Year 3/4 students and families are to be commended on their seamless transition to Remote Learning and back again. All students participated on a regular basis and were well supported by their families at home. Without doubt, students and families are [unfortunately] becoming increasing comfortable with the expectations and demands of this transition, demonstrating an exceptional level of communication and willingness to power on regardless of the circumstances. Well done to all!
During the second half of this term we have covered the following areas of the Mathematics curriculum: addition, subtraction, time, area, multiplication and location & transformation. Within reading, we have explored the authors purpose, cause and effect, prior knowledge, the main idea, and summarising. We have also read ‘Warrior boy’ as our class chapter book. In writing, we have looked at Information reports and Explanation reports as well as engaged in our weekly Big Writes. We continue to explore the 6 + 1 traits of writing and in particular the areas of ideas, organisation and word choice. Daily Sounds Write lessons continue and have expanded to include a focus on prefixes.
During Science/inquiry/STEAM lessons, we have focussed on Healthy eating, an investigation into major countries of the world and their relationship to Australia [South America, Africa] and experimented with different forces to create Rube Goldberg machines. We also completed an indigenous investigation linking to Reconciliation Week.
In Music/Drama, students have been involved in an investigation into indigenous culture through dance and music with elder Uncle Richard. They had an introduction to the Zither from Ange who runs the Birregurra Zither House. Students have explored Australian animal sounds and have begun practicing for our Costa Hall Performance in Term 3.
During Respectful Relationships, the areas of stress management, problem solving and positive coping have been explored.
In addition to the above-mentioned focus areas, students have participated in regular Art, Library, Phys Ed and Italian specialist classes. Furthermore, they have completed a range of numeracy, reading and writing assessment tasks.