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TERM DATES for 2013
Term 1 - Tue 29 Jan - Thu 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 15 Apr - Fri 21 June
Term 3 - Mon 15 Jul - Fri 20 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 8 Oct - Wed 4 Dec
TERM DATES for 2014
Term 1 - Wed 29 Jan - Fri 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 14 Apr - Fri 20 June
Term 3 - Mon 14 Jul - Fri 19 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 7 Oct - Wed 3 Dec
SIGNUP FOR THE NEWSLETTER
Updated 21 November 2013
Wow! It is Term 4. It is a short term packed full of fun activities, hard work and end-of-year preparations. We are ready to welcome everyone back to 3TL. We have missed them all. Learning opportunities for Term 4 have been planned to ensure that your child continues on their quest for new knowledge in a secure and supportive environment. I believe it is important that each student feels respected and valued as they collaboratively contribute to the learning process. This term we will:
* continue to develop our self-confidence
* take risks with our learning (tackle tasks without unnecessary doubt)
* be persistent
* be proud of who we are
* try our best
* keep our classroom and desks tidy
* use our best manners at all times
* be kind and caring to all those we meet
Please remember to check this webpage regularly as it will be updated on a weekly basis with our class news, important information, date claimers and details of the curriculum. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see me before or after school or email me on
New! Homework Week 8
We have learnt so many new concepts in Maths this year.
Many of these will be extended and built upon in Year 4. To make sure that students are comfortable with addition, subtraction, basic division, multiplication (2, 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11 timestables), Year 3 Geometry & Measurement and Statistics & Probability, we have decided to make this weeks homework a MATHS BONANZA!
Students have been asked to log onto Mathletics and take the challenge: how many points can you earn this week as you revise our Year 3 topics. After students have completed the set tasks they can earn more points by going onto live Mathletics. Good luck!
New! Present Bag
Students have begun to bring in Christmas cards and candy canes etc for their class mates. After a class discussion students chose to collect their little gifts iin a bag and take them all home on the last day (as opposed to eating them on a daily basis! - very mature of them to wait!!). So... this week we need an A4 paper bag (gift bag) for each child so they can collect their stash.
Commencing in Week 6, the Primary School will be implementing a Sexuality and Relationships Education program which is based on Family Planning Queensland resources. Mrs Linthorne will be taking 3TL for these classes during period 3 on Wednesdays: 13th, 20th, 27th of November. Please contact Miss Green or myself if you have any questions.
New! Important dates during Term 4
21st October - Student Free Day
29th October - Pink Day
31st October - P-3 Cross Country
11th November - Remembrance Day service
29th November - P-3 Celebration of Learning, 8.45am
4th December - last day of Term 4 (Wednesday)
Term 4 Chinese curriculum from Mrs Cleyne
Loads of action words and pronunciation focus is the base of this term. Year 3 students really can speak beautifully with tones and pinyin reading.
Term 4 Art curriculum from Mrs Morris
This term in art the year 3’s will be completing their unit on commemoration, by creating a 3D poppy. The symbolic nature of the Poppy will be learnt and we will hopefully instil some knowledge of the history of our fallen soldiers and the Australian people’s desire to honour them.
The second unit this term will address the theme of “Things, Once Heated Up”. We will be looking at Salvador Dali and his famous melting clock painting. With a surrealism based unit, we will be creating things that don’t usually melt, melting.
New! U8 Cricket Term 4
St Andrew’s are delighted to offer 2 great opportunities in Cricket - Milo Cricket and U8 Cricket Match Play at Coolum Cricket club.
Opportunity #1: The MILO in2CRICKET program offers children 5 to 9 years the opportunity to kick start their cricket career, learn new cricket skills like batting, bowling, catching and throwing, as well as social skills allowing them to make new friends and most importantly – HAVE FUN!!
Opportunity #2: U8 Club Match play @Coolum Cricket Club. – St Andrew’s are excited to announce that we are looking for boys and girls who are turning 7 or 8 years in 2013, to play for St Andrew’s in the Under 8’s competition. Under 8’s cricket is a fast, fun and active new sports program for girls and boys, that gives students the chance to play exciting games of T20! Designed for girls and boys who know the basics of cricket and want to experience all the action of T20, Under 8’s maximizes participation for everyone!
