose.

Accuracy

  • Flipping the sound.
  • Guessing trading a word.
  • Chunking and blending.
  • Monitoring and correcting errors.

Fluency

  • Paying attention to punctuation.
  • Using phrasing.
  • Emphasising certain words.
  • Changing voice to match character voices in dialogue.
  • Changing style and pace to reflect purpose.

Expanding Vocabulary

  • Using a glossary to define words.
  • Using a dictionary to define words.
  • Identifying subject and technical vocabulary.

WRITING

This term students in Grade 3 and 4 will be setting up positive writing behaviours and developing some classroom resources that they can use during their independent writing time. Students will be given individual writing strategies that they will focus on during writing time and strategy groups with the teacher.

The text types that we will be examining this term are: Narratives and Persuasive.

The writing strategies that we will be focussing on during explicit teaching include:

Narrative:

  • Developing characters using speech, feelings and actions.
  • Developing storylines using details.
  • Developing a setting using time and place.
  • Exploring less predictable endings.
  • Correctly using quotation marks.
  • Choosing adjectives to enhance writing.
  • Making corrections of spelling.

Persuasive:

  • Sorting ideas into paragraphs.
  • Utilising persuasive language and connectives.
  • Correctly using pronouns.
  • Elaborating ideas using evidence and examples.
  • Choosing adjectives to enhance writing.

ORAL LANGUAGE

Students will be practising their attentive listening skills through a range of activities and games such as: Chinese Whispers and copycat drawing.

MATHEMATICS

Addition and Subtraction

Using a range of addition and subtraction strategies to solve problems including:

  • Jump Strategy.
  • Split Strategy.
  • Setting out equations vertically with and without trading.

Fractions and Decimals

  • Recognising and representing unit fractions of a whole (thirds, fifths, sixths, sevenths, ninths, tenths, etc).
  • Recognising and representing multiples of unit fractions.
  • Locating unit fractions on a number line.
  • Using a fraction wall.
  • Recognising and representing equivalent fractions.
  • Counting by halves, quarters and thirds.
  • Converting between decimals and fractions.
  • Converting mixed numbers to improper fractions.

Money and Financial Maths

  • Making an amount of money in different ways.
  • Calculating the change required after a transaction has occurred using diagrams, concrete materials and digital technologies.
  • Solving problems by adding money for purchases with and without technologies.

Measurement and Geometry

Time

  • Reading time on an analogue clock to the nearest minute.
  • Converting between units of time.
  • Solving problems using am and pm notation.
  • Calculating elapsed time.

Location and Transformation

  • Identifying symmetry in the environment.
  • Identifying slides and turns.
  • Creating and interpreting simple grid maps to show position and pathways.
  • Using simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in maps.
  • Creating symmetrical patterns, pictures and shapes with and without digital technologies.

Statistics and Probability

Data Representation

  • Conducting investigations that involve asking a specific question, collecting and recording data and representing and reporting data collected with and without using digital technology.
  • Comparing the effectiveness of different ways to collect data.
  • Exploring different ways to represent data collected.
  • Interpreting data representations.

INQUIRY

This term students will be investigating Indigenous communities, the First Fleet and the stories of first contact between European settlers and Indigenous Australians. They will also explore how historians learn about the past. The questions that they will be asked include:

  • How did the Indigenous Australians live before European settlers arrive?
  • What were the causes and reasons for the journey of the First Fleet?
  • What was the impact of first contact between European settlers and Indigenous Australians?
  • How do historians use artefacts to learn about the past?

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Grade 3/4 students will be participating in activities to encourage them to be good friends by getting to know others, listening attentively when others are speaking and being tactful and fair.