Year Three News
Year Three is an exciting year full of new experiences and opportunities for the children, especially as we focus on receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will work alongside the Year Three children to assist them to grow in spirituality as they approach Term Four, when they will receive the Sacrament.
In Religion, the focus will be on the importance of human life. We will marvel at how God created human beings so that they can do and enjoy so many things. He created our souls, so that they never die and He created heaven so that we can live with Jesus forever. The children will explore the Sacrament of Baptism and come to understand that by being baptised they have joined God’s family. We will follow Jesus’ journey during Lent and look at how He died so that we could enter Heaven.
In Mathematics, the children will focus on the number system as they explore place value of numbers to the ten thousands. The children will focus on reading and writing numbers and understand that a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. They will use their prior knowledge of addition and subtraction to recognise the relationship between the two and build strong mental strategies. Reading and graphing data will also be a focus.
During English, the children will read for pleasure and for information. We will focus on the six strategies of Comprehension, Visualising, Summarising, Inferring, Questioning, Making Connections, as well as Decoding. They will be exposed to a variety of text types, in particular narratives and persuasive texts. The children will develop new skills to construct strong persuasive arguments and creative narratives. Spelling will be individualised to each child’s ability.
Our Integrated Studies programme focuses on linking the children’s knowledge and experiences through all learning areas. They will be discovering the importance of community and the role our community plays in our lives. The children will look at how the community has changed over time and how we make democratic decisions in our society. During this unit of study, they will learn about how celebrations are undertaken within different cultures. They will also celebrate and learn about different events that occur throughout the year.
In Science, Mr Capolingua will support the children to learn about Biological Sciences. They will focus on classifying living and non-living things and recognise their features and characteristics such as growing, moving, sensitivity and reproducing. The children will continue to develop their science inquiry skills by planning, conducting, and evaluating scientific investigations and communicate their findings. It will be an exciting year of Science with Mr Capolingua!
In Health, the children will focus on developing their own interpersonal skills and emotional wellness. Children will learn strategies to help them manage their emotions and understand the concept of self-esteem.
In Music, Mrs Boddy is eager to work with the children to help them develop their musical knowledge. They will extend their understanding of the elements of music as they develop their aural skills as well as recognise and discriminate between rhythm and beat. Every Thursday the children will take part in Liturgical Singing which will allow them to join together in musical prayer.
In Physical Education, Class Sport and Morning Fitness the children will focus on crossing the midline and balancing skills. These gross motor skills will also assist in their cognitive development and are crucial for healthy development.
Technology is a large part of the Year Three programme and is integrated into each learning area. We will focus on developing the children’s individual technology skills by using applications that will enhance their presentations, allow them to discover new content and record their understandings. The children have all unpacked the school’s iPad expectations and understand the role of ICT in our classroom. We will initially focus upon building up the children’s skills by focusing on individual apps to ensure the children master their understanding and skills.
Every Thursday afternoon in the soon to be named Innovations and Technology Centre, the children will complete a range of activities based around the technologies curriculum and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) concepts. Class teachers will work alongside Miss Mitzi Phoebe to assist students in working collaboratively to solve problems, develop creativity and think critically, while making cross-curricular links with class topics.