2018 Curriculum outline Grade 4


TERM 1 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

 

Class: 4                                Teachers: (A) Lewis Bainbridge, (B) Katrina Gouramanis      

                                                                     

English

 

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

Distinguishing between Real and Make Believe, Identifying the Main Idea, Fact and Opinion

 

Writing

Persuasive — students will be composing for and against arguments based on a series of topics, using persuasive devices, such as facts and statistics, rhetorical questions and emotive language

Narrative – students plan, create, edit and publish a narrative, focussing on characters, setting and plot development

Mathematics

 

Number and Algebra – Place Value (recognise, make, explain, numbers up to five digits, naming the place value of each digit)

 

Measurement and Geometry – Time (tell time to the minute and investigate the relationship between units of time, convert between units of time)

 

Statistics and Probability – Data (collect, record, interpret and compare data displays with and without the use of digital technologies)

Integrated Studies

 

This term we are learning about communities, laws and government systems that make up our Australian identity. In this unit of study, students will learn about: 

 

  • The purpose of government and some familiar services provided by government, particularly at the local level
  • The purpose of creating rules for groups and how rules and laws affect them
  • Explore voting as a key method for group decision making in a democracy.
  • Explore how individuals participate in their community, cultural diversity and how belonging to different groups can shape personal identity
  • Investigate how and why people choose to remember significant events
  • Analyse key events which contributed to the development of the Moreland area.

Students will also have the opportunity to create their own learning journey on the topic, by selecting a community group to research and present to their peers.

Homework

 

In Year Four, we will be trialling a new method of teaching spelling. This will be based on investigations that will mostly occur at school, and we will ask students to continue to brainstorm and find words to develop the investigation.

 

Students are also expected to read on a nightly basis and you can help with your child’s comprehension of the text by asking them questions. They can read books (from home, school or local library), magazines, newspapers and ebooks. The 4’s will visit the library every Monday.

Students who don’t complete tasks during class time will be asked to complete it at home. Homework not completed by the due date will be asked to complete tasks during break times at school.

Life Skills

 

Life skills is a program developed to promote optimal student wellbeing, as well as instil mindfulness in children. Students will explore a variety of calming and mindfulness strategies to embed in their daily routines, as well as provide the ability to draw from a bank of strategies during times of stress, or when problems arise.

Important Dates

 

3/4 camp                                       Wed 7th – Fri 9th Feb

Meet The Teacher Night               Tues 13th  Feb

Life Skills commences                  Wed 14th Feb               

Labour Day holiday                       Mon 12th Mar

Last Day of Term                          Fri 29th Mar

TERM 2 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

 

Grade: 4                                                                      Teachers: (A) Lewis Bainbridge,

(B) Katrina Gouramanis

English

 

Reading

Reading sessions will have a focus specific to our integrated topic this term of ‘Forces and Motion’. Through reading explanation texts of how different machine parts work, as well as procedural texts for experiments, students will develop their knowledge of physical sciences. We will also have a strong focus on comprehension skills as a whole class throughout the term. These include:

 

Interpreting Figurative Language, Recognising Cause and Effect, Finding Word Meaning in Context and students will monitor their ‘inner voice’ as they read by predicting, inferring, questioning and visualising.

 

Writing

  • War Narrative – students plan, create, edit and publish a narrative, focussing on characters, setting and plot development, with a focus on a famous Australian battle.
  • Explanation text – students will be writing explanation texts about how the machine that they have built operates. This is linked with our Integrated topic.
  • Procedural text – students will undertake a series of lessons/experiments where students will also have to develop a procedural text in order to carry out the process. This is also linked with our Integrated topic.

Mathematics

Number and Algebra – The four operations. Students will recall addition and subtraction facts, apply efficient addition and subtraction strategies to solve problems and calculating purchases of items and change to the nearest 5 cents. Students will also develop knowledge of multiplication facts to 10x10 and related division facts and develop written strategies for multiplication and division.

 

Measurement and Geometry – Students will use scaled instruments to measure mass, volume, capacity, length and area.

 

Statistics and Probability – Data and Probability (describe possible everyday events and their chances of occurring. Identify everyday events where one cannot happen if the other happens. Identify events where the chance of one will not be affected by the occurrence of the other)

Integrated Studies

This term, students will focus on forces and motion, researching and conducting experiments discovering how forces can be exerted through direct contact or indirectly. Students will be building machines which are made up of simple machines, such as axles and pulleys to operate moveable parts.

Students will also have the opportunity to conduct a range of scientific experiments and to record their observations and experiences in their journal.

There will be an incursion later this term aligned with this topic.

Homework

Students are expected to read on a nightly basis and you can help with your child’s comprehension of the text by asking them questions. They can read books (from home, school or local library), magazines, newspapers and ebooks. The 4s will visit the library every Friday.

Students who don’t complete tasks during class time will be asked to complete it at home. Homework not completed by the due date will need to be completed during break times at school.

Additional numeracy tasks will be able to be found on our class blogs for extra practice at home.

 

Important Dates

 

ANZAC Day

Tuesday 25th April

 

 

Queen’s Birthday

 

Monday 11th of June

 

Parent Teacher Interviews

 

Incursion

Tuesday 26th of June

 

To be arranged

 

 

TERM 3 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

 

Class: 4                                Teachers: (A) Lewis Bainbridge, (B) Katrina Gouramanis

English

 

Reading

Although each reading group has a focus specific to their learning needs, these are some of the reading and comprehension skills we will be focussing on as a whole class throughout the term:

 

Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences, Compare and Contrast, Distinguishing between Fact and Opinion, Summarising and Understanding Sequence

 

Writing

Poetry – familiarise and analyse various styles of poetry including: Alliteration, Limerick, Cinquain, Rhyming Couplet, Haiku, Diamantes, Free Verse. Students will plan and compose different types of poetry and publish in a poetry booklet.

