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English
In Years 3 and 4, students read and write about familiar content that relates to other learning areas. Students read more difficult texts on their own, such as chapter books and non-fiction information and can write in different styles.
Typically, students will:
·       read and understand a range of different types of texts that explore imaginative and informative topics
·       recognise and write texts that persuade and explain
·       write imaginative texts that include characters and events
·       recognise that pictures or graphics can be important to add meaning
·       recognise different kinds of language used in text, depending on the audience and purpose
·       learn information or ideas from texts
·       use mostly correct grammar, including simple and compound sentences
·       use accurate spelling and punctuation, and edit their own writing
·       plan and make presentations to the class
·       engage in discussions to share ideas and information, communicating clearly with others.
 
Maths
 
In Years 3 and 4, students further develop their understanding of number, patterns and relationships, measurement and geometry. Modelling fractions and decimals using concrete materials is a crucial focus at this stage.
Typically, students will:
·       choose strategies to add, subtract, multiply and divide
·       represent the value of money and make simple calculations
·       recall multiplication facts
·       represent fractions on a number line
·       explore addition, subtraction and multiplication number patterns
·       measure temperatures, lengths, shapes and objects
·       solve problems involving time, and read maps
·       create symmetrical shapes and classify angles
·       construct graphs and list a likelihood of events.
 
Science
 
Students develop their understanding about how science relates to their lives. They pose and answer questions and investigate in a more systematic way, developing understanding of a fair test and variables.
Typically, students will:
·       observe heat as a form of energy and investigate how it affects solids
·       explore regular and predictable cycles through a study of day and night
·       explore the action of forces
·       realise that living things form parts of ecosystems
·       understand that actions of humans can have an effect on their world.
 
HASS
 
Students draw on their growing experience of the community and beyond, and use observations and information sources to develop understandings about history, geography, civics and citizenship.
Typically, students will investigate:
·       diverse people, cultures and environments in Australia and neighbouring countries; how different individuals and groups have contributed to their communities, past and present
·       significant days in Australia’s history, such as Australia Day, Anzac Day and Sorry Day
·       early explorers and British colonisation of Australia
·       diverse cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and those who live and lived in the local area
·       geographic characteristics of Africa, South America and Australia, and how natural resources are used and managed
·       rules and laws, and how the local government makes decisions and serves their community
·        groups they belong to, and how people contribute to the community and the environment through responsible actions.
 

 Middle school