Jeremy Cox, Year 3 Home Room Teacher
We might be working from home, but Year 3 are doing it brilliantly! We were super proud of our efforts in the first round of Continuity of Learning, and in this second phase, we are doing even better. The Year 3 teaching team often marvels at how clever children of this age are these days. We are quite certain that we were not as knowledgeable at their age, nor were we using technology to create such impressively professional looking work.
In addition to employing technology, we do our best to create a termly curriculum program that integrates multiple subjects and learning areas. For instance, this term in writing, our focus has been informational writing, which has tied in well with our research on bees, which has then connected nicely with PDHPE, where we have been understanding that nature of growth, change and the cycles of life.
So far this year, we have worked on, and improved, our narrative, persuasive and procedural writing styles. This term we have been concentrating on informational writing. It presents a wonderful opportunity for us to research different topics, which is great because who doesn’t like learning all about this wonderful world in which we live?
Apart from honing our research skills and learning the art of notetaking, we have been discovering the important features of informational texts, which make for a rich and easy-to-consume reading experience, such as subheadings, pictures, maps and diagrams. Most recently, our research efforts have been focused on Asia, and wow… isn’t there a lot to write about! We could choose to research the aspects of Asia we wished to write about, which is not an easy decision when there are so many fascinating parts of Asia to explore.
Where would we bee without them? Well, we are not sure just yet, since we are only half way through our investigation. But, so far, we have used the research and informational writing skills we have developed to document what we are discovering as we buzz our way through the magical world of honey bees. By the end of the inquiry, we will each have our own slideshow presentation on bees and the importance of them in our world that we have researched ourselves.
At this point, our research has taught us about the different parts of a bee’s body; the life cycle of bees and the different types of bees in this cycle and their roles; and, most recently, how bees actually make honey. There is much to learn about bees over the next half of this term, and we hope to share with you our findings, so that we can help our community be more aware about these fantastically important creatures.
We are tremendously grateful for all the support in keeping learning as alive and fruitful as it has ever been. All of us in Year 3 would like to wish you well at this time, and we are hoping to bring you another splendid musical performance this term to light up your lives… so watch this space!