Year 4

Welcome to Term Three

Parent Information Session (Click Here)


Year 3 & 4 Camp Parent Presentation (Click Here)


Special Events in Term 3

  • Anglesea Camp in week 7 - from Wednesday the 30th August to Friday 1st September (2 nights)
  • Reading and Writing Together is Magic Night - Thursday 24th August (week 6)

Shared Inquiry

To begin with, our Shared Inquiry focus this term is on Australian Historical Knowledge, learning about the First Fleet and the early settlers. Students will be investigating the timeline and profile of Captain Cook and the conditions faced by the people that travelled to Australia in the First Fleet. Students will be researching traditional Aboriginal people before the impact of European settlement.  They will also investigate European settlement and what life was like for the early European settlers.

 

Before the end of Term 3, students will then move on to our Shared Inquiry, ‘Ecosystems and Our Changing Earth. Their investigations will be based around the following questions:

  • How has Earth changed over time as a result of natural and human impacts?
  • What are the lifecycles of different plants and animals?
  • How do animals and plants work together to survive in different ecosystems?

Reading

In Reading, students will continue to build on their independent reading skills through selecting and reading ‘Just Right’ texts. This term the students will be investigating a range of poetry, which will prepare them for with Reading and Writing Together is Magic (week 6). Students will continue to further their comprehension skills focusing on developing their literal and inferential comprehension skills. They will explore fiction and non-fiction texts through reciprocal reading groups.  They will further their questioning skills through learning about ‘Question, Answer, Response/Relationship.’  This model supports students to think about how we answer a question when reading, according to the type of question asked.  When Reading, students will find that some answers may be ‘Right There’, other answers will require them to ‘Think and Search, followed by other answers that require them to use their own knowledge.  These type of questions are called ‘Author and Me and ‘On My Own.’ We will also be developing effective researching and note-taking strategies by learning about skimming, scanning, paraphrasing and questioning.

Writing

In Writing, students will focus on writing Poetry. They will be generating a range of poetry in preparation for Reading and Writing Together Is Magic (RWTIM). The poetry will include Cinquains, Limericks, Rhyming counting poems, Simile and Metaphor poems, Onomatopoeia and Personification. Students will be building on their understanding of poetic devices by creating imagery and enhancing meaning through using similes, metaphors, personification, hyperboles and idioms.  They will also explore how to create rhythm through the use of rhyme, spelling patterns (such as alliteration) and syllables.

 

Students will also focus on letter writing.  Letter writing will hold prominence alongside our Inquiry Unit.  During letter writing, students will be able to show their ability to take on the perspective of a convict, a sailor or an Indigenous Australian.

 

In the latter part of Term 3, students will be writing Information Reports. They will focus on the text structure (including headings, subheadings,  paragraphs and diagrams), the different language features, such as the use of technical language related to a specific topic.  Students will also be using skills learnt during our Reading sessions to write information using their own words.

 

Throughout the term, students will practise their joined writing in readiness to receive their pen licence. Teachers will be using a reward system in their room for students who are correctly forming their letters.  You will also notice that handwriting sheets have become part of the weekly homework tasks.  For examples of the Victorian Cursive handwriting, please refer to the following website:

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/english/Pages/handwriting.aspx


Numeracy

In Numeracy, the students will work towards achieving the Multiplication and Division Power Standards. Students develop their ability to recall multiplication facts up to 10 and related division facts. Throughout the term, the students will further their understanding of Volume, Capacity, Mapping and Money. They will determine the unit of measurement, how to accurately measure an object and compare capacities and volume of different objects. Students will also use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps. They will explore methods to solve problems involving purchases and the calculation of change to the nearest five cents

 

Homework

In line with the school’s Homework Policy, homework is considered compulsory in Year Four. Your child will again receive weekly activities in Spelling and Handwriting. They will also be expected to complete a relevant Numeracy, Literacy and/or Inquiry activities with the expectation that it take approximately 30 minutes per week for children to complete tasks independently. These tasks are in addition to regular reading each night. Homework tasks may require use of their netbook or homework may be provided on paper. Homework will be handed out Friday on and collected the following Thursday.

Camp

The countdown to camp is on!  Julie Papazisis is the Year Four Camp Coordinator.  She has been doing a wonderful job organising our camp.  Our Camp Information night will be in Week 5, on Tuesday 15th August.  More information about this will be in our school newsletter.