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3/4 Unit Newsletter Term 2, 2018

Home Learning

* Students need to be reading with an adult each day with a major focus on having discussions before, during and after reading their book to ensure they understand what they are reading. Reading diaries will be checked each week on your child’s allocated reading day.

* Students are to use their Google Account to access their Classroom Page to play maths games used in class, write pieces of work, look at educational websites and re-read articles used in class. This will consolidate learning done in the classroom. Instructions for maths games to be played with a deck of cards or dice have also been provided when Internet is not available as well as to add variety to your child’s home learning.

*Each week students are to complete an online Kahoot quiz covering a variety of literacy, numeracy and general knowledge subject areas that have been explored in class. If students do not have access to the Internet a hard copy quiz will be provided.

*Multiplication tables 1-10 are to be revised over the term at each student’s point of need.

*Throughout the term students will also be required to complete some homework based on their Inquiry topic. Tasks and requirements for this will be sent out when necessary.

*Kahoot codes and any other homework will go out Tuesday and is to be completed and returned the following Monday.

Reading

We are learning different strategies to help us read a text and understand what we are reading. This term our main focus will be on answering a variety of comprehension questions and using the text to support our answers. We will also be looking at inferring and supporting ourselves with evidence and reasoning from the text. Students will continue to make text to text, text to world and text to self connections with what they read. Another focus this term will be on summarising and paraphrasing different text types using key words and main ideas.

Maths

Students will be developing their skip counting skills by counting forwards and backwards from regular and irregular starting points. Our areas of focus will be addition and subtraction and exploring the relationship between these operations. We will also explore fractions focusing on counting them, placing these on a number line and investigating equivalence.

In Applied Maths students will work on telling the time to the nearest minute as well as understanding duration of time. We will also be measuring, ordering and comparing objects using familiar units of measurement.

Religion

In addition to our daily prayers, unit Mass and celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation and Eucharist, we will work through two Religious Education units this term:

Sacrament of Initiation: Eucharist: Students will learn to recognise that the Eucharist is a special meal recalling the events of the last supper. They will also describe the way we belong to a community of believers who come together to celebrate the Eucharist to symbolise that Jesus is present with us.

Celebrating the Gift of Spirit: Students will identify the presence of the Holy Spirit was experienced in the early Church and how it is present in our lives today.

Sacraments

This term some Grade 4 students will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation and Eucharist.  Families are to complete any homework in their book prior to Tuesday’s ‘Our Steps In Faith’ session.

Writing

This term we will be learning to use the correct structure of a narrative to entertain the reader. Students will focus on creating stories with a setting, characters, a problem and a resolution. Including dialogue, the use of correct tense and interesting language. We will also be learning the basic structure of a report to describe. Students will use the correct structure including a title, classification, description and summary. We will also continue focusing on our editing skills using the COPS strategy (Capitalisation, Order, Punctuation, Spelling) and ensuring that we are enhancing our vocabulary when we write.

Students will be aiming to improve their handwriting by forming their letters correctly on the dotted thirds, as well as joining their letters.

Inquiry: Where in the world are we? (Geography based)

Our Inquiry Unit this term is focused on exploring Australia in comparison to other countries in the Southern Hemisphere. We will explore Australia’s climate, vegetation and native plants and animals as well as look at where people live in relation to States and Territories.  Students will be involved in researching presenting their findings about other countries in the Southern Hemisphere. We are also looking at features of maps and how we can use these inform us about the size and location of other countries.

Oral Language

In the 3/4 Unit students are continuously involved in developing their oral language. Each day students are asked to share their ideas, opinions and knowledge in small groups and class discussions. This allows student’s the opportunity to build their confidence when speaking in front of others.

In the second half of this term students will also be presenting a research task for inquiry, based on a country in the Southern Hemisphere. Students will present their project to their peers in the 3/4 unit as well to a 1/2 class.

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