Years 3 - 4

A very strong focus is placed on Literacy in Level 3 and a very comprehensive program is undertaken throughout the year. Students are provided with a host of learning opportunities to refine and build their skills which were introduced and developed through the Early Years Literacy Program. A designated literacy time is undertaken by all classes as well as the students literacy skills forming a very important component of other curriculum areas.
A large focus in Level 3 is on the development of the students writing skills. Students are formally introduced to the different writing genres and are provided with a host of opportunities to create meaningful and purposeful writing experiences.

Students are particularly encouraged at Level 3 to participate in public speaking experiences not only formal competitions. but also to avail themselves of the many opportunities within the school setting. Students representing the Student Council and other students within the level are encouraged throughout the year to make short presentations at both the level and whole school assemblies.

At Weeden Heights Primary School Level 3 students continually access ICT tools to support and enhance their learning across all areas of the curriculum.

Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard which is used continually to provide a visual focus and interactive component for lessons. The interactive whiteboards can be used in conjunction with the internet and allow students access to specific learning sites and to conduct research. The Level 3 classrooms have 4 computers each and the students also have regular access to the school computer lab for regular whole class sessions.

In Level 3 students are learning and refining their computer skills to allow them to complete computer generated tasks in all curriculum areas. The students have the file management skills to create and manage their own files on the school network. They can complete word processing, graphics and multimedia tasks independently and are continually provided with opportunities to showcase their developing skills.

At Weeden Heights Primary School, Numeracy is an integral part of the curriculum which occurs in all classrooms daily. Our Program equips students with the skills and understandings to solve mathematical problems which occur in everyday life. We encourage students to make connections between mathematical concepts.

At Weeden Heights Primary School we incorporate:
  • Hands on teaching resources and materials which engage students across all areas of Mathematics.
  • Daily Numeracy sessions in all classrooms relating to the Standards of VELS.
  • Regular use of the Interactive Whiteboards and ICT facilities in the school to support learning.
  • Regular use of the Mathletics Program through a whole school membership.
  • Extensive professional development for all staff in the area of Mathematics.
  • A trained Numeracy Teaching and Learning Coach working with our staff and children each week.
Camping Program
The camping program at Weeden Heights Primary School focuses on providing students with additional opportunities to interact with their peers and enhance their independence in varied settings and environments. In Level 3, children attend a camp in alternate years which is run external to the school. The camp is held in the second half of the year to allow children to mix with their peers from other classes and to further establish friendships amongst their own grade. In 2010, the children in Grades 3 and 4 are attending the Mt Evelyn YMCA Recreation Camp in Term 3 for 3 days.

The Y approach to working with young people on school camping programs is based on research in the developmental assets framework, which identifies 40 factors (or assets) critical to the healthy development of young people. The camps focus on six of these assets:
  • Y camp instructors provide personal support and mentoring to students by modelling positive, responsible behaviour.
  • The Y provides an away-from-home environment that is safe, caring and encouraging.
  • The Y ensures students take responsibility for themselves and others by using their time constructively and participating in camp duties that benefits the whole school camp community.
  • The Y encourages students to explore and engage in stimulating activity in the outdoors that fosters an enjoyment of learning and an appreciation of the natural world.
  • The Y encourages students to demonstrate positive values by caring for and encouraging others in their school camp community.
  • The Y develops students self esteem by encouraging individuals to overcome personal and group challenges that have positive learning outcomes.

In level 3 the Integrated Curriculum runs across a two-year cycle.


Integrated Studies

Term 1 – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
This unit will cover the key areas of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The aim of the unit is to make students more conscious of the decisions available to them that will enable them to reduce, reuse and recycle items that they us on a day-to-day basis.

Term 2 – We are Australian
The students discover the uniqueness of Australia by looking at its place in the world, time zones, the states and territories, its population, flora and fauna, and its introduced species.

Term 3 – Animal Kingdom
This unit covers the classifications of animals, their lifecycles and interdependence on each other to survive in their environment.  It focuses on the animal’s adaptation to their environment in order to ensure survival.

Term 4 – The Commonwealth and its games
The Commonwealth Games unit will provide a vehicle to extend the students learning about world events. They will gain an understanding of the underlying purpose and features of the Commonwealth Games and why they are so important for unity through friendly participation/competition in sport.


Integrated Studies

Term 1 – Kids in the Kitchen
This unit improves student learning outcomes through the exploration of everyday change observed in solids, liquids and gases.  Students will develop a thorough understanding of how and why these materials change.  Students will demonstrate their ability to plan, design, conduct and report on basic experiments and explain the need for safety and fair tests.
This unit incorporates student investigation using ingredients found in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen.

Term 2 – Let’s Party
This unit will investigate the opportunities communities have to celebrate their history and culture. It will look at festivals and celebrations which are held on a regular basis, locally, nationally and internationally.  Students will look at how festivals and celebrations bring communities together for social, religious and cultural events.  Students will develop an understanding of how festivals and celebrations require purpose, planning and organization to be successful.

Term 3 – Thrive and Survive
Whilst focusing on Wetland environments, the unit Australia’s Natural environments identifies the range of different types of natural environments and identifies how they are used and affected by society. Focus given to identifying the purpose of wetlands, factors that affect their health and the implications for humans. The role and responsibility of societies for looking after our natural environments is also addressed throughout the unit.

Term 4 – Play, Love, Grow
This unit provides students with the knowledge, skills and behaviors to develop an understanding of the development and maintenance of their physical, mental, social and emotional health. Students will begin to make informed decisions about a healthy lifestyle such as positive food choices, positive interactions with others and self-esteem.

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Students in level 3 participate in a variety of sporting activities.

As well as partaking in weekly Physical Education lessons, students have the opportunity to take part in our athletics day, swimming carnival, basketball skills sessions, cross country, Hoop time basketball tournament and a range of house sports.

Students in level 3 enjoy participating in a range of classroom activities such as Integrated Studies, Literacy and Numeracy groups, ICT and more…