Grade 4

Welcome to Term 2 2019!

What an exciting term we’ve got ahead of us!


The teachers in Grade 4 are Karly Kallinikos, Rachel Lehrner, Sarah Psomotragos, Ayse Ozturk and Anna McDonald.


As we begin Term 2, the Grade 4 teachers will work alongside each student to ensure that they have an individual reading goal based on the Café Literacy Program (CAFÉ being an acronym for the four reading capabilities: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expand Vocabulary).

Each student will be given a reading goal by their teacher and take home a Parent Pipeline information sheet that outlines what their goal is and how you can help them achieve it.

Reading strategies from the CAFE Program are explicitly taught in the classroom and students practise them using texts that are at an appropriate standard of complexity for them. We call these books ‘Just Right Books’. Each student will also participate in guided reading sessions, working alongside their teacher to consolidate the CAFE strategies.

In Term 2, students will focus on refining their comprehension and accuracy skills by concentrating on the following strategies:

  • good readers are good thinkers- learning to think deeply about the text
  • different genres, their purposes, structures and specific comprehension strategies needed
  • multiple points of view
  • compare and contrast
  • cause and effect
  • Notice and appreciate the author’s use of figurative and literary language to evoke imagery, feeling and mood.
  • word choice

Writer’s Workshop

Term 2 will see the continuation of the Writer’s Workshop process. We will continue to run short mini lessons everyday to hone in on writing skills that will further develop their writing pieces. We will focus on developing student ability to write a range of different text types for various purposes. These text types are explicitly taught and students will be supported in formulating their writing ideas through the use of a ‘Seed/Ideas book’.

Conferencing and needs-based groups occur most sessions, enabling teachers to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and ensuring that each child is catered for on an individual basis. As the term progresses, students will be placed on an individual writing goal to focus their efforts during writing sessions.

This term, we are beginning to look closely at some of the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing (Ideas, Conventions, Sentence Fluency, Word Choice, Voice, Organisation and Presentation). These traits help students up level their writing skills as they progress through the senior school.

Writer’s Workshop provides students with opportunities to apply their developing knowledge of vocabulary, opening words, connectives and punctuation. These four components of grammar are taught during daily VCOP sessions.

Spelling and Handwriting

Our school’s spelling program for middle and senior students is the Soundwaves Spelling program. Soundwaves builds on students’ prior knowledge gained through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ program taught in Prep to Grade 2, and Soundwaves learning in Grade 3. The children learn graphemes (letter combinations that form a sound) and their respective phonemes (the sound that the letter combinations make). This builds knowledge of word patterns and the ability to spell new vocabulary. In the classroom, students will participate in both online learning via the Soundwaves website as well as paper and games-based Soundwaves learning activities.


Mathematics teaching will focus on the following areas:

  • Number and Place Value - Multiplication and Division
  • Statistics and Probability (data interpretation and representation)
  • Measurement and Geometry 2D and 3D shapes

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 with students 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 and use materials to explore and develop deep understanding of maths concepts. Students’ understanding of Mathematics is assessed using standardised tools and rich assessment tasks.

You can support your student at home by practising their times tables or multiplication facts as well as completing weekly mathletics tasks.

Integrated Studies

Our Term 2 Integrated Studies unit is Australian History. We are specifically focusing on the first people of Australia, what was here before us, and change over time. Students will participate in an inquiry unit where they will generate the questions they have about local history and learn how to find out information from good sources of information.

We will be studying the First Fleet and some significant cultural groups who immigrated and how they have changed the local area. Students will also be encouraged to learn about their own family history and where their ancestors may have originated from. As the term progresses, you may like to research as a family your family history and your own immigration stories.


Esmart is a framework for schools to implement a whole-school culture and behaviour relevant to the smart, safe and responsible use of digital technologies. This eSmart framework promotes strategies for dealing with a broad range of cyber-risks. Albert Park Primary School maintains an eSmart program, which has been in operation since 2009, to build our students’ capacity to make wise choices and limit irresponsible risk-taking, as well as promoting good interpersonal relationships. As a community, we need to embrace the positives of technology for teaching practice and enhancing our students’ learning, as well as its role in positive relationship building.

Each class continues to follow the eSmart agreement and practise being eSmart in the classroom. These licences grant the children to use our ICT in accordance with the safety practices we have in place at APPS. We take online safety seriously.

Bounce Back

Bounce Back is the name of our school wide resilience program. This term we will be focusing on respectful relationships. Some topics this unit may cover are: respectful interactions at home and at school, friendships and how to overcome difficulties, the importance of feeling safe and that everyone belongs, individual student rights, inclusiveness and bullying.

We also will be involved in a special program titled ‘The Kindness Project’ which involves learning about the importance of treating others with kindness. Students will be regularly practising acts of kindness to one another and around the school.

Student Diaries

Student 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 their teacher, such as to request a time for a meeting. Students are required to bring them to school each day and home each night. They are checked daily. Please note that absences still require a form to be filled out and handed into the office for processing.


In Grade 4, students are set up to 30 minutes of homework nightly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. (Not Friday or the weekend). A week’s homework includes:

  1. 4 Reading      sessions per week. (One session per night comprising of 10 minutes      practising their Reading Goal, either independently or with an adult).
  2. 3 Mathletics      tasks per week. These tasks should be spread across the four nights.      Students use the Mathletics website
  3. 4 Spelling      activities per week (one each night). These activities could be online      tasks through the Soundwaves website.      Alternatively, your child’s teacher might provide them with tasks that are      not online. Each task should take between 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
  4. Additional homework tasks will be      introduced during the year.

We thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring that your child spends time completing their homework. If you experience any difficulty accessing the internet or lack technology to access the website, please let us know and we will make other arrangements. If you have any questions regarding homework requirements, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher.

Dates for Your Diary

These dates were correct at the time of publication., however, please check the school Website for any updated calendar events and possible date changes.

Tuesday 7 May      District Cross Country

Wednesday 8 May Curriculum Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday 9 May     Mother's Day Stall

Friday 10 May        Mother's Day Lunch - tickets required

Tuesday 21 May     APPS Gr 3 - 6 Sports Day

Tuesday 4 June      Family Planning Parent Info Session

Monday 10 June     Queen's Birthday Holiday

Monday 17 - Friday 21 June   Swimming Lessons at MSAC

Friday 20 June       End term 2 - FRENCH DAY Dress Up - Assembly at 2.00pm - School finishes at 2.30pm