Years 3/4 team updates

Years 3/4 students with sock puppets

From the Team Leader

Dear families

What a wonderful start to the 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 our classrooms, we are learning about what makes a good ‘researcher’. We will be learning specific skills such as how to develop and refine questions, how to seek and select the best source of information for the task, to identify reliable sources, to cite the sources of information we gather in appropriate ways and to search the internet safely. We will be incorporating the use of our technology by using the classroom devices to plan, search, organise and represent our research ‘passion projects’. As we learn how to build all of our learning assets in a project-based learning approach, we will work collaboratively on a class project this term to develop our skills. Every child in our class has given input into our project topic and will work to build their skills to work more confidently and independently in their learning.

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 – 3/4 AL
  • Iesha Siotis and Felicity O’Flynn – 3/4SO
  • Jess Engele, Adam Hellyar and Felicity O’Flynn – S3/4EO and S3/4AH
    (these classes are our co-located small classes and are supported by our learning support assistants Jayne McDonald, 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 Team Leader

3/4AL Bright Crescents term 2 letter
3/4EJ Solar Eclipse term 2 letter 
3/4LF Lake of Dreams term 2 letter
3/4EM Bay of Success term 2 letter
3/4SO Lunar term 2 letter 
3/4TP Sea of Cleverness term 2 letter 
S34AH & SO Moonlight term 2 letter