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Year 3 Parent Information Night. St Joseph’s Primary School Mount Isa 2012. Teachers: Mrs Kim Higgs Miss Lauren Nicholas. Yearly Overview. Term 1: “Are We There Yet?”

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Year 3 parent information night

Year 3 Parent Information Night

St Joseph’s Primary School Mount Isa

2012

Teachers:

Mrs Kim Higgs

Miss Lauren Nicholas


Yearly overview

Yearly Overview

  • Term 1: “Are We There Yet?”

    Students will explore the story book “Are We There Yet?” by Alison Lester. They will investigate each location in Australia visited by the characters in the book. Some concepts covered include map reading, unique features of Australia and how this relates to us an individuals.

  • Term 2: “Fairy Tales”

    Students will investigate various fairytales, their make up and construction and apply this information to creating their own fairytales.


Yearly overview cont

Yearly Overview cont.

  • Term 3: “Discovering the Galaxy”

    Students will research and investigate the planets of the solar system, and how Earth, moon and sun are connected. This leads up to our sleepover camp.

    Term 4: “Celebrations”

    Students learn about Celebrations in our culture, and how other cultures celebrate similar events. Aspects covered include festivals, religious celebrations, sporting events, significant days and how food is incorporated into some of these celebrations.


Literacy

Literacy

The Literacy Program has been formulated in accordance with the National Curriculum – English program released early this year.

  • Phonics – based largely on the THRASS and Sound Waves programs and teaches students to make correct spelling choices.

  • Spelling program is derived from THRASS program, Sound Waves spelling, theme words from the integrated units, Year 3 core words as well as individual student writing.

  • Literacy rotations focus on writing tasks, guided reading, spelling, unit-based literacy, and practice for NAPLAN.

  • Throughout each term, students will be learning different text types and their conventions. Term One genres are Recount and Persuasive Text.

  • Speaking and Listening is enhanced by the students participating in Morning Talks later in the year.


Mathematics

Mathematics

  • The iMathsprogram will be implemented in conjunction with material from other programs

  • The iMaths Tracker Book will be one of many sources of assessment material.

  • Problem solving, mental mathematics and open-ended tasks are emphasized this year as students prepare for the National 3/5/7 Testing.

  • The strands of Mathematics are: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability.


Religious education

Religious Education

  • Each term the students will learn about a different aspect of the Catholic faith:

  • Term 1 – Who is the church?

  • Term 2 – Spirituality and Personal Identity

  • Term 3 – Morality Stories and Messages

  • Term 4 – Scripture: Making Meaning

  • Beginning of Year and End of Year Mass

  • Other special Masses and Liturgies throughout the year

  • Daily prayer and Christian Meditation in the classroom

  • Weekly prayer during school assemblies


Year 3 parent information night

SOSE

  • The Essential Learnings for SOSE (Studies of Society and Environment) will be covered through the following units in each term.

  • These integrated units are;

    • Term One – ‘Are We There Yet? (Australian Landmarks)’

    • Term Two – ‘Australia -Symbols and Currency’

    • Term Three – ‘Environmental Conservation’

    • Term Four – ‘Celebrations’


Science

Science

  • The Australian Curriculum - Science are covered through the following units in each term.

    • Term One – ‘Feathers, Fur or Leaves’

    • Term Two – ‘Melting Moments’

    • Term Three – ‘Spinning in Space’

    • Term Four – ‘Heating Up’


Health and physical education

Health and Physical Education

  • Physical Education – taught by Miss Marshall

  • Swimming lessons TBA

  • Health taught by classroom teacher:

    • Term 1: Safety – Sun, Road, School

    • Term 2: Making and keeping friends

    • Term 3: Self esteem

    • Term 4:Handling your feelings


Cultural studies

Cultural Studies

  • Cultural Studies taught by MrsThinee

  • Term One – Chinese

  • Term Two – Kalkadoon (local indigenous language)

  • Term Three – Philippines (links with our parish multicultural festival)

  • Term Four – AUSLAN – sign language


The arts

The Arts

  • Music taught by Mrs Freeman

  • Integrated throughout term units:

    • Media

    • Drama

    • Dance (incorporated in Physical Activity)

    • Visual Arts


Technology and ict

Technology and ICT

  • Technology: Design, Make, Create and Evaluate. Terms 1 and 3

  • ICT integrated in the classroom

  • Children can access their ‘MyClasses’ page at home. Interesting and relevant websites will be available on this page – more information will become available shortly.


Homework

Homework

  • Students will be given homework each Monday and it will need to be handed in on Friday of the same week.

  • Homework will include Spelling, English, Mathematics and other Key Learning Area topics.

  • If homework is unable to be completed, a note bought in on Friday would be appreciated.

  • If homework is not returned on the Friday, it will not be marked until the following Friday, however, it is important to have your homework book for Monday.


Home readers

Home Readers

  • Students will be given two readers to read at a time.

  • Books will changed on Tuesday by a School Officer.

  • Books are to be bought to school every day for reading practice, and will be returned each afternoon.

  • Parental reading at school will commence as soon possible – keep an eye out for a note home.

  • See your child’s teacher if you are able to help.


Year 3 parent information night

Camp

  • During the ‘Space’ unit, students will participate in a ‘Space Day’ which extends to Space Camp at night.

  • This will be held in Term 3 – dates to be confirmed.

  • Students will have the opportunity to star gaze and experience a slide show of pictures and historical moments in space.

  • More details will be sent home in Term 3.


Assessment and reporting

Assessment and Reporting

  • Term 1 – Parent /Teacher interview (End of Term)

  • Term 2 – Report card (End of Term)

  • Term 3 – Parent/Teacher interview (Beginning of Term)

  • Term 4 – Report card (End of Term)


3 5 7 naplan testing

3, 5, 7 NAPLAN Testing

  • The national tests will assess student achievement in literacy and numeracy. Students will practice the test formats and the type of questions they have to answer before they sit these tests. All students at Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in schools across Australia will be doing the same tests on the same days in 2012. Students will have their skills assessed in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

    Parents and carers can best assist students by making them feel comfortable and relaxed about the nature and purpose of the tests. They can assure their children that the assessments will give them an opportunity to show what they have been learning.


General information

General Information

Specialist lessons :-

  • Monday – 3N Library borrowing

  • Wednesday- both classes Music and Cultural Studies

  • Thursday – 3H and 3N PE (sports uniform needed)

  • Fridays –3H Library borrowing


General information cont

General Information cont.

  • Please ensure all notes and money for excursions and performances (etc.) are returned on time to avoid your child missing out.

  • If students forget hats, musical instruments or library bags and wish to call parents, they will be charged for the cost of the call on their school fees.

  • Our door is always open and if you have any questions or concerns, please come and speak to us. If you feel it is a matter that may take longer than 5 minutes, please make an prior appointment to ensure that we can gather all relevant information and we can give you our undivided attention.


Year 3 parent information night

We are looking forward to a great year in 2012, as we work together to further your child’s education.


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