GRADE 3 NEWSLETTER ‘Be Aware, Show You Care’ 31st August, 2010
Welcome to Grade 3 We hope everyone had a relaxing summer break and are full of enthusiasm for the new school year. We are! We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our students and their families to Three Blue and to Three Purple. We are especially delighted to welcome our new families to our Sacred Heart community. We are pleased to welcome to Three Blue… Maya Evans, and Karin Kosugi .. and to Three Purple… Nicole Guevara, Hana Nagata, and Elno Saung This is going to be an exciting year filled with many challenges, interesting topics and lots to discover and learn. To keep you informed of things happening in Grade Three, every week there will be newsletter that will have information on the curriculum for the week, the week’s homework tasks and any other relevant information.
Curriculum In this part of our newsletter we outline what our curriculum will be for the week. As much as possible, we try to integrate subject areas into a topic. Our first topic is ‘About Me’. During
the first few weeks we need to set routines and expectations and we also need the girls to feel safe and comfortable. Hence, many of our activities are aimed at developing the group dynamics, making new children feel that they belong and making everyone feel that they can take risks to extend themselves, knowing that they will have the support of their teacher and peers.
this week we will be establishing this routine. At this level, we encourage children to choose their own reading materials for home reading. We will be discussing criteria for this, e.g. -choosing a variety of genre -choosing material which sometimes challenging
The girls will have a home reading log to record each night.
This week in mathematics we will be doing some preliminary testing. Each child has individual needs and as teachers we need to ascertain individual children’s abilities.
In school we are assessing children to gauge the level of each child’s abilities. We will be working with children to find individual strengths and areas for development and growth.
Each week we will be doing our ‘Mad Minute’ program. This aims at developing the speed and accuracy of the basic number facts. This week we are working on the addition and subtraction number facts.
Each girl will also take home a ‘Mad Minute’ folder. The children will be asked to use this folder at home to help them learn the addition and subtraction facts, and later the multiplication and division basic number facts. By the end of Grade Three, each girl should know these facts thoroughly! Could you please provide a white board marker and eraser for your daughter to use, and keep, at home. Your daughter will soon know what to do with them.
Language Arts Reading The children will be taking books home to read each night and
Our writing this week will be part of our theme work and, as with reading. We will be assessing to discover individual strengths and areas for growth.
Spelling This week’s spelling will be for assessment purposes. Spelling : British or U.S. As an international school we feel that it is important for children to spell according to their cultural backgrounds and therefore we accept both British and U.S. forms. We emphasise/emphasize to the children that both are correct and to be aware of such differences. We accept both spellings, e.g. colour/color, centre/center.
IPC (International Curriculum)
This curriculum includes Science and Social studies, as well as
integrating P.E., Art, Music, Technology, and ‘International’ aspects. This year we will be doing the following IPC units of work: ‘Health and Fitness’, ‘Saving The World’ (about the rainforest), ‘Time Zones’ (about
the earth, sun, climate, night and day, etc. and ‘Pictures, Portraits and Photographs’. We will also be doing units of work on Japan (Edo and Sumo). However, our first topic is ‘About Me’.
Have a Great Year! Mr. Piccolo and Ms. Harold
In the newsletter we include the whole week’s homework. This is to enable you, as a family to plan your time well, knowing the class expectations. Each child is expected to bring the homework to school the following day for discussion and correction. We realize that many children have heavy after school workloads, such as sporting, musical, or family commitments, so if it is not practical for your child to complete a task on a set night, please let us know by writing us a note. Your child might be able to organize herself to complete this on another night? Please decide what is best for your child! Homework Time: It is expected that the homework will take about 35 minutes to complete - 20 minutes of written work and at least 15 minutes of reading (this can include listening to stories and reading with a sibling or parent.)
Parents Please Note: If the work is too difficult or taking too long, use your own discretion to modify the task or have your child do something different. Please notify us if you have any homework concerns. *Could you please supply for your child to use at home a white board marker and eraser. We will use these regularly for homework to save paper! By Monday please. This week’s homework
Tuesday’s task About My Name. Find out about your name by talking with your parents. We will display these in the classroom so make sure your writing is very neat, and you have decorated your page with colour and maybe even some illustrations. Be creative! Bring this to school so we can share them with the rest of the class.
Wednesday’s task Learn our class names. In your homework book, write down one question about each person in the class. Try to ask interesting questions that need more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. Remember to be very neat and to use a question mark at the end of each question. Begin a new question on a new line to make it easier to read. Underline each person’s name, or write it in colour. e.g. Miss Harold – What is the most interesting book that you have read this year?
Thursday’ task Mad Minute Learn your addition and subtraction number facts by doing the Mad Minute. You will receive more information about this in class. You could have a parent or sibling time you, time yourself, or you could just do the sheet. You can correct the sums with a calculator or ask a parent or older sibling to help. Ask Mom/Mum or Dad what they think is best.