Year 3 Newsletter | Term 2 Week 8

Dear Parents,

Another busy week has come and gone. The heat of summer has well and truly set in. The children have been busy in the classroom and are certainly enjoying being at school for the whole day. Here’s what we’ve been doing.


In English, students have been enhancing their informative writing skills. They have learnt about writing captions for diagrams and photos, how to research and note take, and how to write an informative introduction and conclusion. They have been introduced to their final project; creating an online informative storybook. Students have brainstormed their subheadings which will direct their research. They will then be using ‘Book Creator’ to create their book. 

In Grammar and Punctuation, students have been learning how to implement a variety of techniques to make their writing more interesting. These include opposite words (antonyms) as well as how to use commas, apostrophes for possession and speech marks appropriately. 

Bringing school to home

  • Ask your child what topic they have chosen to complete their project. What information can they already tell you? Is there any information you can pass onto them? 


Maths has been moving forward full steam ahead. The students have finished working with the fractions half, quarter, thirds and fifths. They then moved into solving mathematical word problems. We discussed steps we could use to help solve the problems:

  • Understand and explore the problem
  • Find a strategy
  • Use the strategy to solve the problem
  • Look back and reflect on the solution

Next we looked at strategies we could use:

  • Guess (this includes guess and check, guess and improve)
  • Act it Out (this includes using equipment)
  • Draw (this includes drawing pictures and diagrams)
  • Make a List (this includes making a table)
  • Think (this includes using skills you already know)

Bringing school to home

  • If you find yourself saying any of the words in the box below, ask your child if it is addition or subtraction:


The students have been busy in Science over the past fortnight! They have continued their learning about what makes something living or nonliving. They learned the scientific definitions that can be used to determine if something is alive, for example, respiration and excretion (the latter getting a good giggle!). Students worked in small groups to classify living things by their observable features. They needed to explain and justify their choices. We also practised using a Venn Diagram to compare similarities and differences between two living creatures. Keep a lookout on Seesaw for an upcoming piece demonstrating your child’s knowledge.  

Bringing school to home

  • Start noticing living things in your neighbourhood! Ask your child to describe its features and see if they can explain how they know it’s living. 

Year 3 Sport

For Year 3 sport, we have finished our athletics activities rotations and moved onto games. The students are enjoying a rotation of cricket, handball, T-ball and netball activities. Each Tuesday afternoon they join a different game according to their houses. 

Year 3 Team

Rachel Collins (Head of Year 3), Kate Elliott, Jennifer Harbottle, Simone Maclay

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