YEARS 3 AND 4     PARENT NEWSLETTER     TERM 2, 2018

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The Level 3 and 4 team would like to welcome you all back to school. We particularly welcome those families that are new to the school community and wish you a happy and positive start to your time at Eltham North Primary School.

There have been a number of staffing changes across the school for this year. Our 2018 Year 3 and 4 team includes the following teachers:
Andrea Couper – 3A
Gemma Twomey – 3B
Shannon Devlin – 3C
Kate Doherty & Nicole Ryan (Monday) – 3D
Lisa Smith – 4A
Jarrod Wait – 4B
Cara Grant & Amanda Theodore (Monday) – 4C

The students have made a great start to the school year and we are all looking forward to a year of learning and fun. During the first few weeks, the classroom focus is to establish a positive learning community.

Curriculum

Inquiry Units

This term, Levels 3 and 4 will be undertaking Australian History based Inquiry topics.

The Inquiry Topics covered in Term 2 will be:

Year 3 ~ Who lived here first?

The focus for the Integrated Unit for Term 2 is local community and how it has changed over time. Students will be asked, “Who lived in our community first?" They will investigate life as it is now and how it was in the past by identifying aspects of change and continuity. Students will explore the local Indigenous people, their ways of life and connection to the land today, and prior to European settlement. As a homework task, students will research a chosen area of change and present their findings in an oral presentation. At the conclusion of the unit, students will be able to identify what contributions have been made to our local community.

Year 4 – Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?

Year 4 students will investigate what life was like before European contact, and the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal people and early traders and settlers. They will be involved in a Museum excursion on Tuesday 15th May.      

A 4- week Homework task, to research on one of Australia’s early (pre 1788) explorers, will form the basis of an oral presentation this term.

      

In Year 3 and 4 the units have been planned incorporating the inquiry approach to learning.  Children are encouraged to set questions, gather information and resources and develop understandings about the world and society in which they live.

English Year 3  ~ Writing

In Year 3 students will be writing narratives and following up with Dreamtime narratives, linking with our Inquiry unit. Students will be involved in the 5 stages of writing ~ planning, composing, editing, revising and publishing. We will continue to use the VCOP framework (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation) to build the children’s confidence, skill level and creativity across the term. Keep an eye out for Big Write topics that come home. Your child will love to discuss their ideas with you!

Reading

This term in Year 3 we will continue to help the students to choose  ‘Just Right’ books. These are books that are not too easy or too hard for them to read independently. Please help your child to read their ‘Just Right’ Book for 20 minutes, four times a week. You can also spend time asking them about their book. Questions like what happened in the story today? What do you think will happen next? Who is your favourite character and why do you like them? All encourage the students to practice reading skills.

During Literacy lessons we will commence our CAFE reading program. Students will work through strategies to support their comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding vocabularies. In the classroom, they will be using independent reading time to record their ‘inner conversations’ that is, what they are thinking about as they are reading. Individual and small group conferences will target reading strategies and assist students to set meaningful goals for future reading sessions

Spelling and Grammar

Students will continue being explicitly taught, through the Write to Read Program, phonograms, spelling rules and how to apply these in everyday writing tasks.  The grammar focus will link to the writing sessions and be applicable to the genre being taught. This term we will focus on tenses, prefixes and suffixes, antonyms and synonyms, along with continuing students understanding and use of punctuation.

Year 4 ~ Writing

In Year 3 students will be writing narratives. We will use the VCOP framework (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation) to build the children’s confidence, skill level and creativity across the term. Keep an eye out for Big Write topics that come home. Your child will love to discuss their ideas with you!

Reading

Students in year 4 will continue to participate in the CAFÉ reading program, conferencing with teachers and creating their own goals as they develop independence in their learning. Students will also be participating in reading groups, targeting specific reading strategies.

Spelling and Grammar

Students will continue being explicitly taught, through the Write to Read Program, phonograms, spelling rules and how to apply these in everyday writing tasks.  The grammar focus will link to the writing sessions and be applicable to the genre being taught.

