Welcome to Term 2 2017!
The teachers in Grade 4 are Leah Morgan, Karly Kallinikos and Jeremy Cadusch.
See 4 Leah’s blog for more information –http://4leah.edublogs.org
Literacy - Reading
The Grade 4 teachers will continue to work alongside each student to ensure that they have an individual reading goal based on the Café Literacy program (CAFÉ being an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expand Vocabulary), focused at their point of need. Students may use this goal when writing a brief synopsis in their Reading Journals about what they have read each night at home. Alternatively, they may complete one of the tasks provided by their teacher, focused on improving their comprehension skills.
This term, our foci in reading sessions will include:
Literacy - Writing
Writing sessions will focus on information reports, narrative and procedural text types, as well as revisiting different forms of poetry. Conferencing and needs-based groups occur most sessions, thus enabling teachers to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses, ensuring that each child is catered for on an individual basis.
Every Friday, students will participate in Big Write sessions, where they will be encouraged to use the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the week to produce a piece of writing.
Spelling groups will resume in the first week back of school. Weekly spelling pre- and post-tests focus on different graphemes (letter combinations that form a sound) and their respective phonemes (the sound that the letter combinations make). Students are expected to learn fifteen words each week based on different graphemes as part of the homework expectations. Pre-tests occur every Tuesday, and post-tests occur the following Monday.
Mathematics will focus on the following areas:
Students will consolidate their mathematical knowledge by relating what they learn to real life problems and to other areas of the curriculum. They are encouraged to use a variety of strategies to solve mathematical problems.
The Grade 4 teachers will work alongside each child to encourage them to develop skills and concepts through explicit teaching in both whole class and small focus groups. Mental calculation and the teaching of efficient strategies is a priority. Students are encouraged to develop skills in estimation, with the use of concrete materials used to support their mathematical explorations.
Students’ understanding of Mathematics is assessed using standardised tools and rich assessment tasks.
This term’s Science focus is Geology. Students will learn about the different types of rocks (igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary), weathering and erosion. Hands-on tasks will enable them to see how rocks have changed over time, and how erosion and weathering has affected landforms over time.
Students will work in small collaborative groups throughout this unit, thus encouraging them to share their knowledge and expertise with each other.
In Term 2, our Integrated Studies unit is ‘Healthy Choices, Healthy Bodies’. Students will learn about the importance of making good choices in what they eat, and why exercise should be a part of everyone's day. They will also learn about the different body systems including the cardiovascular, digestive, nervous and respiratory systems.
This term, students will be required to complete a group project about one of the body systems. The project will be completed at school, with students creating a visual representation of their research, as well as delivering it orally to their classmates. More details will be provided by your child’s teacher closer to the date.
An incursion, run by Monash University PrimeSCI later in the term, will extend students’ understanding of these body systems and how they function.
Students’ diaries are an invaluable tool for collaborating between the school and the home. Parents are encouraged to use their child’s diary to communicate important information to the teacher, such as informing the teacher of various appointments that the child is required to attend during the school day. Diaries will be signed off once a week by your child’s teacher, but will be checked daily to ensure that messages are received, if necessary.
In Grade 4, students are encouraged to read for 20 to 30 minutes, four times a week. All students are expected to complete two entries per week in their Reading Journal, based on either their Reading Goal or one of the reading-focused tasks that are pasted into the front of their journal. Reading Journals are to be handed in once a week (Leah and Jeremy’s classes – Monday, Karly’s class – Friday).
Students may read independently or out loud to an adult. We also encourage parents to read to their child on a regular basis. We thank you for your continued co-operation in ensuring that your child spends time reading at home.
As noted above (see ‘Spelling’), students are also required to learn fifteen words each week based on a different letter/ sound combination.
Commencing this term, students will also receive a Maths problem, based on the unit being studied in class. Students are encouraged to work alongside an adult or an older sibling to solve it. The main focus is on encouraging your child to articulate their understanding of how to solve challenging mathematical word problems. Students will receive a new problem each Monday, and on Friday of the same week, each class will spend time discussing the problem solving strategies used to solve it. All students are encouraged to have a go at solving the weekly Maths problem, as this will improve their ability in being able to articulate their mathematical thinking.
Your child’s teacher will also set Mathletics tasks (http://mathletics.com.au) for your child to complete throughout the week, based on the current unit of study. Students are expected to set aside 10 minutes three times a week to complete these tasks, as they will assist in their understanding of mathematical concepts learnt throughout the week. If your child has misplaced his/ her password, please inform his/ her teacher so that another copy can be printed for them.
If you have any questions regarding homework requirements, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s classroom teacher.
Dates for your diary
Please note these important dates for Term 2:
Tuesday 18th April
ANZAC Day Public Holiday (no school)
STOMP Dance Program begins (weekly for 5 weeks)
District Cross Country (selected students only)
Tuesday 30th May
Division Cross Country (students who qualified in the District Cross Country event)
Friday 23rd June
Term 2 finishes at 2.30pm