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.

Science as a human endeavour

  • Students will explore how Science has contributed to understanding and resolving issues related to the effects of human activities. In particular, the students will be investigating how to select materials for a specified use based on their physical properties.

Geography

  • Students will be exploring the interconnection within and between geographical locations. The focus this term will be based on recognising the distribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in coastal and riverine areas of Australia prior to colonisation.

Health

  • This term, students will be encouraged to identify and practise strategies that promote health, safety and wellbeing. They will be examining healthy eating patterns using The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and proposing changes they could make to their lifestyles to increase their own levels of physical activity.

Design and Technology

  • Students will be investigating various food preparation techniques and examining the suitability of the materials and equipment we use for storing, packaging and preserving food.

Civics & Citizenship

  • The Grade 4 students will be looking at how and why laws are made and investigating cultural norms behind some rule making. They will also be exploring concepts of identity, citizenship and diversity. The students will consider the different social, cultural and/or religious groups they and others in the community may belong to.

Bounce Back

This term, the focus is on ‘Core Values’ including cooperation, accepting differences, respect, friendliness and inclusion. Through structured lessons and collaborative activities, the students will be ascertaining the importance of these values within our society.

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

  • Students will be expected to:
  • • Read every night for at least 15 minutes
  • • Complete a weekly worksheet consisting of various Numeracy, Literacy and Humanities activities based on the learning that takes place in class
  • • Learn their set spelling words and complete activities based on these words
  • The students will be tested on their spelling words and the work they have completed will be corrected in class. Throughout the term, students may also be expected to complete projects as part of their homework routine.

Art

Topics

  • This term in art students will learn the essential skills needed to become a fantastic drawing artist. Some of the materials that will be used include, pencils - coloured and grey lead, coloured markers, pastels - oil and dry. It will certainly be a busy term especially with our artist study. Stay tuned and don't forget to check our out Art Blog from time to time.

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, under-arm throwing, over-arm throwing and striking skills. This will be done during our minor and major game play of Cricket and Tennis using game sense play and practice appropriate safety considerations for these games.
 
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