Discussion –research, plan and create a discussion writing piece, offering two points of view relating to a topic, concluding with the student’s own opinion.

Information Report – students will be inquiring, researching and paraphrasing information based on Australia’s first peoples and the significant ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place before European Settlement.

Mathematics

 

Number and Place Value – multiplication and division, linking the relationship between both operations with repeated addition, groups of, arrays and equal sharing; fractions.

 

Measurement and Geometry – Area and 3D shape

 

Statistics and Probability – Probability (conduct chance experiments, identify possible outcomes of experiments, describe possible everyday events and order their chances of probability, justify variations in the results of chance experiments)

Integrated Studies

 

This term we are learning about Australia’s first peoples and the significant ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place and the effects on their daily lives. In this unit of study, students will learn about: 

-perspectives of people from the past.

-the nature of contact between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and others, for example, the Macassans and the Europeans, and the effects of these interactions.

-the significance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who belong to a local area

-one significant narrative, myth or celebration from the past

-the significance of Australian celebrations, symbols and emblems

-the origin and content features of primary sources when describing the significance of people, places and events

 

Students will have the opportunity to inquire and investigate further into Australia’s first peoples based on an idea or question of their choosing. 

Important Dates

 

Peer Support commences

School Concert

27th July

10th- 13th of August

Excursion to Melbourne Museum

5th September

 

 

 

 

 



TERM 4 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

 

Class: 4                               Teachers: (A) Lewis Bainbridge, (B) Katrina Gouramanis      

                                                                

English

 

Reading

This term, Grade Four students will continue to develop their reading comprehension skills through whole class discussion, independent reading time and group-learning. A greater emphasis this term will be placed on students discussing their comprehension of texts through a group reading process - reciprocal reading. Students will apply and discuss their knowledge of the strategies of ‘predicting’, ‘clarifying’, ‘summarising’, and ‘questioning’.

 

We will also be continuing our focus on inferring and making a range of connections - text to self, text to world and text to text connections. Texts used will be a mixture of fiction, as well as non-fiction texts that are related to our inquiry topic on Earth Science and Geography.

 

Writing

Students are encouraged to write in a range of different text types and for different purposes. They will continue to use the writing process of plan, draft, edit/revise and publish to create pieces that are well planned and written.

 

Students will also have opportunities to write like scientists. Students will write scientific procedural texts when we conduct observations and experiments through our inquiry unit, learning how to explain how to conduct the experiment in a step-wise manner. Students will also write informative texts through their own process of inquiry. We will facilitate students to ask deep and interesting questions, to brainstorm and research their questions and to create short, informative texts.

 

Students will be encouraged to bring in their own writing seeds for weekly Writer’s Notebook sessions. They will develop their thinking about their seed using a range of strategies, and these may inspire them to create writing pieces. Students will also be given the opportunity to independently choose their text types. Students will be encouraged to select from a range of text types -  including Narratives, Poems, Information Reports, Discussion and Persuasive Texts and Procedural texts. We know there is a writer in every student – and we want to encourage the writer in everyone to come out and to love writing.

 

Mathematics

In Mathematics this term, students will continue to be encouraged to think through mathematical problems in creative ways and to discuss their discoveries with their peers. Students will investigate the links between Mathematics and the world around them. Fractions will be a focus this term, we encourage you to speak to your child about fractions and decimals in the kitchen, the garden, while driving and anywhere else you may encounter these concepts.

 

In Number and Place Value – we will be learning about fractions and decimals numbers, the relationships between fractions and decimals, and ordering and comparing the size of different decimals. We will review place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division strategies.

 

In Measurement and Geometry – students will learn about volume and capacity of various objects, using formal units of measurements. Students will also revisit time, in particular converting between units of time, using am and pm notation to solve time problems.

 

In Statistics and Probability – students will learn about collecting, collating, presenting d and interpreting data. This learning will link strongly to our Inquiry Unit as we explore our planet through experiments and observations.

 

Inquiry Unit - Earth – its changes and rotations, its climates and places

 

This term we are learning about Earth sciences and geography. In this unit of study, students will learn about: 

- Change in Earth’s surfaces over time as a result of natural and human activity

- Earth’s rotation causing changes

- Different climates

- Similarities and differences between places and people

Students will develop their inquiry skills by thinking deeply, developing questions and investigating a chosen topic. Students will produce a design project or presentation about their investigation topic.

 

Homework

In personalising the inquiry process, students will be expected to conduct further research  and/or gather resources to assist with their individual projects/presentations. 

Students need to read on a nightly basis. This can be books (from home, school or local library), magazines, newspapers and ebooks. Grade Four students will visit the library every Friday afternoon.

 

Other information and Important Dates

 

2019 Year 5/6 Canberra Camp Final Payments:

Payments for this camp will need to be finalised by 30th November. All permission, dietary and medical forms will also need be returned by this date, at the latest

 

Excursion to C.E.R.E.S

Pupil Free Day

29th of October

5th of November

Melbourne Cup

Swimming

Final Day

 

6th of November

19th to the 29th of November

21st of December