TERM 4 CURRICULUM OUTLINE
Class: 4 Teachers: (A) Lewis Bainbridge, (B) Katrina Gouramanis
This term, Grade Four students will continue to develop their reading comprehension skills through whole class discussion, independent reading time and group-learning. A greater emphasis this term will be placed on students discussing their comprehension of texts through a group reading process - reciprocal reading. Students will apply and discuss their knowledge of the strategies of ‘predicting’, ‘clarifying’, ‘summarising’, and ‘questioning’.
We will also be continuing our focus on inferring and making a range of connections - text to self, text to world and text to text connections. Texts used will be a mixture of fiction, as well as non-fiction texts that are related to our inquiry topic on Earth Science and Geography.
Students are encouraged to write in a range of different text types and for different purposes. They will continue to use the writing process of plan, draft, edit/revise and publish to create pieces that are well planned and written.
Students will also have opportunities to write like scientists. Students will write scientific procedural texts when we conduct observations and experiments through our inquiry unit, learning how to explain how to conduct the experiment in a step-wise manner. Students will also write informative texts through their own process of inquiry. We will facilitate students to ask deep and interesting questions, to brainstorm and research their questions and to create short, informative texts.
Students will be encouraged to bring in their own writing seeds for weekly Writer’s Notebook sessions. They will develop their thinking about their seed using a range of strategies, and these may inspire them to create writing pieces. Students will also be given the opportunity to independently choose their text types. Students will be encouraged to select from a range of text types - including Narratives, Poems, Information Reports, Discussion and Persuasive Texts and Procedural texts. We know there is a writer in every student – and we want to encourage the writer in everyone to come out and to love writing.
In Mathematics this term, students will continue to be encouraged to think through mathematical problems in creative ways and to discuss their discoveries with their peers. Students will investigate the links between Mathematics and the world around them. Fractions will be a focus this term, we encourage you to speak to your child about fractions and decimals in the kitchen, the garden, while driving and anywhere else you may encounter these concepts.
In Number and Place Value – we will be learning about fractions and decimals numbers, the relationships between fractions and decimals, and ordering and comparing the size of different decimals. We will review place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division strategies.
In Measurement and Geometry – students will learn about volume and capacity of various objects, using formal units of measurements. Students will also revisit time, in particular converting between units of time, using am and pm notation to solve time problems.
In Statistics and Probability – students will learn about collecting, collating, presenting d and interpreting data. This learning will link strongly to our Inquiry Unit as we explore our planet through experiments and observations.
Inquiry Unit - Earth – its changes and rotations, its climates and places
This term we are learning about Earth sciences and geography. In this unit of study, students will learn about:
- Change in Earth’s surfaces over time as a result of natural and human activity
- Earth’s rotation causing changes
- Different climates
- Similarities and differences between places and people
Students will develop their inquiry skills by thinking deeply, developing questions and investigating a chosen topic. Students will produce a design project or presentation about their investigation topic.
In personalising the inquiry process, students will be expected to conduct further research and/or gather resources to assist with their individual projects/presentations.
Students need to read on a nightly basis. This can be books (from home, school or local library), magazines, newspapers and ebooks. Grade Four students will visit the library every Friday afternoon.
Other information and Important Dates
2019 Year 5/6 Canberra Camp Final Payments:
Payments for this camp will need to be finalised by 30th November. All permission, dietary and medical forms will also need be returned by this date, at the latest
Excursion to C.E.R.E.S
Pupil Free Day
29th of October
5th of November
6th of November
19th to the 29th of November
21st of December
Below is the document for the Parent Teacher Interviews. Please indicate 5 possible interview times as I am booking up quickly and I have a first in, best dressed policy.
Grade 4 Inquiry Project
This term, your Inquiry Project is going to be investigating one service that the local government do for us. To do an Inquiry Project, you will need to ask two deep questions (questions that need lots of information). Your teacher will help you create your questions by giving you some key words that you can use, but your questions might change as you start to investigate.
As you do your investigation, you will need to reflect on how you are going, and you will do this on the handout called “Year 4 – Local Council Inquiry” (stuck into your Inquiry exercise book).
You will need to present all of the information you find in a booklet or on a poster. You will also give an oral presentation for 2 minutes on what you found out and how you went with your findings.
Your project will be due on the 28th of March and this is the day you will need to be ready to present your presentation.
Week 6 – Research; work out what information you need and how you are going to find the information.
Week 7 – Plan and Draft; think about how you will set up your poster or booklet, write out the draft. Make sure an adult checks it for meaning, spelling and punctuation. Write your speech.
Week 8 – Publish; create the booklet or poster. Practise your speech.
Week 9 – Finish off and present on Wednesday the 28th of March.
You may need to do some work at home so that you can do your project the BEST THAT YOU CAN.
Here are the guidelines of what we expect for the Inquiry Project
Poster or Booklet
Grade 4 Home Learning Expectations
In Grade Four, students at Coburg North Primary School are expected to do half an hour of home learning a night. The primary purpose of home learning in Grade Four is to develop organisation skills and to practise their literacy and numeracy skills.
We recommend that at home you have a place to sit down and complete your home learning. You will need a table or a desk in a quiet area.
It is expected that in your half hour of home learning, you read for 15 minutes and practise your reading goal (see CAFÉ menu) for 5 minutes. Whether you write down the strategy you are using, or reflect with an adult about the strategy is up to you.
For the remaining ten minutes, there are a number of things you need to do, including;
If you go to After School Care, you could use this time to complete your Home Learning before you go home.
These tasks are ongoing and are to be completed at your own pace, unless otherwise stated by your teacher.
Hi family and friends of 4B. My name is Katrina and I am so excited to be a part of the community at CNPS and to be teaching 4B. I’ve been teaching now for six and a half years and before that I worked as a researcher in science. I love talking to students about science and the world around us. I also love playing soccer (even though I have retired) and really enjoyed kicking the ball around with a few kids at camp. I feel very lucky to have traveled to lots of different countries around the world, including some in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America – it’s fantastic to learn about how people and animals live around the world. If we haven't met, then please come in to the classroom after school one day to say hi.