Year 3 News | Term 4 Week 6

We are continuing to read our class novel ‘Misery Guts’ by Morris Gleitzman. The main character Keith and his family have moved to Australia (ask your child why). We have focused on the impact that Keith’s move to Australia has had on his life.

Share some experiences with your child about the most difficult adjustments you’ve had to make when arriving in another country. 

Whilst reading to the students we have mixed up the way in which this has happened.

  • Teacher reads the whole chapter, obviously using tone and varying voices to signify characters
  • Students read chunks of text out loud or even chapters
  • Teacher is the narrator and reads the main part of the text and various students read out the dialogue. Allowing students to take on different roles, tones and voices entertaining.

Ask your child which version they prefer.

I am sure we are all aware of the benefits of reading with our children. The many benefits include:

  • It builds a child’s listening skills and imagination
  • It makes you bond with your child, and this gives them a sense of safety, intimacy and well-being.
  • Your child learns early that reading is fun and not a chore. When your child grows up, you will not be stressed about getting them to read, as reading has become a pleasurable habit.

So pick up a book and read with your child. Maybe even try one of the versions we have tried in class.

We are still in the middle of our investigation titled ‘Follow Freddy’. Students have learnt about map references, compass points, angles, symmetry and flips/slides/turns in shapes. Next they will be using all this knowledge to design their own map, writing their own clues and plotting Freddy’s new path.

Try some of these activities at home to reinforce what we have or will be learning:

  • Map references: Pull out the old school battleship board game or open up an atlas and find cities using simple grid coordinates i.e. What is in A6 or E2?
  • Compass points: How do you remember North, South, East, West? Is it Never Eat Soggy Weetbix or Naughty Elephants Squirt Water?
  • Angles: Ask your child about the 3 types of angles (acute, right, obtuse) and ask them to identify where these angles can be found in your house.
  • Symmetry: Print out these images and let them draw the other half. Butterflies, magnets, eggs and more
  • Flip/slide/turn: Draw a shape on grid paper and get students to redraw it with either a flip, slide or turn.

We are finishing up our mapping activity. Students have carefully and precisely mapped the states and territories, capital cities, major natural features, climate zones and even some of the BIG things in Australia. Now they are moving onto producing a brochure. The aim is to produce a descriptive kid travel brochure on three different locations around Australia.
Ask your child which three locations they have chosen and if they know the distances between them and how they would travel  (i.e. Sydney to Melbourne is 880km so it’s best to fly)

Important dates for the term
Here is what’s in store and some important dates to remember. As always, the safety of our community is of utmost importance and should any changes to these events be required, we will inform you accordingly.

  • Week 7: Thursday 21st November, Primary Swimming Carnival at Kwun Tong Pool
  • Week 8: Wednesday 27th November, and Wednesday 4th December, Transition Day (where Year 3s will have a session in a Year 4 classroom)
  • Week 9: Thursday 5th December, Jingle and Mingle Carols and BBQ
  • Week 10: Tuesday 10th December, Speech Day
  • Week 10: Wednesday 11th December, End of Year (half-day and mufti)

From the Year 3 Team