Student Learning

English 

This term in our reading we will continue to explore a range of fiction and picture story books. In reading groups students will be studying narrative texts and preparing recounts, story maps and continuing with our Book Reviews. We will be continuing to focus on developing comprehension strategies to understand texts.  In our writing students are developing the writing process to complete a shared text into a book, “The Chicken Thief” and using storyboards to plan their writing. Students are writing a weekly diary, and continuing to write narrative and recount texts. Students will be working with a visiting author, Cathy Scollo, to plan, write and illustrate their own picture story book. 

Maths

In Mathematics this term we are working on developing our “tables” facts and strategies as part of our major focus on multiplication and division. We are revising our subtraction skills and are looking at how we use our maths skills to solve problems.  Students are collecting data and preparing and interpreting graphs. We will continue to learn about aspects of space such as the qualities of shapes and angles and in measurement, area and perimeter and aspects of time. Students will also be using direction and preparing and maps and plans.  Students are also working in groups on a range of “real life” maths projects. We are also involved in challenging ourselves with computer maths through “Mathletics” and “Sumdog”.

Specialist Programs

Every week? We have a range of specialist programs. Please 

Incursions

This term there will be an incursion by the Questacon Science Circus. We also have a series of visits by author/illustrator Cathy Scollo who is working with the grade. 

Special Events

November 14th – Kanga Cricket Day

Swimming – Weeks 1, 2 and 3 of Term 4 (6 sessions)

Tuesday 1st November – Melbourne Cup Day – Public Holiday

December 8th – School Production

Thursday 22nd – Last Day of Term

Inquiry Learning

Our theme this term is “Space” with students focusing on the essential question of “What’s UP There?”  We will be investigating space, planets and the solar system, and space travel. Students will present their understandings by developing a travel brochure for a planet. Students have also been learning to use “Publisher” on our laptop and notebook computers to prepare a range of publications and reports. 

Language Lounge

Each Monday students will be involved in our Language Lounge, working in groups with teachers and our school Speech Pathologist, Wendy-Mae Rapson. Our aim in language lounge is to work on four areas of language each week in a fun and interactive way.  Those four areas are:

 

*    vocabulary (learning new words and their meanings)

*    sentences and oral narratives (telling and sequencing stories)

*    sound awareness (learning more about the building blocks of sounds and spelling)

*    social skills (using language to interact with others in different places and settings)

 

All of these areas can help to build the skills our students need to read, write, spell and learn successfully.  

Specialist Programs

Every week/fortnight we have a range of different specialist programs. Please ensure your child has the correct materials for these days (e.g. books for MARC Van)

Language Lounge

Music

Art

MARC Van

Japanese

Monday

Thursday

Wednesday

Wednesday (fortnightly)

Wednesday

Our timetable is;

Music with Mr James Ryan on Thursday from 11:30am-12.15pm

MARC Van will be fortnightly with Mr Philip Bucknall on Wednesday from 9:00am-10.00am.

Science with Miss McLennan on Wednesday from 10:00am-11:00am. 

Japanese is on Wednesday from 1:45pm-2:30pm.

Language  Lounge is on Monday from 2.15pm-3.15pm

 

Sport 

This term the students are involved in an intensive swimming  program, Kanga Cricket and the district Kanga Cricket  carnival. Weather permitting we go out to jog some “laps” each morning.  

LAUGH Program (Learning Activities Under Guidance of Home)

At home students are expected to read every night.  The focus of home work is activities that are part of our classroom program such as Book Reviews, Spelling and Maths skills practice and project research. We will also be doing some Book Review work at home. It is important for students to complete their nightly reading and weekly homework to ensure they develop important knowledge and skills. Each night’s reading should be signed off by parents in the Communication Diary.

 

Health and Wellbeing (Hats, Drink Bottles, Arriving on Time and Healthy Lunches)

In term 4 all students must wear a hat in the yard. 

It is important that all students have healthy lunches and snacks to assist them with their learning. Eating healthy foods helps students to stay focused longer on tasks and being a better learner.  

We urge and remind all families of two key factors that will maximise your child’s learning capacity as well as ensuring their happiness in both the classroom and playground:

        1. Lots of sleep

        2. Arriving at school on time  

Arriving at school on time is important for the students’ learning. Arriving at 8.45am is enough time for your child to get organised for the day.

Students arriving late or departing early MUST be signed out by parents in the office.

 

Social Skills

This term we will continue  to focus on our school’s values of REAL; Respect and Responsibility, Environment, Achievement and Learning.  The students are earning a lot of REAL tickets for demonstrating our values and are starting to trade them in for rewards.

 

Parent Communication & Diaries

It is important that students bring their diaries and satchels to school each day in order to communicate effectively between home and school. It has also been great seeing parents sign their child’s diaries after their nightly reading, helping their child(ren) get their reading night awards.

Important Dates

School Production   December 8th

End of Term   Thursday December 22nd