TERM 1

English

Reading & Comprehension

  • Reading sessions in Grade 4 run every day of the school week and involve a range of strategies to build student knowledge and fluency. This includes:
  • - Shared reading where the teacher explicitly models the reading strategy
  • - Teaching groups which include Guided Reading
  • - Independent reading where students practise modelled strategies as they read texts at their individual level
  • - Reading Conferences
  • - Literature Circles
  • 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, Questioning, Visualising and Summarising.

Writing & Handwriting

  • In Writing, students will be creating a wide range of texts types that link to our History unit. Through the use of the Writer’s Notebooks, students will be writing a range of different short texts and will be guided through the Writing Process from planning and drafting, peer and teacher conferencing, editing to eventually publishing a final piece.
  • Handwriting will be explicitly taught within structured lessons emphasising letter formation, 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. They will have the opportunity to make oral presentations about a range of topics to assist and develop public speaking skills. Their homework task (a Create Project) will be an opportunity 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

Decimals

Expanding place value to decimal notation, looking at tenths and hundredths, finding/recording decimals on number lines.

      Integrated Studies

      History

      This term we will be studying two elements of History; Early World Exploration and the First Fleet.

      History - Early World Exploration

      We will investigate the journeys of significant world navigators up to the late eighteenth century, including their contacts with and effects on other societies. Students will also use navigation maps to reconstruct the journey of one or more explorers investigating networks of exchange between different groups of people.

      First Fleet: Bound For Botany Bay

      Students will work to identify the composition and voyage of the First Fleet and develop a sense of the great length of the voyage and the slow nature of travel during the 16th and 17th centuries. Students will also investigate what life was like in Australia prior to white settlement and gain an understanding for the different reasons for European settlement within Australia.

      Geographical Concepts and Skills

      Students will interpret maps and other geographical data and information to develop identifications, descriptions, explanations and conclusions, using geographical terminology including simple grid references, compass direction and distance.

      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.

      Health

      Being Healthy, Safe and Active
      This term we will examine how success, challenge and failure can strengthen our identity. Students will also work to recognise our emotional responses and how these can change depending on situations.

      Bounce Back

      This term, we will be looking at ‘Responsible, Respectful Learners’ and how we can display these qualities in the classroom, yard, while using technology and in shared spaces. 

        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.
        • Each term students will also have a responsibility to complete a Create Project based on a book they have read throughout the term, this will give them a chance.

        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

        • The focus for this term is on drumming. Drums circles will be used for playing beat, rhythm and games. African rhythms will be introduced where the children learn speech rhythms, then play these independently on the drums, in 3 part 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.

        Excursions

        Topics

        • The Grade 4 students will be visited by a group of actors presenting The Colonial Show which will give them insight into how the Early British convicts would have felt landing in Australia. This will be a whole day show held at Preston West Primary School.
         
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