Prep | Year 3 News

UOI

This term, the boys have made an exciting start to UOI. We are looking at How the World Works with a central idea of Scientific understanding influences our reaction to natural phenomena. Already, the boys have proven to be very knowledgeable about natural phenomena and they have picked up the key concepts very quickly.

In Week 1 the teachers had some fun with a provocation. The heaters in the room were turned on. As the boys entered the room, we saw their natural reaction of taking off blazers and jumpers. In 3C a few of the boys had to revert to working on the floor to try and keep themselves nice and cool.Research skills were used in week 1 as each class looked for information about different natural phenomena. Some great posters were made by the boys in 3H.

Week 2 saw the boys shift their focus from natural disasters towards the relationship between the earth, moon and the sun. 3G had a great time looking at shadows and why the moon is only visible at different times.

Parents Supporting Units of Inquiry:

We are fortunate at Trinity Prep to have parents that work in a wide variety of industries and professions. In the past, Units of Inquiry have been enriched by having parents come in to speak to the boys or provide learning experiences that relate to their area of expertise. 

If you are interested in adding your name to a list for the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 teachers to access during the planning phase of each unit, and contact you to see if you’re available to share your expertise with the boys, please complete this form.

Thank you for your continued support in enriching the learning opportunities for our students.

Mrs K Hitz-Morton | Director of Early Learning and Primary Curriculum

English

In writing this term, the boys have continued with the focus of imaginative writing. We have had some fun with adding adverbs into our sentences. Adverbs are used to describe verbs and give more detail to the boys writing. Another skill that the boys have been crafting while writing is “Show don’t Tell”. By using this, we make it easier for the audience to create a picture in their mind.

In literacy groups the boys have been working on predicting what might happen in a text by just looking at pictures and the title. The boys have been encouraged to read a number of different texts, both fiction and nonfiction. It is awesome to see so many boys thriving while reading and so interested in a number of different texts. 

Maths

It has been a busy start to the term in maths. The boys spent the first two weeks learning about length and area. We had some fun making some car ramps and inquiring into the relationship between the length of a ramp and the distance travelled by a toy car. Learning how to calculate the area of a shape was challenging but well grasped by the boys. Using A = L x W allowed the boys to develop the multiplication skills.

Music 

In Music this term, the boys have been collaborating with the UOI: How We Organise Ourselves. Specifically, in Music, we have looked at how form is central to musical composition. 

The boys have been experimenting with games which focus on imitation. This is to help them develop an awareness of what is the same and different in musical pieces. By using their research skills, the boys have played and listened to music and discussed and interpreted the form of each piece.

We have used Visual Learning routines such as Think, Puzzle and Explore to ask questions about the String and Woodwind sections of the orchestra. This questioning and discovery helps the boys to gain a deeper understanding of how instruments are engaged and grouped in particular ways. 

Nicole Smeulders | Music Teacher

Mandarin

In the first week of Term 2, all boys reflected on their Term 1 Mandarin goals and established their Term 2 goals involving Learning Profiles and Approach to Learning Skills.

This term’s unit links to “place”, a related concept of the UOI: How the World Works. Boys have been learning Days of the Week and School Place vocabularies, and have been practising the words and phrases in various ways, including Quizlet activities, Education Perfect word lists, and guess the riddle listening & speaking activity etc. 

Building vocabulary is a preparation for a writing task later on: organising their school timetable. E.g., On Monday, I go to the gym. Xīng qī yī, wǒ qù tǐ yù guǎn. For heritage learners, they will add the school function (what they do at school places) to the sentences. E.g., On Monday, I go to the gym to play basketball. Xīng qī yī, wǒ qù tǐ yù guǎn dǎ lán qiú.

Boys have used Canvas activities to reflect and share their learning, by thinking about the language they have learned and practised, as well as the Learning Profiles and Approach to Learning Skills they have applied in learning.


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