Our Year 3 Blog

November 10, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term Four – Week Five

After some much needed rest on Tuesday, LPS was straight back into the swing of things on Wednesday! (Never a dull moment!)

Year 3 students have continued to develop their inferring skills during Reading, their explanation structure and language features knowledge during Writing, their money and financial matters understanding during Maths Number and have begun work on location and transformations for Maths Applied. During Inquiry, students continue to delve into the unsustainable practices of communities and the impact this has on the environment.

Friday 9th November was ‘Do It For a Farmer’ Day. Students were encouraged to dress up as something to do with a farm and bring in a gold coin donation, with all money raised being donated to Farmers in need during this difficult and dry time for them.
It was great to see so many students get in the spirit, with some choosing not to dress up but donated money anyway.
At 2pm, the whole school made their way to the oval to perform a massed Heel Toe Polka. What a hit!
Students and teachers alike had a marvellous time ‘gettin’ their groove on!’
Mia and Felix, JSC representatives for 3S, had the privilege of announcing that altogether, the school community raised a WHOPPING $900 for the farmers. The largest amount the JSC has ever collected for a fundraiser!
Goes to show how people come together in times of need.

– ‘Hands on Science’ incursion money is due on Monday – if this has still not been paid, be do so as soon as possible
– JSC disco notices have gone home, if your child wishes to attend the disco, please return the permission form and money as quickly as possible
– Fee information for 2019 has been sent home, please read through this carefully
– Students have been given a maths game for homework this week regarding money, please encourage them to set the game up and play against someone at home
– Please remind your children to read for at least 10 minutes every night and record this in their diaries

November 4, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term Four – Week Four

This week all students at LPS were lucky enough to participate in the ‘Count Us In’ Music program where thousands of schools across the country tuned in to sing the original song ‘One Song’ written by a group of primary aged students.
At 12.30pm on Thursday afternoon, the whole school piled into the school hall, took their positions and gave ‘One Song’ their all. It really was wonderful to see!
Thank you to all the parents and carers that came and supported the students of LPS during their performance.

– There is no school on Tuesday as it is Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday – students are expected at school on Monday
– Friday is ‘Do It For a Farmer’ Day – students are asked to come to school dressed as something to do with the farm and bring a gold coin donation
– JSC Disco notices have gone home. If your child wishes to attend the disco. please send the money and payment back to school ASAP

October 28, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term Four – Week Three

Week three already over?

This term has only just started but seems to be whizzing by at the speed of light!
This week students analysed the issues with plastic waste on their local environment/school community and what could be done to ease the issue. Many designed and created posters, which can be seen all around the school, encouraging members of the community to ‘Be Part of the Solution, Not the Pollution’ by reducing their reliance on single use plastics and making smarter choices when shopping.
They have continued their work on visualising while reading as a comprehension strategy to strengthen their overall understanding of a text and further explored the structure of the Explanation genre during Writing. Students have been involved in several joint writing constructions to encourage their understanding of the necessary features and will begin independently researching and constructing their own text in the next weeks.

3S with their’Be Part of the Solution, Not the Pollution’ posters

– Permission and payment notices were sent home last week for the ‘Hands-On’ Science incursion. Please send payment to the office and return form as soon as possible
– Students have all received homework and should be completing and returning this weekly (as well as reading at least 10 minutes every night)
– Thursday November 1st at 12.30 is ‘Count Us In’ – where students from thousands of schools across Australia will all tune in and sing the same song at the same time. Interested parents are encouraged to attend in the school hall

October 22, 2018
by meaganr

G.A.T.E.WAYS Festival

Dear Parents/Carers

For your information:

G.A.T.E.WAYS December ‘Festivals of Workshops’ for Prep to Year 6 students

G.A.T.E.WAYS are very excited to inform you of details of their end of year Festival extravaganzas!  They have been running Festivals for many years now and they are a lovely way to finish our year.

The Year 1- 6 Festival will be hosted by Firbank Grammar School in Brighton on Thursday, 13 December and Friday,14 December from 9.30 – 3.15.

This is a PARENT ENROLLED program.





October 20, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term Four – Week Two

Back to normal!

This week Year 3 students jumped straight back into their learning.
During reading, students are learning to ask themselves questions to help them better understand the text they are reading and become more aware of the voice in their head that assists with their comprehension.
They have started to deconstruct the Explanation writing genre, learning, in depth, about its structure and features before soon attempting to create their own.
In Maths (Number and Algebra), students have been immersed in their learning about Australian money. They have been investigating the total cost of a variety of items and have started working out how much change they would receive from a given amount. During Applied maths lessons students have continued to work on their understanding of length and are beginning to formally work out the area of a shape.
Sustainability is a very prominent issue today and during Inquiry lessons, students are being engaged in learning tasks that encourage them to question whether they are living sustainably and how their actions can affect the environment.

– Hands On science incursion permission forms have gone home, please send these back as soon as possible with payment
– Students that participated in the swimming program are receiving a rebate from the government, this money will be credited to each student’s account and can be used to pay for future activities
– Homework has started to go home, please encourage your children to complete this
– Reading every night for at least 10 minutes is very important – even if your child is not reading aloud to you – and recording their reading in their diary, so we are able to keep track of who is reading regularly
– As sustainability is our main focus for Inquiry this term, we are encouraging students to bring ‘Nude Food’ to school each day – that is, food without wrappers/no rubbish. Each week students who have bought ‘Nude Food’ to school have their names placed into a draw to win a prize at Friday Assembly.

October 11, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Welcome Back for Term 4!

Welcome back to the Year 3 community for the final term of 2018!

