Another busy fortnight in Year 3 comes to a close as we hit the almost halfway mark of Term 3 (!!!). Here is a recap of what we have been learning about and what’s in store for the coming weeks:
As part of our Public Speaking Unit, students have been starting to write and present their own speeches. Many students have presented their 30-second speech in class this week, and with topics such as ‘Same but different’ and ‘Good manners are important’, the content has been thought-provoking, to say the least!
Next week, they will start writing their one-minute speeches, and no doubt the presentation skills will improve markedly the more confident they get. Ask your child what tone, pace and gesturing are, and why they are important things to think about when speaking in public.
Although the main focus is public speaking we have still been concentrating on reading comprehension. Most weeks students complete an individualised ‘Red Reading Box’ reading comprehension activity. It is likely they showed you this during the Student Led Conference. The questions found on Red Reading Box cards are carefully cultivated to give students valuable practise at literal, interpretive, inferential and critical levels. Question types include multiple-choice, true-false, sequencing, close passages and matching skills. It also provides students with valuable language practise through a range of vocabulary and phonics activities. Ask your child, what comprehension strategy are they good at, what strategy or area do they need to practise more and how many levels have they moved up either this term or since the beginning of the year.
Here is an article in Dhanara about the Year 3 & 8 Mathematics Investigation that was carried out this week. The students have followed up with either bar or picture graphs of their data in class. http://dhanara.aishk.edu.hk/2019/08/year-level-news/year-3/year-3-8-mathematics-investigation/
As part of our new maths investigation ‘sprouting surprises’, students will be learning about the germination process by growing seeds in class and predicting the effect that changing the growing process will have on whether or not plants flourish. This investigation consolidates and extends the students’ knowledge of measurement with cm, ml, L, days, weeks, months, years, calendars and organising and recording data. We kindly ask that they bring in an egg carton from home this week.
This week’s topic was all about why do we classify animals and how. After learning about living and non-living things we then started looking at how living things are divided into vertebrates and invertebrates. After further discussion, we explored more to learn that vertebrates are divided into mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles. Our research taught us that to be classified as a mammal, an animal must breathe air with lungs, have hair on their body, and get milk from their mothers when they are young. This prompted curious questions and some very confused faces about “why are humans mammals when we don’t get milk from our mothers”, “if I don’t want to have any babies am I still a mammal?”, …… therefore, we have had a brief talk about breastfeeding and that all humans have the ability to reproduce but that doesn’t mean you have to. You may want to follow up at home.
Next few weeks we will be looking at food chains, how animals become endangered and what are the threats facing endangered animals. Students will soon be choosing an endangered animal of interest to do further research on.
Important dates for the term:
As we look ahead to Term 3, here is what’s in store and some important dates to remember:
- 22nd August, Primary Music Recitals
- Week 5 (19th– 23rd August), Book Week
- Friday, August 23rd, Registration for camp closes
- 28th August, Eucalypt Mufti Day
- Week 7 – Week 9, Swimming Begins
- 11th– 13th September, Year 3 Camp at Dragonfly, Sai Kung (more details to follow)
- Week 9, Wakka Wakka Talent Show
- Friday 20th September, Term 3 Concludes
Year 3 Team:
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Jennifer Harbottle <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
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