Term 1

What’s On
 Year 4 - Term 1, 2108
Welcome back to school! We hope everyone had a wonderful break and are as ready and keen as we all are for the year ahead.


This term our inquiry unit is all about ‘Robust Relationships’. It is an integrated unit that encourages the students to discuss their attributes, emotions and the way in which they perceive themselves and others. We explore areas of friendship in terms of how to be a good friend, how to develop and maintain friendships and the rewards to be reaped by being a good friend. We also spend time on conflict resolution and how we can make a difference in the ways that we interact with people in our lives.


Our mathematics focus for the term includes understanding numbers, place value, mental computations and, of course, practising times tables.  The students complete pre and post assessments to help us guide the planning and targeting of teaching and learning. It also enables students to see their own progress in these areas.

We are continuing the SMART spelling program throughout every year level of Gardenvale Primary School and the students will be familiar the program from their experience in Year 3.

In Year 4 the students are introduced to the C.A.F.E. reading program which focuses on comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding vocabulary.
Handwriting is also an important subject in Year 4 as the students strive to attain their pen licenses – until then, it is definitely pencil only!

Dates to remember:
09/02 – District swimming trials, Bayside Aquatic Centre, Mentone (recommended squad swimmers only)
23/02 – District swimming competition, GESAC
22/02 – Year 4 Information Evening 6:30pm – 7:30pm  MPC
02/03 – Year 4 Team Building Day at school
05/03 – 07/03 - Year 4 Camp, Arribri Lodge, Warburton
13/04, 20/04, 27/04 -  Family Life
29/04 - end of Term 1:  2.30 Dismissal

We are looking forward to working with both you and your children throughout 2017.
Julie, Tanya, Victoria and Peter