Welcome to Year 4
The year 4 camp is held at Arrabri Lodge, in the Yarra Valley, in Term 3. Going to camp assists students to learn many important life skills and fosters independence.
Speaking and Listening
Our students will be taught skills to develop their speaking and listening competency. This includes speaking clearly and confidently in a variety of situations; learning to listen attentively to their peers and teachers, maintaining eye contact, voice projection and using notes or palm cards. These skills will be developed through oral presentations and class and group discussions.
Our students are self motivated readers who read for pleasure or to satisfy a purpose They use appropriate reading strategies to find the main idea and key information; formulate and apply research skills using different texts and enjoy and respond critically to literature.
Home reading is still essential for student progress. Please take time to hear your child read aloud and ask questions to develop their comprehension skills.
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