2018 Grade 4 staff:
4A Maddy Ried
4B Teagan Barrack
4C Caroline Farrant
4D Melissa Hermans
4E Candice Skinner
Welcome back to the school year and to Year 4! We have had a wonderful start and have enjoyed the enthusiasm of students and watching new friendships form. As we have now begun week 4 students have emerged themselves into their learning and are showing how they can use their ‘growth mindset’ to challenge themselves. Below is a short overview of some of the curriculum areas and its focus for this term.
Students are focusing on having deeper conversations around a topic making connections with the broader world, personal experiences and texts read. Children then display their knowledge and understanding of the topic in their reading book. (See photo)
In Writing, we are working towards understanding the 6+1 traits of writing; Ideas, Organisation, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions + Presentation. So far students have created a writer’s notebook which is a space to write ideas and expand on these ideas for now or future writing pieces. (See photos)
Below are some of the great beginnings that the children went on to write following the ideas and organisation lessons.
Students have begun demonstrating their knowledge of place value of numbers by representing this in different forms. Below is a photo of the cup mathcing game played in 4AB.
Future learning in Maths will cover work on measuring length using formal units (cm, m, mm, km) and informal units (cubes, icy pole sticks) as well as completing a unit of geometry comparing the properties of 2D shapes (sides, vertices, corners, tessellations).
Students have begun immersing themselves in our topic, ‘How can we be active citizens within our community’. This topic focuses on the roles of the local government and how we can share our thoughts, ideas and opinions. We have several guest speakers from our local community coming in, including Ms Emma who was a former teacher here at PMPS, and is now a police officer.
It was lovely to meet some of you at our information evening. If you were unable to attend you can find information on the PowerPoint we displayed by clicking on the link below.
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.