Welcome to Grade 4
Grade 4 is a wonderful year where students learn and are involved in many exciting programs, events and activities.
It is a year where students experience their first taste of camp and learn many important life skills and independence.
The year 4 camp is held at Arrabri Lodge, in the Yarra Valley, in Term 3.
Students experience a number of different subjects and learning areas including:
Communication Information Technology (ICT)
Speaking and Listening
Students will be encouraged to speak clearly and confidently in a variety of situations. They will learn to listen attentively to their peers and teachers. Skills such as maintaining eye contact, voice projection, using notes or palm cards, will be developed through oral presentations and class and group discussions etc.
We aim for the reader to:
Be self motivated to read for pleasure or to satisfy a purpose Use appropriate reading strategies for pleasure, research or information Read a text to find the main idea and key information Formulate and apply research skills using different texts Enjoy and respond critically to literature
These skills will be addressed through:
Oral reading groups taken by parents/teacher Silent reading program Home reading program Comprehension activities using atlases, dictionaries, maps, telephone books, newspapers, TV, non fiction, fiction, signs, CD ROMS, internet, e-mail etc. will be completed Using multiple intelligences and higher order thinking skills in response to a variety of literature
The students will enjoy varied learning experiences to become effective communicators-
Journal writing (Recounts) Creative writing - developing a distinguishable story line and grammatically correct sentence structure (Narratives) Learning to use appropriate punctuation Beginning to select a range of descriptive and precise vocabulary Using planning, editing proofreading and publishing skills in writing Using a variety of writing forms - letter writing, postcards, instructions, poetry, legends etc Explanation, Exposition, Procedure Writing, Recount, Narrative, Information Reports
Students are given words at their level to provide confidence and extension. Interest and topic words are integrated into weekly spelling tasks.
Our program includes;
Using resources - alphabet lists, dictionaries, thesaurus, charts, diagrams, word lists Students are encouraged to have a go at spelling unknown words before they seek help Extending vocabulary and being able to use these words appropriately in their writing
The spelling words are developed from:
Commonly used words in everyday writing Smartwords differentiated spelling program
In Grade 4, we introduce Victorian cursive script, linking letters in a fluent, attractive handwriting style. Students work towards earning their ‘pen licence' - an exciting event!
In Grade 4, all tables (especially 2, 3, 4, 5, 10) and number facts should be known for automatic recall.
These can be practised at home to reinforce learning.
Our aims for maths are to:
Be interesting, challenging and a positive experience Be relevant and part of the continuum of learning for life Manipulate materials and share students discoveries with others Investigate and solve problems Allow students to work within their ability and at their own pace and build on previous learning Maths understandings and skills will be addressed through integrated topics
Major and minor units of work are formulated for the students to attain knowledge and understandings related to different topics. They acquire skills in accessing and processing information.
Term 1& 2: Simple machines and Life in the 1800's
Term 3: Space- day and night
Each week students will have a one hour session in the computer lab and a one hour session in the library. During these times students will have instruction on the use of the equipment and in research skills.
Information Communications Technology (Computer)
Computers will be used as a tool to complement classroom learning. Skills to be addressed this year include:
Learning to use classroom Smartboard for all subject areas Learning to access information using the Internet Accessing CD Roms for Information and enjoyment Developing word processing skills - using Word and PowerPoint, organising files into folders Capture and save images to compliment work Developing basic worksheets to complete simple calculations - using Excel Using the digital camera, under teacher supervision, to enhance presentations Retrieving and sending messages via internal E-mail Simple computer skills e.g. using a spell checker to edit work
Extra curricula programs offered in grade 4 aim to extend and enrich children's learning. Some of the programs we are involved in include:
Caulfield Primary Schools competition
Science Talent Search
Innovations in Technology