Year 3

All Year 3 classes will have an individual blog. To gain real insight into what is occurring in your child/ren's classroom please subscribe to the relevant blog. Blogging is an online, interactive space that allows for the upload of ideas, happenings and questioning with the hope that those watching will engage in the conversations and become part of our learning space. This in effect breaks down the classroom walls and provides you with a closer look at how learning is taking place at school.


Year 3 teachers will be blogging to let parents know all about the learning experiences in the classroom. All you will need to do is subscribe to the site so that you receive notification of any new items posted and start interacting. Blogging guidelines have been placed in the Banksia Bulletin and are available online on the site. Please read them carefully. All comments are read first and approved before being posted to the site. Any inappropriate use of the site will not be tolerated.


Year Overview


Year Three includes many firsts which include: Beach Program, House Swimming Sports, Mornington & Mt Martha History Walks & Talks, Cross Country, The Briars Environment Week, Moonlit Sanctuary, Wildlife Incursion, CSIRO Incursion, Super Science Day, Somers Primary School Camp.






•Deeper comprehension- understanding beyond what is directly written.


•Making connections- explicitly teaches comprehension strategies. Reading skills introduced in previous years such as sequencing and the main idea will be further developed and cause and effect will be introduced this year.


•They should use punctuation and paragraphing when reading to regulate fluency.


•Suitable texts include simple novels, picture story books, magazine articles and nonfiction texts.




•Emphasis on spelling and grammar


•Practise will be provided in a variety of genres such as persuasive, narrative, procedure, explanation, letters, reports and poetry. Children will learn to plan and use scaffolds to enable them to add detail to each written piece. They will use thinking skills to broaden the scope of their writing.


•Children will be taught to proof read, self correct and edit their pieces and children will draft and go on to publish some of their pieces. Children will be encouraged to use writing and spelling guides such as spell checkers, dictionaries and thesauruses.


•Formal lessons in grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and writing styles will be provided and conferencing will enable children to develop at an individual level.


Speaking and Listening


•When speaking, children will consolidate skills that enable them to convey simple information and familiar ideas to specified audiences, for example in a speech about themselves. They will respond individually and in groups in activities such as book discussions. The children will listen and respond carefully using correct punctuation and grammar.



•Master automatic recall of addition and subtraction facts to 20.


•Know 2,3,4,5 and 10 times tables.


•Introduce new concepts including adding 3 digit numbers with carrying in the units, subtracting with trading in the units, division with remainders, 1/10’s as decimals and recognising right angles.


•Continue to develop reading and recording of time to the ¼ hour, map reading, using rulers accurately and measuring mass and capacity in kilograms and litres.


•All made easier with strong number fact recall.


•Math lessons usually consist of 3 parts- introduction, small group tasks completed independently by some or with teacher guidance for others and a whole class reflection time.




Term 1:


Mount Martha: Past and Present


Term 2:


Places for living – Australian Habitats


Term 3:


Australian History and Geography


Term 4:


Chemical Change




ICT is an important part of school life at Mount Martha. Students use computers to support all areas of the curriculum.


Year 3 Sport 


•Supports the Physical Education program run by Cameron Sweatman


•Activities vary between whole group and station work.


•Lessons focus on a particular skill: Hand eye co-ordination, jumping, hopping, throwing and catching.


•Please send your child to school wearing suitable footwear.


Student Wellbeing


•You Can Do It


•Social Skills


•Environment Group


•Adventure playground for each year level


•Please encourage your children to consistently report incidents to their teachers.


How You can Help at Home


•Please continue to hear your child read regularly and record this in their homework folders.


•Encourage spelling and number fact practice.


•Regular use of Mathletics.


•Help your child find information that they may need for research activities.


•Continue the positive attitude that you show towards your child’s education.