December 18

Italiano

During the last few weeks in Italian, the 3/4 students have been learning ‘La preghiera di Natale’ (an Italian Christmas prayer). The students worked well to say their prayers beautifully. I wish all the students and their families a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.

Buon natale, felice anno nuovo e buone vacanze a tutti!!

Signora Cannarozzo

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December 7

Monsters have taken over 3-4’s

This term the year 3 and 4 students have been learning how to sew.  They have worked very hard on making their very own monster pillows, with all of them adding their own unique and special touches.  We must agree that they all look fantastic! Well done 3-4’s

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December 7

1-2 & 3-4 Transition

Over the past two weeks, the 1-2 and 3-4 students have been mixed up to help students who will be in 3-4 together next year get to know each other.  The students have loved working with students in 1-2 level, with many of the current year 2’s being super excited to come up to year 3 next year.

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December 7

Excursion to the CBD and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

On Tuesday, the 3-4 students embarked on a Christmas journey through the CBD. First stop was Federation Square where they got to see the magical Christmas display. Walking through the city the students were amazed by what they saw, people walking to work, people shopping, construction of buildings, and the ring bells of the trams. At the Myer windows, the students couldn’t keep their eyes off the display.  With numerous cries of hunger, we stopped at parliament steps for morning tea. Looking over at the parents who were having a fantastic time taking selfies, sipping coffee and having a laugh.  We were greeted by Mrs. Weekes brother Fr Michael who came down and took us on a tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  The children we dead silent listening to the information and stories Fr Michael was telling them as we walked through the Cathedral. All the students loved the excursion, with many of them wanting to go back for Christmas eve mass.

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November 1

Hooptime Finals

 

On Tuesday, the All Star Girls and All Star Boys teams competed in the Hooptime Finals.  Both teams had a perfect start winning the first three games and scoring an average of 20 points. Both coaches Paul Guardiani (Girls) and Paul Stevens (boys) were firing up their teams with plenty of positive reinforcement on the sidelines.  Both teams played exceptionally well over the day and were very close to going through to the next round, especially the girls team who had lost two games by one point and drew the third. Keep practicing and good luck for next year!

 

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October 26

Italian Day 2017

Ciao! Mercoledì gli studenti di S. Anna hanno festeggiato la loro Giornata Italiana. La giornata è iniziata con una sfilata italiana, dove tutti gli studenti hanno avuto modo di mostrare i loro stupefatti costumi. Tutti i ragazzi hanno apprezzato parlare italiano, cantando canzoni italiane, gare di relè, spettacolo magico e pizza e gelati.

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October 26

Hip Hop Dancing in 3-4

On Monday the 3-4 students participated in a short hip-hop dance incursion. Pieta taught the students a full dance routine in 30 minutes. Every student in 3-4 loved the incursion and danced their way back into the classroom after it finished.

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October 11

Term 4 Overview

Important Dates:

Wednesday 25th October – Italian Day

Tuesday 31st October – Regional Hooptime finals

Wednesday 1st November – Orienteering Incursion

Thursday 2nd November – All Souls Mass

Tuesday 7th November – Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Wednesday 8th November – Twilight Sport

Thursday 9th November – 3/4J Mass

Friday 10th November – 3/4J Reflection

Friday 24th November – 3/4C Show and Tell

Friday 15th December – 3/4M Reflection

Tuesday 19th December – Last Day of School Year

 

Curriculum Overview

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

This term, students will be learning about the effects bullying can have on students and strategies to cope with these behaviours.  They will be given opportunities to mix with other students in the level to become more comfortable working with students from different classes in preparation for transition into grade 4 and 5.

 

Numeracy

The concepts covered this term are:

Decimals – Recognising place value to tenths and hundredths.

Geometry – Symmetry (flip, rotate & transformation)

Multiplication – Skip counting, displaying multiples of a number and practise of multiplication tables.

Division – Grouping, division patterns and division facts

Mapping – Location, distance and navigation

Money – Adding and subtracting amounts.  Using decimal place value.

Time – Telling time to the nearest 5 minutes. Time zones around the world.

Data – Gather data and display in a graph

Fractions –  compare fractions of a half, quarter and thirds and equivalent fractions. Add and subtract fractions.

 

Literacy

In Writing, students will be learning how to write a science report.  They will learn how to write structure the report properly with an aim, materials, procedure and results.  Students will also explore the different elements of writing texts such as, structure, characters and using descriptive language and text purpose.

In Reading, activities will include exposing the students to a wide range of texts, including digital texts. Students will work at their own level on comprehending these texts in order to build their skills and knowledge. The texts students will be exposed to include fiction and nonfiction texts as well as informational texts related to our Inquiry unit.

