[Issue 13] Year 4 Newsletter

Year 4 Games Arcade – STEAM Project

Coding and Computer Sciences are fast becoming key priorities in education and the Year 4 team are excited about the opportunities coding especially offers students.  Not only does it allow students to think critically and creatively, it promotes problem solving and uses Mathematical concepts and computation to create.

The term students will participate in a STEAM project where they will incorporate technology, coding, art, mathematics to create an arcade game. They will use design thinking and hopefully this project will spark an interest in Computer Sciences. We have also called upon the expertise of Ms Cridland and Ms Carini to assist in the design process and help students use the tools and resources available in the Visual Arts and Design Technology departments. At the end of the term, we hope you will come along to our games arcade on Tuesday 28 November where student work will be showcased. Everyone in Year 4 is very excited about this initiative. We look forward to inviting you along to play the games coded, designed and constructed by Year 4 students.

Every Week is Earth Week

Sustainability addresses the ongoing capacity of the Earth to maintain all life. It is both a goal and a way of thinking about how to progress towards that goal. The Every Week is Earth Day unit of study this term provides students with the opportunity to examine different views on how to protect environments and how to use resources and manage waste sustainably. They become aware of why the environment needs to be cared for and consider how they can contribute to this, laying foundations for active citizenship and a way of thinking about sustainability. Throughout the term there will be Homework tasks that will involve exploring waste at home and carrying out initiatives that encourage sustainable behaviour.

 Swimming Program

The students continue to participate in the Primary Swimming program. This will conclude on Friday 27 October and Year 4 will resume their normal schedule with their allocated PE lesson and Sport on Tuesday afternoon. The students had their swim trials last week in the lead up to the Primary Swimming Carnival which will be held at Kwun Tong Swimming Pool on 9 November.

Festival of Song

Next Wednesday students will begin their house singing practice for the Festival of Song hosted by Jacaranda House. The performance will be on Friday 8 December at 1.30pm in the auditorium. The songs will all have a Christmas flavour and the Wind Band and String Ensemble will also provide a Christmas piece in between the songs.

Students will repeat these songs at the Jingle Mingle Christmas event on Monday 11 December.

Wakka Wakka Talent Show

Auditions for the Wakka Wakka Talent Show will be hosted in Week 5. The Year 6 house captains in Wattle and Waratah house will lead the auditions for students in years 3 to 6. Students can audition with any talent they choose, they can audition as a group or individually. The Wakka Wakka Talent Show is a great way for students to showcase their talents in this fun annual event!

Dates for the diary

Friday 27 October – Swimming program ends

Friday 3 November – Year 3 Assembly

Thursday 9 November – Primary Swimming Carnival

Monday 13 November (3:00 – 6:00pm) and Tuesday 14 November (8:00 – 4:00pm) – Primary Visual Arts Exhibit