A message from the grade 4 team
And just like that term 1 is done and dusted. What a great start to 2019 with lots of learning being had. Term 2 promises to be filled with lots of fun and lots of meaningful learning in store.
Reading conferences are completed with students on a regular basis and are communicated through students reading diaries. It is very important that students bring their reading diaries every day to school so that their teacher has an opportunity to communicate these reading goals and to write in their diaries when they have been read to. It is an expectation that grade 4 students read 5 days a week.
Within English this term, students are focusing on recount, poetry and narrative writing. Students will be reviewing different types of poetry and poetic devices as well as creating rich descriptive narrative pieces.
Soundwaves is a whole school program that focuses on different phonemes and the accompanied graphemes to illustrate to students different spelling patterns. Each week, students from F-6 are introduced to a new phoneme and it becomes a focus for the week.
In Maths this term students will be focusing on patterns, addition and subtraction, money, shape and symmetry, angles and odd and even numbers. During the numeracy block students are immersed in a variety of rich mathematical tasks that promote problem solving, reasoning and higher order thinking.
4S - Vicki Schavoni
4L - Danielle Lamprell
4V - Samantha Vroom
4T - Simon Turnbull
At Maiden Gully Primary School, student's take part in many STEM activities to provide rich and meaningful learning experiences that often compliment the current topic student's are learning or as an introductory activity.
Students will be investigating 2 different science units in term 2. The first unit 'Material world' illustrates to students how materials have revolutionised modern life. This unit shows how plastics have been used instead of glass in bottles and windows, and even instead of metals in aeroplanes. Lighter, stronger, warmer fabrics have made extreme weather conditions more comfortable and designers incorporate new materials in clothes and bags to better suit our needs.
The second science unit students will be investigating is a magnetic themed unit titled 'Push and Pull.' Students investigate how magnets play a more important and often unseen role in our daily lives. They will discover that many common household items have magnets in them and are part of what makes these items work. The 'Push and Pull' unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom.
Through hands-on investigations with both of these units, students are able to investigate the different properties associated with materials and magnets and how they impact daily life.