What’s happening in Grade 3 and 4 Term 2, 2017
In Term 2, students in grade 34 will be exploring the different writing genres of narrative, persuasive, procedural and personal text types. They will be learning the craft of narrative writing and develop their skills in building characters, creating intriguing settings and structuring their story to engage their audience. Students will acquire the skills in our persuasive writing unit to be able to engage their audience and convince even the toughest crowd of their opinion. They will practice the various persuasive language techniques in order to later be able to apply these skills and knowledge to any argument. In procedural writing, students will gain a better understanding of how to logically sequence their ideas and be able to clearly give instructions for any task. We will round off the term by looking at more personal genres of writing such as letter-writing and poetry to enable students to again tap into their creative and personal expression. Our reading groups will focus on consolidating the skills students need to become good readers and the themes of our reading groups will align with our writing topics. Our reading groups have thus far this year addressed reading and writing skills such as summarising, inferencing, word choice and ‘showing rather than telling.’ Students will be learning to apply the skills acquired in reading groups to any text they read, both in and out of the classroom.
In Term 2, students will partake in a range of practical activities to extend their mathematical knowledge and give them a sense of ownership over their learning. A variety of methods will be taught to ensure all students are catered for and to give them various ways to achieve an end result. The focus in number and algebra will be addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions and decimals, money, patterns and algebra.
Measurement and geometry will focus on volume and capacity, area and perimeter, location and transformation and length in centimetres and metres. Capacity has already been a highlight this term, where students were able to measure amounts of water in different containers, estimate and show actual amounts in litres and millilitres.
The main focus for statistics and probability will be chance. Students will partake in a number of games to predict possible outcomes and variations. Experiments will take place to determine whether the likelihood of an event occurring is deemed to be likely, unlikely, impossible or certain.
In Term 2 the Grade 3/4 Inquiry unit is based on Sustainability ‘Look At What We Have Got’. Students will learn about fair tests and variables as they design and conduct simple experiments. The importance of habitats for animals and plants will be considered, as they research a national park. Students will consider how animals have adapted to their environment and how we can help endangered animals to survive.
In Spanish this Term students are continuing to learn Spanish through stories using the TPRS method (Total Physical Response through Reading and Storytelling) and thus far have thoroughly enjoyed stories such as ‘Me llamo Ronaldo’, ‘Paul va a Hawaii’ and ‘Camina y corre.’ They have acquired vocabulary naturally using comprehensible input and a variety of visual prompts to aid them in understanding. They have performed dialogues, re-sequenced stories and engaged in choral reading in order to improve their spoken Spanish in a supportive context. In Mathematics, first responded to questions about their preferences for shapes, days, months, fruit and vegetables. They then uploaded the answer to these questions into Padlet before working in groups to collect the data and graph it so that it was able to easily visually interpreted. Students have continued to consolidate their understanding through in-class games such as ‘Hatchi Patchi’, Kahoot, Quizlet and MindSnacks.