Years 3/4 team updates

Years 3/4 students with sock puppets

From the Team Leader

Dear families

What a wonderful year we have had in 3/4 so far! We have hit the ground running and have spent time developing our understanding about ourselves as learners and have developed our strengths and weaknesses across the five learning asset focus areas: communicating, collaborating, self-managing, thinking and researching. All of our learning aims to provide rich experiences that empower every child to build their understanding and ability in each of these areas.

This term in the 3/4 classrooms, we will be continuing our focus on our class passion projects. Last term, we worked hard to develop our skills to ask quality questions that will drive our inquiries. The classes across the corridor have decided to focus on issues such as Plastic Pollution, Palm Oil, Coral Bleaching, Water and Supporting Bee Populations. Our main focus linking with how we can make positive contributions to global environmental sustainability (and inspire others to also!). We have started by defining our purpose and audience of our project and we are beginning our research to build our knowledge. Reading and writing workshops this term will explicitly teach specific skills that the children will need to be effective researchers. In reading workshops, we will build comprehension strategies such as skimming and scanning texts for information, determining importance and summarising. In writing workshops, we will continue to work flexibly in the writing process to create powerful texts, with a focus on writing to inform and persuade our audiences.

Social and emotional learning is a major focus in all 3/4 classrooms. The focus this term is to re-establish and expand student friendships in their new classes and buddy classes. The teachers intentionally tailor programs and experiences to ensure that every child has a wide variety of opportunities to explore and develop their friendships. Classes establish shared protocols for their weekly class meeting structures, a rich platform for children and classes to discuss issues and problem solve solutions to class issues, as well as contribute more widely to the Turner school community.

There are 8 classes in the 3/4 team in 2018. They are:

  • Lauren French - 3/4LF
  • Eddie Jenkins - 3/4EJ
  • Taneal Proctor - 3/4TP
  • Erin McMahon - 3/4EM
  • Alex Lilly and Adam Hellyar - 3/4 AL
  • Iesha Siotis and Felicity O’Flynn - 3/4 SO
  • Jess Engele, Felicity O’Flynn and Alex Lilly - S3/4EO and S3/4AH
    (these classes are our co-located small classes and are supported by our learning support assistants Clare Warren, Helen Misa and Judith Rouch)

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.

Warmest regards,

Iesha Siotis

3/4 Tearn Leader

3/4AL Bright Crescents term 4 letter
3/4EJ Solar Eclipse term 4 letter 
3/4LF Lake of Dreams term 4 letter
3/4EM Bay of Success term 4 letter
3/4SO Lunar term 4 letter 
3/4TP Sea of Cleverness term 4 letter 
S34AH & SO Moonlight term 4 letter