Reading & Comprehension

  • Students will be placed in differentiated groups for Guided Reading and novel work.
  • They will focus on the skills: predicting and questioning.
  • There is a specific comprehension based activity each week in class.
  • During Guided Reading students will be completing specific activities in areas such as finding the main idea and comparing and contrasting.

Writing & Handwriting

  • Term 1 will see a strong focus on ‘enhancing sentences’ (providing more detailed, descriptive sentences using more interesting adjectives and verbs) The focus later in the term will shift to persuasive writing in the lead up to Naplan. Some writing persuasive topics include: "Dogs make better pets than cats," and "Too much television is bad for you.”
  • Developing a template to successfully support a point of view using rhetorical questioning, groups of adjectives, emotive language and editing of work etc.
  • In 2017 we continue our emphasis on neat, legible handwriting. It will be integrated into the curriculum through the student’s ‘Handwriting Workbook’ with an emphasis on letter formation, correct use of lines and joined writing. The expectation is that all work is of a high standard!

Speaking & Listening

  • Students will be encouraged to respond during class discussions.
  • Students will be working on mini projects/activities both at home and in class.

Grammar & Punctuation

  • In grammar students will be reviewing noun groups, adjectives, relating verbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, action verbs, commands, adverbs, noun groups and verb tense (i.be. Past, present and future tense).

Spelling & Word Attack

  • Spelling groups will be based on sound blends and special thematic words.
  • Throughout there will be an emphasis in class on vocabulary and phonetic awareness.



  • Whole number and place value. (extended notation, pattern recognition, rounding)

  • Addition (vocabulary, mental strategies, digit addition with trading, problem solving)

  • Subtraction (vocabulary, mental strategies, digit subtraction, problem solving and reverse operations)

  • Multiplication (vocabulary, mental strategies, patterns of 2 and 4)

  • Fractions - recognition, equivalent fractions.

  • Problem Solving- recognise the mathematical structure of problems and use of appropriate strategies (for example, recognition of sameness, difference and repetition) to find solutions.


  • Time - reading of analogue clocks to the nearest quarter of an hour and reading digital time displays and analogue clock times at five-minute intervals.

  • Money - rounding off amounts of money up or down to the nearest dollar.

  • 3D & 2D - shapes, angels

  • Length - Looking at formal units of measure. (mm, cm & m)


  • Chance and Data - compare the likelihood of everyday events, data representation and interpretation.

Integrated Studies


In Term 1 the Year 3 students will be learning about ‘heat’. We will look at how heat is produced and how it transfers between objects.


Discussing rules in the classroom and within society and the benefits of having such rules in life.


Investigating how the Australian continent was divided into many Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander countries/territories/places and their links to varying languages and sacred sites.


Investigating how traditional stories are important to Country and Place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Design and Technology

Investigating how forces and properties of materials affect the behaviour of design solutions.

This will lead into our project of making a kite.



  • In Italian students will focus on the topic ‘About Me.’ Students will be Introducing themselves and asking others questions. They will be able to say where they are going? Where they live and what activities they like doing. We will also be playing card games, singing, role playing and reading stories to extend our Italian vocabulary.



  • Homework will include:
  • Allocated spelling based on the ‘Words Their Way’ program.
  • Reading of their novel.
  • Mathletics and Reading Eggspress
  • From time to time students may be asked to complete (at home) some work that the teacher believes is important.



  • During this semester grade three students will be able to explore feelings through their visual arts works by using the elements of art (colour, shape, line, texture, and pattern) and incorporate them through drawing and painting. They will use the correct terminology to discuss their work and the artwork of other artists. Students at this level will be extended in the ways different media and skills can be used; paint (acrylic, watercolor), pencils (grey-lead, colored) oil pastels, textas and fine-liners.



  • Through singing, games, playing and listening students will be extending their knowledge of musical elements of beat, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo and form. Students will use techniques in playing ostinato, question and answer and canons. Through listening and playing they will gain a greater knowledge of different music styles. Students will also be involved in some drama activities.

Physical Education


  • Grade 3 will be working on consolidating on leaping, dodging, the over-arm throw, dribbling and striking balls. This will be done during our minor and major game play of basketball and soccer using game sense play.



  • As part of our History unit ‘Importance of Country and Place’ the Year 3s will be attending an excursion to the Melbourne Museum on the 8th of March. As part of this excursion students will experience the ‘Place and Culture’ program at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre where they will learn about the diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples. Students will also experience the Forest Gallery where they can learn about Aboriginal seasons and the Melbourne Story exhibit which documents Melbourne’s history from traditional Kulin lands to the suburbs of today.
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