Learning - Grade 3

Grade 3 at Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School is where students begin to take responsibility for their learning. They use their diaries regularly and make choices about their learning.


Literacy occurs every day in the classrooms. We emphasise the importance of all students achieving in reading and writing. We use a variety fo approaches to cater for all learners.

These include:

  • Use Writing Rainbow Strategies when writing- this involves planning, a draft, edit, publish, celebrate and conference
  • Writer's Notebook is used to give students the opportunity to develop 'Seeds' to help their writing grow.
  • Modelled reading and writing sessions
  • Oral language development through circle time
  • CAFE reading strategies
  • Book clubs


We are consistently developing the student?s fluency and reasoning to develop a deeper understanding of the content and strategies. Mathematics is a great way to use hands on learning to aid the students in developing and consolidating skills.

Key components of mathematics include:

  • counting and place value
  • addition and subtraction
  • multiplication and division
  • fraction
  • measurement,
  • time
  • graphs
  • shapes
  • location
  • money
  • symmetry.

Inquiry Learning:

Before they begin each unit, students are immersed in the real world application of what they will be learning. Students complete a pre-test to find out what they already know, students then develop questions to be answered throughout the unit.

Inquiry Units are based around concepts that help students to question and develop deep understandings of the world around them.

These concepts and units at Grade One level include:

  • Community
    • First Contact
  • Sustainability
    • Look At What We Have Got
  • Social Justice
    • In Their Shoes
  • Creativity
    • Preparing The Stage
  • Identity
    • The Game Of Life
  • Change
    • Looking Backwards and Forwards
  • Necessity
    • Money Makes the World Go Around
  • Curiosity
    • Why? Why? Why?


Students developing their understanding of science concepts through weekly sessions. These sessions throughout the year focus on core science areas including:

  • Chemical Science
  • Physical Science
  • Biological Science
  • Earth Science