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 2 Curriculum

Reading
This term, we are exploring the language choices, images and vocabulary authors use to engage their audience. Within independent reading and teacher conference groups, we are strengthening our strategies for monitoring and self-correcting, such as questioning, confirming, and cross-checking. We are also developing our ability to infer the literal and implied meaning across different texts, looking beyond character motives and feelings, to focus on connected ideas or themes. Students will continue to participate in purposeful reading tasks, with one teacher-led Guided Reading group, one tech using EPIC, Reading Eggspress or Sora, and three independent reading tasks, where students will apply the strategies from the learning focus of the mini lesson to their own text. Home learning commences this term, with students required to read for twenty minutes each day.

Writing
To start off term two, Year 4 students will be looking at the holiday seeds they have collected over their break. They will use their Writer’s Notebook (WNB) to unpack these ideas and learn to focus on their purpose and identify their audience. During this term, students will apply their knowledge of the structure and organisation of various genres within the Writer’s Workshop. We will be exploring how to make our writing more engaging with word choice, a variety of sentence structures, leads and lengths and to draft and then present and publish our writing with appropriate punctuation. Each piece will be presented in a format that suits the purpose and genre of writing. Students will also continue to have a weekly writing conference with their teacher, focussing on celebrating what they are doing well and then goal setting for their writing craft to develop.

Conventions
During our conventions sessions, we will work on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and handwriting. We will also revise our knowledge of letter-sound relationships, recognise high-frequency words and letter blends. Throughout the term, we will investigate prepositional phrases and adverb groups.

Mathematics
In Numeracy, students will be exploring different mental computation strategies for multiplication and division. They will apply their knowledge to solve open-ended multiplication and division tasks, use their recall of multiplication and division facts, and will be describing number sequences involving multiples of 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9. In term two, as part of Measurement and Geometry, students will explain and compare the geometric properties of two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects. We conclude the term with Statistics and Probability by looking at selecting, planning and trialling methods for data collection, then presenting this data into suitable data displays, including tables, lists, pictures, columns and bar graphs. Students will analyse the effectiveness of various data displays.

Speaking and Listening
Year 4 students will demonstrate their ability to apply their respectful interaction skills with their peers, through everyday classroom interactions and lesson activities and reflections.
They will use speaking and listening skills to focus on interpreting ideas and information from spoken texts. Students will continue to develop their ability to listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use the information to share and extend their ideas. Our Earth and Space Sciences unit will give students a chance to share their research with their peers and work together through a variety of activities. They will also attend an excursion directly related to this unit, and use this experience, as well as classroom research to prepare and present their projects (see OLA below for further detail).

Other Learning Areas (OLA)
This term the Year 4s will be exploring Earth and Space Sciences. Students will learn about Earth and its rotation on its axis, and how this causes regular changes (including day and night). Year 4 will be heading to Scienceworks on Thursday 19th May (week 4) to deepen our knowledge in the Earth, Moon and Sun Program, as well as a Planetarium session exploring ‘Solar System Odyssey.’ Solar System Odyssey is an adventure set in the future, in a time when humans have depleted the natural resources of their home planet. Students will also investigate Earth’s surface changes over time, as a result of natural processes and human activity. Students will present a Design-based project to address an area of opportunity or need they have identified, generate and develop their design, select materials and tools required and then evaluate their design ideas and solutions based on their design’s ability to provide a solution and show guidance and care of the community and environment. Please refer to Compass for excursion permission and payment details.

Education Week

Week 5 (starting May 25th) is Education week, the 150th Anniversary of Victorian Government Education. This is an opportunity for all schools to celebrate and showcase the wonderful achievements of students and share their learning spaces, which have changed a lot over the past 150 years! Further information will be provided closer to the date via Compass.

Seesaw

In Term Two, Year 4 will be utilising Seesaw for the students to keep a digital portfolio of their written work completed throughout the Writer’s Workshop. These pieces will be used by teachers during writing conferences to develop student writing goals and celebrate what they are applying effectively to their writing. Home access to Seesaw will be available to enable students to share their work with their families. Not all pieces of work will be uploaded to Seesaw, however students will be asked to upload 3-4 work samples per week. Teachers will be providing verbal feedback to students in class and referring to uploaded Seesaw writing samples for individual Writing conferences. Teachers will not be providing feedback via Seesaw to students. Also, a reminder if you would like to contact your child’s classroom teacher, please use Compass and or email, as Seesaw does not provide notifications to teachers about messages or comments made by families that need to be actioned.

Safety Week

In week 7 (starting June 6th), Year 4 will focus on Safety Week. Students will discuss physical and social changes that occur as children grow older and participate in lessons that focus on the areas of asking for help, knowing our bodies and their parts (including genitals), safe and unsafe touches, what is consent, keeping secrets (safe and unsafe secrets) and understanding health concerns (asthma, diabetes, epilepsy).
With student wellbeing remaining our priority, students will continue to engage in two wellbeing lessons per week, guided by the Respectful Relationships Curriculum that focuses on our student social, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
Home Learning Expectations – Reading and Doodlemaths
Year 4 Home Learning commences 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 3pm.
Doodlemaths is a home learning expectation, for at least ten minutes once per week. This is for students to practise their mathematical fluency at home. We recognise the busy life of families outside of school with other commitments and interests, we value students taking time to connect with their families and friends and to enjoy an activity that sparks joy. Please speak with your child’s classroom teacher should home learning become an area of concern of challenge for your family.