Term 2 Overview
Term 2 will see the New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning competencies incorporated across Literacy, Numeracy and Science. With the students heading off to Anglesea YMCA camp in week 7, there will be a major focus on developing character, collaboration and critical thinking and problem solving skills.
In Literacy, we will be exploring two continents, Africa and South America. Year 4 will study Africa for the first half of the term, and after camp we will look at South America. They will be using their critical thinking skills and the writing process to guide their writing, from generating ideas through to publishing. They will be using the craft of writing to improve elements of their creative and factual writing, such as ideas, voice, and organisation and structure. Year 4 will be working on their comprehension skills whilst reading non-fiction texts about Africa and South America, which will also help them develop their critical thinking skills.
This term, our Reciprocal Reading and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) programs will continue to run. Reciprocal Reading has a group reading focus and will encourage authentic conversations about a text. The unit will explore key reading strategies, which will assist with comprehension, decoding, and writing about reading.
In Numeracy, we will be exploring measurement through the lens of The Guinness World Records. Students will be developing their measurement skills in the areas of time, length and mass in a project-based context. This unit will also encompass a 6’C focus, and will explore ‘Collaboration’ through teamwork, and ‘Character’ by attempting to break personal records. The Year 4s will also be training to become detectives to catch the nefarious fictional Petnapper who has been stealing the pets of Melbourne! Students will be using problem solving strategies and critical thinking skills to solve a variety of challenging worded math problems to catch the criminal!
In Science, Year 4 students are investigating material properties and chemical change by researching and testing why plastic is such a versatile and highly prevalent material in modern society. They will be testing for properties such as conductivity, elasticity, hardness, oxidation and absorbency.