Speaking and Listening

Students will continue to be involved in a range of opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills. Students will be participating in collaborative group work and will be encouraged to use interactive skills, including active listening communicate with group members. This term students will have the opportunity to present in front of the class in a more formal situation, through an oral project presentation

Maths  ~ Year 3

This term the Year 3 students will be applying their Place Value knowledge from Term 1 to solve addition and subtraction problems. There will be lots of work on developing mental strategies for addition and subtraction, as well as learning the process for solving written equations. We will be using these skills to solve a range of open-ended problems, including some involving money. You can help your child at home by allowing them to count money and calculate change when visiting the shops.

At the start of this term we have had a lot of fun with location. We have enjoyed exploring atlases and giving and receiving directions. Grid references have been explored so if you have an old version of Battleships at home, this might be a great time to enjoy a game or two! Designing treasure maps was a highlight.

Later in the term, we will be exploring time. This includes the use of calendars as well as analogue and digital time. Encourage time telling at home, particularly giving them more frequent exposure to analogue clocks.

Year 4

In Year 4 we will be covering the following areas:

Mental and written strategies for:

●      Addition

●      Subtraction

●      Location

●      Multiplication

Through all maths sessions there will be a focus on developing efficient mental and written strategies for addition, subtraction, and multiplication later in the term. Our priority is to give children time to develop their understandings and then apply these to solve real life problems. We will continue to incorporate the big ideas in mathematics to give students a strong foundation and understanding of mathematical concepts, in preparation for entering the senior school next year.

ART

In the coming weeks, Year Three students will welcome back ceramic Artist in Residence, Mary-Lou Pittard. Mary-Lou will share her extensive experience and know-how with the students to create clay frogs. These will be fired and painted and form a wonderful keepsake. In preparation for Mary-Lou’s arrival the students will practice their modeling skills using a range of media such as plasticine. They will experiment with clay to create pinch pots and revise clay joining techniques. They will work with small paintbrushes so that they have the skills to apply glaze to their clay work. Finally this term, students will be looking at folk artist Kerri Ambrosino and completing some collage and pattern work in her style. The children have a busy, but exciting term of learning ahead.

In Year 4 Art this term we will be covering two units of work. They are Construction and Printing. In Printing the students will be printing with a range of different objects including filters, string, recycled objects and tubes. Jackson Pollock is the artist we will be studying as part of our Art Appreciation.

As part of our Construction unit of work we will be creating mini monsters, box characters, folded paper people and elephants. A Mother's Day card will also be made.

In Italian we will be focusing on Animal names. We will

be looking at adjectives, the definite article, describing animals and feelings.

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ART and LOTE

In Art this term we will be covering two units of work. They are construction and printing. In printing the students will be printing with a range of different objects including filters, string, recycled objects and tubes. Jackson Pollock is the artist we will be studying as part of our art appreciation.

As part of our construction unit of work we will be creating mini monsters, box characters, folded paper people and elephants. A Mothers Day piece of art will also be created.

In Italian we will be focusing on telling the time. We will be looking at o’clock, half past, quarter past times.

Music

The Grade 3/4’s will continue with their Performing Arts learning. They will have the opportunity to perform at a picnic and performance later on in the term. The Grade 3’s will begin with a couple of weeks of playing tuned instruments and then will move onto drama. They will be investigating drama circles where they will have the opportunity to develop voice and expression. They will also be learning a few hip-hop dance moves. The Grade 4’s will be developing their interpretation and performance of rhythms using a range of percussion instruments in the class. They will also be learning a range of more complex dance moves. I hope we all have a great term!

Student wellbeing

‘The Resilience Project’ is an Australian program that focuses on teaching mental health strategies. ‘The Resilience Project’ delivers an emotionally engaging program to schools, using evidence based and practical strategies to teach and build resilience.

ENPS has joined in an Official Partnership with the ‘Resilience Project’. All staff have engaged in a Professional Development session: Teaching Resilience and Mental Health. We are also offering the Parent Night: Teaching Resilience at Home and the Students will have their own session: ‘Being Happy’.

The lessons that we complete each week will focus around the topics of Empathy, Mindfulness, Gratitude and Emotional Literacy. Our aim is to develop the children’s Personal and Social Capabilities, giving them lifelong skills.

In addition to the Resilience Project, students are also investigating the concept of maintaining a growth mindset with activities throughout the termIn addition to the Resilience Project, students are also investigating the concept of maintaining a growth mindset with activities throughout the term.

