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Grade 4

Welcome to Term 3 2017.

The teachers in Grade 4 are Leah Morgan, Karly Kallinikos and Jeremy Cadusch.

See 4 Leah’s blog for more information –http://4leah.edublogs.org

Literacy - Reading

The Grade 4 teachers will continue to work alongside each student to ensure that they have an individual reading goal based on the Café Literacy program (CAFÉ being an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expand Vocabulary), focused at their point of need. Students may use this goal when writing a brief synopsis in their Reading Journals about what they have read each night at home. Alternatively, they may complete one of the tasks provided by their teacher, focused on improving their comprehension skills.

This term, our foci in reading sessions will include:

  • cause and effect relationships
  • identifying the main idea
  • summarising a text
  • making inferences
  • recognising literary elements
  • using punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody
  • expanding vocabulary by using prior knowledge and context to confirm meaning

Literacy - Writing

Writing sessions will focus on informational, narrative, procedural and persuasive text types, as well as revisiting different forms of poetry. Conferencing and needs-based groups occur most sessions, thus enabling teachers to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses, ensuring that each child is catered for on an individual basis.

Every Friday, students will participate in Big Write sessions, where they will be encouraged to use the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the week to produce a piece of writing.

Spelling

Spelling groups will resume in the first week back of school. Weekly spelling pre- and post-tests focus on different graphemes (letter combinations that form a sound) and their respective phonemes (the sound that the letter combinations make). Students are expected to learn fifteen words each week based on different graphemes as part of the homework expectations. Pre-tests occur every Tuesday, and post-tests occur the following Monday.

Mathematics

Mathematics will focus on the following areas:

  • number and algebra (place value, multiplication and division, patterns and algebra)
  • measurement (area and perimeter)

Students will consolidate their mathematical knowledge by relating what they learn to real life problems and to other areas of the curriculum. They are encouraged to use a variety of strategies to solve mathematical problems.

The Grade 4 teachers will work alongside each child to encourage them to develop skills and concepts through explicit teaching in both whole class and small focus groups. Mental calculation and the teaching of efficient strategies is a priority. Students are encouraged to develop skills in estimation, with the use of concrete materials used to support their mathematical explorations.

Students’ understanding of Mathematics is assessed using standardised tools and rich assessment tasks.

Science

This term’s Science focus is Biology. Students will learn about the life cycle of trees, specifically focusing on eucalypts. They will also learn about the mutualistic relationships that exist between eucalypts, bees and other pollinating animals. Hands-on tasks will enable them to describe the different parts of flowers, and understand why bees are so important in pollination and how this effects the life cycle of a plant.

Students will work in small collaborative groups throughout this unit, thus encouraging them to share their knowledge and expertise with each other. An excursion to the Royal Botanic Gardens later in the term will assist on consolidating students’ knowledge about plants and their life cycles.

Integrated Studies

Our Integrated Studies unit is ‘The First Fleet'. Students will be investigating the following key questions:

  • Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?
  • What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?
  • What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

This term, students will be required to complete an individual home-based project based on a convict or a soldier from the First Fleet. More details will be provided by the Grade 4 teachers in the first week back of term.

Students will be able to immerse themselves in the experiences of the first European settlers in Australia with a visit to Cook’s Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens, mid-term. Details will be provided closer to the date.

Student Diaries

Students’ diaries are an invaluable tool for collaborating between the school and the home. Parents are encouraged to use their child’s diary to communicate important information to the teacher, such as informing signed off once a week by your child’s teacher, but will be checked daily to ensure that messages are received, if necessary.

Homework

In Grade 4, students are encouraged to read for 20 to 30 minutes, four times a week. All students are expected to complete two entries per week in their Reading Journal, based on either their Reading Goal or one of the reading-focused tasks that are pasted into the front of their journal. Reading Journals are to be handed in once a week (Leah and Jeremy’s classes – Monday, Karly’s class – Friday).

Students may read independently or out loud to an adult. We also encourage parents to read to their child on a regular basis. We thank you for your continued co-operation in ensuring that your child spends time reading at home. Reading homework requirements may change when students are working on projects at home. The Grade 4 teachers will discuss this further with the students when they begin their project work.

As noted above (see ‘Spelling’), students are also required to learn fifteen words each week based on a different letter/ sound combination.

Family Maths problem solving tasks will continue this term, with students encouraged to work alongside an adult or an older sibling to solve them. The main focus is on encouraging your child to articulate their understanding of how to solve challenging mathematical word problems. Students will receive a new problem each Monday, and on Friday of the same week, each class will spend time discussing the problem solving strategies used to solve it. All students are encouraged to have a go at solving the weekly Maths problem, as this will improve their ability in being able to articulate their mathematical thinking.

Your child’s teacher will also set Mathletics tasks (http://mathletics.com.au) for your child to complete throughout the week, based on the current unit of study. Students are expected to set aside 10 minutes three times a week to complete these tasks, as they will assist in their understanding of mathematical concepts learnt throughout the week. If your child has misplaced his/ her password, please inform his/ her teacher so that another copy can be printed for them.

Students may also spend time on Reading Eggs, which may assist in improving their reading skills https://readingeggs.com.au/. The Grade 4 teachers will set tasks for your child to complete, often based on what they are learning in class.

If you have any questions regarding homework requirements, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s classroom teacher.

Dates for your diary

Please note these important dates for Term 3:

Date Event

Monday   17th April

Term   3 starts
Thursday   3rd August

Student-led   conferences from 4pm

Friday   4th August

Student-led   conferences (no school)

Monday   7th August

Curriculum   Day (no school)

Friday   18th August

Excursion   to Cook’s Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens

Monday   28th August

Hooptime   Gala Day at MSAC

Thursday   31st August

Junior   School Council’s ‘Footy Colours Day’

(fundraising   for research into childhood cancers)

Wednesday   6th September

Grades   3,4 and 5 Music Concert

  • Karly’s class: 6pm – 6.40pm
  • Leah and Jeremy’s classes: 6.50pm – 7.30pm

Friday   8th September

Literacy   Day (dress up as a favourite book character)
Friday   15th September

Excursion   to the Royal Botanic Gardens for ‘Plantworks’

Friday   22nd September

Term   3 finishes at 2.30pm