Thursday, 24 May 2018

Tennis Program

This year we have been lucky enough for our Hot Shots Tennis program to be continued at Fraser.This means that all of our year 3/4 students will have an opportunity to learn and practise some tennis skills. Coach Gabby visits Fraser every Thursday and works with one of our classes, during the year all of our class groups will rotate through a series of tennis lessons. Coach Gabby is currently teaching our group of budding tennis super stars how to correctly volley a ball over the net with control.







What is something you would like to learn or have already learnt, during your classes tennis lessons?

Sunday, 20 May 2018

History Inquiry - Diverse Communities

Last week we began our new History Inquiry - Diverse Communities. During the inquiry we will be exploring the diversity of people and places in our local community and beyond, and how people participate in their communities. Students study how places are represented geographically and how communities express themselves culturally and through civic participation. In class groups we have been sharing the heritage of our families and began learning about the diverse communities within Melbourne and the the history of the Pearl Divers and the community of Broome.




What is the heritage of your family?

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Cross Country

This week we participated in our annual cross country carnival. It was a beautiful day and we all did our best, walking or running around the cross country course. When we were not racing we were cheering on all the other age groups. Every person that participated in the cross country received points for their sports house and the winning house will be announced in a few weeks. The cross country teaches us all about having a go, even when something might be a bit hard and working as a team, it also helps to keep us fit and healthy. 








What do you do at home to help keep your body healthy?

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Main Focus for Learning in Term 2

English

Reading
During Readers’ Workshop sessions, students will participate in daily mini lessons focussing on a range of strategies to comprehend non-fiction texts, such as ‘topic, sub-topic, detail’, ‘Boxes and bullets’, ‘Tic, Tac, Toe’. Students will have daily opportunities to read independently,  work towards their personal goals and make their thinking visible using a range of graphic organisers.

Writing
The text types we will focus on this term are writing to persuade, writing to inform and writing to explain.  This will include the appropriate structure and language features of each text type. We will also follow the writing cycle of planning, drafting,  editing (proofreading and re-crafting) and publishing written work. Students will regularly conference with the teacher in order to improve their writing and set goals.




Word Work
Students participate in a 20 minute word work session four times a week.
Mrs Evans - prefixes, suffixes, derivations, mnemonics
Miss Markos - revising long vowel sounds and graphemes such as ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir,  ue, aw, wh, ph
Miss Murphy & Merriel - alternate spelling for long and other vowel sounds
Mrs Van Audenaerde - revising double letter phonemes (ll, ss, ff, zz), consonant digraphs (ch, sh, th, ng) and long vowel sounds

Miss Vernon & Mr Arranz - revising graphemes (ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir,  ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe, au, ey), split digraphs (a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e, u_e), alternate spellings for single and double letter graphemes

Maths

Year 3
Problem solving, number patterns, symmetry, properties of 3D objects, data collection, multiplication, division and measurement

Year 4
Problem solving, properties of 2D shapes, Area, Perimeter, data collection and graphing, multiplication and division mental and written strategies


Science

Heating Up - Physical Science
The Heating Up inquiry provides opportunities for students to investigate different heat sources and how heat moves from one object to another. Through hands-on activities, students investigate the difference in conductivity of materials.



HaSS

Civic and Citizenship - How can I participate in my community?
This inquiry explores why people participate within communities and how students can actively participate and contribute. It introduces students to the values of fairness, care and compassion that underpin a civil society. The activities and case studies assist students to explore the motivations of different people who contribute to their community.

History - What is the role that people of diverse backgrounds have played in the development and character of the local community?
Students will investigate the features of a community, compare our local community with Broome and Melbourne and research the lives of Australians from diverse backgrounds including Theo Notaros, Fiona Wood, Sidney Myer, Terri Irwin, Anh Do and David Wirrpanda.

Health and PE

Fresh Tastes - Food and Me - Healthy Foods for Me
Students will review the Five Food Groups and their main nutrients. They will learn about the traffic light food categorisation system and explore cultural variation of lunch boxes from around the world.

Social and Emotional Learning (SELs) - Self-Management
Managing Our Feelings, Positive Thinking, Perseverance and a Growth Mindset

Physical Education
Tennis - 3/4 JA (week 1-7) 3/4 MM (week 8 - term 3)
Dance
Cross Country
FMS - Dodging, kicking, forehand strike, 2-hand side arm strike

Technologies

Digital Technologies
Students will be using problem solving skills to create and develop animations using the computer coding program Scratch. Year 3 will be using code to add sounds, movement and backgrounds to their animation projects. Year 4 will be working on more complex tasks such as scoring and navigation when developing games.


During term 2 3/4 students from 3/4KE and 3/4JA will participate in a series of lessons as part of a Little Bits Bag Alarm Design Project. Students will generate, develop and communicate electronic circuit design ideas and decisions using technical terms and detailed diagrams to solve a problem.


Design and Technologies - Lunch Box Blitz

Students will investigate how they will prepare, package, transport and store their lunch to keep it safe and fresh.
Performing Arts
Students are developing their musicianship skills. This includes reading music notation and playing the recorder with particular attention to correct technique. We sing and play the ukulele,  increasing our chord knowledge and  improving our strumming patterns. We work together and individually to create interesting  musical compositions that demonstrate a variety of musical elements such as pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo and form.
Japanese
Students will be learning vocabulary for parts of the body, and more adjectives so that they can describe people and creatures. They will continue to learn reading & writing of hiragana sounds and words.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Garden Grubs

Each week small groups of our students have been taking it in turns to work in our school garden. They have also had the opportunity to plant cabbage and broccoli seeds in small cups which we have been watering and putting out in the sun to allow them to grow before planting them in the garden beds.

Mr. A also helped a group of us to cook the Spanish dish Patatas Bravas (minus the chili), using potatoes that we had dug out of the gardens and we all got to try some. It was delicious!

Patatas Bravas


Take a look at some of our seedlings growing down in Year 3/4.







What is a favorite recipe or dish in your house?

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Beyond The Bin

As part of our Geography Inquiry, Beyond the Bin, we have been lucky enough to go on an excursion to the Mugga Lane Resource Management Center, where we learnt all about how to correctly sort our waste and about how not sorting our waste correctly can really impact on our environment. We decided it would be a good idea to design some posters to promote the 3 R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We wanted to encourage people to think about how much waste they produce and how they could use some of their waste in other ways.

Take a look at some of our amazing posters below.










What can you do to be more waste wise at home?

Monday, 19 March 2018

Questacon Science Circus

We recently were lucky enough to have a visit from Questacon Science Circus at school. Our presenters taught us all about the viscosity of fluids and how some fluids change viscosity when heated like with honey. We also got to help out with some experiments that helped explain about air pressure, suction  and kenetic energy. One of the presenters even used a cup to protect a small balloon when she hit it with a giant pan, to demonstrate how helmets help to protect us when we are using them in sports. We all had lots of fun helping with each of the different experiments while we learnt the interesting science behind them.









What was something you learnt or enjoyed from the Questacon Science Circus show?