Grade Four

Term 4

Grade 4 Information

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Grade 4 Teacher

Elizabeth Rout

Integration Aides: Beth Ogden & Jane Stewart

Bounce Back

Bounce Back is a wellbeing and resilience class-based program. This term students will be learning about respect, emotions, dealing with our feelings and honesty. Students will be focusing upon the term value of empathy, in line with the school’s agreed values.

Students will also participate in a peer support program. This is a program led by our Year 6 students that empowers young people to support each other and contribute positively to society.

Specialists

All grade 4s attend three specialist lessons per week. These are; Science, Physical Education and Performing Arts.

Physical Education and Science are on Wednesday after recess. Performing Arts is on Thursday after lunch.

Literacy

In reading groups, students are focusing on reading comprehension skills such as; comparing and contrasting whilst reading, learning to understand word meaning from the context of the piece and accurately summarising the main idea of what we have read.

In writing groups, students are focusing on a range of VCOP skills (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation) They are also working on constructing persuasive texts with ‘explosive openings’ and detailed arguments

Oral Language

Aldercourt Primary School employs Dora Chan, a speech therapist. She works with Grade 4 every Monday after lunch.

Students have created movies last term and this term we will be focusing upon using oral language to improve our spelling skills by examining Cued Articulation. This involves investigating phonemic awareness and uses hand movements to show breath, voice and lip movement when we are making sounds as we speak. Further information can be found here.

3/4 Rotations

The grade 3 and 4 classes are participating in curriculum rotations, every Thursday at 2.40pm.

Miss Brickell - Aboriginal Studies/History

Miss Rout - Digital Technologies and touch typing

Mrs Waldron/Mr Mitchell - Australian Geography, emblems and flags

Students will rotate once every three weeks, offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know other teachers and visit their classrooms.

Library

Students visit the library fortnightly on Fridays where they can borrow and return books.

Mathematics

Students will be exploring and developing their skills when reading analogue clocks. They will also begin to discuss how analogue time relates to digital and 24 hour time. Students will be focusing upon place value: decimals and fractions and learning how to add and subtract fractions and decimals.

Mathematics Homework: Each week students will be required to practice some quick maths skills in their homework books and use Mathletics.

Excursions

This term the grade 4s will be attending one of three different excursions with the grade 3 students. All three middle school classes have been combined and mixed into groups according to the three garden themes we are studying in Integrated Studies. Excursions will include a range of venues in the local Frankston area and could include The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve or the Moonlit Sanctuary.

Please see your child’s teacher for more details. Costs will be kept to a minimum.

Integrated Studies

The topic this term is “Seed to Spoon” in which they will investigate aspects of gardening, seeds, plants, food and food production. Early in the term students will focus on developing one of at least three garden beds around the school. Three themes for the gardens have been chosen:

Miss Brickell Scented Garden

Mr Mitchell Shaded Garden

Miss Rout Indigenous Garden

Guitar

Grade 4s participate in weekly guitar lessons. They have the opportunity to learn the different chords and some songs.