Sunday, 16 October 2016

What's Happening in Term 4...


North, South, East, West The representation of Australia as states and territories, and Australia’s major natural and human features. 

  •  A map is a visual-spatial representation of the world that reflects the views of the person drawing it.
  •  Maps can help us to identify location, human and natural features, and the distance between places.
  •  People’s feelings and perceptions about places influence views about the protection of these places.
  •  A legend is an essential aspect to reading, interpreting and designing maps. 

The Among the Gumtrees unit provides opportunities for students to explore the fruit and flowers of eucalypts, identify how different living things interact with the trees, and plan and conduct an investigation of whether Eucalyptus oil inhabits the germination of plants beneath its canopy or the growth of microorganisms.


Year 3 
  • Problem solving with money
  • Working with angles
  • Exploring a range of subtraction strategies
  • Read, write and compare common fractions
  • Exploring transformations
  • Using the extending mental computation strategies 
Year 4 
  • Problem solving using the four operations
  • Exploring formal units of measure (capacity, mass, length)
  • Interpreting graphs
  • Read, write and compare common fractions, and explore the connection between fractions and decimals
  • Review a range of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division strategies


Through our Readers' Workshops students will continue to work towards their personal goals (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expanding Vocabulary) and make their thinking visible. 

Our mini lessons will focus on supporting students' comprehension:
-  navigating online texts
-  exploring the characters, problems and plots


Text Types – Writing to persuade (exposition), writing to entertain (narrative)
Mini Lesson Focus – Selecting words carefully (high modality words), complex sentences, adding detail, punctuation, generating ideas, organising ideas (graphic organisers), editing skills (pit stops)

Technologies (Design and Digital Technologies)

  • Investigate food and fibre production and food technology used in modern and traditional societies.
  • Coding - All Year 3/4 students will be participating in coding lessons this term. Learning to code strengthens problem solving skills and logical thinking, and supports key academic subjects such as science, maths and technology. Programming is an incredible skill that engages both our creative and our problem solving sides.

Upcoming Events

20 October - Geography excursion (John Knight Memorial Park)
Week 2 -5 - Orienteering Workshops
28 October - Japanese Fun Day
24-25 November - Camp Birrigai
30 November - End of Year Celebration
14 December - Moving Up Day

Keep an eye out on our blog for regular updates on what's happening in our classrooms.