Thursday, 18 June 2015

Level 3 Newsetter - Week 10

Another busy week with lots of exciting learning.

Learning and Teaching

In Year 3/4 We Are Learning To....

READING: revise and practise the reading strategies we have studied this semester including knowing how words work, synthesising, questioning, developing importance, visualising, making connections and inferring and predicting.

WRITING: review the writing we have completed this semester; analyse our writing goals and find evidence of our attempts at mastering the skill. 

MATHSapply our mathematical skills to complete problem solving tasks and continue to develop addition and subtraction skills.

INQUIRY: present our machines and portfolios based on Our Wonderful Creations.  Our presentations will allow us to showcase the learning and thinking.  We will score our presentations across the areas of Science Understandings, Written Presentation, Oral Presentation and Group Work Skills.

eLEARNINGuse the iPads and Netbooks to support and extend learning through Mathletics and Reading Eggs, and to publish writing.

BULLY PREVENTION: share strategies to promote safe behaviour when using ICT.

Calendar Dates
Monday 22nd - Science Celebration Morning
Monday 22nd - PFA Sausage Sizzle
Wednesday 24th - Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences

Current notices
Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences: We will be having these Conferences on Wednesday 24th July.  This will be an opportunity for students to share their learning, including the opportunity for self reflection, goal setting and a celebration of their achievements. Remember to book an appointment time on the on-line booking system.  Interviews are allocated in ten minute blocks.  If you are unable to attend on that day please contact your child's teacher to schedule an alternative time.
Student Reports: Student reports will be sent home on Monday 22nd June. 
School Camp: Our first Grade 3 and Grade 4 camp is happening next term from the 26-28th August.  Notices have been sent home this week to confirm the students who will be attending camp.  For organisation purposes it is important that all students return this form by Friday 26th June.  More details about camp will be sent out next term.  

Passionate Pursuits: Students have enjoyed the opportunity to participate in extra curricular activities as part of the Passionate Pursuit program.  Did you know that there are also extra curricular activities outside class time such as the Glee Club, Art Antics, Gardening Club and the Running and Circuit groups which run either before school or at lunchtimes.
Chook Shed: Because we have given them so much love and care, our 10 chooks are busy laying eggs! If you have any empty egg cartons at home that can be recycled, please pass them on to Miss Oates in 3/4O.

End of Term: Have you been looking for your child's windcheater? Are you missing lunchboxes or drink bottles?  We have a collection of student items including clothing and lunchboxes in our Lost Property collection near the Prep rooms. Remind your child to check there for any items they may be missing.  End of term is also a good time to clean out class tubs and take home the art smock for a wash.

Holiday Fun: With the holidays around the corner what activities will you be planning to do?  There are many activities in the community.  Visit your library, look on tourism websites.  Most of all, enjoy time to unwind and recharge your batteries!

Next Term: The teachers are busy planning learning activities for next term.  Our Inquiry unit is From the Past to the Present which has a History focus. 

Making News
Achievement Award Recipients:
3/4H- Thomas - For his fantastic efforts to design and create his science project.  We can't wait to see when it is finished!!
3/4S- Indie - For working efficiently on Maths tasks and showing your reasoning.
34S- Darcy - For being organised and focused during Inquiry project time.
3/4G- Georgia - For completing her homework to a high standard.
It's hard to believe that we are almost at the end of Term 2.  We have had a wonderful first half of the year with many engaging activities. Some of the activities this term have included Scientists in Schools, the John Monash Science in-visit, sport clinics, Passionate Pursuits, Open Mornings - Maths and Science, Life Education, ANZAC Day ceremony, Cross Country and Student Forums.

Here are some strategies and facts about our learning this term:
I am proud of the subtraction problems I have been doing this term.  Always put the largest number first and take away the smallest number from it. Dylan
Subtraction is easier when you know how to trade.  For example 53-28= 40 and 13 - 28  Andjelka
The number on the right side is smaller than one and the number on the left is greater than one.  Victoria
An easy way to do 5 times tables: for example 5 x 7.  A half of 7 is 3.5.  You take away the decimal point and then the answer is 35. Eden

It's good to add interesting words- looking in dictionaries and a thesaurus can help you.  When you read different books you can also learn new words. Kosta
Explanation reports explain why or how about something.  Jack 

I have improved in my comprehension because now I look back at the text to find information.  Dylan
I am reading well.  I concentrate on the words and what they mean.  Edward

When you mix dry ice with water it creates fog. Amarlie
Dry ice is so cold it can burn you.  Holly
Science is everywhere!  Declan

Wishing all our Level Three families an enjoyable holiday.  Thank you for your support and encouragement this semester.  Working together strengthens our aims of igniting a passion for learning and preparing our students for the future.


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