Teaching Team

Just a reminder that you can contact us via Compass or email to make an appointment if you would like to discuss your child’s learning.

Emma 4A, Esther(Mon-Wed), Mollie (Thu-Fri) 4B, Matilda 4C, Ritu 4D, Kristen 4E

Term 4 Curriculum

Reading

This term, we are extending our learning in the comprehension areas through synthesising. Synthesising is the ability to use all other comprehension skills students have developed throughout school, including predicting, inferring, questioning, clarifying, and summarising. Students will develop their ability to synthesise prior knowledge, new information learned through a variety of multimodal and print texts, and discussion of ideas to formulate or change their thinking about a range of topics. We will investigate how visual elements such as framing, salience, use of colour, and perspective are used purposefully in still and moving images to affect the audience. In the last few weeks of term, we will apply what we have learned about synthesising and visualelements to express preferences for particular types of still and moving texts using evidence and justifications.

Students will continue to participate in purposeful reading tasks:

– one teacher-led Guided or Reciprocal reading group

– one tech group using EPIC, Reading Eggspress or Sora

– and three independent reading tasks, where students will apply the strategies from the learningfocus of the mini-lesson to their own text.

Writing

This term we are exploring the writing crafts of conventions, applied in the editing and revising stage of the writing process. Students will develop their ability to use consistent punctuation throughout their writing, and apply a range of strategies to accurately spell unknown words. In the final stages of the writing process, we will investigate how to publish writing in a range of ways that best suit the purpose and audience of the text. Students will continue to have weekly conferences within the Writing Workshop to receive and give meaningful feedback, share their writing, and further develop their craft. This term, students will have 1 lesson a week in a fluid writing group to further target their individual needs.

Conventions – spelling, speaking, listening

During our conventions sessions, we will continue to work on spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting. We will also revise knowledge of letter-sound relationships, and morphology and recognise high-frequency words. Throughout the term, spelling word lists may be provided for practice at home, for students who require support in their writing. In term four, our Speaking and Listening focus is expressing a point of view and responding respectfully to others, and understanding the differences between fact and opinion.

Mathmatics

This term in Numeracy, students will continue to engage in meaningful, real-world tasks. Students will revisit place value and develop a range of different strategies to assist in solving addition and subtraction problems and revise efficient mental and written strategies to solve a range of multiplication and division problems. In Measurement and Geometry, students will revise elapsed time (e.g. calculating the time it takes to travel from one location to another). They will also study location and the concept of map reading, shapes, angles, and patterns. In Statistics and Probability, students will apply their prior knowledge of chance to investigate the likelihood of events occurring and explore probability through a range of activities with measurable results. In term four, students are expected to complete Doodle Maths as homework, with the aim of staying in the green zone.

Other learning areas (OLA- science)

This term the Year 4s will be exploring chemical science! Students will be investigating the many different ways heat is produced and transferred, and how it causes a variety of changes to different states of matter. We will measure these effects through predictions, observations, and reflections of fun scientific experiments and group collaboration.

Respectful Relationships

We will continue to explore a range of topics to better understand ourselves and each other as compassionate

human beings and global citizens. Some areas that we will cover include:

● Self-regulation and strategies to help us feel safe, happy and calm

● The Zones of Regulation

● Neuroplasticity

● Our growing identities

● Active listening and collaborative skills

● Resilience: how to identify, foster and celebrate it

Home Learning Expectations and Needs-based Spelling and Maths Fluency

Year 4 Home Learning continues this term. Students are required to read for 20 minutes per night to improve their reading ability, and in turn, their writing and vocabulary acquisition. This could be a chapter book, SORA or Reading Eggs; unfortunately EPIC does not provide home access after 3 pm.

Students will be assessed on their multiplication fluency in term 4, we encourage students to practising multiplication and division fluency activities. Doodlemaths is also another great way for students to practise their mathematical fluency at home, with the aim of staying in the green zone. Spelling or handwriting homework may be supplied to students on a needs-based basis. Please speak with your child’s classroom teacher should home learning become an area of concern or challenge for your family.

Swimming Program

Commencing Monday the 5th of December and ending Thursday 15th December is the Year 3-6 Swimming program. This program is part of the curriculum and conducted by qualified swim instructors at North Melbourne Recreation Centre. A questionnaire on your child’s swimming ability and level of confidence will be provided to families several weeks before the program, groupings are fluid, as swim instructors assess the needs and skills of the swimmers. Further information will be provided via Compass next term.