Year 4 Term Letter, Term 2, 2018 Print version
Welcome back to Term 2. We had a wonderful first term to get settled into class routines and to get to know the students
Each class at Our Lady of Dolours, has chosen a part of our sustainability plan to help our environment and do our part to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Our Year 4 class has chosen to be “Captains of Compost” by helping our school to produce rich and nutrient compost for the school gardens and learning how to be sustainable consumers.
As always, we are looking for Year 4 students to “Soar to Success” by using their amazing creative skills, our “Keys to Success” and trying to use our head, heart and hands to be more like our “Kid in the Crest”.
Term 2 Units of Work
This term the students will engage with a variety of text types in the Old Testament and the New Testament to explore how a reader uses knowledge about the Bible to better understand God’s Word. They will explore the Psalms and create prayers of petition. They will investigate New Testament texts that speak of God as Father, God as Son and God as Holy Spirit.
During this term children will learn to…
- Understand that texts have different text structures depending on purpose and context.
- Explain how language features, images and vocabulary are used to engage the interest of audiences.
- Describe literal and implied meaning connecting ideas in different texts
- Fluently read texts that include varied sentence structures, unfamiliar vocabulary including multisyllabic words.
- Express preferences for particular types of texts, and respond to others’ viewpoints.
- Listen for and share key points in discussions.
- Use language features to create coherence and add detail to their texts.
- Understand how to express an opinion based on information in a text.
- Create texts that show understanding of how images and detail can be used to extend key ideas.
- Create structured texts to explain ideas
This term the focus is particularly on the strands of ‘Money and Financial Mathematics” and ‘Measurement’ and consolidating “Number and Place Value”.
The students will be taught to:
- Solve problems involving purchases and the calculation of change to the nearest five cents with and without technology
- Compare objects using familiar metric units of area and volume
- Compare the areas of regular and irregular shapes by informal means
The students will consolidate their learning when they:
- Investigate and use the properties of odd and even numbers
- Recognise, represent and order numbers to at least tens of thousands
- Apply place value to partition, rearrange and regroup numbers to at least tens of thousands to assist calculations and solve problems.
- Develop efficient mental and written strategies and use appropriate digital technologies for multiplication and for division where there is no reminder.
In this unit, students will use games to investigate and demonstrate the direction of forces and the effect of contact and non-contact forces on objects.
They will use their knowledge of forces to make predictions about games. Games will be completed safely in order to collect data so that findings can be communicated. Students will also identify situations where science is used to ask questions or to make predictions. They will identify how science knowledge of forces helps people understand the effects of their actions.
Humanities and Social Sciences
During Term 2 in Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) we will be looking at some of the countries in Africa and South America. We will explore their diverse characteristics, their location in relation to Australia, their distinct environments and natural resources and how they utilise these resources and particularly the sustainability aspect of the use of their resources.
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in the classroom (Bins)
- School Organic Compost
Students participate in and respond to imaginative texts such as interactive stories and performances, for example by acting out responses or making simple statements to identify and compare favourite characters and elements. In this unit, students will use language to explore the different representations of characters in traditional stories.
· engage with a range of traditional Japanese stories
· explore the representation of heroes in traditional stories
· analyse and understand the systems of language relating pronunciation and the text structure of Japanese stories
· participate in intercultural experiences to reflect on language and cultural values relating to character transformations in imaginative texts.
This term the students in year three and four will develop aural skills by imitating and recognising elements of music including dynamics, timbre, texture and rhythm patterns. We will learn how to collaborate to compose or arrange our own music in small groups and how to discuss our use of the elements of music in to others.
Health and Physical Education
- participating in physical activities which require problem-solving to achieve a goal
- using different equipment to create an original game or movement challenge
- refining Athletics techniques in readiness for the Athletics Carnival
This Term our Yr. 4 students will be participating in the “Circles” program. This is a wonderful social-emotional whole class program. “Circles” aims to help students talk about and understand difficult feelings and experiences together, normalising that no one is perfect, and everyone has “big feelings” sometimes. “Circles” aims to increase emotional vocabulary, empathy, as well as exploring and problem-solving issues such as self-soothing and friendship dynamics. “Circles” aims to provide a space where students can celebrate their strengths and build connectedness and resilience.
All Feelings Are OK!
Students will consolidate their understanding that computer programming relies on the programmer giving instructions to the computer that are accurate and clear. They will use a block programming environment to manipulate blocks of code to create a series of shapes, images and actions. Each student will work through training courses to sequentially develop their skill in block coding. They will create patterns and drawings using code. Students will become aware that some of the best learning and greatest discovery come from making ‘mistakes’ and resolving the issues (debugging). A focus will be on modifying their design when required during the course of a project. Throughout this unit students will be developing algorithms to solve problems and thus be engaging in computational thinking.
Other Relevant Information:
In Term 2, Homework is handed out on Tuesdays and collected on Tuesdays in the student green homework folder. Homework contains (10 mins) Mental Mentals with a focus strategy to use and practice and a Reading Log. Student should be reading at least 20 mins each night to help build vocabulary and see spelling in context of sentence structure.
This could be…
- Story books
- Comics/ Graphic Novels
- Grocery Lists
Other Important Days and Information
- Sports uniform is to be worn on Wednesdays and Fridays.
- HPE with Mr. Ebbage, Music with Mrs. Buckley will be on Wednesdays.
- Technology with Mr. Madden on Thursday
- Japanese with Mrs. Stone will be on Mondays.
- Dance on Thursdays
- Library Borrowing is on Friday and it would be appreciated if your child could have a library bag with them each week.
Please refer to the online calendar on the school website for all the upcoming events for the term. If you have any concerns or issues, please see me or phone the office so we can arrange an appointment.
Jenni Wright Terry Madden Brett Kitchener
Classroom Teacher Classroom Teacher Principal