Grade 4

TERM 1 2017

Welcome to Term 1 2017! What an exciting term we’ve got ahead of us!

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

See 4 Leah’s blog for more information –


As we begin the new year, the Grade 4 teachers will be working 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).

Each student will choose a reading goal from the Café Literacy, and take home a Parent Pipeline sheet that outlines what their goal is and how you, as their parent/ guardian, can assist them in achieving this. Students are encouraged to use their goal when writing a brief synopsis in their Reading Journals about what they have read each night at home.

Daily 5 groups will also provide opportunities for students to focus on their Reading Goals, through small and teacher-focused groups. Students will participate in Daily 5 rotational groups throughout the week, with a focus on a different area each day – Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing and Word Work. Each student will participate in two guided reading sessions per week, working alongside their teacher for additional consolidation.

In Term 1, students will be focusing on refining their comprehension skills. They will be concentrating on the following areas:

  • comparing and contrasting
  • cause and effect relationships
  • summarising
  • distinguishing between fact and opinion
  • identifying the author’s purpose
  • understanding sequence
  • drawing conclusions and making inferences

Writer’s Workshop

 Writer’s Workshop sessions will focus on narrative and persuasive text types, as well as 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 groups will begin in Week 3. In Grade 4, the Spelling program builds on the students’ knowledge from Letters and Sounds in Prep to Grade 2, and Soundwaves in Grade 3. 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 (15) words each week based on a different grapheme as part of the homework expectations.



Mathematics will focus on the following areas:

  • measurement (location and transformation – mapping)
  • number and algebra (all four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)
  • statistics and probability (data interpretation and representation)

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.


This term’s Science unit is Magnetic Moves - a study of Physical Sciences. Students will learn about magnets and their magnetic fields, as well as learn how to recognise materials that are attracted to magnets, or not. Hands-on tasks will enable them to learn about such things as how to measure the strength of a magnet by calculating the distance from which it attracts objects, as well as a plethora of other skills. An incursion, run by Monash University PrimeSCI later in the term, will extend students’ understanding of these concepts.

Students will work in small collaborative groups throughout this unit, thus encouraging them to share their knowledge and expertise with each other.

Integrated Studies

Our Integrated Studies unit is the ‘Albert Park Primary School Dispositions’. Students will be unpacking what a disposition is, and concentrating on five different character traits that will be the crux of the school’s focus:

  • persistence
  • reflection
  • collaboration
  • creating
  • self-regulate

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 the teacher of various appointments that the child is required to attend during the school day. Diaries will be checked by each day.


In Grade 4, students are encouraged to read for 20 to 30 minutes, four days a week. All students will be provided with a Reading Journal and are expected to complete two entries per week, 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 every 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.

As noted above (see ‘Spelling’), students are also required to learn 15 words each week based on a different letter/ sound combination. Each week, students will complete a pre-test and a week later, a post-test, which will assess their understanding of the words learnt throughout the week. More information will be provided to students about when these will be held, later in the term.

Each week, students will receive a Maths problem, based on the unit being studied in class. Students are encouraged to work alongside an adult or an older sibling to solve it. 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 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.

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

Camp Rumbug

From Monday 6th February to Wednesday 8th February, students will be attending Camp Rumbug in Foster North. An information session will be held on Wednesday 1st February for parents, which will provide more details about what to expect whilst on the camp.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Tuesday   31st January

Term   1 starts

Wednesday   1st February

Camp   information session for parents in Leah’s classroom from 8am to 8.30am

Monday   6th February –

Wednesday   8th February

Grade   4 camp at Camp Rumbug, Foster North

Friday   10th February

District   Swimming trials (select students only)

Friday   3rd March

District   Swimming Competition (select students only)

Monday   13th March

Labour   Day Public Holiday (no school)

Tuesday   14th March

Curriculum   Day
Thursday   23rd March

Monash   University PrimeSCI ‘Magnets’ incursion

Tuesday   28th March

School   Photos

Friday   31st March

Term   1 ends at 2.30pm