 

Inquiry

This term, students will be learning about the elements of change between a solid, liquid and gas. They will explore the science behind the effects temperature can have on objects.  The students will be given the opportunity to conduct different experiments, record their findings in a science journal and present their findings to the class.

 

Education in Faith

This term, students will learn about the connection between God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  They will learn about the hierarchy of Jesus time and reflect upon what it was like living during this time. Students will read and reflect upon scripture related to the Christmas Story.  

 

Italian

During Term 4 in Italian, the students will be looking at and discussing safety messages in the media, relating particularly to sun safety, online safety and road safety. They will focus on what not to do, using negative forms. They will, in groups, present these messages in Italian to the class.

The students will also learn about Italian Christmas traditions and continue to learn months of the year in Italian.

Performing Arts

This term the focus of the Performing Arts Program in Music. The students participate in learning activities that will further develop their knowledge of musical genres and expand their musical vocabulary. They will listen to samples of music and learn to identify specific features of musical genres of their choice and share their understandings with each other. They will develop their aural skills as they learn new songs and Christmas Carols in preparation for their public performance at our Park Orchards Community Christmas Carols in December.

Physical Education

During Term 4 the students will perform the fundamental motor skill of the two-handed strike. They will practise striking a ball off a tee and striking a pitched ball. Students will then use these skills in modified games such as Teeball, Softball, Baseball or Cricket. A minor focus during these games will be fielding and positioning as a team, encouraging others and positive talk amongst team members.

Students will also prepare for the upcoming Twilight Sports evening.

 

Digital Technologies

This term, the Year 3/4 students will be using the Scratch application to complete a series of guided programming activities. They will learn coding concepts which involve combining graphics, text and sound to create simple interactive animations and games.

 

Homework

St. Anne’s offers homework as a part of the school’s educational program.

  • Homework is optional at St Anne’s and at the discretion of the parents
  • Students on intervention programs may be required to complete additional tasks, however, this will be communicated and agreed with the parents of these students.
  • Parents will be advised of homework opportunities at the beginning of the school year
  • All students are encouraged to spend time reading each evening
  • Homework is offered at all levels with the emphasis on the practice of skills in Literacy and Mathematics
  • Years 3-6 students will use school diaries. Diaries provide a means of regular communication between parents and the school and may include details about homework

 

Homework will:

  • include daily independent reading which is required to be recorded in school diaries
  • Include practising of appropriate number skills
  • include an extension of and connection to class work and projects (including Specialist Teacher’s homework when appropriate).

 

Homework at this level will be approximately one and a half hours per week and will not be set during holidays or during the final week of each term.

 

Note:

In Years 3 – 6, homework will usually be set on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

Homework goes out on Tuesday and is due back in on Monday.  

 

Additional Information

Students will need to wear their sports uniform on Monday and Tuesday for sport and PE.

Please come and see us, give us a call or email us if you have any queries or worries:

gcarrick@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

amcalister@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

gabriellej@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

 

Regards,

Adrian, Grace and Gabrielle

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September 21

Inquiry Build Day

Yesterday the 3-4’s had their Inquiry build day. The students got into their teams to discuss their designs and were given one hour to build, 30 minutes to test and then present to the level.  All the students did a fantastic job with their designs. Congratulations to Hamish Noon, Keegan Arifovic, Amber Cannon, Ella Anderson, Cruz Arifovic, Matthew Haste and Gabriel Italiano-Amodio who used 8 simple machines and covered a total distance of 5 meters across the hall.

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September 14

Tinkering Incursion

This term the 3-4 students have been learning about simple machines for Inquiry. The students got the opportunity to get their hands dirty and pull apart some simple machinery, create electrical circuits and build moving cars as part of their Tinkering Incursion.  All the students loved getting stuck into the activities and found them extremely fun and engaging.

Here are some of the students’ responses:

“We got to pull stuff apart and see how they worked” Soren Augustin

“It was amazing to see what was inside TV’s, speakers and printers and learn about how they work” Logan Ross

“We used crocodile clips to connect circuits which made lights turn on, fans move and produce sound from a speaker” Zane Stephens

“Mel from Supreme Incursions made all the activities really great fun and interesting” Paige Mayorkinos

“When I pulled apart the printer, I found the ink cartridge. My hands got covered in ink when I tried to pull it out” Fletcher Cameron

“I really enjoyed pulling apart the guitar from the game Guitar Hero.  The screws very tricky and I needed to use a special tool to remove them” Jordan Allan

“It was a fantastic incursion, we got to use screw drivers and special wiring tools to pull the items apart. We still struggled to remove some of the covers off the printer and Foxtel box” Alessia Smith

 

The 3-4 students now look forward to using what they learnt at the incursion to complete their Inquiry assessment task next week. With their group, they are to try making a tennis ball travel from one side of the hall to the other using as many simple machines as they can.  Good luck 3-4’s.

 

From

 

The 3-4 Teachers

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