We have a lot of exciting learning planned for this term.
In Maths we will be covering Money and Financial Matters, Length, Area, Transformation and Area.
During Inquiry, students will be investigating sustainability in our community.
Students will be focusing on the ‘Explanation’ text type in writing and a variety of comprehension strategies during reading, such as visualising and inferring.

– Homework will be sent home from next week and is due back weekly
– Please remember to encourage your child to read daily as this is vital for their learning
– Term 4 Calendars will be getting sent home early next week – please check this carefully as the specialist timetable has changed

We look forward to a fantastic Term 4. Bring it on!

September 16, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term Three – Week Nine

Fractions, fractions, fractions!
Students continued to develop their knowledge and understanding of fractions during maths lessons this week. Fractions as decimals (tenths and hundredths) has been the major focus – converting between fractions and decimals and building to the next whole number.

Ways you can help at home with this:
– When looking at the price of an item, you can ask your child what digit is in the hundreds/tens/ones/tenths/hundredths place
– Ask your child how many more cents would be needed to make it to the next dollar
– Ask your child to add the prices of two or more items that are not round dollar amounts – working with the decimal point

Laburnum Primary School was lucky enough to be asked to take part in a free ‘Stomp’ dance trial this week, so students participated in a half an hour dance lesson on Thursday after recess. Students were taught choreographed dance moves, which they performed to a song. The half an hour was jam packed and left students wanting more!

– This Thursday 20th September is Laburnum’s Footy Day – students are asked to come dressed in their favourite football team’s colours
– Friday is the last day of term 3! This means that students will be finishing school at 2.30pm  – please ensure arrangements are made for pick up at this time
– Please encourage students to read every night for at least ten minutes and to record this reading in their diaries. It is vital that students practice their reading as this impacts all other learning areas.

September 16, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term Three – Week Eight

This week Year 3 students have continued working on fractions and began investigating measurement (length – leading into area).
Fractions as decimals are being introduced (for the first time) and students are exploring the meaning of digits after the decimal point (tenths, hundredths, thousandths etc..)
Students participated in a variety of hands on individual and group learning activities as an introduction to measurement and will begin looking into formal units of measurement in the coming weeks.

Ways you can help at home with measurement:
– When going somewhere, discuss the best unit of measurement to use to calculate the distance travelled (millimetres, centimetres, metres, kilometres etc..)
– Ask your child to estimate distances
– Students can measure themselves and family members – discuss the best tool to use for this (30cm ruler is probably not the most efficient)

During Inquiry, students have continued to investigate British settlement of Australia and the First Fleet. They have researched one of the six convict transportation ships from the First Fleet, looking into the conditions and treatment the convicts endured.

September 1, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term Three – Week Seven

Wow! What an experience all the new teachers had today with the Father’s Day Breakfast.
There was a huge turn out and enough breakfast food to feed everyone!
We want to say a HUGE thank you to all of the parents that donated their time to make the event run as smoothly as it did. It would not have been possible without them!

Well done to the Year 3 Dance Group who performed the dance one last time at assembly today. All your hard work and dedication paid off! You all did a wonderful job 🙂

This week in the classroom students further developed their understanding about information reports, their features and structure, and demonstrated how they can use the Internet to search for information for a given topic.
They had to use critical thought when selecting websites to gain information from, looking out for a variety of clues, to ensure they were selecting reputable and trustworthy websites.
This learning has been linked with our Inquiry unit about the First Fleet/British Settlement in Australia. Students have been learning about the different perspectives people have of the impacts settlement had on all involved.

Students have continued their work on fractions, building their knowledge to include converting improper fractions into mixed numbers and vice versa. Students participated in a number of fun learning tasks on the topic that had them wanting more!

– Sunset Maths is accessible to students from home, using their personal Essential Assessment log in. It is a fun and interactive way for students to practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. The program uses what it knows about each students learning to set tasks catered to their level of learning – the more the student progresses, the more challenging the questions become
– STOMP incursion notices went home this week – please bring them back as soon as possible
– Students are sent home with 5 personal spelling words each week to practice using the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ method once daily for 5 days. Please encourage your child to get this done weekly as the words are targeted to their needs/found in their writing
– Please remind and encourage students to read daily for at least 10 minutes and then (very importantly) to record their reading in their reading log or diary!
– There is a parent information session on Monday morning about how we teach mathematics at Laburnum Primary from 9-9:40am. There is also a second session organised for Wednesday after school. Please find attached to this post a copy of the invitation that was made available in the school newsletter in the past weeks

Mathematics at Laburnum Invitation-zu8e2l

August 27, 2018
by lizsouvatzis

Term Three – Week Six

Another very busy week for Laburnum Primary this week!

Thursday night was the Laburnum Gala – Congratulations to everyone who was involved in any way or performed! Some of our students performed in multiple groups and were super busy on the night.
Many parents and teachers had positive things to say about the effort the students put into their performances.
– If anyone borrowed a USB off Ms Souvatzis for Dance Group, can that please be returned now
– If any parents took photos or filmed the Year 3s in any of their performances and are willing to share these with the Year 3 teachers, that would be greatly appreciated
– The Dance Group will be performing their dance at assembly this coming week (Week 7). Assembly starts at 2.40pm on Friday afternoon in the school hall.

On Friday, Laburnum PS celebrated book week by encouraging students to dress up as a character from their favourite book.
The effort that some families went to for this occasion was impressive!

– District Athletics is Tuesday 28/8 for those students that will be attending
– Father’s Day Breakfast and Open Morning is this coming Friday 31/8

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