Welcome to term 2! With the term over half way through there is still lots of learning to be had!
In English this term, students have been focusing on personal and creative narrative writing and information reports. Student's have created some amazing stories with lot's of captivating descriptive detail. Many of their stories have been published on a program called 'Storybird' where they can publish what they have written and choose custom illustrations to accompany their story.
The grade 4's have recently begun their information report project where they will choose a country from either South America or Africa and compare and contrast different elements with Australia. Student's will showcase the similarities and differences between Australia and their chosen country with things such as food, landforms climate, customs, traditions, language, shape of the country and currency. They also have to include a map of their chosen country and a legend to go with it. Too, they will have an opportunity to show their creativity as they need to create an artefact that represents their chosen country in some way.
Pen licenses will continue to be distributed 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 Australia, Aboriginal studies and other country geography and 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. Too, student's will look at the Australian shape, coastline, states, capital cities, major geographical features and climate zones. Within this unit, student's will develop a project where they will choose a country from South America or Africa and compare their chosen country with Australia and compare the two according to the same factors. They will then look at the cultural aspects of Australia and their chosen country. These might include foods, languages, dress, housing, religions
Within ICT this term, students will be familiarising themselves with moviemaker, audacity and other movie based programs where they will create movies using their narratives they will have created in English. Within their movies students will experiment with custom animation tools and special effects.
Within the grade 4 cohort, homework expectations are as follows:
Education Week STEM activity
During Education Week, all grade 4 students participated in a STEM activity where they studied iconic Australian landforms and then had to recreate either the Sydney Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
In Maths this term, students have been strengthening their skills in the areas of:
Number sentences involving all four operations
Equivalence, estimation and rounding
Place value involving numbers up to 10,000
Linking multiplication and division facts
Recalling facts involving multiples of 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9
Making connections between fractions and decimals
Solving word problems involving the four operations
Shape, symmetry and patterns
Measurement of length, perimeter and area
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 term 2, students will continue to work through Rights, Resilience and Respectful Relationships program as well as the Wilson Mccaskill Play is the Way program. These programs and learning materials assist students' emotional development and their social, emotional and positive relationship skills.
- School Cross Country 4th May
- Footy Lunch 18th May
- Around the world special lunch 29th June
- Queens Birthday Holiday 11th June