Term 4

What’s On in Year Four - Term 4

During Term 4 Year Four is undertaking the following units of study.

English :

In English the writing emphasis will be on narrative, persuasive and poetry writing with Poetry Week being celebrated by the whole school in Week 2. Particular emphasis will be placed on sentence structure, punctuation and editing.  Spelling and grammar will continue to play an important role this term with a major emphasis on proof reading and editing all written work.  Our reading skills will continue to develop through the CAFÉ Reading program and Book Club.

Mathematics :

In Mathematics we will be working on fractions and decimals, revision of the four operations including related problem solving activities involving money. Students will be involved in developing strategies to pose and answer challenging questions. Measurement will include aspects of length and time, all of which will contain a large element of hands on activities. We will continue to work on our times tables. Mental maths will form a major component of this area of the curriculum in preparation for Grade Five.

Integrated Studies :
Our Integrated Unit this term is entitled ‘Australia in the 1800s’. The key understandings are:
  • Many events over time have shaped the country we live in.

  • People explored Australia in its development for a variety of reasons.

  • Migration to Australia was for a variety of reasons.

  • The period of the gold rush changed Australia at the time and today.

Our focus questions for this unit are:
  • What were the significant events of the period 1788-1901?

  • Who were some of the main explorers of Australia?

  • Why do people explore?

  • Why did people migrate to Australia?

  • What was the impact of the Gold Rush on Australia?

  • How have these events shaped Australia today?

This unit will involve a lot of research, videos, reading of data and diary entries for us to gather a better understanding of life in the 1800s and why people chose/came to Australia. There are also 2 excursions booked to help us develop our knowledge of these times.

At the end of the unit the children will present their learning in a Year 4 expo to other students and the wider Gardenvale Community.

It is always surprising how time flies in the last term of the school year. The children are preparing for their transition to Grade Five and as always, the Grade Four teachers will ensure that the students have an extremely rewarding and productive term to finish off a fantastic year.

Below are some dates to keep in mind for Term Four

October 8th- First day of Term 4
October 15th – 19th – Poetry Week
October 16th – In-school Indigenous performance
October 25th – Spelling Bee
October 30th  – Sovereign Hill Excursion (Long Day)
November 6th  - Melbourne Cup Day – Public Holiday
November 7th -16th – Senior School Swimming Program
November 20th & 23rd – Immigration Museum Excursion
December 11th – Year 4 End of Unit Expo 2-3pm
December 14th – Whole school science – half day
December 17th  – Year 6 Graduation
December 18th – Team Building Day
December 19th – Reports home
December 21st – last day of term 1:30pm finish