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Year 3-4 Update

What a joy it has been to welcome our students back to our Minimbah campus this week. There were happy faces everywhere, stories to tell, and friends, both old and new. The excitement was palpable, and the productive energy has been a real pleasure to behold.

To begin the year, we are delving into our first unit of inquiry.

Unit of Inquiry: Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: People's responses to others' attitudes and actions can influence a community's harmony.

This unit provides us with a real-world example to explore as we begin our new 3/4 Learning Community journey. During our first week together, we began to follow our first line of inquiry, investigating a harmonious community's features. We drew on our personal experience and used thinking routines such as 'looks like, sounds like, feels like' to help us explore the sort of community we desire to create together.

Our discussions around these themes will lead us towards opportunities to explore learners' attributes that will enhance the harmony of our community. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to examine the importance of these learner attributes, supporting our students to reflect upon the points they are showing and how they influence those around them.

In Literacy, we have begun to inquire into the idea that we are a language learner community. We have started to explore using a Writer's Notebook, which will be a vital tool in our learning community to enable students to see themselves as writers with their voice.

In Numeracy, our central ideas are that the base 10 place value system represents the magnitude and that numbers can be partitioned, rearranged, and regrouped to solve problems. First, we will follow lines of inquiry exploring different ways to represent small and large numbers and how we can use the properties of numbers to solve problems.

The concepts we will explore through our first unit of inquiry, and across our first literacy and numeracy units are:

  • Function: How does it work?
  • Causation: Why is it like it is?
  • Perspective: What are the points of view?

On Thursday, we had our first opportunity to engage in our magnificent Kitchen, Garden, Explore program. Each group of children had a chance to orient themselves to each different area of learning, spending some time with a smaller group and revelling in the opportunity to explore new experiential learning opportunities.  

After such a wild ride last year, it was just beautiful to be back at Minimbah doing what we all love!

CRAIG KENNER & JAMES CLAPHAM
Year 3 & Year 4 Classroom Teachers