Year 4

Welcome to Term One

 

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Welcome to the 2018 school year!  Our Year Four staff are: Tim Boylan/Rachael Burgess (4B Room 9), Mary-Ann Skimore (4S, Room 34), Dianna Lane (4L, Room 35), Kitty Black (4BL, Room 37) and Dean Pearce (4P, Room 36).  We are also fortunate to have Crissy Samaras continuing in her role of supporting our Intervention and Extension program. 

 

We have some big events in Term 1:

  •  Swimming in weeks 4 and 5
  • Life Education Van (Cyber Safety Focus) in weeks 6-8
  • Athletics Carnival in week 9 (Monday 26th March)

This Term our Shared Inquiry focuses on ‘Healthy Habits’.  Students’ learning will focus around the following three ‘big ideas’:

  •  Who am I?
  • How can we build positive relationships within the classroom, at home and in the community?
  • What healthy choices can I make to improve my wellbeing?

We will also be having a large focus on the safe and responsible use of the student’s Netbooks. We will be completing activities about Cyber Safety, including our Incursion from the Life Education Van later in Term 1, and also learning how to utilise programs such as Google Classroom and Google Drive.

 

In Reading, students will continue to build on their independent reading skills through selecting and reading ‘Just Right’ texts.  They will participate in small group sessions that focus on developing selected reading strategies. Students have begun developing personal Reading goals in consultation with their teacher.  During Term 1, students will also develop their reading skills through the class text, ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles- The Field Guide’.  The Power Standards for Reading this Term are:

  •  Investigate how quoted (direct) and reported (indirect) speech work in different types of text.
  • Discuss hoe authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold the readers’ interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension.

Please support our Literacy program by ensuring that your child reads at home each night.  It is important to ask your child to share information and opinions and ask questions about their personal reading. Many students who are proficient readers still enjoy being read to, so sharing and discussing a novel or non-fiction text with your child is a very worthwhile activity.

 

In Writing, students have started writing a speech to persuade their classmates to elect them to the Junior School Council and/or as eLearning Leader.  For the remainder of the Term, students will focus on writing Narratives. The Power Standards for Writing are:

  • VOCABULARY Use adjectives, noun groups, verb groups and new vocabulary to enhance detail and meaning in personal writing.
  • PUNCTUATION Recognise how quotation marks are used in texts to signal dialogue, titles and quoted (direct) speech.

All students will use their Writer’s Notebook to assist with generating ideas for their writing. The Writer’s Notebook is a space for students to freely write their reflections and ideas without any intervention from the teacher. You can help your child at home by looking for ‘seeds’ to put in your child’s Notebook as a stimulus for their writing.

 

Speaking and Listening. 

During Term One, we will focus on the Power Standard:

 

Understand that social interactions influence the way people engage with ideas and respond to others. For example, when exploring and clarifying the ideas of others, summarising their own views and reporting them to a larger group. 

 

This Power Standard will be addressed through activities such as; JSC and eLearning Leader speeches. Also, daily discussions about texts, numeracy concepts and Inquiry activities, will also provide students with the  opportunity to work towards achieving this Power Standard.

 

In Numeracy, students will be working towards achieving the Year Four Power Standards in Place Value.  In our endeavour to cater to all students’ abilities and effectively support and extend each individual learner, students will be working in targeted groups for some Numeracy sessions. During these times your child may move to a different classroom and be taught by a teacher other their classroom teacher. The Year Four team works closely together to plan these sessions and monitor the progress of each child.

 

Students are also focusing on the following areas in Numeracy in Term 1:

 

  • 2D Shapes
  • Angles
  • Symmetry
  • 3D Shapes

 

All Numeracy sessions incorporate explicit instruction and modelling along with open-ended learning activities. The students are supported to develop and select their own strategies for problem solving using a range of materials.

 

In line with the school’s Homework Policy, homework is considered compulsory in Year Four. From Week Three, your child will receive weekly activities in Spelling, Handwriting and Typing.  It is expected that it will take approximately 30 minutes per week for students to complete tasks independently. These tasks are in addition to nightly reading. Homework will be handed out Friday and collected the following Thursday. Work will be checked and feedback provided as part of the classroom program.

 

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions or concerns at any time throughout the Term please contact your child’s teacher.

 

Kind regards,

Dianna, Kitty, Tim, Dean, Mary-Ann and Rachael.          

 

Useful websites:

 

http://au.mathletics.com/

 

http://au.spellodrome.com/#/home

 

https://www.studyladder.com.au

 

http://www.rainforestmaths.com/ (access through Mathletics)

 

http://www.abcya.com/

 

https://www.readworks.org/