GRADE 4

TERM 1

English

Reading & Comprehension

  • The Reading session runs every day of the school week and involves
  • ? Shared reading where the teacher explicitly models specific reading strategies
  • ? Teaching groups which include Guided Reading and Literature Circles.
  • ? Independent reading where students practise modelled strategies as they read texts at their individual levels
  • ? Reading Conferences
  • Students will be working in differentiated groups for Guided and Independent Reading based on their individual reading level. They will focus on specific reading strategies such as Predicting/Prior Knowledge, Questioning and Visualising.

Writing & Handwriting

  • In Writing, students will be creating a wide range of texts types that link to our Science and Humanities units. Through the use of their Writer’s Notebooks, students will be encouraged to write a range of different short texts and will be guided through the writing process of planning, drafting, conferencing and editing their writing in order to publish a high quality final piece.
  • Handwriting will be explicitly taught within structured lessons with the emphasis on letter formation, the correct use of lines and joined writing. Students will be encouraged to practise their best handwriting in all subject areas.

Speaking & Listening

  • Students will be encouraged to listen and respond to ideas during class discussions and formal presentations. They will have the opportunity to make oral presentations about a range of topics to assist and develop their public speaking skills. Their homework tasks will also offer regular opportunities for students to present in front of the grade and provide feedback for each other.

Grammar & Punctuation

  • ? Specific grammar skills such as identifying and incorporating nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions and connectives will be explicitly taught in Writing sessions.
  • ? Punctuation (e.g. full stops, capital letters, talking/question/exclamation marks, commas and apostrophes) will be taught and revised as part of the editing process in Writing.

Spelling & Word Attack

  • The Words Their Way program teaches students to examine words to discover the regularities, patterns and conventions of the English language in order to read, write and spell.
  • ? Weekly spelling words are based on developing spelling, phonics and vocabulary.
  • ? Students practise learning the spelling and meaning of words and complete activities that encourage them to apply their word knowledge. Daily sorting activities encourage students to compare and contrast features in words, make generalisations about words and transfer this knowledge to new words.
  • ? Throughout the term, there will be an emphasis on learning new vocabulary and developing phonetic awareness.

Mathematics

Place Value

?     Reading, writing and representing numbers to 10 000, expanded notation, ordering numbers

Addition

?     Mental addition strategies (jump strategy, rounding and compensation, split strategy) and problem solving tasks

Subtraction

?     Applying understanding of a range of strategies including number lines and problem solving tasks

Patterns & Algebra

?     Odd and even numbers, counting patterns, related number sentences, missing values, equal terms

Length & Perimeter

?     Making conversions between millimetres, centimetres, metres and kilometres, using formal and informal units to measure lengths of objects, using length to find perimeter

Fractions

?     Recognising and modelling fractions, ordering and comparing fractions, finding equivalent fractions for common fractions

Decimals

?        Expanding place value to decimal notation, looking at tenths and hundredths, finding/recording decimals on number lines, understanding the relationship between decimals and fractions 

Integrated Studies

History

This term we will be looking at the diversity and longevity of Australia’s First People and their connection to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies). We will be investigating pre-contact ways of life of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with a particular focus on their knowledge of the environment and land management practices. Students will be reading and responding to various Dreamtime stories and deepening their understanding of Indigenous symbols and languages.

Science

Chemical Science
The students will be investigating the properties of different materials (e.g. plastics or metals) and recognising how these properties influence the way they are used for specific purposes.

Italian

Topics

  • The Grade 4 students will be focusing on developing their speaking skills in Italian. Term one’s focus will be on being able to talk about one’s self, and ask others about themselves. Students will do this through different classroom activities such as, working with a partner, working in small groups, using cue cards or posters to choose the language one wants to use. Students will spend much time in class practising to speak Italian. Work will come home so parents will be aware of what students are learning in Italian classes.

Homework

Topics

  • Homework will be a weekly task that runs over a two week cycle.
  • Cycle One
  • Literacy
  • ? Studyladder tasks
  • ? Nightly reading
  • ? Spelling words and spelling activity
  • Maths
  • ? Live Mathletics
  • ? Maths sheet
  • Cycle Two
  • Literacy Maths
  • ? Create project
  • ? Nightly reading
  • ? Spelling words and spelling activity ? Mathletics tasks
  • ? Live Mathletics
  • Students will be revising and practising skills in Maths, Reading and Spelling every week and the cycles will alternate between digital and written activities. At the end of the week, students will be tested on their spelling words and the end of the week and will correct the work they have completed in class. It is expected that students read for a minimum of 15 minutes each night.

Art

Topics

  • During this semester grade four students will be able to explore feelings through their visual arts works by using the elements of art (colour, shape, line, texture, and pattern) and incorporate them through drawing and painting. They will use the correct terminology to discuss their work and the artwork of other artists. Students at this level will be extended in the ways different media and skills can be used; paint (acrylic, watercolor), pencils (grey-lead, colored) oil pastels, textas and fine-liners. This knowledge will enhance their control and therefore will produce greater use of techniques and design.

Music

Topics

  • In Music students will have the opportunity to collaborate with the teacher in group singing and modern dance movement. Students will be learning speech rhythms in order to play African drumming. These will become increasing more complex with 2,3 or 4 independent rhythms being played at one time in ensemble.

Physical Education

Topics

  • Grade 4 will be working on consolidating on leaping, dodging, the over-arm throw, dribbling and striking balls. This will be done during our minor and major game play of basketball and soccer using game sense play. Grade 4 will also be working on tennis skills and taking advantage of all the new hot shot tennis equipment we received over the holidays.
 
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