Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

Year 3 brings excitement and change for students. Year 3 students move from the junior building to the senior building where they officially become senior students. They will have many opportunities to make new friends within their classes and in the senior cohort as a whole. Our teachers for 2019 are Mr Scott-McClean, Mrs Liu and Ms Brown.

Year 3 students will sit their first National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test held in May. There are four tests covering numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. You will receive a report of your child's achievement in the tests.

In English year 3 are taught a balanced literacy program utilising quality literature. They will be engaged in a range of activities focusing on language, literature and literacy differentiated to their ability level. The strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.

Our Mathematics program utilises the enVision Maths curriculum resource to teach the Australian curriculum.

https://pearson.com.au/educator/primary/browse-resources-online/mathematics/envisionmaths/ Each week in Mathematics, students will be working on mental computation skills for the four operations and problem-solving strategies. Mathematical concepts will also be integrated into our History, Geography and Science Inquiry units. Mathematics sessions will incorporate the following elements - warm up activities, mental computation, explicit teaching of concepts, consolidation and extension activities.

Throughout the year we will be integrating our inquiry units across the subject areas of History, Geography and Science. The inquiry unit provides students with a “big idea” that will help them process their world and apply knowledge. It gives them opportunities to make connections across a variety of themes and ideas. Students will engage in higher level thinking, active problem-solving activities and research.

In 2019, the Year 3 cohort comprises 2 Mandarin Immersion Programme (MIP) classes and 2 mainstream classes (the second being a multi age Year 3/4). MIP classes are taught in Mandarin for two days each week and the mainstream classes learn Mandarin for one hour each week.

Year 3 curriculum achievement standards for English

Year 3 curriculum achievement standards for Mathematics

Year 3

Duncan Lawler

3/4 Team Leader

Email: duncan.lawler@ed.act.edu.au

This is my 30th year of teaching and I have been at Mawson for the past 3 years. I have taught from preschool through to Year 6 and am passionate about literacy and early education. Outside of school I am a keen gardener, enjoy reading and love fishing. As team leader for Year 3/4 I am looking forward to working with students and their families.

Kent Scott-MClean

3 MIP

Role: Classroom teacher

Email:

Kent.Scott-McLean@ed.act.edu.au

This is my second year at Mawson PS and I am looking forward to working with all the year 3 students. Over the years I have taught in many settings from kindy to Year 9. I was even lucky enough to work at Birrigai Outdoor School. One of my interests is riding my bike. I have been riding bikes for as long as I can remember. This year I will be riding as part of the Tour de Cure Signature ride where we are going to ride from Sydney to Geelong - over 1200kms. Other things I really enjoy doing include spending time with my family and making music. I can play the guitar, ukulele and the djembe (a West African Drum).

Wen Liu

3 MIP

Role: MIP teacher

Email: Wenyan.Liu@ed.act.edu.au

I have been teaching at Mawson for 5 years. I have taught Year one and two in the junior school and look forward to teaching Year three MIP this year.  I enjoy watching movies, listening to Adele, travelling, reading and doing yoga in my spare time. My favourite colour is blue and ginger. I love all types of cuisines from different cultures, Chinese Sichuan cuisine, Indian butter chicken, and Japanese cuisine and Vietnamese noodles, just to name a few.

Alicia Brown

3B

Role: Classroom Teacher

Email: alicia.brown@ed.act.edu.au

My name is Alicia Brown and this is my second year at Mawson. I enjoy learning about all the different cultures present in our school! My favourite things are books, animals, and maths. I like to drink lots of tea and chai and can often be seen with my Harry Potter mug in hand. I love arts and crafts, including origami, sewing, drawing, painting and knitting.

Fiona Stevenson

3/4S

Role: Classroom Teacher

Email:

Fiona.Stevenson@ed.act.edu.au

This is my fourth year at Mawson Primary and my 28th year teaching! I love the cultural diversity of our school and enjoy learning about our world from my students and their families.

I am married to Rob and we are blessed with three adult children, a Border Collie, a Mini Foxie and two cats. I love to read, kayak, 4WD, fish and go camping. I am looking forward to moving to our brand-new classroom in term two and working with my class to make it a warm, welcoming and dynamic learning space.