Grade 3

Welcome to Grade 3 at Parkdale Primary School.

The Grade 3 curriculum is covered in Australian Curriculum Level 3. All students will be working towards proficiency in all curriculum areas against these standards.



2018 Grade 3 SRC Representatives

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Literacy encompasses 3 dimensions: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. During every week, we will be planning activities in all areas.  Literacy sessions are taught each morning (depending on the specialist timetable). Spelling, punctuation and grammar are all formally taught.




CAFÉ reading is a whole school program which underpins our literacy sessions. CAFÉ is an acronym for the four major components of reading. They are:

  • C for Comprehension (I understand what I read)
  • A for Accuracy (I can read the words)
  • F for Fluency  (I can read smoothly with few errors)
  • E for Expanding Vocabulary (I know, find and use interesting words)

The children will learn reading strategies within each category. These strategies will become tools for the children to use to help them become better readers and writers. We will keep you informed when new strategies are introduced. Then, when you read with your child at home, you will be able to reinforce these concepts.



In Year 3, reading takes place within the classroom each day and is encouraged as much as possible at home, ideally every night or morning. At school, the children will practise their reading with a partner, a parent helper, independently, as well as with their teacher for regular monitoring and assessment. Reading time is also known as ‘The Daily 3.’ ‘The Daily 3’ gives children the opportunity to choose to read to self, read with partner, or, listen to reading (on the computer). During this time, we encourage you to come along and listen to the children read.


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AR Reading

The AR Reading Program allows children to read at their own pace and at their own level.  Students read books from within a range established by their on-line assessment task.  When they finish their books, students complete a multiple choice quiz on the computer to assess their reading comprehension and are awarded points which they accumulate towards certificates. It is an expectation that children read between 15 and 20 minutes per each day at home. If your child is reading books from home, you can check to see if they are on the A.R. list at using the following site:


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Mathematics has three dimensions: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.  They attend these sessions four times a week. To determine these groups, children are pre-tested on each specific topic being covered. This allows for movement across the groups and enables us to plan lessons that best suit each student’s learning needs. At the end of each unit, the students complete a post-test to ascertain learning growth. In maths, we will utilise the 4 teachers across the grade 3 areas to enable us to fully extend and support the students at their individual point of need.


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Every Thursday afternoon, the children work in mixed groupings with different grade 3 teachers in “rotations” sessions. These sessions aim to build students team work and social skills as well as enabling us to cover a broader range of the curriculum. Activities include: science, higher thinking skills, Play is the Way, Resilience Project and technology.


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All students participate in sport between 12:00 and 1:40 on Fridays. During these sessions the children build upon the skills covered in formal P.E. sessions. If your child is unable to participate for injury or health reasons, a signed note must be sent to your child’s teacher excusing them from participation. Hats and water bottles must be brought to school on sports days. Children are also asked to wear house coloured polo-shirts. We are aware that in years 1 and 2 t-shirts were worn to sport sessions. Once your child outgrows their coloured t-shirt, please replace with a coloured, collared polo-shirt to best protect from the sun. It is advised that a small tube of sunscreen be packed as well.


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This year, grade 3 students will head off for a three day camp and we would love all children to attend. We are looking forward to another very successful and fun time with your children. Depending on the year camp is held at either Philip Island or Forest Edge. The camp will be held over three days in June/July.


Inquiry Themes

The themes for the year 2017 are as follows; 2018 Inquiry themes will differ from these:

« Term 1 – ‘Learning how to Learn’/ ‘Feathers, Fur, Fins and Frills’ (Australian animal focus)

« Term 2 – ‘Dreaming – A Study of Indigenous Culture’

« Term 3 – ‘First Contact’- European settlement

« Term 4 – ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’


Super Six Values

The Super Six Values were created last year as teachers worked with students to identify the key morals that embody Parkdale Primary School. The values that were chosen are Responsibility, Respect, Resilience, Integrity, Cooperation and Excellence. These values will be embedded into our learning culture throughout the year and will beautifully integrate with The Resilience Project, which will run across the school in 2018. Keep an eye out for our Super Six signage that will be displayed around the school this year!




Grade 3 Team