Welcome to Year 3.  We look forward to working with you and your child for the rest of this year.

 In our class we encourage and expect

*      Positive and respectful behaviour

*      Children to achieve at their highest potential

*      High standards of neatness and presentation

*      Learning through collaboration, involvement, enjoyment and achievement

*      Co-operation with students and adults in class and with the wider school community


In an effort to foster independence in all students, we expect each child to unpack and organise their own equipment.  The classroom will open at 8.30 and children can then begin ‘Morning Work’. Once students come into the class they are expected to stay in class. This routine will ensure the children have a positive start to the day.


In order to provide a positive place where children are encouraged to do their best in a safe environment, each classroom has established and discussed a set of class rules, in alignment with the school policy, which the children will be expected to follow in the classroom and for all specialist learning areas. The school wide behaviour management policy is supported in our class through the 1,2,3 Magic system. Positive behaviour is expected, encouraged and recognised to provide a model for others.


. Personal satisfaction.

. Learning in a happy, harmonious and safe environment.

. Stickers.

. Raffle tickets and prizes.

. Merit Certificates.

. Faction Slips.

. Sharing Time – the opportunity to share their work and achievements with adults and peers.

If children choose not to follow these classroom rules, the following consequences will occur.


X          =   Warning – Reminder of the rule.

XX       = Reminder of the behaviour required.

XXX     = Isolation to Buddy Class.  Work provided and ‘Think Sheet’ to be completed.

XXXX   = Student sent to office. Parents contacted.


All Year 3 teachers plan collaboratively to deliver learning programs that address key outcomes each semester. This ensures that all classes are covering the same content and concepts.


The Year 3 Literacy Program includes Reading and Viewing, Writing (including spelling and grammar), Speaking & Listening.

During literacy activities in our class, students are encouraged to:

*      Develop greater independence;

*      Participate in a variety of oral language and written activities;

*      Apply a wide range of reading strategies within class and at home;

*      Read a wide variety of texts;

*      Apply written language to produce a variety of different text types;

*      Identify and reflect on their own values and opinions in a variety of situations; and

*      Expand their vocabulary through learning new words and sounds

You can help support our Literacy Program by:

*      Encouraging your child to read regularly and reading with them when possible;

*      Encouraging your child to borrow library books at school each week and ask about their book;

*      Helping your child write the books or pages they have read each night in their diary;

*      Keeping in regular contact with the teacher to ensure we are working together for your child;

*      Ensuring any homework given is completed and returned to school;

*      Talking regularly to your child about areas of school they like and dislike or find challenging; and

*      Being positive about their schooling and encouraging them to ‘have a go’.

Our weekly Literacy Program includes:

*      Group reading sessions (including guided and shared reading);

*      Independent reading activities focusing on the different reading strategies;

*      Time to work on spelling lists set at the student’s level;

*      Daily phonics lessons to enable students to learn new sounds and reinforce previously learnt sounds;

*      Opportunities for students to present information and opinions in class;

*      Time each day to read to the class or group; and

*      Regular discussions to encourage students to continue learning how to make decisions, express opinions and become responsible members of the community.


Our Numeracy Program includes Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.

During numeracy activities in our class, students will be encouraged to:

*      Solve problems that are relevant to real life situations;

*      Persist with problems, ask questions and check their work; and

*      Work collaboratively with their peers to learn new concepts and build on prior knowledge.

You can support our program by:

*      Ensuring your child knows the correct number formation and recognition of numbers to 10000;

*      Encouraging use of maths skills around the house, especially counting, time and money skills;

*      Helping your child to practise their 2, 3, 5 & 10 times tables;

*      Ensuring any maths homework given is completed;

*      Purchasing a one year subscription to Mathletics (at a discounted rate of $30) to enable us to specifically target and support your child’s maths needs; and

*      Completing Mathletics tasks at home.

Our weekly Numeracy Program includes:

*      Regular use of appropriate maths equipment;

*      A mix of hands on learning and some abstract concepts;

*      Practising mental strategies and using maths in everyday life; and

*      Concrete, pictorial and abstract representations of math problems.


The specialist learning areas are Art, Physical Education, Music and Italian. Over the course of the year, all students in Year 3 will participate in each specialist area. Once the school timetable has been finalised your child will record their specialist area days in their diary.


In keeping with the school policy Atwell bucket hats must be worn every recess, lunch, PE time or during other outdoor activities and excursions.  Students without an Atwell bucket hat will not be permitted to participate in any outdoor activities and will be restricted to shaded areas at recess and lunch.


Diaries will be used to record homework and organisational reminders. They must be brought to school on a daily basis. Home Reading is to be recorded in Diaries each day and signed off by the care giver. Teachers will use the diary to communicate to parents in relation to interviews, behaviour, incomplete homework or any school related matter. Please sign your child’s diary under the entry to let your child’s teacher know the message was received. Please feel free to use the diary to communicate with your child’s teacher. Teachers will sign the diary to confirm they have received the communication.


We are more than happy to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have.  Generally speaking, interviews are easier to schedule after school. Please ensure that you have contacted your child’s teacher ahead of time, at least 24 hours, and have arranged an interview time that is convenient. This allows teachers enough time to organise documentation and to be thoroughly prepared. In the event that you are unable to attend a scheduled interview please contact the school or write a short entry in your child’s diary to advise the teacher.


All Year 3 students will participate in NAPLAN testing in the week beginning May 15th. Results will be sent home late in Term 4.


If your child requires medication to be administered whilst at school please complete the necessary form at the front office. Teachers are not permitted to administer medication simply by parent request.


If your child is absent from school please provide a note explaining the absence upon your child’s return to school.


All schools have outbreaks of head lice. If children have live head lice they must be kept home until treatment has started. Please inform your child’s teacher if you become aware that your child has head lice. This allows us to inform other parents promptly. The Health Dept website has helpful information on treating head lice.


Our school newsletter is published fortnightly and is uploaded to our website


Homework will consist of the following:

SPELLING                  Children will have a new list of spelling words each week which they will need to learn and revise each weeknight. Learning and revising these words for a few minutes each night will assist your child greatly.

READING                   Children will be able to exchange reading books in the morning before school in the school library. Parents are requested to sign their child’s reading record every night. In Year 3, at least 20 minutes of oral reading is required to develop your child’s reading fluency, comprehension skills and vocabulary. It is essential that your child reads at their recommended level as reading is a vital life skill. To support your child further we recommend that you ask questions related to the text before, during and after reading. We also encourage the reading of any other suitable material eg. Library books, newspaper, favourite storybooks, non-fiction material.

MATHS                       It is expected that students learn their 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables in Year 3.


At times, unfinished work may be sent home for completion when ample class time has been given.