If you would like your child to participate in either (or both) of these cricket opportunities, please contact the Sports Department.
Most students need new pencils, rubbers, glue sticks and highlighters. Please may we ask that parents check their child's pencil bag this week to ensure they are stocked up.
Culminating and birthday
Culminating Year Three Monday, September 2 at 9.00am
“The Art of Narratives Inspired by Dr. Seuss” This celebration of the joys of reading encourages us to open our eyes and take pride in our writing and reading, so we will learn plenty and end up succeeding. We would like to share our work with you, our recitals, stories and picture books too. Come to our room to view the delights, you’ll be impressed by the zaniest sights. (Year Three classrooms)
Chinese Celebrations including making Fried Rice (with vegetables) in 3TL
Learning about multiplication. Using our bodies to make arrays.
We need milk cartons
For a very special arts and crafts project every student in 3TL need a 1 litre UHT milk carton. Coles at the moment are selling them for $1. The reason why we need UHT is that they are foil lined which is essential for our project. Here is an example:
Copy of Email sent to all parents last week:
Good evening to the wonderful parents of 3TL
The students now have access to Spelling City, a fun way to learn their spelling words. There are alot of different activities for students to choose from which will help them learn their spelling words for the week. Starting next term students will have tasks set for them which they will need to complete. Ask your child to log on and show you all of the great activities.
Parent Classroom Helpers!
New! Suggested websites for students to use at home:
Writing Fun by Jenny Eather – Text organisers that assist students with the writing process for common texts
Power Proofreading – Great website to sharpen your proofreading skills
Dance Mat Typing – Improve your typing skills
Cool Maths 4 Kids – Test yourself and others on the brain benders
http://www.spellingcity.com/figurative-language.html - Games to understand figurative language
Rainforest Maths - Similar to Mathletics. You’ll need to use your Mathletics username and password for this one!
A Plus Math – Great for learning timetables
Premier's Reading Competition
This year the Learning Centre is promoting the Premier’s Reading Challenge with the Year 4 – 6 students in their library classes. The challenge runs from May 13 to September 7. Students in Prep to Year 3 who wish to participate are welcome to enter and they will need to have their parents register them individually through the website. Here is the link: Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Please see Mrs Sharp in the Learning Centre if you require further information.
Athletics Carnival on Wednesday
The Prep - 3 Athletics Carnival will be held on Wednesday 19th June. In their class groups students will take part in various Athletic events which they have been practising in PE this term. The events will commence at 9am and finish at 12pm. A note from the Sport department as been sent out to you all. Hope to see you there!
All Parents and Friends are invited to join us at our 2013 Foundation Day celebrations. We commence with a formal service at 10am followed by morning tea and then run the famous Diamond Dash, our exciting House relay race involving children from years Prep to 12, at 2pm on the Primary Oval. Foundation Day is always a great day!
What an amazing stall! It has been viewed as one of the best fairs ever with the College raising over $50 000! Further to my note below, a huge thank you to Lauren and her team of very dedicated helpers. You are amazing parents who 'made it happen with a smile on your faces'. We appreciate you all!
As part of the Australian English Curriculum students are asked to demonstrate their oral speaking skills. As we have begun looking at poetry we thought it would be fun for students to recite a poem of their choice. To assist them with their planning and editing we gave them a rubric against which they would be marked. We also had a class discussion about what they needed to do to achieve a 'C' in this language area (a 'C' being the required level of skills for oral speaking in Year 3). We then discussed how we could aim for a B and so forth.
