Wow! What a Term Year 3 have had. The amount of work we have managed to pack into 9 short weeks has been nothing short of a miracle. From Speech Competitions to Book Week and Camp, it’s fair to say that Term 3 has been our biggest term yet. Here is a brief snapshot of how our term looked and what we have in store for Year 3 in Term 4 (it’s hard to believe we are saying that already).
This term we focused on ‘narrative voice’ and investigated 2 books; ‘Ziba Came on a Boat’ and ‘Suri’s Wall’. Both books had a theme of children who were in confronting situations (a refugee and an orphan). We looked at the images in the texts and matched the images to the words, particularly adjectives that the authors used. Students were given opportunities to use descriptive adjectives in their writing and learnt the importance of using adjectives to make their writing more interesting and engaging to the reader.
Year 3 were introduced to formal Public Speaking for the first time this term. The students learnt about what makes a good public speaker and had opportunities to prepare, practise and present their own speeches. We held class finals, followed by a Year 3 final and then a big Year 3/4 final that was held in Week 8 in the Auditorium. Our Year 3 speech final, representatives where: Sasha Pizzala, Grace Taylor, Samuel Bull and Beatrix Kennedy. A special mention to Beatrix Kennedy who was the overall winner for Year 3 and an even bigger special mention to Samuel Bull who was the overall winner for Year 3 and 4! Every child presented a wonderful speech to their class and should be recognised for their hard work and efforts completing what can be a very daunting task.
This term we have learnt about multiplication and division, data, symmetry, position and angles. We also started putting these concepts into more problem-solving situations. AISHK has a strong focus on professionally developing teachers and Mathematics has been our most recent focus area. At the beginning of the term, we sat down with Kelly Borg and learnt the importance of giving children more of an opportunity to explore their mathematical thinking through problem solving situations. This style of learning is grounded in research and we aim to continue developing it well into Term 4.
Our focus this term was endangered species. We started this unit by looking at classifying living and non-living (also once living) animals and how they can be classified by using MRS GREN (ask your child about this acronym). We then looked at animals that are invertebrates, vertebrates, reptiles and amphibians and what categorises these types of animals. Students then discussed the difference between animals that were vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered and extinct and how animals were placed into these categories. Each child was then given the opportunity to choose an endangered animal of their choice to research. We have some wonderful research projects for you to have a look at in your child’s learning journey.
Year 3 Camp Wrap-up
In Week 8, we travelled to Sai Kung for 2 nights and 3 days of fun and outdoor activities for Year 3 camp. We had the most wonderful time and the teachers can’t speak highly enough of ALL the Year 3s for their perseverance, resilience and effort over the 2 nights and 3 days. We are so proud of how well behaved the children were and how well they represented AISHK.
Here is what some of the students had to say about their experience on Camp:
“In camp, to freshen up during kayaking, I filled my hat with water and put it on. I was basically having a shower!” – Charlie Reeves, 3M
“At camp, the instructors were really kind. They helped us do our activities. My favourite activity was the Survival Skills.” – Cleo Miles, 3M
“I loved that we got to front flip off the kayak and get all wet and play in the dorms.” – Lachie McDermott, 3H
“During camp, I really liked learning how to kayak and how to build water catapults.” – Jaimie Leung, 3H
“Camp was very fun! My favourite thing was the nature hike because there were lots of bugs!” – Angus Oxley, 3B
“My most favourite activity I did on camp was kayaking because I have never been kayaking before, so that means I learnt something new.” – Valerie Leung, 3B
“Camp was fun and exciting! We learned how to kayak and we learned some new skills. We also got to know people in our dorms and made tiny tents out of bamboo, leaves and bark. Camp was awesome!” – Jadon Lee, 3F
“All the people reading this, definitely send your kid to camp! They learn so many things like how to kayak, where you go to a beach. There is also a nature hike, movie night, catapult building and many more exciting things!” – Angus Reynolds, 3F
What’s in store in Term 4
- English – we focus on a unit of work based around ‘Values’ and investigate the much-loved Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax.
- Mathematics – Students will learn about fractions, chance, mass and capacity.
- Integrated Studies – we investigate ‘Celebrations’ around the world and focus on the inquiry question: How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?
Important Dates for Term 4
Tuesday 9 October – Term 4 Resumes
Tuesday 17 October – Public Holiday
Friday 26 October – Swimming Program Ends for Year 3
Thursday 1 November – Primary Swimming Carnival, Kwun Tong Pool
Friday 16 November – Year 3 host assembly
Thursday 29 November – Year 3 -6 Spelling Cup
Friday 7 December – Primary Festival of Christmas
Monday 10 December – Jingle and Mingle Carols and BBQ
Tuesday 11 December – Primary Speech Day, HKBU
Wednesday 12 December – Last Day of Term 4, dismissal 12pm
Once again, our amazing assistant, Mrs Amy Cladingboel, has been a wonderful support this term and has made sure we have everything we needed in (and outside) the classroom on a daily basis. Both the students and teachers are extremely lucky to have Amy supporting us and we thank her for her hard work and the time she dedicates to the students.
Have a wonderful break and stay safe! We look forward to seeing you in Term 4!
Aaron, Jen, Andrew and Abbie