Term 3

Reading and Viewing


In Reading and Viewing, Grade 3/4 students are learning to:

-          gain understanding of a text through inferring; and

-          summarise the main idea of a fiction and non-fiction text.


Students continue with their individual reading goals that they are practising to improve their reading.


Important vocabulary include: captions, maps, cutaways, bold letter, headings, table contents, glossary, timeline, labels and index, non-fiction, fiction, 4H comprehension - here, hidden, heart, head, body language, facial expression, inferring, infer, justify/reason, inferencing questions, main idea and summary.




In Term 3, students will continue to focus on writing persuasive and narrative texts. They will then develop their understanding of writing information and explanation texts. Within this, students will continue practising their handwriting skills using dotted thirds as well as focusing on building their writing stamina. Students will continue with their individual spelling focus that they practice using spelling sorts.


Important vocabulary include: narrative, setting, character, problem, resolution, start, middle, end, show don’t tell, information report, fiction, non-fiction, structure, revise, edit, publish, punctuation and spelling sort.




There are three areas of mathematics that students learn - Measurement, Number/Algebra and Chance/Data. So far this term students have been investigating the attributes of 2D shapes and 3D objects. They are also learning the names 2D shapes and 3D objects, including prisms and pyramids.


Students will now develop efficient mental strategies of subtraction and multiplication. These include Make to 10, Partitioning, doubling and learning the multiplication facts up to and including 10 x 10. Students continue with their individual math learning goals that they continue to practise to improve their subtraction and multiplication skills. Later this term students will investigate chance and data, specifically developing their skill in identifying the likelihood of an event occurring.


Important vocabulary include: subtract, take away, minus, less than, difference, build to ten, jump, split, compensation, tens frame, multiplication, groups of, arrays, patterns, tables, times, multiply, repeated addition, fact families, angle, base, surface, circle, corner, cube, cylinder, decagon, edge, face, geometric, heptagon, hexagon, horizontal, straight line, inquire, investigate, nonagon, octagon, pentagon, polygon, prism, pyramid, rectangular, right angle, rotation, similar, symmetrical, trapezium, rhombus, diamond, quadrilateral, triangular, vertex, vertical, vertices, 2–D and 3–D.




The essential question that guides our Investigation is ‘What is the impact of innovation?’ By the end of our inquiry, students will have gained the following three key understandings:


-          understand the importance of sustainability;

-          begin to identify and solve real world problems in our community (Werribee); and

-          explore suitable materials for a purpose.


Students will then research and answer their own wonderings/questions they develop.


Important vocabulary that we will be focusing on include: materials, problem, sustainability, solve, community, innovation, design, solution, real world, fact, impact, processes, observe, understand, investigate, questioning, explain, measure, reflect, compare and communicate.





Our focus for Term 3 is:


-          working as part of a team;

-          self-regulate our emotions;

-          stretching out our brains; and

-          recognising our strengths.


Students will learn the meaning of the following words: team, present, centred, grounded, value, character strengths, kindness, de-escalation, self- regulate, control, similarities and differences and how these influence their learning.