Welcome back for Term 4! We hope everyone has had a relaxing break and is eager to continue their learning.
We will continue to have high expectations and work hard towards making strong progress in curriculum areas and individual student goals.
This term we will be covering the following subject areas and have a strong focus on student wellbeing.
Reading this term will cover a range of strategies from our CAFE (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand Vocabulary) program and the SOSA Wheel. Weekly reading groups will continue to take place, alongside our Daily 5 reading choices, which students complete independently. We will also be delving into a variety of analysing and critiquing skills, with a push towards expanding students’ vocabulary.
Writing will have a focus on information reports and expositions, as we encourage students to be creative and find their voice. Students will also be exposed to a Public Speaking unit, where they develop their transactional writing skills and build confidence when speaking in front of others. As always, our VOICES program provides students with essential writing skills and we will be looking into each of these traits throughout the term. Sound Waves remains a core focus for spelling and expanding students’ vocabulary.
Numeracy has a strong focus on Number and Place Value through collaborative games. We will continue making strong gains through our Open Learning program, teaching and learning to a targeted point of need. Students will be exposed to topics such as multiplication, division, volume, capacity, time and subtractions this term. We will also be addressing Problem Solving and Critical Thinking in our Maths lessons, through units of work in fractions and decimals, financial maths and chance.
Inquiry this term is looking into Geography. More specifically, how the environment supports the lives of people and other living things, and how people use places and environments sustainably. This will be guided by our Inquiry Model of students taking responsibility of their own learning through Tuning In, Finding Out, Sorting Out, Going Further, Making Connections, Taking Action and Reflection. Learning is something I do, not something that is done to me.
Digital Technologies will see students being safe and responsible online, working collaboratively, utilising coding resources and developing their computer skills. We will also be commencing a unit of work on coding, looking at developing solutions as visual programs through describing and following a sequence of steps and decisions involving user inputs and algorithms.
Students will also be participating in weekly Art, Physical Education and Auslan (LOTE) lessons, as well as these being integrated into regular classroom activities. Our Play Is The Way (PITW) and Respectful Relationships programs will assist students with identifying themselves as a learner, exploring emotions, participating in challenging games and scenarios, and recognising what is required to have a value become a virtue.
Students will not receive weekly Homework but will be expected to read for 60 minutes a week, having written this in their diary, signed by a parent and brought in by Friday. We strongly encourage all students to keep their diary in their bag and brought to school every day.
Be sure to keep an eye on all of the wonderful work and learning our students are doing in the Seesaw app, as this is a regular feature that students will use throughout the week. This is such a positive and engaging way to be a part of your child’s learning, with the opportunity to view photos of work, listen to learning reflections and provide written feedback to your child.
Please refer to the school newsletter for any school news and key dates.
As always, if you have any further questions please feel free to contact your classroom teacher.
Mr Mason, Ms Addamo and Ms Morgan