First term in the 3-4 Eucalyptus Community has been a fun and exciting time for both staff and students. We have loved spending time getting to know each other and learning about our Mernda Central College expectations – Behave Safely, Aim High, Value Our Community and Show respect.
In Literacy we have been developing our love of reading a variety of text types and writing some very successful, creative narratives. We’re really looking forward to expanding our skills next term and writing our very own Autobiography! Each family will soon receive a short survey with questions about your child’s life to help us with their writing. The more information you can give us the better! It is going to be so exciting to share our life stories with each other.
Our Inquiry topic next term is ‘how food fuels our body’. Students have posed some amazing questions about what they want to learn. We plan to explore and answer these questions through fun, hands on experiments.
The Eucalyptus team are extremely excited to begin another fun filled term. The students have settled into their new groups seamlessly and have shown us that it is going to be a great term of learning.
In Writing, we have been looking at persuasive writing. We used the acronym ‘OREO’ to help us plan and ensure each of our paragraphs had an Opinion, Reason, Example and restated our Opin-ion. Students drafted, wrote and edited their own persuasive pieces to the local council asking for something of their choice to improve in our local community.
In Reading, students have continued to build on their comprehension strategies by looking at literal and inferential questions, predicting, extending vocabulary and analysing punctuation. We have used a range of books that have been made into clips and movies to compare and contrast text types.
In Numeracy, we have looked at Addition and Subtraction, Fractions and Money. When looking at fractions students modelled and represented common uses of halves, quarters and eighths and investigated equivalent fractions. During our focus on money, students represented values in a various ways and correctly counted change.
Watch our Camp Video – “A day at camp with Years 3 and 4”
We have had a fantastic term and are very proud of all the wonderful things the Eucalyptus students have achieved. The students have demonstrated all of our school values and are constantly trying to improve themselves.
This term, our Inquiry topic ‘Our Needs’ has enabled students to understand the needs and wants of a range of individuals. We have investigated the goods and services available in our community. Our walking excursion around Mernda expanded our knowledge and allowed us to think about ways we, and the council could improve Mernda.
We would like to congratulate all of the students on an incredibly successful camping experience. The attitude and behaviour of the students was second to none and all the teachers agree that it was a pleasure to be a part of. Everyone showed a great level of confidence on all the activities, (Giant Swing, Flying Fox, Bush Cooking, Wildlife Encounter, Hut Building and Orienteering) and the encouragement and team spirit that was shown by everyone added to the already strong relationships within our community.