Students in Years 3 and 4 begin to move from the concrete, hands-on foundations in Kindergarten to Year 2 towards abstract concepts to develop more fluid and effective ways of thinking. Students continue to engage and build upon Literacy and Numeracy skills that broadens understanding and challenges thinking on a daily basis.
Students begin to participate in more formalised learning and assessment which is student driven and individualised. Students are encouraged to question, analyse and problem solve in a variety of situations applying their knowledge both within and outside of the classroom context. The teacher leads the students’ learning path by using prompting to build upon and deepen understanding.
Students become increasingly more involved in group work where they provide peer to peer feedback and learn collaborative skills that are essential for the 21st century. Students are encouraged to take initiative as they move towards leadership in Years 5 and 6 and become more autonomous learners.
The use of Information Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum to refine students’ research skills and use of technology. They begin to build skills and knowledge of responsible use of technology in readiness for Years 5 and 6.