Year 4 Term Letter, Term 1, 2018 . Print Version
Welcome back to a new school year. Eli Martin and Addison Maguire have settled in very well and have been made to feel welcome by the rest of the class. We hope that your child too has enjoyed the first few days of Year 4 and feels comfortable in our class community. They are a wonderful group of students with a variety of strengths and abilities and we are very confident that they will achieve great things as they embrace the school theme of ‘Soaring to Success’.
Term 1 Units of Work
Students will investigate the referencing system and text organisation of the Bible and use some features of the text organisation to locate books, people, places and things in the Bible. They will gain an understanding of the purpose of the parables and how God’s voice is heard in them. They will explore the scriptural words revealing God as Father, God as Son and God as Holy Spirit and that Christians name this understanding of God as Trinity.
In English this term, the students will engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They will listen, discuss, share responses and express a point of view. Student will discuss and create persuasive texts that will show their point of view, look at the authors purpose and discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers’ interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension.
This term the focus is particularly on the strands of ‘Number and Algebra’ and ‘Measurement’. The students will be taught to:
- Investigate 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.
- Recall multiplication facts up to 10 × 10 and related division facts.
- Develop efficient mental and written strategies and use appropriate digital technologies for multiplication and for division where there is no remainder.
- Use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths, masses, capacities and temperatures.
- Compare objects using familiar metric units of area and volume.
This term, the students will explore natural processes and human activity which cause weathering and erosion of the Earth’s surface. Students relate this to their local area, make observations and predict consequences of future occurrences and human activity. They describe situations where science understanding can influence their own and others’ actions. They suggest explanations for their observations and compare their findings with their predictions.
Humanities and Social Sciences
This unit will enable the students to gain opportunities to expand their Australian historical knowledge. They will learn about the significance of environments, examining how society’s need of resources over time has affected peoples and environments. Specifically, students study the First Fleet and colonisation in Australia to the early 1800s and life for indigenous Australians pre- and post-contact. They examine the concept of sustainability, and its application to resource use and waste management both past and present, by different groups.
Students use language to explore the concept of celebrations and make connections with their own experiences.
- engage with a range of texts about seasonal celebrations in Japan
- use a range of language to discuss and describe a variety of celebrations
- compare celebrations in different countries
- analyse and understand the systems of language relating to script recognition and Japanese sentence structure
- participate in intercultural experiences to reflect on how participation in certain celebrations shapes identity.
Students describe and discuss similarities and differences between drama they make, perform and view. They collaborate to plan, make and perform drama that communicates ideas
- develop understanding of character through voice and movement
- extend their understanding and use language and ideas to create dramatic action and consider mood and atmosphere in performance
- explore meaning and interpretation, forms and elements including voice, movement, situation
In Health this term, we will be looking at exploring ideas on how success, challenge and failure strengthen identities through mindset. We will be looking at our keys to success and describe strategies to make the classroom and playground healthy, safe and active space with the collaboration of our class covenant.
Children will be introduced to the sport of Soccer (Football), discovering and applying skills and strategies unique to Soccer but with crossover to other sports. They will learn the rules and terminology and apply them fairly in modified game situations in readiness for Term 2 Gala Days
This term in Year 4 students will begin with some colour theory lessons – mixing primary coloured paint to create secondary colours. We’ll use this colour theory to create feathers that will become part of a larger collaborative artwork connected to this year’s theme, “Soaring to Success”.
We will then draw on art from Japan. Later in the term we will explore different styles of art made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Throughout the term students will make and respond to visual artworks, explore meaning, forms and styles through these social and cultural contexts. They will make connections between their own artistic intentions and those of other artists, observing and identifying ideas and symbols used and adapted by artists in their artworks.
Other Relevant Information
Homework will be assigned on Fridays and is due the following Friday. There will be weekly spelling tasks and tables that will be tested on Fridays. Home reading is always an essential part of the homework and should occur every night. Reading logs are on their class OneNote. Longer-term projects will also be included at various times throughout the term. The students should be encouraged to spend some time each day on homework tasks regardless of their other commitments. Making a conscience effort to go paper free, Classroom OneNote is being trialled to stream line reading logs and homework activities. Homework can be assigned and feedback given through the use of this application.
Other Important Days and Information
- Sports uniform is to be worn on Wednesdays and Fridays.
- HPE with Mr. Ebbage, Art with Mrs. Day, and Music with Mrs. Buckley or Drama with Mrs. Stolberg will be on Wednesdays.
- Japanese with Mrs. Stone will be on Mondays.
- Swimming is on the 13th, 20th and 27th February
- OLD Swimming Carnival 6th March
- 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