Year 4 Newsletter | Term 2 Week 4

This past week has been another very busy one in Year 4 with lots happening in every Key Learning Area.The students have been exceptionally engaged with every aspect of their learning. One area that has brought about some excellent discussion has been our Social and Emotional learning lessons which focused on ‘listening’ to other people’s body language. The aim is to help our children begin to look at others and try to read their body posture, their facial expressions and how they are moving in general. The learners shared experiences of when it was challenging to read the facial expressions of others and how, with mask mandates, that we have to focus more on the eyes to get a sense of how someone is feeling. It has been impressive to see how open the children are to sharing their thoughts and experiences in this learning area.

Math

The focus in Mathematics so far this term has been on fractions and developing a deep understanding of what they are, how to change them and how they are used in everyday life. Over the past week, students have been working on creating equivalent fractions through the use of both pictorial representations and then with numbers. A significant focus of our unit has also been for the learners to express their understanding of fractions through the use of the correct mathematical language. This can sound like, ‘a proper fraction is when the numerator is smaller than the denominator’ instead of saying that a proper fraction is when the number on top is smaller than the number on the bottom. The skill of using mathematical language has also been developed through partner discussions and reflections on their work.The students have been using their new found knowledge of equivalent fractions to complete addition problems where the denominators are different. As we move towards the culmination of the unit, children will also have a chance to explore mixed fractions and improper fractions. At the beginning of the unit, we asked all the children to share what they knew about fractions and will go back to this same document at the end of the unit. We will ask the students ‘what they now know about fractions’ as a means of assessment for teachers and also for the children to see how they have grown in their learning.

English

This term in English, our students have been exploring how authors represent cultural and historical differences in fairytales from all over the world. Over the past couple of weeks, students have been exploring the classical Fairytale of Cinderella through the text “Cinderella of the Nile”, which is the oldest known Cinderella story written down in Greece over 2000 years ago. Together we have broken down the elements of a fairytale, such as the inclusion of magic, a moral and a theme of good vs evil. Last week we explored many different cultural retellings of Cinderella, taking note of the cultural and historical clues the authors give and, in some cases, trying to infer their origin. This week we have begun to plan our cultural retelling of Cinderella. Students have come up with some fantastic plans for Cinderella’s in Hong Kong, in the Netherlands and even in modern-day restaurants in big cities. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be breaking down the elements of narrative writing and continuing to craft their cultural retelling of Cinderella.

Science

This term’s big idea in science is how the Earth’s surface changes due to natural processes and human activity. Our first focus is the natural process of continental drift, also referred to as plate tectonics. Students explored the layers of the earth, the different ways tectonic plates move and the impact those movements have had on the Earth’s surface over time. To conclude this topic, students inquired into plate tectonics using the question: How can we use a boiled egg to represent the Earth? Ask your child how they tested this hypothesis and if they were successful.

History

We have begun our History unit this week. Our unit is called “When two cultures collide”. Students will use their research and comprehension skills to present their understanding of the concepts covered within this unit; 1700-1800s Britain, colonisation and the impact felt by Australia’s First Peoples. In addition, students will inquire into the lifestyle of Australia’s First People and compare it to the people of Britain of the same era. Areas for research will include crime and punishment, the environment, daily life, clothing and food.

Wattle-Jacaranda ‘Aussie Fun in the Sun’ Mufti Day

Next Thursday 19 May is the ‘Aussie Fun in the Sun’ Mufti Day to support the Wattle and Jacaranda House Charities, One Sky and HOPE for Cambodian Children. If you haven’t already ordered your food, please use this form HERE (which now closes on Monday) to order any sausages, Icy Poles, lolly bags and games for the day. If you have any questions, please contact the Primary Office.