GRADE THREE CURRICULUM LETTER

EASTER TERM UNIT: SAVING THE WORLD - RAINFORESTS

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

21 January - Field Trip to Bukit Batok Nature Park

27-28 January - Parent Teacher Conferences (more information later)

29 January - House Unity Mufti Day

08-12 February - Chinese New Year Holiday

15 February - ECA Block 2 commences

19 February - Celebration of Learning @ Home Through Books

19 February - Chinese New Year Dress Up Day

19 February - Chinese New Year Celebration (evening event)

25 February - Global Family Festival (Parade + Concert)

02 March - Specialist Optional Parent Teacher Conferences

08 March - Grade Two and Three Sports Day

18 March - Easter Term concludes

04 April - Summer Term commences

Enduring Learning: Rainforests need to be sustained for the preservation of living things.


Dear Grade Three Parents,


Our first unit of this new term is likely to be our most important one of the year. Over the last 50 years the world's population has nearly tripled, while industrial pollution, unsustainable agriculture, and poor civic planning has decreased the overall water supply. Certain species that we depend upon for our food supply are going extinct; if their numbers fall too low we may face extinction ourselves. And, while the debate rages on about the causes of climate change, global warming is a fact we are seeing the negative effects of every day. Scientists are saying that within the lifetimes of today's children, the climate could reach a state unknown in civilization.


We will be using this unit to help the children to understand why rainforests are known as the lungs of our planet, and why there is an urgent need to take responsibility for this planet we share with 7 billion others. By the completion of this unit, we will want the children to recognize how rainforests help to stabilize the world's climate; provides homes to many plants and animals; maintains our water cycle; protects against flood, drought and erosion; are a source of medicines and foods; support tribal people; and are simply beautiful places to visit.


As part of our international component of this unit, we will be focusing on how people from different cultures will either have to work together or face the mutual destruction of our planet.


Our Learning Targets for this unit are:


In Geography, we’ll be learning:


  • Where rainforests are in the world
  • Which rainforest products we use in our everyday lives
  • About the lives of rainforest people and how they compare with our own
  • How and why the rainforest is being destroyed
  • The ways that people are trying to save the rainforest.


In Science, we’ll be learning:


  • About different rainforest animals and plants
  • Where different animals and plants live in the rainforest
  • Why plants have leaves and why they can be different
  • About the conditions to grow a plant


In Technology, we’ll be learning:

  • How to plan and make our own tropical fruit drink


In International, we'll be learning:

  • How different countries and organisations are helping to save our rainforests.


The personal goal for this unit is 'thoughtfulness'.


The children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. They will be developing their map-reading skills including using maps of different scales, as well as consolidating their research skills through using secondary sources. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, sometimes to you.


Please discuss with your child the work on rainforests they have completed as the term progresses. Let them teach you about what they have learnt.


When your child has some specific rainforest unit work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

BUKIT TIMAH BATOK NATURE RESERVE FIELD TRIP

On Thursday 21 January, all of Grade Three will be going on a field trip to Bukit Batok Nature Park. This rainforest experience will offer the children the opportunity to identify and sketch some of the features of the rainforest. The children will also develop their map reading skills, learning to make and use a simple map of the location, one of the key learning goals for this unit.


We will leave school at 8:30a.m and return at approximately 12.00p.m.


Children will need to bring a hat, water bottle and a snack. A small backpack or bag would also be suitable. Please can students apply sunscreen and mosquito repellant before they arrive in school on this day.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Throughout the first part of this term the children will read and analyse a variety of folk tales (pourquoi tales) such as 'How the Leopard got its Spots' and 'How the Elephant got its Trunk.' They will study a variety of texts and watch some charming videos from the BBC Tinga Tales series. Once they have understood these stories, they will be able to master the art of retelling and recapping, using speech and drama.


The children will be looking at how these tales are structured and will use this knowledge to create their own, paying particular attention to setting, characters, plot and the underlying moral of the story. The children will be introduced to various digital creative writing tools within these lessons to use when creating their own stories.


The children will also be exploring the five basic elements of scriptwriting.

1. Who - characters

2. What - plot (events/sequence of actions)

3. When - year, season, day, time, etc.

4. Where - setting

5. Why - reason the story takes place


The structure of scripts will be introduced.

