Years 3/4 team updates

Years 3/4 students with sock puppets

From the Team Leader

Discovering and investigating is how 3/4 students have commenced their year. The current focus is investigating themselves as self-managers and across the team in deepening understanding around how they learn best. Students are involved in rich experiences that empower them to learn their strengths and to identify where they need to grow during their investigations into developing their knowledge around the five learning assets: communicating, collaborating, self-managing, thinking and researching.

For term 1, all classes are investigating different self-management skills to prepare them for the big year of learning ahead. Students will research learning assets and learning dispositions and understand how knowing and using these dispositions can enhance their learning, whilst teachers will foster environments and put systems in place to guide students into confident 21st Century learners. Additionally, teachers along with the students begin establishing class meeting structures and protocols that allow further opportunities for students to negotiate and problem solve different class situations and to contribute to the Turner School Community. Each morning, after lunch and recess break during their transition times, each class has a variety of dedicated weekly transition activities for children to complete when entering or re-entering the classroom to maximise learning time.

Developing and fostering a growth mindset is a significant focus in the 3/4 team to assist students in expanding and establishing friendship groups in their class and different classes across the school. The teaching intentions provide opportunities for students to establish known friendships as well as opportunities to develop new friendships.

There are 8 classes in the 3/4 team in 2020:

  • Jess Engele and Kristina Charman: 3/4 EC
  • Effie Logan: S3/4 EL
  • Eddie Jenkins: 3/4 EJ
  • Cath Blake: 3/4 CB
  • Lauren Callahan: S3/4LC
  • Kayla Gifford: 3KG
  • Laura Langston: 3/4 LL
  • Tianna Park: 3/4 TP
  • Learning Support Assistants (LSA): Blair Rivers and Marlene Demczyszyn; Barb McCormick and Alex VanDeRhee

Every teacher writes a letter to parents that outlines learning and information pertinent to the upcoming term. These are a great way for you to have a ‘window’ into the classroom and catch up with what is happening this term so please have a look at the class letters below.

Thank you to all families for all that you do to support us and your child at our school! We greatly value parent volunteers and expertise in our classrooms so please speak to your child’s teacher if you are interested in volunteering your time. If you have any questions about our 3/4 classrooms or would like to chat, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school on 6142 2430.

Kindest regards,

Jess Engele | 3/4 Tearn Leader