Y3 & 4 Update
Term One has come to an end, and after a busy and productive term, students are ready for a well-deserved break! We’d like to acknowledge the fantastic effort put in by Year 3 and 4 during Term One.
Golden Valleys Lodge Camp
This event was a wonderful experience for all students and staff. The weather was perfect, and the venue was excellent. Only 20 minutes from Penbank, GVL is surrounded by nature and feels a thousand miles away. Its location allows students to develop independence and build relationships with one another, with school and home safety close by.
The broad range of activities and experiences available allowed students to step outside of their comfort zones. Crate-stacking, ga-ga ball, and even staying away from home for a couple of nights pushed students to face discomfort and build resilience. They experienced new things with support from friends and teachers.
Students were grouped intentionally by teachers to allow new friendships to develop. We were very proud of how students carried themselves, interacted with each other, and took part in all aspects of school camp life.
A big thank you and congratulations to all students, parents, and teachers for their efforts in ensuring the camp was a great success.
Students have been writing camp reflections. They drafted their writing, conferenced with teachers, edited their work, and published a final piece complete with a detailed illustration. Students have also been involved in narrative writing. This genre of writing appeals to most writers in Years 3 and 4, and it has been pleasing to see the kids engrossed in writing as well as seeing their imaginations come alive through their writing.
We have been involved in weekly spelling sessions where new words are presented to the students, who then complete spelling activities throughout the week. These activities are designed to increase knowledge of phonograms, parts of speech, suffixes and prefixes, spelling rules, word families, root words, and more. Handwriting development is also something that is focused on regularly.
Guided reading sessions, whole-group reading, and modelled reading occurs throughout the week, improving reading skills, comprehension, fluency, and awareness of text types and features. Children typically enjoy reading aloud during guided reading sessions and applying new skills to explore and analyze texts.
We have been inquiring into time and learning to read analogue and digital clocks. Telling the time on an analogue clock is quite challenging for many reasons: 1 is five, 6 is a half, and the 3rd hand is the second hand! (for a hilarious take on the challenges in learning to tell the time, check out Dave Allen’s performance of ‘Teaching your kid time’!).
There are many opportunities to develop an understanding of time:
- When traveling somewhere, discuss how long they think it will take to arrive at the destination with your child.
- Talk about a time concerning events and activities that are important to children. For example, “We’re camping for five days over the holidays. That’s almost a week”.
- Cooking is great for developing many mathematical concepts, including time. Whether it’s cakes, biscuits, or a roast dinner, try to involve your child cooking and have them take responsibility for setting timers (under guidance!).
- Help children understand the concept of time by simply having them brainstorm activities that take specific amounts of time. For instance, what takes 1 minute? 30 minutes? 1 hour?
- When children ask you what the time is, turn the tables and ask them to tell you! They may need support and guidance, but if you simply tell them when they ask, they won’t put in a personal effort to learn for themselves.
Unit of Inquiry
Our recent Unit of Inquiry, ‘Where We Are In Place and Time,’ focuses on significant people and events. We aim to have students inquire into people and events that have impacted the world in which we live today. It is easy to focus on prominent people and events throughout history and contemporaneously, but we also hope students will learn about people and events that are personally relevant to them and in local contexts.
Our Central Idea:
Significant events and people impact the lives of individuals and communities
Our Lines of Inquiry:
- Why a person or event becomes significant
- The impact of significant people and events on individuals and communities
- Our responsibility when acknowledging significant people & events
We are excited about the learning opportunities for this Unit of Inquiry when students return following the holidays.
We hope you enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable time with loved ones. Stay safe, and see you in Term Two!
JUSTIN, HANNAH, GAYLE & SALLY