Teaching Team

4A- Ben Frater

4B- Elly Benjamin (M-Th)/ Georgie Murphy (F)

4C- Matilda O’Brien (PLT Facilitator)

4D- Kaajal Patel

4E- Ava McLaughlin

From left- Ava, Matilda, Elly, Kaajal, and Ben (Not pictured: Georgie)

Term 1 Curriculum

Year 4 Camp

As you are aware, we are heading to Surf Camp in Week 5. This will be a great opportunity to bond and get to know each other. We are all very excited! Please ensure you have read the event details and consented on Compass.

Reading

This term, Grade 4’s will select appropriate ‘Just Right’ books to read and explore in class. They will deepen their understanding of a variety of texts through inferring, predicting, questioning, visualising, making connections, and summarising. Additionally, there will be a focus on identifying the features and purpose of different text types. Teacher-led Guided Reading groups will also be conducted throughout the term to support and extend students at their point of need. 

Writing 

Year 4 students will be setting up the Writer’s Workshop and exploring a variety of genres in their writing. They will use their Writer’s Notebooks to generate ‘seeds’ or ideas that they can use in their writing throughout the year. We will be setting up the expectations for writing through our First 20 days of Literacy unit, before beginning weekly writing conferences.

Conventions 

During our literacy sessions we will work on spelling rules, grammar and punctuation, encouraging students to apply these to their writing. We will also revise knowledge of letter–sound relationships, recognise high-frequency words, and letter blends. We will also focus on appropriate use of punctuation to incorporate dialogue in our writing. 

Mathematics 

In Numeracy, students will consolidate their knowledge of place value and be introduced to decimal place value. A central focus for Term 1 will be exploring different mental computation strategies for addition and subtraction. Students will be able to extend their own learning through open-ended activities and rich tasks, ensuring that every student is working at their point of need. Statistics lessons will have a focus on collecting, interpreting and presenting data in a variety of ways. We will also be exploring time using am and pm notation and calculating elapsed time. 

Speaking and Listening 

Year 4 students will have regular opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to share their learning and listen to others. Students will be encouraged to collaborate in a team learning environment to develop social skills and understand the various language contexts of English. This will allow students to understand specific and appropriate vocabulary for learning areas and develop their content knowledge. Our OLA unit will give students a chance to share their research with their peers and work together.

Other Learning Areas (OLA) 

This term the Year 4s will be exploring the similarities and differences between the continents of Australia, Africa and South America. We will be looking at geographical landforms and topography.. All classes have created an Acknowledgement of Country to show our respect for the traditional owners of the land in which we live, learn and play. 

Student wellbeing remains a priority. The Respectful Relationships program helps to support our emotional and social wellbeing as well explore the effects that personal feelings can have on how people behave in situations. Students will engage in one Wellbeing lesson per week, activities may include mindfulness, yoga, gratitude, recognising and coping with our various emotions, safety, our school values and encouraging a growth mindset towards their learning. 

Home Learning 

In Year 4, students are encouraged to read for 20 minutes per night to improve their reading ability, and in turn, their writing and vocabulary acquisition. Doodlemaths will also be available shortly for students to practise their mathematical fluency at home. We encourage this for at least ten minutes a week.  

Reminders  

If you have yet to complete the walking permission, photo permission, Year 4 Surf Camp, and technology agreement, please do so on Compass. 

Year 4 students will be dismissed each day from the Water Tank Gate on the Office side of the school grounds.  

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.