Year 4

Year 4

Year 4 is an exciting, learning year consolidating  independent learning skills and curriculum knowledge. Students are encouraged to become more responsible for their learning and  set themselves realistic yet challenging goals. They are supported to identify strategies that can help them achieve success and monitor their progress each term. 'Thinkers Keys' are introduced to extend student thinking capacity.

Students read, view and interpret a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, encompassing various writing styles such as narratives, recounts, information reports, transactional and persuasive genres. They plan, draft, write and edit factual narratives, persuasive and transactional texts, information and scientific reports, poetry, and procedural texts. They apply appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation. Students utilise different forms of digital media to research and present information. They consider the purpose and audience when planning, rehearsing and delivering oral presentations.We introduce Victorian cursive linked letter script, to develop a a fluent, attractive handwriting style. Students work towards earning their ‘pen licence', which they enjoy achieving.

Year 4 students recognise, sequence, order and regroup numbers to 10,000. They expand their knowledge of  simple fractions and decimals to tenths and hundredths. They solve problems involving the four operations in number and measurement. Students use scaled instruments and appropriate metric units to calculate length, mass, perimeter and area. They plan and trial methods of data collection and constructed column and picture graphs. Students explore chance in everyday events and game situations.

The year 4 camp is held at Arrabri Lodge, in the Yarra Valley,for three nights  in Term 3. Going to camp assists students  to learn many important life skills and  fosters independence.

As members of the senior school, students participate in our athletics carnival and cross country championships.

Our school student well being program is based on the 'Resilience, Rights &Respectful relationshops'  program, we also develop mindfulness strategies.

Year 4 students learn about countries located on a similar latitude to Australia. They investigate communities of plants and animals interacting in a similar environment (biomes) and make comparisons about climate, vegetation and animals. They develop their mapping and atlas skills. Students investigate early European explorers such as Columbus, Magellan and Marco Polo. They research why the great journeys of exploration occurred and what positive and negative impacts the fourteenth and fifteenth century world discoverers have had on our modern world.We offer many interesting  incursions and excursions  that link to our main area of investigations for the term. Aboriginal studies are integrated into literacy learning. Science learning investigates  Heat and Forces ( Physical) . Technology learning investigates Using forces and materials to make a product. Health learning investigates Healthy relationships with self and others. Civics and citizenship learning investigates Local government and decisionmaking.

The Year 4 coding program teaches EV3, Scratch and Tinkercad. There is a 3D printer to support Tinkercad learning. Students investigate issues of modern communication and ‘Cyber-Safety’ through a class approach to blogging and computer use.

Other activities will be placed on the Year 4  blog, as they occur.

SEMESTER TWO 2019

English

Year 4 students viewed, read and interpreted a range of fiction and non-fiction genres written in various styles. They planned, drafted and edited persuasive arguments, information and scientific reports, poetry, and transactional texts which communicate a message, using appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation. Students sourced different forms of digital media to research and present information. They were taught specific speaking and listening skills to plan, rehearse and deliver a variety of oral presentations.

Mathematics

Year 4 students investigated shapes, time and angles. They used scaled instruments and appropriate metric units to calculate length, area, temperature, volume, mass and capacity. Students learnt about money and the relationships between fractions, decimals and percentages. They solved problems involving the four operations, with a focus on applying their knowledge to worded problems and rich tasks. Students trialled methods of data display, constructed graphs using Microsoft Excel and investigated chance in everyday events and game situations.

The Humanities

Year 4 students explored the diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples and the ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are connected to the land and the implications for their daily lives. Whilst developing their knowledge of ‘The First Fleet’, students extended their understanding of key historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy and significance. They learned about emotional, social and physical health. Students identified factors which positively and negatively influence their own health. They practised strategies for managing emotions and promoting positive health behaviours.

Parent helpers

Parents are most welcome to help in our classrooms, in the library, on excursions and camps and on our parent group committee  and School Council committees.

All parents who assist in any way must have a Working With Children Check. This card must be presented at the office when parents sign in

                                     

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