Year 4

2018 Grade 4 staff:

4A Maddy Ried

4B Teagan Barrack

4C Caroline Farrant

4D Melissa Hermans

4E Candice Skinner

Term 4

We have had an excellent start to term 4 with an adventurous camp to Rawson Village. Students enjoyed a range of activities including a bush walk, bush cooking, rock climbing and abseiling, zip lining, orienteering and the commando course. Thank you to all the staff for organising the fun packed three days! 

Inquiry

This term we are learning about Earth Science and Geogrpahy, asking the big question; ‘How does Earth’s surface change over time?’ Students have begun experiments looking at the rock cycle, how fossil are made and what soil consists of. Below are photos of students investigating sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks through lollies!

 

Term 3

Welcome back to another busy term filled with fun activities, including the Year four production; Cinderella – What a ball! Well done to all students who performed and thank you to all the families and friends who came to watch, we were thrilled to hear both nights were a sell out!

This term we have continued to work with our prep buddies, creating, playing and even sharing our writing.

Literacy:

Students continue to delve into deeper conversations within our reciprocal reading groups, taking on a variety of roles. Our focus this term is to expose students to a wider variety of text types including multi-media texts and how pictures and diagrams can lead to a deeper understanding of the author’s purpose.

We have had a fantastic result of grade four students participating in Premier’s Reading Challenge and look forward to seeing the list of books read before the challenge concludes.

We are continuing to use our ‘Writer’s Notebook’ regularly this term for students to generate their own ideas.

In addition to this we have been focussing on the trait ‘conventions’ where students have begun revising and editing their work.

Below are photos of students practising the skill of revising (purple pen) and editing (green pen).

Mathematics:

As we begin to cover more topics within Mathematics, students have created their own ‘Maths dictionary’ to assist with all those tricky words when problem solving.

We have begun looking at time, including 24 hour time and converting between units of time. Students are encouraged to read the time at home and estimate or calculate the amount of time it takes to complete a variety of tasks.

Inquiry:

Students had great success last term creating their marble runs, thank you to all who came to our open session to view their creating pieces and join in the fun.

This term we have begun exploring Australian History, asking the question ‘How has world exploration and colonisation affected Australia’. This has included researching world explorers, conflict of cultures and the journey of the first fleet. Students enjoyed participating in a full day incursion of ‘The Colonial Show’.

Students are currently creating their own board games researching and writing questions around one particular topic within colonisation. We look forward to inviting you in again to see their wonderful creation this term!

 

Useful Websites: 

Literacy

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.

Numeracy

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
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Patterns, Algebra, and Functions
  • Data, Statistics, and Probability

General websites

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.

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