Year 4 Newsletter | Term 4 Week 6

The weeks continue to fly by, it is difficult to imagine that we are now at the end of Week 6. Although it is nearly the end of Year 4, our students are continuing to work as hard as they have been all year. We had our assembly last week, the first time Year 4 students have been on stage in 703 days, and it was so wonderful to see so many families in the Auditorium watching their children. While we have been busy doing sport, ECAs and swimming, the classrooms have been just as busy. Here is a glimpse at what we are learning about…

English
We continue to analyse, deconstruct and reconstruct fairy tales. We have covered quite a few of the classics, such as Cinderella, The 3 Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, Little Red Riding Hood, and many more. In considering the elements of a fairy tale, students have written (or are working towards writing) an introduction to their own fairy tale. They could choose to write a brand new fairy tale or use a fairy tale they know and add their own twist to it.

How can you support this at home? 

  • Discuss a modern fairy tale you may have watched or read about, such as Mulan or Brave. How are the main characters different from characters in traditional fairy tales? How are they the same?
  • Write a new fairytale together incorporating something from your own traditions
  • Read a fun fairy tale from a different perspective, or watch them on youtube

 Fairy Tales from a Different Point of View    

Maths
With the sounds of  ABBA singing….. “Money, money, money…” in the background we have started our new topic of Money and calculating change. The students are really enjoying this unit as they see that they can use this in everyday life.  They have been given shopping catalogues and budgets and must shop for the weekly groceries without overspending. We are not sure how much healthy food the students are adding to their shopping list – I can see lots of candy on some students’ lists.

 How can you support this at home? 

  •  Talk to your child about money and its value. Maybe even give them some money to go to the market and ask them to buy something, ensuring they get the right amount of change.
  • Learn about another country’s currency together.

Geography
In Geography, we continue to look at our diverse planet and its biomes and think about how we can act to create a more sustainable Earth. It is worthwhile for the students to become aware of the wider context of what they study in class and how it plays out in the real world. We have also been comparing rainfall in different parts of the world and creating graphs. It has certainly been interesting to learn how much rain different parts of the world receive each month.

How can you support this at home? 

  • A wonderful series, “Our Planet”, narrated by Sir David Attenborough is on Netflix. It is the perfect way to discuss with your child about sustainability and looking after this amazing world in which we live. Curl up with your child and watch an episode this weekend and have them share with you what they have learned about the world around them.

Junior Duke
With the school year coming to a close soon the Junior Duke journals are required to be submitted for marking ASAP to Mr Brown. The last Dukey Drop Day is Monday 29 November with presentations from Tuesday 30 November. The presentations for completed students will take place at a suitable time before they end the school year.

If students are not finished by this date, they can continue through to 2022. Another Dukey Drop Day will take place on Friday 28th January, 2022 so that those students that haven’t completed it can finish it off over the holidays.

Important dates to remember for Term 4:

Week 7: Tuesday 23 November: Battle of the Bands – 8.30am
Week 8: Tuesday 30 November: Dental Visit
Week 9: Wednesday 8 December: Last day of Year 4 (half day)