Term 1 Overview
Year 4 2021 teaching team above: 4A Emma, 4B Hugh, 4C Tess, 4D Yolanda and Esther, 4E Tom.
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 groups. Students will publish three pieces of writing this term, which will be displayed in our ‘Writer’s Gift’ to share and enjoy.
During our conventions 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. Throughout the term, we will investigate the three tiers of vocabulary and revise the meaning of nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs.
This term, the Grade Four’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 reading groups to support and extend students at their point of need will commence following Grade Four camp.
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 Humanities unit will give students a chance to share their research with their peers and work together.
In Numeracy, students will consolidate their knowledge of place value, and extend their knowledge into 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.
Other Learning Areas (OLA)
We currently run the Respectful Relationships Rights and Resilience (RR) wellbeing program at NMPS. Students will explore Mindfulness and Growth Mindset through meditation and circle time.
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. Students will also learn about citizenship and discuss how and why decisions are made democratically in communities. Throughout the citizenship unit students will also gain knowledge of the three levels of Government in Australia and the roles and responsibilities of each.
Year 4 students are expected to read for 20 minutes per night to improve their reading ability, and in turn, their writing and vocabulary acquisition. There will be times when explicit home learning tasks are set and students will be expected to complete these activities. These tasks will generally be open-ended and project-based. Your child’s iPad will continue to have new school apps added to it throughout the term. Many of the numeracy and literacy apps will support the learning we do in the classroom.
To support your child’s learning at home, here are some things you can do:
Most importantly, encourage nightly reading & conversations about reading (which may include short periods of reading aloud).
Students will be using the DoddleMaths app to consolidate their maths knowledge. The app provides students with differentiated lessons that are targeted at the point of need for each individual student.
Students will be given a variety of creative writing tasks that will challenge them to incorporate new spelling words into their own writing and enhance their vocabulary.