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Year 4 Update

I know we were not expecting to come back to this format for Term 3, but it has been inspiring to see the students take it in their stride and continue to show their positive spirit over the last month back at school. With all they live through in this period, they still manage to talk about their gratitude for all the small things and especially time with you.

Thank you to all the parents who were able to take the time to see me on 'Zoom' for the Parent-Teacher Interviews, it was beautiful to touch base and discuss how the year is going for your child. 

As mentioned previously, this term, we have welcomed Joey into our class, and she has already made fast friends with many in our grade. We look forward to having her as another beloved member of our Year 4 community.

What does this term hold for Year 4?

Literacy

Reading

In Term 3, the students focus on developing their comprehension skills, specifically identifying inferred information within what they have read. This can include:

  • Understanding what is not directly stated in the text
  • making predictions
  • vocabulary and deciphering the meaning from context
  • reading the book aloud for fluency and expression.

They will be looking closely at historical recounts and fiction in class, as well as styles of poetry. But of course, students will be guided to talk about their books of interest from home. 

Writing

They are continuing to spend their writing time breaking down sentences exploring:

  • punctuation
  • editing
  • handwriting
  • expanding their vocabulary choice 
  • descriptive language
  • visual images.

A key focus for the term will be poetry and standard poetic devices such as sound play, wordplay, and imagery, exploring how these may be applied to narrative poetry. Students will continue to develop their skills by re-reading and editing texts. 

They will also be looking at developing informative writing pieces and historical narratives. The students will be applying the skills they have learned to create engaging texts which inform the reader of critical pieces of information. To support our unit, students will develop their research skills and summarise information.

Maths

In Numeracy this term, students will be building on their knowledge of multiplication and division. They will begin to see the relationship between multiplication and division and have hands-on exploration opportunities to show a variety of representations. They will continue to develop their Mental Maths strategies and consolidate time tables and related division facts. 

 Students will be exploring strategies such as:

  • using repeated addition
  • creating arrays
  • understanding commutative properties such as 3x5 is the same as 5x3
  • recognising fact families for simple equations and to check answers
  • further exploring counting patterns such as by 4s, 7s, 8s, and 9s
  • developing investigative strategies to solve numerical problems.

Through the use of problem-solving, they will complete open-ended investigations involving all four operations and allowing them to consolidate their understanding of the concepts covered in a variety of authentic contexts.

In line with the inquiry unit, they will also be exploring:

  • Time
  • shape
  • angles

Inquiry

This term, the Inquiry unit 'Where we are in Place and Time' has the students are looking at the central idea that 'Significant events and people, impact the lives of individuals and communities.' The students will be looking at what makes something significant and significant to who? They will explore why these people should and events be remembered and their impact on us, our heritage, and our communities. As well as understanding that events and people through time can be seen from different points of view. 

Lines of Inquiry 

An inquiry into:

  • Why a person or event becomes significant
  • The impact of notable people and events on individuals and communities
  • Our responsibility when acknowledging notable people & events.

Key Concepts to be covered

  • Perspective 
  • Causation 
  • Responsibility

Related concepts

  • Significance
  • Chronology
  • Impact.

ALEXIS TAME
Year 4 Classroom Teacher