Grade 4

 TERM 1 2019

 Welcome to Term 1 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 the new year, 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 1, students will focus on refining their comprehension and accuracy skills by concentrating on the following strategies:

  • Stop & Check for Understanding
  • Tune Into Interesting Words
  • Cross-checking
  • Blend, Stretch & Re-read
  • Chunking
  • Back-up and Re-read
  • Skip-the-word and Come Back

Further strategies will be introduced later in the term.


Writer’s Workshop

Writer’s Workshop sessions 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.

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.

Our weekly handwriting focus will be linked to the Soundwaves phoneme being studied at that time.



Mathematics teaching will focus on the following areas:

  • measurement (location and transformation – mapping)
  • number and algebra (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 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.

Integrated Studies

Our Term 1 Integrated Studies unit is the Albert Park Primary School Learner, E-Smart and the Albert Park Way. Students will be unpacking the Albert Park Way (our school community’s code of conduct for establishing and maintaining positive relationships). The five dimensions of the Albert Park Way are:

  • Be Kind and Fair
  • Act Safely
  • Respect Everyone’s Rights
  • One Voice at a Time
  • Keep Trying

We will also study our school’s learning dispositions that define what an Albert Park Learner looks like and the actions they display in their learning:

  • to persist
  • to reflect
  • to collaborate
  • to create
  • to self-regulate


We will begin the year focusing on our Esmart Policy. 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 will revisit the Esmart agreement and receive their Esmart Licences. 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. Please discuss the ICT User Agreement with your child and sign it and return it promptly back to school.

Civics and Citizenship

This term we will look at local government and discuss how decisions can be made democratically.They recognise the importance of rules and distinguish between rules and laws. They describe how people participate in their community as active citizens and factors that shape a person’s identity and sense of belonging.

Bounce Back

This term’s focus is CHAMP success. We will explore the topic through the acronym CHAMP Success. We will think like a CHAMP by setting goals, having a go, taking a risk, making mistakes, persisting and focusing on our strengths.

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.

Students will receive their Reading Goal from their teacher shortly. In the meantime, your child should start practising their reading to build their stamina up to 10 minutes. Logins for Mathletics and Soundwaves will be provided shortly.

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.

 Gr 4 Term 1 2019