Year 3

Term Three

Year 3 – 2018

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Welcome to Year Three, Term Three, 2018!


What an exciting Term we have ahead of us!  Year 3 students will be busy writing and preparing their poems to share during our Reading & Writing Together is Magic (RWTIM) evening, in Week 6. Then in Week 8 the students are off to camp at ‘Phillip Island Camp’ for three days, Monday 3rd to Wednesday 5th September.



In Reading, the students will continue to build on their independent reading skills through selecting and reading ‘Just Right’ texts. This term they will investigate the text structure and features on a range of different types of Poetry, which will help to prepare them for Reading and Writing Together is Magic (RWTIM). The students will continue to build on their comprehension skills, focusing on developing literal and inferential comprehension. They will explore fiction and non-fiction texts through guided reading and reciprocal teaching groups.

Please support our Literacy program by ensuring that your child reads at home every night.  It is important to ask your child to share information and opinions and ask questions about their personal reading. Many students who are proficient readers still enjoy being read to, so sharing and discussing a novel or non-fiction text with your child is a very worthwhile activity.


In Writing, the students will focus on writing Poetry as well as Letter writing. They will generate a range of poems and publish these in a book, in preparation for RWTIM. Some of the poetry will include Haiku, Cinquains, Acrostic, Diamantes and Free Verse. In addition to this, there will be a focus on text structures, punctuation, grammar and spelling. The students will continue to explore the use of their ‘Writer’s Notebook’, where they can record their thinking, discoveries, observations and stories. There will be a continued focus on handwriting. They will be encouraged to ensure they are starting and finishing their letters in the correct places to continue learning how to join different letters together.


This term the students will explore subtraction, multiplication, length, perimeter, area, time and collecting data and graphing. All Numeracy sessions incorporate explicit teacher instruction and modelling of strategies/concepts, along with open-ended activities to cater for a range of abilities. The students will be supported to develop and select their own strategies for problem solving, using a range of materials.


We are extremely fortunate to have the expertise of Leading Teachers working in the Year 3 level to support our Intervention and Extension program. In our endeavour to best cater for all abilities, there may be times when your child works with teachers other than their classroom teacher during Reading, Writing and/or Numeracy.


Shared Inquiry

The focus of our Shared Inquiry this term is ‘Geography’.  We will be investigating and continuing to develop students’ mental map of the world and their understanding of ‘place’ through examining the major characteristics of Australia, Australia's neighbouring countries as well as Africa and South America. The concept of ‘place’ is developed by examining the similarities and differences between places within and outside Australia. Students use the geographic concepts of environment and space to examine the similarities and differences between places in terms of the climate and the types of settlements.

Students will consider the significance of places and environments. They will explore how feelings and perceptions form the basis of actions to protect places and environments that are of special significance. They will learn that sustainability is about the ongoing capacity of the environment to sustain human life and wellbeing, and means more than the careful use of resources and the safe management of waste.  The students will develop their understanding of the concept by exploring some other functions of the environment that support their lives and the lives of other living things. They are introduced to different views on how sustainability can be achieved.

Key questions:

  • How and why are places similar and different?
  • What would it be like to live in a neighbouring country?
  • How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things?
  • How can people use places and environments more sustainably?



In line with the school’s Homework Policy, homework is considered compulsory for all Year 3 students. Your child will receive weekly activities which reinforce the learning that is taking place in the classroom. The expectation is that this will take your child approximately 30 minutes per week to complete independently. Please note, these tasks are in addition to nightly reading which is to be recorded in your child’s Reading Log.


Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.


Kind regards,

Year 3 Teachers


Crystal Gunter                          

Virginia Irvine    

Fran McCormick

Renee Powell    

Jamie Peters