Our 2017 Year 4 teachers are:
- Sarah Tyo ~ 4A (Team Leader)
- Lisa Rae ~ 4B
- Jackie Rawnsley ~ 4C
- Caitlin Green ~ 4D
- Caroline Farrant ~ 4E
Welcome to Term 1
We are looking forward to an action packed term ahead and are glad to be back.
Some important dates for Term 1 are:
- 26th February: School Photos
- 28th February: Senior School Athletics Day
- 13th March: Labour Day Holiday
- 17th March: Ride 2 School Day
- 21st March: Year 3-6 Parent Teacher Interviews
- 31st March: Last day Term 1; early dismissal @ 1:30pm
Keep up to date with our weekly curriculum updates here:
(Please note these are now sent out via Compass)
Term 1 Week 1 – Curriculum Update Year-4-Curriculum-Update-T1W3.doc (176 downloads)
Reading: We are focussing on Non-Fiction texts to prepare us for our Inquiry projects at the end of the term. Looking at comprehension strategies with these texts such as making connections; monitoring and clarifying; inferring actions & meaning; synthesising and visualising.
Writing: We will be covering a wide range of writing styles this term. Starting off with recounts then moving onto narratives and then ending the term with persuasive texts. All of these are text types that students have looked at before so we will be working at their point of need to improve the level of their writing.
We are starting off the term covering timetables and calendars in order to get ourselves organised for the year. We will then look at place value which will be the focus of our first Learning Task in week 4. The other topics that we will cover this term are: Data, Time, Chance and Fractions. All maths lessons are taught starting with a number fluency task, usually in the form of a game or challenge that students become familiar with. Maths lessons are adapted regularly to meet the students point of need, whether that be support or extension.
Every year we run a ‘Start Up’ program for the first three weeks of term. This involves setting up our class norms, establishing routines in the classroom and revisiting the school values and what they mean to us as a class.
In week 4, we move onto out topic for the term which is “How can we be active citizens in our community?”. We will learn about our local government and what their role as, with a special visit from Mayor Bernadene Voss. We will also look at what makes a community, groups within the community and how we can be involved in our local community.
www.grammarpolis.com a fun, interactive site that helps students learn about grammar and the parts of speech.
www.readingeggspress.com.au Reading Eggspress makes reading real books, improving spelling skills and building reading comprehension highly engaging for 7-13 year olds. This site is packed full of hundreds of great online activities, books and games to help build childrens’ literacy.
www.meriam-webster.com A great website with thinking games for improving your child’s lexicon.
www.vocabahead.com Vocab Ahead is a collection of short videos that give definitions, usage and pictures associated with interesting vocabulary words.
www.mathtv.com Math TV is an amazing collection of how-to videos in a variety of math subjects. This site is free, but it does require you to register to be able to view the videos.
www.learnyourtables.co.uk Learn Your Tables is a nice interactive site that allows students to practice their multiplication times tables.
www.learn.fi.edu/school/math2/ This site is for the specific purpose of preparing Middle School students for OPEN-ENDED problem solving. Each month includes problems from each of the following strands:
- Number Theory
- Patterns, Algebra, and Functions
- Data, Statistics, and Probability
http://www.sciencebug.org/index.html The educational goals of Catch the Science Bug are to increase science literacy and raise environmental consciousness by adhering to national standards and guidelines for content, to use different teaching methods for engaging all types of learners, and to encourage life-long learning by featuring scientists who model this behaviour.
http://invention.si.edu/explore/invention-stories/ Invention at Play is a fantastic interactive website from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. When asked what inspired them to become inventors, many adults tell stories about playing as children. The Invention Playhouse takes this fact and offers up great activities to increase problem solving ability, visual thinking, collaboration and exploration.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr Touch typing practice to help build students’ typing skills.