We had a lot of planning and practising time in class and enjoyed listening to most of the poems (a few still to do theirs on Monday). After receiving some general feedback, some students felt that they did not speak as well as they would have liked to (in particular: gestures and emotions) and requested a second 'go' at it. I have offered all students the opportunity to re-do their poems this Monday and Tuesday and promised to put up the rubric to help them prepare for this... so here it is:
Lucky Dip Stall
Firstly, Lauren, your tireless dedication and organisation has been amazing. Thank you from all the staff, students and parents for ensuring that 3TL had a great stall. Then to all our wonderful mum and dad helpers both in the lead-up to the Fair and the big day itself. You made sure that we were a stall which promoted fun, offered value-for-money and was a great fundraiser. Thank you all for your mad wrapping of lucky dips, early morning meetings, exhausting set-up and pack-up and everything else in-between. Thank you Charlotte for the wonderful backdrops and signs: you made our stall a stand-out from the rest.
May I ask all parents of 3TL to personally thank all the helpers for their hard work.
I hope you enjoy the below photos of the week leading up to the Fair and the day itself:
Go Ben! We are all proud of you!
Emma, wow! Horseriding and surfing. You are a talented young lady!
Our wonderful Hannah who achieved two 1sts and a 2nd at the Toowoomba Dance Festival. Well done, Hannah!
This is a picture done by our talented 3TL illustrator. Great work, Saashi!
Hat's off to Harry, one of our classroom fishing experts! There is also a great rugby photo featuring Dougal, Will, Ben, Angus and Nick. Well done, boys. Proud of you!
You look amazing Maya!
Send along your sports and activities photos so we can put them on our webpage for all to enjoy!
Check out this newspaper article in the Noosa News about our excursion to Peregian Beach Park.
Class RepresentativeThank you to the lovely Lauren (Saashi's mum) who has kindly volunteered to be our class representative in 3EH.
Can you please check you child's stationary and replenish items if required.
Interim Reports were sent home at the end of last term. We will be working hard towards our goals in class and support at home would be greatly appreciated.
We will be doing many fun things this term which we would love for you to come and help. The first is our Reading to an Adult session where helpers will read with students on a one-to-one basis. These sessions will be held on a Monday and Thursday afternoon from 2:30-3:00pm and will begin in Week 2 of this term. If you would like to assist during these sessions, please place your name on the sign-up sheet outside our classroom during Week 1, come and see me or send me a quick email to let me know the date you would like to assist.
We will also run Literacy Groups on Mondays through to Thursdays from 8:50-9:20am. There is now a roster sign up sheet outside our classroom to volunteer to help during these times. Please feel free to sign up, come and see me or email me if you would like to help. Thank you to those lovely mums and dads who have already volunteerd. We appreciate your time and look forward to having you in our classroom!
We have very special birthdays to celebrate in the month of August. We would like to wish the following students Happy Birthday: Sebastian and Ella
We hope you have a wonderful day!
Monday - Assembly (parents very welcome to attend) and Christian Education
Tuesday - HPE
Wednesday - Music and Sport
Thursday - Library and Chinese
Friday - Chapel (parents very welcome to attend) and Art (even weeks)
No swimming this term. Students will be enjoying action-packed HPE lessons this term!
Tuesday - sports uniform with coloured house shirt
Wednesday - sports uniform with red sports shirt for P-3 Wednesday sport
Thursday - day uniform
Friday - day uniform
Dates to Remember
It is expected that students read for a duration of 10-15 minutes per night. There is a section on the weekly homework grid which we ask parents to sign as their child completes their reading each night. Home readers will be changed by Mrs Jeske on a needs basis and she will keep a record of this. When your child requires their reader to be changed, please place the reader in the students' plastic wallet and in the home reader container near the front door.
Term 2 Curriculum
Speaking and Listening - Class Talks and in-class tasks
Reading - indpendent, shared and guided reading and comprehension sessions
Writing - our major writing focus is persuasive writing
Topics covered during Term 3 include:
Investigating addition number patterns; investigating subtraction number patterns;using the array model to write related multiplication and division facts; comparing fractions on a number line
|Investigating aattrtibutes of 3D shapes - faces, corners and edges
Making shapes with mirror lines
Finding mirror lines
Matching flips and turns
Describing flips and turnsMeasurement - capacity (ml, L); length (cm, m) and mass (g, kg)
Reading scales and working with fractions of units of measurement
Creating, reading and interpreting bar graphs, picture graphs and dot plots
Year Three Curriculum Overview
New! 3TL Class Gallery: Grandparents and Special Friends Day