WELCOME TO OUR Year 3/4 INFORMATION AND GOAL SETTING NIGHT
The main focus for Reading in Year 3 and 4 is Comprehension where we look at various strategies that students can use to better understand a text.
The focus for Writing in Year 3 and 4 is to expose them to different styles of writing such as writing to entertain, persuade and inform the reader. In each of these, students will learn to use grammar correctly within the structure of the genre being taught.
The focus for Mathematics in Year 3 and 4 is further developing their skills in Number and Place Value, Patterns & Algebra Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability.
Our Religion units are based on the Church calendar bi-annually and integrated into our Inquiry learning.
Our communities for 2018 are:
34DM – Mrs. Diosi & Mrs Mel
34OS – Miss Olagama & Miss Stirling
ICT is used as a tool to support our students learning throughout the curriculum. For example, it can be used for;
Publishing their writing
Reinforcing mathematical skills
Researching for topic work etc.
Connecting to experts in various fields.
Students will be getting a Literacy Planet and Mathletics username and password which will give them the opportunity to practise their maths and literacy skills at home.
This year all students are going to receive Chromebooks, which is very similar to a laptop but operated solely by Google programs. Students will be using programs such as Google Drive and Google Docs.
Year 4 students are already familiar with this technology.
Throughout the year, students will be asked to demonstrate certain skills on the Chromebook. For example, logging into their Chromebook. Once they have shown all 24 skills, they will be able to take their Chromebook home. They will use this Chromebook until they finish school.
It is their responsibility to charge their Chromebook EVERY NIGHT and bring it to school EVERY DAY for their learning.
As the Chromebook belongs to the school, we ask that students do not decorate the outside with stickers and use appropriate background images.
Parents of students in Year 3 will need to provide a case to transport the Chromebook between school and home.
There is an explicit focus on Cybersafety in both the classroom and the Media Specialist Program.
A Cybersafety Information Night will be held in the PAC on Tuesday 13th February at 7pm.
It is an expectation that all families attend this night.
Parents and school work together to keep children safe on the internet.
On a daily basis, after Recess the whole school meditate for up to 10 minutes. Students focus on their time with God.
The Year 3 students will be receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation in Term 2 and Eucharist in Term 2.
There will be an information night for each of these Sacraments closer to their time. The first is on Tuesday the 27th February at 7pm.
There will also be Commitment masses to attend with your child to include them in the Parish.
Please keep an eye on Flexibuzz in regards to these events.
In order to provide stimulating and engaging learning environments, Level 3 are developing and planning Inquiry approaches for our students learning.
To do this effectively we use our main topics (Health, Chemical Science, Earth and Space Science) and incorporate their key ideas into our Reading, Writing, Religion and Mathematic lessons where appropriate.
Inquiry Areas towards Learning
Earth & Space science
Unit 1: Health
Students explore ways to keep their bodies healthy through food, exercise and caring for the body God gave them. They will investigate how they make choices to be more like Jesus.
Unit 2: Chemical Science
Students look at and lifecyles of animals as well as different learning environments and the changes that can affect the world around us. They will look at their role as Jesus’ disciples and the impact they can make in the world.
Unit 3: Earth and Space Science
Students explore how God created the world which is unique with different climates and how they differ to their own climate.
Something to remember
Whilst we recognise that NAPLAN is an important tool for measuring students’ growth and learning, high NAPLAN results are not what we are here for, we believe in educating the whole child. We want our children to achieve their potential in every way and be happy, as well as successful.
Your child’s NAPLAN results will be available for pick up from their classroom around August. We will let you know via Flexibuzz when the school receives them.
Timetable and uniform
This year, the school is working on a one week timetable. Every week the students will be participating in all their specialist classes; Sport, Media, Performing Arts and Chinese.
On P.E. Days, the students need to wear their sports uniform. Girls need to wear shorts or pants, not their dress.
In Term 1, the first 5 weeks students participate in Footsteps every Monday, so students need to wear their runners on this day.
If there is a reason why students cannot wear the correct uniform a note is required in their school diary.
Uniform needs to be in good order. If any part of your child’s uniform has become damaged or worn, you will need a new one at the uniform shop. (Tues & Fri)
DIARIES – STUDENTS READING: Students must bring their diaries every day to school and put them in their class tub. Every Friday diaries will be checked for their record of 15 minutes daily reading.
FORTNIGHTLY HOMEWORK – CONTRACT: The Homework Policy requires the students to read daily, complete Mathletics and Literacy Planet activities on a computer. Teachers will assign activities for students to complete on each of these programs which relate to classroom work. These activities will be monitored by the classroom teacher. Parents can access Mathletics to monitor Maths homework. If you do not have access to a computer, the Nook is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school and during lunchtimes.
As part of the homework contract, students are only required to complete these maths or literacy activities for 15 minutes a night.
We strongly encourage you to practice timetables with your child. This will greatly benefit your child in all areas of their Maths education. They need to know their timetables as both multiplication and division facts.
Parents are expected to read and sign the homework contract and return to your classroom teacher.
Reading and homework tasks need to be recorded in the student’s diary and
signed by a parent.
You will be notified by email if your child has not completed set homework tasks. We send 3 emails per semester, and then request to meet with you if your child has not completed set homework tasks.
The first newsletter of each term includes a Level newsletter which will give a brief explanation of what we will cover in that term. It will also provided important dates.
Every fortnight there will be a school newsletter that can be read online on the school website.
Allergies and Lunches:
Students are not allowed to have any nuts or nut products brought to school. This includes Nutella and Peanut Butter.
Students need to eat at least half of their lunch at the first break, and the rest at the second break.
We ask that parents consider sending two smaller lunches, rather than a smaller snack and a larger lunch.
Any medication brought to school must go to the office with a note signed by a parent/guardian explaining what has to be done. This includes clear instructions as to how the medicine is to be kept and dosages and times.
Medicine without written permission cannot be administered.
If a student is absent from school, this needs to be recorded on our roll along with a reason. We require some form of communication regarding the absence. This can be done through Flexibuzz, writing in the school diary or a written note.
Students are required to be seated in their classroom at 8:55am. Therefore, they need to arrive with plenty of time to organise themselves for their days learning.
Supervision of students begins at 8:30am outside on the courts and oval. Classroom doors open at 8:45am.
Late arrivals impact on our community learning
If you are planning any length holiday outside of set school term holidays that is not due to an illness, you need to speak to Christine Ash, our Principal, to request permission.
Prior to this the students have set goals that they need to work on this year.
Some of this information is based on their 2017 December Report.
The students will work towards achieving these goals throughout the year. If these goals have been achieved before the end of the year, students will set new goals for themselves.
Please send three boxes of tissues and chux to school if you have not done so already.
Please ensure that the details that are on Caremonkey are correct. If there are any changes to your personal contact information on Caremonkey, please let Lisa in the office know immediately, especially in regards to next of kin and phone numbers.