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