Welcome to term 3. My how the year has flown by with some incredible learning being had by our grade 4's. Term 3 promises to continue to hold wonderful learning opportunities.
At the conclusion of term 2, grade 4 student's had the opportunity to present their 'Big Project.' The calibre of work that was submitted was to an incredibly high standard and both teachers and parents were very impressed with their presentations.
In English this term, students will be focusing on information reports, poetry, recounts and revising the structure of narrative and persuasive writing.
During the first several weeks of term 3 student's will learn about Aboriginal Culture. Within this unit students will begin looking at Aboriginal history and culture including Dreamtime stories, languages and life before European settlement. They will investigate how the Aboriginal people worked with and their spiritual connection to the land and environment, their family roles and laws and customs, food, shelter, medicines etc. Too, they will investigate the impact of European settlement on the Aboriginal people due to the conflict of cultures. These include loss of languages, land, rights, etc. Students will discuss the value of recognising and appreciating the Aboriginal people and culture in today's society. The grade 4's will then create an information report surrounding Aboriginal culture. Student's will pair up and create a report on either tribes, hunting, housing, language, weapons, affiliations with the land, totems or art and symbols. Each information report needs to include a contents page, glossary and diagrams and captions. Too, they will have an opportunity to show their creativity as they need to create an artefact that represents their chosen topic in some way.
Student's will then study poetry where they will focus on long poems, figurative language, rhyming couplets and historic language versus contemporary language.
Pen licenses will continue to be distributed this term according to each teacher's discretion. Students will need to be consistently neat with their handwriting in order to receive their pen license.
In Topic Studies this term students will be studying the unit 'Home amongst the gum trees.' Student's will learn about eucalyptus trees and how they are an important feature of Australian life. The Among the gum trees unit provides hands-on investigations, where students explore the fruit and flowers of eucalypts, how different living things interact with the tree, and plan and conduct an investigation of how eucalyptus oil may inhibit the growth of plants beneath its canopy or microorganisms in its leaves.
Within ICT this term, students will be looking at Inanimate Alice, an ongoing digital novel, an interactive multimodal fiction, relating the experiences of Alice and her imaginary digital friend, Brad, in episodes, journals, and other digital media.
Within the grade 4 cohort, homework expectations are as follows:
In Math this term, students have been strengthening their skills in the areas of:
Students have been completing a variety of activities including rich inquiry based tasks to strengthen their knowledge in these key areas of the curriculum.
In Science this term, student's will be studying the unit 'Feathers, Fur or Leaves.' Within this unit students learn to make sense of the world around them by grouping things they see, for example as edible, threatening or useful. They develop classification systems to try to understand the diversity of life and how species are related throughout history. As more and more species disappear from the face of the Earth, they are caught up in a race to discover what they never knew they had.
Rights, Resilience and Respectful Relationships