Cooking

The new Cooking Program for Year 3 & 4 will commence in Week 3. If you have indicated that you would like your child to participate, your child will attend the Cooking Program for 9 class sessions in total during term 2. Classes will be on Monday or Tuesday for 1 session. The teacher is Karen Koutsodontis from The Travelling Kitchen.

As this is an optional program, a charge of $75 is payable for your child to attend.

Payment must be received prior to the program starting

Physical Education

This term the level 3 & 4 children are participating in two big units during Phys Ed - athletics and skipping. The athletics unit will help prepare the students for the upcoming carnival on Tuesday May 29th and include sessions on sprinting, hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shotput & discus. The skipping unit will give individuals a chance to improve their skills whilst raising vital funds for the Heart Foundation. The school jump off date is Wednesday 21st June

Library

In our weekly library sessions, students will have the opportunity to browse and borrow books for home use and the classroom library. Often CAFÉ sessions will be conducted in the library. Students will also have the opportunity to research their oral presentation topics.

GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING

NAPLAN

All students in Year 3 will be taking part in NAPLAN this term. If you have any concerns regarding your child completing this assessment please make contact with your class teacher early in the term.  NAPLAN will take place from the 15-17th of May. The link below is the parent Guide to NAPLAN. http://www.nap.edu.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/naplan-2018-information-brochure-for-parents-and-carers.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Oral Presentation

This term your student will be given a research task to complete at home. The Year 3 and Year 4 topics align with the Inquiry Units for each year level. This presentation is part of the Homework Program for Term 2. Students will be presenting their work to the class later in the term. Students are required to present their work (to the teacher) each week so that the class teacher can track individual progress. We ask that you support your child at home when they are researching their topic as the children are still developing this complex skill.

Student Diaries & Home Reading

Each student has been issued with an ENPS diary and they are required to bring this to school everyday. These are used for communication between home and school, as well as a way for the children to organise themselves and remember school-related activities. Could you please ensure that you sign your child’s diary each Thursday. Your child’s diary will be checked and signed by the classroom teacher on Friday. 

Weekly Reading Homework

We ask the children to read for at least 20 - 30 minutes 4 times a week.  Please check that your child writes in their diary stating the name of the book and how long they read for. We ask you to sign and make a comment each week, by Thursday.  Your child’s diary will be checked and signed by the classroom teacher each Friday.

Attendance and Punctuality

Being at school everyday is important for consistency in your child’s education. If your child is absent for a whole or part of a day, please remember to log onto Compass and complete the absence details.  A Late Pass is required from the office if your child arrives after 9am.

Rubbish Free School

A general reminder regarding our Rubbish Free policy: Rubbish sent to school will return home with your child. Please encourage healthy eating and the use of clearly LABELLED reusable plastic containers for your child’s lunch and snack.

COMPASS

Please ensure you are checking COMPASS regularly for school updates and happenings. Events regularly come up that require parent consent.

Teacher Meetings

The home/school partnership is critical to your child’s education. If you have any questions, clarifications or issues that need discussing about your child’s academic, social or emotional needs, please see your child’s class teacher as your first point of contact. As teachers often have before and after school commitments please make a time to meet. Teachers are also available through email and phone if this is more convenient. All teacher emails are available through COMPASS.

 IMPORTANT DATES

15-17th May ~ NAPLAN

Tuesday 15th May ~ Year 4 Museum Excursion

 

Wednesday 16th May ~ Open Day

 

Tuesday 29th May ~ Athletics Carnival

 

Friday 7th June ~ Curriculum Day

 

Monday 11th June ~ Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

 

FROM US TO YOU

 

It is best for us to work together to help your child. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns. We thank you for your continued support

The Level 3/4 team

Jarrod Wait, Lisa Smith, Cara Grant, Kate Doherty, Andrea Couper, Gemma Twomey, Shannon Devlin and Nicole Ryan

FROM US TO YOU

It is best for us to work together to help your child. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns. We thank you for your continued support.

The Level 3/4 Team

Jarrod Wait, Lisa Smith, Cara Grant, Kate Doherty Gemma Twomey, Andrea Couper, Shannon Devlin, Lyndell Whiting and Nicole Ryan.