April 13

Digital Technologies – Term 1 2017

This term the Year 3/4 students have tied in their Inquiry work with the Digital Technologies lessons. They have worked in small groups to create iMovies on the iPads, with the aim of educating and persuading others to save water. This has required a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work with practising their video & editing techniques, as well as script-writing and research to check their facts.

Overall, the end products have been very entertaining and informative.

Click these links for a few examples of their work:

Xavier, Santi & Holly

Alanah K & Amelia

Ella A, Lola & Ava R

Elliot, Oscar & Harrison

Elena, Alexander, Noah & Mia

Tom S, Naia & Mitchell

 

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March 7

Reconciliation Workshop

On Tuesday the 28th of February, the students in Year 3 celebrating their reconciliation came together for a night of reflection with our facilitator Mary.  The students got to discuss different meanings behind some biblical scripture, places they have visited and ask their parents questions about topics they have never spoken about before. All the students walked out feeling confident with knowing what it takes to complete the sacrament of reconciliation.

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March 7

Shrove Tuesday

On Tuesday the 28th of February, the students in 3/4 were lucky enough to eat pancakes in the morning.  As it is the first of Lent and the day before Ash Wednesday, it is the day before we begin our fasting for Lent. In the afternoon, the students came together and participated in a pancake flipping and egg and spoon races.

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February 8

Term 1 Overview

Important Dates:

  1. Wednesday 8th February – Parent information night starting at 7 pm
  2. Thursday 9th February – Beginning of school Mass
  3. Friday 10th February – 3/4C Assembly reflection
  4. Thursday 16th February – 3/4M Class Mass
  5. Friday 17th February – 3/4M Assembly reflection
  6. Friday 24th February – 3/4J Show and Tell
  7. Tuesday 28th February – Reconciliation Workshop at 7 pm
  8. Wednesday 1st March – Ash Wednesday Mass
  9. Saturday 4th March – Strawberry Fair
  10. Friday 10th March – 3/4M Show and Tell
  11. Wednesday 22nd March – Reconciliation (Session 1)
  12. Thursday 23rd March – Reciliation (Session 2)
  13. Friday 31st March – 3/4C Show and Tell
  14. Friday 31st March – Last day of Term 1

Reconciliation

Workshop 7 pm Tuesday 28th February

Reconciliation Wednesday 22nd March and Thursday 23rd March

Eucharist

Reflection day Friday 4th August

Eucharist Sunday 6th and 13th of August

Curriculum Overview

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

During Term 1, the students will be given opportunities to get to know their new classmates and developing new friendships.  These concepts will be covered through interactive activities such as circle time, role play, group tasks and team building games.

 

Numeracy

The concepts covered this term are:

Place Value – Finding the value of a digit in a number and showing a visual representation of a number.

Addition and Subtraction – Single and double addition and subtraction.  Addition and Subtraction with regrouping.

Shape – Axis, Vertices, Corners, 2D and 3D

Statistics and Probability – Collecting data and graphing

 

Literacy

In Writing, students will explore the different elements within a narrative text such as, structure, characters and using descriptive language..
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 Literacy program will also include personalised spelling (a component of their weekly homework). Each week students have the opportunity to exchange books to read each week and maintain a regular reading habit.

 

Inquiry

The topic students will be learning about is the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably. Students will be investigating why water is important in our lives and on the environment, how to reduce water wastage and the impact water has on different places around the world.

 

Education in Faith

In this unit, students explore the concepts of forgiving and healing through the sacrament of Reconciliation. They explore the different Rites of Reconciliation celebrated in the Catholic Church. They examine the four stages of reconciling a friendship. Students are invited to write their own prayers of forgiveness and healing and to express their new learnings in a display for the school.

 

Italian

During Term 1, the students will revise the numbers to 100, days of the week, colours, greetings and months of the year in Italian.  The students will also be learning about water safety (stare sani al mare e nella piscina).  They will be learning to identify basic safety skills and strategies at the beach and at a pool.  They will also be learning the methods for recognising and avoiding harmful situations.  They will be producing role plays based on basic safety skills at the beach and at a pool.

 

Physical Education

The Years 3 and 4 classes’ unit goal is to bounce a regulation ball consecutive times on the spot and through obstacles whilst maintaining control of the ball. At home, students could use a wall to bounce and catch against. Practice bouncing your ball in front of you; on one side; on the other side. Bounce your ball high with two hands. Bounce it low. Can you bounce your ball from high to low? Or from low to high?

 

Digital Technologies

This term, the Year 3/4 students will be learning how to use their school email accounts appropriately. They will also use the iPads to create a short video and access the recording studio to make an audio recording related to their inquiry studies.

 

Performing Arts

In Term One the primary focus of the Performing Arts Program is Drama. Students will explore ideas around their inquiry theme of sustainability. They will create a short script and demonstrate their understandings through roles and situations and use empathy in their own improvisations and devised drama. Students will learn to describe and discuss similarities and differences between drama they create, perform and view. An important goal for this term’s work is to build confidence in the students, participate fully and to have fun learning together in teams.

