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Grade 3

In Grade 3, students build on the foundations established in the earlier years of schooling. They are introduced to more complex concepts, to broaden their knowledge and abilities. Students are supported to take ownership of their learning by building independence and responsibility. Social skills become more nuanced, and students are empowered to examine their identity to become the person they want to be. 



Our focus in Grade 3 is to:

  • develop reading fluency by reading increasingly complex texts, regularly

  • discuss the deeper meanings of texts shared as a class, and begin to consider an author’s purpose and message

  • employ comprehension skills to gain knowledge when reading informative texts

  • extend knowledge of the English phonological system to include more complex spelling patterns

  • begin to focus on the morphological structure of words

  • gain confidence as writers through the Talk for Writing process (memorisation and close examination of model texts, identification of writer’s tools, explicit and guided practice of these skills in isolation, then finally planning, drafting, editing and publishing complete texts)

  • Improve standard handwriting so that it becomes fluent and automatic



Our focus in Grade 3 is to:

  • experience the real life applications of mathematical concepts 

  • work with concrete or hands on materials and move towards mental computation

  • build on place value knowledge, moving into 4 digit numbers

  • deepen understanding of addition and subtraction and develop efficient strategies to solve equations

  • develop an understanding of multiplication as arrays and regions and strategies to work out multiplication facts

  • build on knowledge of fractions into the halving and thirding families through making, representing and counting fractions

  • represent money in different ways and solve money problems

  • use scaled instruments to measure and compare length, mass, capacity and temperature

  • expand understanding of 2- and 3-dimensional shapes and their features

  • develop knowledge of gathering, interpreting and representing data

  • conduct experiments involving chance and describe possible outcomes of an event.


 Our Inquiry topics for 2023 are:

  • Who We Are: Members of different cultures and communities can be connected through their similarities

  • How We Express Ourselves: People use different forms of expression to convey thoughts, feelings, emotions and culture

  • Sharing the Planet: Water is essential to life and is a limited resource

  • How the World Works: Understanding and harnessing forces, makes our lives easier. 


Our wellbeing focus is on:

  • identity and friendships

  • managing our emotions

  • help seeking

  • personal character strengths

These are taught through weekly wellbeing sessions and embedded throughout all aspects of the week, both in the classroom and outside. We also participate in the whole school Kooramook (multi-age) program three times a term to focus on character strengths. 


Kitchen/Garden, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

On Fridays, students in Grades 3 and 4 participate in our kitchen/garden & STEM program. Students work in mixed class groups and participate in the following lessons:

  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Students work in the school’s Kitchen Garden to develop an understanding of how to care for plants, our chickens and worm farms.  They then use this produce to cook simple dishes in the kitchen. Students are taught basic kitchen safety and skills.

  • Science and Technology

Students explore the different aspects of science and conduct experiments to learn more about how the world works. They also use technology to solve problems.

  • Engineering and Maths

Students learn about space and shape and measurement areas of maths. Following the design technologies process, students think like engineers to apply their skills to solve problems and create solutions.

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