2021 What’s On - Term Two  

Year 4

Term Two is just around the corner and we have many exciting learning activities to look forward to in the weeks that lie ahead.

 In English, the students will continue with their spelling, grammar and the Café Reading Program. During literacy activities, the emphasis will be placed on comprehension and identifying main ideas in a text. In writing, aspects to be covered will include narratives and information reports.

 In Mathematics, the students will be learning about addition, subtraction and multiplication. They will also gain an insight into mapping, 2D and 3D shapes. Students will work on developing a thorough understanding of each topic and the importance of relating mathematics to everyday life. Hands-on activities play an important part in our daily program, as do problem solving strategies and mathematical games.

 Our Integrated Unit this term is entitled ‘The World Around Us’. The key understandings are:

        Australia has many neighbouring countries.

 

        There are similarities and differences between climates of the world.

 

        Vegetation is significant to animals and people and needs to be protected.

 

        Human activity and natural processes have changed the Earth’s surface.

 This unit will involve us looking at countries around the world, comparing them to Australia, and looking at the impact both humans and nature have on the world.  We will spend a day at the Dandenong Ranges looking at the vegetation and ways this environment can be preserved.

 

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.

 

 

Dates to Note This Term (all dates are subject to change)

 

Term 2 commences – Monday 19th April

Anzac Day- Sunday 25th April

Walkathon- Wednesday 28 th April

Curriculum Day - Friday 30th April

Biodiversity Excursion to Dandenong Ranges - Wednesday 5th May

School Cross Country – Friday 7th May

Parent Teacher Interviews - Monday 17 - Friday 21st May

Queen’s Birthday Holiday - Monday 14th June

HERRRBY Week - Tuesday 15th - Friday 18th June

Whole School Incursion (The H Team) - Tuesday 15th June

Year 4 End of Unit Expo – Wednesday 23rd June

Term 2 concludes - Friday 25th June 2.30 dismissal

 

 

Thank you

Bridget Wells, Holly George, Sue Grant & Hock Meng Tan

Year 4 Team

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. English : We are continuing the SMART spelling program throughout every year level of Gardenvale Primary School and the students will be familiar with the program from their experience in Year 3. In Year 4 the students continue learning the CAFÉ strategies which focus on comprehension, analysis/application, fluency and expanding vocabulary. Handwriting is also an important subject in Year 4 as the students strive to attain their pen licence – until then, it is definitely pencil only! Mathematics : Our mathematics focus for this term includes understanding numbers, place value, mental computations and, of course, practising multiplication 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. Inquiry Unit This term our Inquiry unit is all about ‘Our Changing Relationships’. It is an Inquiry 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. Below are some dates to keep in mind for Term One Friday January 29th - First day of Term 1 Friday Feb 5th - District Swimming Trials (recommended for squad swimmers only) Tuesday February 9th – Year 4 Information Evening MPC 6:30pm – 7:30pm Thursday 18th February - District Swimming Carnival (GESAC) Monday 1st March to Wednesday 3rd March - Year 4 Camp at Arrabri Lodge Thursday 11th March -Team Building Incursion Tuesday 10th, 17th, 24th March – Health Education Sessions Thursday 1st April - Term 1 concludes at 2:30pm Bridget Wells, Holly George, Sue Grant & Hock Meng Tan Year 4 Teachers

What’s On Term 3

YEAR 4

 

During Term 3, the Year 4 area is undertaking the following units of study.

 

In Language, the writing emphasis will be on procedures and introducing new styles of poetry. Particular emphasis will be placed on sentence structure, punctuation and editing. Grammar focuses will include synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, similes and metaphors. Reading will include continued development of comprehension, analysis and application, fluency and expanded vocabulary reading skills (CAFÉ).

 

In Mathematics, students will be undertaking work on multiplication, division, angles, data/statistics and units of measurement (mass, length, area, volume and temperature). As always mental maths activities will play an important role and we will continue to encourage and motivate our students to learn their times tables.

 

Our Inquiry Unit this term is entitled ‘Heating and Cooling’. The key understandings are:

  • Heat is produced many ways and moves from one object to another.
  • Changes in temperature are related to the gain or loss of heat.
  • Changes in state occur with the adding or removing of heat.
     
    Hands on science experiments will enhance this unit of work to maximise learning and enjoyment. We hope that these understandings will generate lively and interesting discussions at home.
     
    We look forward to a stimulating and fun-filled term.
     
    Below are some dates to keep in mind for Term 3:
     
    First day of Term 3: 13th July
    Swinburne University Science Incursion: 23rd July (TBC)
    Year 4 Australian Maths Competition: 30th July - 6th August
    District Athletics: 21st August
    Book Week: 22nd - 28th August
    Division Athletics: 3rd September
    School Musical (Such is Life): 7th -10th September
    Last day of Term 3: 18th September (Footy Fever Day 2.30 dismissal)
     
    Thank you!
     
    Year 4 teachers
    Bridget Wells, Victoria Pidhirny, Sue Grant and Hock Meng Tan

Year 4 Camp


The Year 4 students, staff and parents set off on Monday, March 2nd heading to Arrabri Lodge in East Warburton. The bus ride was rather eventful with more than a few students experiencing travel sickness for the first time, however once we were in the fresh air of the Yarra Valley recovery was swift!

The next three days were filled with activity and new experiences. Giant swings were swung, flying foxes flew and boots were stomping to the tunes of the bush. ‘Gold’ was discovered in the river together with the real reason for visiting the Yarra – a giant water fight enjoyed by all …or most!

Wednesday was pack up day and on to the Dandenong Ranges NP for a 3km return walk climbing the 1000 Steps. The day was perfect, not too hot or too cold and every student rose to the challenge admirably.

Overall it was a fantastic three days of meeting new friends, practising resilience and responsibility, and making the most out of learning outdoors!

A huge than you to Tom, Julie, Bridget, Ruby, Matt, Martin, Brendan, Danielle and Belinda for accompanying us – we couldn’t do it without you.





Victoria, Bridget, Meng & Sue – The Year 4 Team

What’s On in Year Four - Term 1

 

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.

 

English :

 

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

 

In Year 4 the students continue learning the CAFÉ strategies of this reading program which focuses on comprehension, analysis/application, fluency and expanding vocabulary.

Handwriting is also an important subject Year 4 as the students strive to attain their pen licenses – until then, it is definitely pencil only!

 

 

Mathematics :

 

Our mathematics focus for their term includes understanding numbers, place value, mental computations and, of course, practising multiplication tables. The student 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. 

 

 

 

INTEGRATED STUDIES

 

This term our inquiry unit is all about ‘Our Changing 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.

 

Below are some dates to keep in mind for Term One

 


Monday 2nd March to Wednesday 4th March  - Year 4 Camp at Arrabri Lodge

Thursday 12th March   -Team Building Incursion

Tuesday 10th, 17th, 24th March – Health Education Sessions

Monday 16th March - House Athletics Carnival at Sandringham Athletics Track

Tuesday 17th March - House Athletics Carnival Backup day

Friday March 27th  -Term 1 concludes at 2:30pm

 

Bridget Wells, Victoria Pidhirny, Sue Grant & Hock Meng Tan

Year 4 teachers