 

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 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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December 11

Year 3/4 ICT Term 4

This term, we have really enjoyed experimenting with our brand new Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics kits. The 3/4 students have shown some amazing creativity and coding skills to make miniature Lego robots. In particular, we have used motion sensors, tilt sensors and motors to explore the ideas of input and output.

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We have made many machines which flash lights, make interesting sounds, drive around, and push, pull, lift or carry other items. There have been racing cars, helicopters, cranes, towers, security alarms, joysticks…not to mention Santa sleighs, light-up Christmas trees and motorised reindeer in the lead-up to Christmas.

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It has clearly been a very engaging term with many exhilarating ‘Aha!’ moments for the students when they finally coded their robots do what they intended!!

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November 28

Clay Incursion

The 3/4 students have been learning about making 3D objects using clay.  They learn’t how to make clay animals and masks.  During the incursion, Jane taught the children how to make Santa sleigh, Christmas trees and Angels.  The students cannot wait to get them back next week after they have been heated up in Jane’s kiln. Stay tuned for the final result.

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November 28

Team Building Incursion

On Friday, the 3/4 students participated in a team building incursion.  The idea of the incursion is for the students to build new friendships, learn to communicate and work as a team to complete the tasks.  The students reflected on the importance of communication and working as a team as well as working with students who they haven’t worked with before.

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November 28

Science Incursion

The 3/4 children were very excited to learn more about the Earth, Moon and Sun.  Anna from Hands on Science came to St. Anne’s to teach the students about space orbits, gravitational pull, planets, moons, eclipse and seasons.  The students loved the hands on approach and are now using what they learnt in their Inquiry presentations.

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October 10

Term 4 Overview

Important Dates:

  1. Wednesday 12th October – Scienceworks Excursion
  2. Tuesday 25th October – Whitefriars Science Incursion
  3. Tuesday 25th October – Italian Day
  4. Tuesday 1st November – Melbourne Cup
  5. Wednesday 16th November – Hands on Science Incursion
  6. Thursday 8th December – Thanksgiving Mass
  7. Thursday 15th December – Last day of school year

 

Curriculum Overview

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

In SEL, students will be learning about self management Self Management- being aware of your emotions and how to manage them such as anxiety, self esteem and educating students on general mental health issues, eg, depression.

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
Measurement – Mass and Volume, Metric units
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
Angles – Degree of angles, names of angles and greater than/equal to
Fractions –  compare fractions of half, quarter and thirds and equivalent fractions. Add and subtract fractions.

Literacy

In Writing, students explore the different elements within a poetry text. They will learn about the different types of poetry such Acrostic, Haiku, Limerick and Diamante. Student’s will learn about persuasive language, structure and develop an argument to persuade the reader. They will also learn how to gather information about a topic and write a detailed and structured lesson plan. The Literacy program will also include personalised spelling (a component of their weekly homework).
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 information texts related to our Inquiry unit.

Inquiry

Students have investigated how the earth rotates on its axis causing regular changes including day and night. They have explored the sizes and movement of the Sun, Earth and Moon and described the different time zones around the world.

Education in Faith

Students evaluate their choices and actions by reflecting on Catholic Social teaching. By exploring the concept of Stewardship students show respect for Creation? The earth and all life on it are part of God’s creation. We are called to respect this gift. We are responsible for taking care of the world we live in and for sharing all the wonders and resources the earth gives us.

Italian

During Term 4 the students will be introduced to ‘L’orario’ (telling the time) in Italian.They will also continue to focus on days of the week and months of the year. Towards the end of term the students will complete ‘Natale’ (Christmas) activities.

 

ICT

This term, the Year 3/4 students will be introduced to Lego robotics to develop their knowledge and understanding about computer programming. Through a number of mini-projects, students will build a range of different robots and use the corresponding iPad app to program these robots. Students will also begin to work with the idea of ‘variables’ and explore what happens when a variable in a robot’s program is changed.

Performing Arts

The focus for Performing Arts for this term is Music.  The students will be learning to sing some contemporary songs focusing on the elements of music including dynamics, pitch and rhythm patterns. They will listen and respond to a variety of music extending their musical terminology and ability to describe and explain their personal preferences. The students will use musical instruments to develop their understanding and ability to use musical notation. The final learning sessions will include preparation for our Park Orchards Community Christmas Carols.

Homework

Homework will be given out to students on Thursday and returned for marking every Wednesday.  Please make sure that reading is recorded and signed in students diaries. Students are required to complete 90 minutes of homework each week including 4 x 15min reading sessions.  

 

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

suzannef@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

 

Regards,

Adrian, Grace and Suzanne

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September 27

L’italiano Term 3

during Term 3 the children have written letters about themselves in Italian. They have described themselves, their families, their likes and dislikes. They have worked very well to write excellent pieces!!image image

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