Beginning introduces characters, setting, and the story situation.

Middle highlights the conflicts, develops characters, and sets up the end to the story

End Resolution of the story which resolves the conflict


Once the fundamentals of scriptwriting have been explored, the children will choose a favourite pourquoi tale to adapt into a script and have performed.

MATHEMATICS

In Mathematics this term, we will learn more about money including understanding decimal notation, adding and subtracting money and applying these skills to solve relevant word problems.


We will also learn about different types of measurements. We will practice measuring distance, mass, and volume, in addition to converting different units of measure.


As always, we will consolidate our learning through solving 1-2 step word problems using models to support calculations.

SPECIALIST LESSONS

CHINESE

The children are working on Unit 5: We Go to School by School Bus

· Learn names of various transport

· Learn names of places

· Learn to ask for directions


MUSIC

Sound Pictures - In the first four weeks of term we will be preparing for the Global Family Day Concert. Grade 3s will be learning the song We are The World. We begin the Sound Picture Unit in week 6. This Unit looks at the organisation of sounds, i.e. putting melody, harmony and rhythm together and how this can reflect an idea, a picture or even a story. The pupils will listen to some established “programme music’ like the Alpine Storm by Richard Strauss and capture some ideas as to how they can create their own sound pictures. In this Unit, the following will be included:

• To discover instruments in the classroom

• To learn the use of percussion instruments

• To create ‘Sound Pictures’ in smaller groups

• To perform compositions to the class


ICT

We will be using Explain Everything iPad app to create an educational video about rainforests, showing what the students have learned about in their IPC unit.


Students will become more knowledgeable about:

  • How iPads can be used for creating content

  • Various tools and settings of Explain Everything iPad app


To help us with this project, we will develop the technical skills of:

  • Adding and manipulating object in Explain Everything app

  • Recording voice and object movement

  • Using slides to arrange content and recordings

  • Using timeline view for editing recordings


ART

We will be collaborating with Grade 3 classes on the Global Family Festival. Each class will be representing a different part of the world and will perform in the festival. We will be exploring the use of large pieces of art to enhance a performance space as children become knowledgeable about the traditional art forms and culture of their classrooms chosen country. To help with this project, we will develop skills in drawing, designing and painting.


PE

Children will be studying a Unit of Net Games or Invasion Games and will be continuing with their Swimming Unit either before or after CNY.

In Net Games children will:

  • participate in a range of tennis movement games to develop their hand-eye coordination.
  • develop footwork and movement skills, showing the ready position
  • develop forehand and backhand skills, showing low to high swing and some spin
  • refine ability to volley and serve
  • understand scoring and be able to umpire simple games


In Invasion Games children will:

  • participate in simple hockey games, learning to work in small teams
  • use speed, agility and endurance during running and dodging floor hockey games
  • develop the basic skills of push, hit, stop and receive
  • develop understanding of space and begin to use strategies to find space on the pitch
  • understand the different types of defending and refine their use of marking in game situations
  • develop an understanding of how to keep possession
  • be able to apply simple tactics and rules during a floor hockey game


In Swimming children will:

  • improve power and endurance in leg action in a range of swimming strokes
  • develop breathing and body position in a range of strokes to improve efficiency in the water
  • be more confident in selecting from a range of starts and finishes
  • enter the water using a range of appropriate methods
  • use peer feedback effectively to analysing strengths and weaknesses in a range of strokes
  • develop knowledge of water safety and survival technique

WEEK TWO HOME LEARNING

IPC

Rainforest: Layers Activity Sheet

MATHEMATICS

Design a poster displaying the money (currency) from a country of your choice. This may be your home country, or even the currency of Singapore. Make sure your poster is clear, colourful and informative.

SPELLING

Words ending in 'ight' and Rainforest Unit themed words.

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Important Notice - PE Kit and School Uniform

On days that Grade Three students have their PE lessons, they come to school wearing their PE kit and can remain in their kit all day.


If your child is in a sports team, or in an ECA that requires them to wear their PE kit, on a non-PE lesson day, they wear their normal school uniform for the day and change into their PE kit at 3.00p.m.