By this stage in your child’s learning they would have faced some difficulties that have challenged their way of thinking and feeling about English…and perhaps yours as well. Students start to reflect more on their own achievements and make comparisons to their peers. All this can leave a young mind deflated. Our Year 3 & 4 Resilient Ready program works to equip our students with the skills necessary to bounce back and think positively about challenges.
At Chalkwall we know that it is important for students start to develop sound study habits to meet the demands of school. We have developed a sequence of study that explores the required skills to plan, summarise and write in different ways.
In the Year 3 & 4 Resilient Ready program, students work with a different type of text each term. Our teachers guide students to read texts critically through exploration of various issues to understand the different levels of comprehension. Students are not only involved in reading and viewing texts but are taught how to provide justification to support their interpretation and appreciate various points of view. These skills can be utilised in their own lives as they try to navigate and make sense of a world where peer interaction starts to take on a more significant role. Our classes incorporate the instructional use of whole class and small group/pair work to maximise learning. At Chalkwall we accommodate for different learners through the inclusion of visual, audio and tactile learning aids so that students can use those experiences in their writing.
Our teachers understand that students begin to feel the pressure to perform as assignments and exams start to become part of their school life. The Year 3 & 4 teachers will show students how to plan for their writing while also assisting them with learning skills that can be applied to their own independent study so that they can meet challenges in a positive manner.
Homework is distributed weekly ensuring students practice the skills learnt in class. It is collected and marked on a weekly basis then returned to the student. This enables teachers to assess their students’ level of understanding and focus on weaknesses.
Informal assessments are carried out during class where teachers observe students’ level of progress through class work and give written and verbal feedback.
Students are given two formal exams at the end of Term 1 and Term 3 and feedback is provided to parents/guardians. These results are used to determine areas of need and become a focal point for further learning.
Students are provided with a class workbook each term and revision booklets.
Year 3 students are provided with NAPLAN practice questions in Term 1 in preparation for NAPLAN.
Year 4 students are also provided with NAPLAN practice questions in Term 4 in preparation for Year 5 NAPLAN.
Student attendance, homework completion and understanding of content taught is recorded on a weekly basis for tracking purposes.