Mt Waverley's Best Kept Secret: Syndal South Primary School

Grade 3 & 4.

We believe communication with parents is essential. We provide you with an Information Booklet at the beginning of each school year. We also produce a Year 3 & 4 Newsletter each term to inform you about our learning program. There is often important information in these newsletters so be sure to read through them each term.


Level 3 – Term 1 Newsletter 2018

Level 3 Parent Information Booklet – 2018

In Years 3 and 4, students focus on developing independence, accepting responsibility and being organised in and beyond the classroom, as well as continuing to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.


The 3/4 curriculum aims to assist students to develop strong academic, social and intrapersonal skills, as well as being stimulating and engaging for students, as we explore our place in a changing world. We provide a variety of individual and collaborative learning opportunities to allow students to begin to develop the social, self-management and leadership skills that will help them reach their full potential in the future.

We aim to make learning relevant and meaningful to the students, involving them to build on their own experiences and prior knowledge to assist them in gaining a greater understanding of the world and their place in it.

Our learning programs focus on the whole child. We recognise that all students are unique individuals and learning programs must be differentiated to accommodate all learners. Extension and enrichment activities in all curriculum areas take place within the classroom context to allow all children to reach their potential. There are opportunities for students to learn beyond the classroom walls through excursions and extra curricula activities.


In Years 3 & 4 the literacy program is designed to provide focused teaching of fundamental skills in comprehension, writing genres and spelling. Children are involved in 4 or 5 sessions on Reading and Writing per week. Speaking and Listening activities include a range of activities, such as Circle Time and Class meetings, which are run 2 or 3 sessions per week depending on the activity. Literacy tasks are also embedded in units of Inquiry where possible, providing purposeful reading, writing and speaking and listening opportunities.

Our Reading program incorporates a combination of student choice, individual conferences to develop goals and authentic reading opportunities. The children are given the opportunity to choose books that are ‘Just right’ for them to read during class time. These are placed in personal book bags or in a designated area in the classroom and used during the reading sessions. The teacher meets with each child individually and works with them to set a goal for their reading, based on listening to them read and the results of class assessments. The teacher forms groups of students with the same reading goal and works with them to model and practise strategies to help them to achieve their goal. When children achieve a goal, the teacher conferences with them again to identify a new goal and they move into a new focus group. During each session the children can choose from a range of authentic reading opportunities including, Read to Self, Read to Someone, Reading on the Computer, Listening to Reading and Reader’s Theatre. These reading activities give students a chance to practise their reading skills, building up stamina and working on their individual goals.

Our Writing program draws on giving children choice in their writing. This entails the students developing ‘seeds’ or ideas which can be used for future writing. The seeds are to be used as springboards for writing recounts, narratives, persuasive, informative, descriptive or poetry texts. Each writing session begins with a mini-lesson looking at one of the many skills of writing, such as text type structure, grammar and punctuation, as well as looking at pieces of writing to identity what makes them good pieces of writing, such as voice and word choice. Students draft a piece of writing from one of their seeds, conference with the teacher in a small group to discuss and revise their writing, and then publish pieces of their choice.

At the beginning of the year, all students explore ‘What makes a good listener?’ and ‘What makes a good speaker?’ which helps to form Speaking and Listening protocols for the classroom. Students participate in Circle Time games and activities that focus on developing the school values of care, curiosity, integrity, resilience and respect, as well as exploring feelings and emotions that students may experience during different situations. Class meetings are a wonderful opportunity for students to present their point of view and share their opinions in what goes on at Syndal South. Students also get the chance to view texts in different mediums, such as picture story books and online videos from ABC’s ‘Behind the News’ program to explore and respond to current issues in Australia or around the world.


In Years 3 & 4 the Mathematics program is designed to build on students skills in the areas of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Children are involved in 3 or 4 mathematics sessions each week. These sessions include the specific teaching of numeracy skills as well as consolidating knowledge through games, hands on activities and on-line programs.

Inquiry-based learning
Our curriculum promotes the use of an inquiry-based approach to learning. The children develop a deep understanding of important concepts and conduct research into local and global issues of significance. Students make connections through learning about life in school, life at home and life in the world.

Class teachers plan units of inquiry integrating many subject areas equipping children with deep understandings, knowledge, skills and attitudes while catering for individual differences. Opportunities for enrichment are provided through critical and creative thinking activities designed to develop higher order thinking skills and extend each child’s questioning capacity. The students are offered a chance each term to investigate a question or area that interests them from the current unit, and present this to others in our community.



Extra Curricula Activities

In Years 3 and 4 students actively participate in the following programs:

  • 3/4 Camp – 2 nights
  • 3/4 Choir
  • Year 3 Recorder
  • Year 4 Recorder
  • Year 4 Bike Education
  • Swimming Program – 10 days



Students are also given the opportunity to participate in:

  • GATEWAYS Enrichment Programs
  • International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)