2020 Teachers: 4B - Jess Ballard 4L - Mel Lowther 4S - Julie South 4T - Simon Turnbull
Ouelcome back to the 2020 school year!
We've hit the ground running and are loving being back in our classrooms. What a great bunch we have!
A few key dates for this term that are relevant to our year level to keep an eye out for:
* Monday 10th Feb - Meet the Teacher and Community BBQ Night
* Tuesday 11th Feb - Safer Internet Day
* Friday 14th Feb - Earth Ed Incursion
* Wednesday 26th Feb - Curriculum Day - Information Exchanges
* Monday 9th March - Labour Day Public Holiday
* Friday 13th March - National Day of Action Against Bullying
* Friday 27th March -Easter Hat Parade & Last Day of Term One
Read on to find out what we'll be up to this term!
Our focus for reading and writing in Term 1 will be recounts, narratives and explanations. Students will learn about the structure and language features of each to enable them to read with better understanding and also apply what they have learnt in their own writing.
A big focus for us this year is with our reading quantity. Reading exercises our brain, it’s like taking your brain to the gym! Reading is a more complex task for the human brain than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections. These connections make all learning easier. Our focus this year will be “Every Child. Every Day.”
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 grapheme which then becomes a focus for the week.
This term, we will be revising and learning about:
There will be a focus on practicing multiplication facts so that they become automatic recall. Home practice would certainly help with this... maybe there's a few 'old timetable songs' cassettes that you can blow the dust off and give a run!
* Term One sees us kick off with a Civics and Citizenship Unit, that starts with the question:
"If One Person Makes a Rule, Is It Fair?"
We'll be looking at:
* What are rules and where do we see them in action?
* Why do we need rules?
* What does ‘fairness’ mean?
* What are our rights and responsibilities in society?
In the second half of the term, we'll be moving on to a science unit looking at States Of Matter.
We'll be studying concepts like:
* The heat is on! ... or off...! How can we change the state of matter by adding and removing heat?
* Investigating various heat sources & heat how heat can be transferred from one thing to another.
* Investigating everyday examples and uses of heat conduction and transfer.
As part of the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program students will revise what they have learnt about Emotional Literacy, Personal Strengths, Positive Coping and Problem-Solving Strategies.
The next unit covers stress management strategies.
Students will also revise our Name It Strategy for solving simple problems and also the role of the bystander.
Cyber safety and school expectations regarding the use of digital technologies (their Netbooks) will also be revised.