Year 4 Parent Information Night Mrs Kirsty Mikolajski, Mrs Andrea Isles and Miss Shenaid Hall Prayer Lord Jesus, You are with us as we commence our year's work. Help us to understand our importance in educating our children. Guide us in our decisions and open our hearts in friendship to each other. May we be supportive in times of need and celebrate our successes. May this partnership of ours result in many benefits for the children on whose behalf we gather. Amen Religious Education Religion Strands: Morality Beliefs Scripture Sacraments Term 1 Focus: Making the world a better place. 30 minutes every day Students require a Bible Students will participate in class prayer, school occasions, liturgies and Mass. Prayer Assemblies and Liturgies TERM 1 4M Liturgy: Friday 6th February, 12:30pm Prayer Assembly: Thursday 26th March, 8:40am 4I Prayer Assembly: Thursday 19th February, 8:40am Liturgy: Friday 20th March, 12:30pm Sacramental Preparation Confirmation – Term 2 Eucharist – Term 3 Sacramental team prepares children to receive their Sacraments. English Three English Strands: Reading and Viewing Writing Speaking and Listening Reading, Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar, Writing Text Books: Spelling Rules Reading Comprehension English • Reading Stamina – Building reading stamina supports children to read for an extended period of time, trains muscle memory and builds increased attention. • Students have specific responsibilities: – – – – – Collect enough books/ appropriate book. Sit at their desk or by themselves. Start reading right away. Read the whole time without distraction. Actually think about what they are reading. English • St Patrick’s Reading Literacy Block – Reading Stamina • Paired/group/class discussion – Reading Whole Class Explicit/ Modelled Teaching • Reading behaviours • Reading skills/ strategies – Guided reading/ shared reading • Small groups • Differentiated based on need • Assessment of student reading is made. – Independent Activities • Based on modelled reading strategy. – Whole Class Sharing/ Reflection • Provides an opportunity to share what they have learnt. English Term 1 Text Types: Procedure and Narrative Each assessment piece will be introduced with a criteria sheet to outline the task. Requirements will be explained and discussed during class. School time will be used to create a draft copy. Home and class time will be used to present a final copy from the students. Each text type and assessment piece will be explained and taught at school. Example of the specific text types will be modeled during class writing blocks. This example will be sent home for the students to use as a guide. Homework Ian Lillico Homework Grid Compulsory Activities Optional Activities To be completed each week. Handed out on Friday and returned to school the following Thursday. Reading Guide for Parents • Parent Reading • Your child is required to read everyday. • Encourage the children to use their reading strategies. Mathematics This term our focuses for Mathematics are: • Multiplication • Place value Number and Algebra • Number patterns • Fractions • Addition and subtraction strategies • Centimetre (cm) and metre (m) measurements • Converting data into tables Measurement and Geometry Statistics and Probability Mathematics • Daily maths mentals • Hands on activities and investigations • Problem solving skills and strategies • Independent, Group and Rotational work • Text book - Maths Plus 4 – Teaching Tool Science PRIMARY CONNECTIONS • Primary Connections is an innovative program that links the teaching of science and literacy in the primary years of schooling. • It is aligned with the Australian Curriculum and has three interrelated strands; Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills. • The learning outcomes in Primary Connections contribute to developing students’ scientific literacy. • What is Scientific literacy? Science • Inquiry based approach • Student’s work together in small groups. • Team Roles: Manager: Collects and returns equipment. Speaker: Asks teacher or other speakers for help. Director: Makes sure that the team understands the team investigations and completes each step. Team Skills: Taking turns, speaking softly and perform your role. Science • Primary Connections 5E’s teaching and learning model: Phase Focus Assessment focus Engage Engage students and elicit prior knowledge Diagnostic assessment Explore Provide hands-on experience of the phenomenon Formative assessment Explain Develop scientific explanations for observations and represent developing understanding Formative assessment Elaborate Extend understanding to a new context through students-planned investigations Summative assessment Evaluate Students re-represent their understanding and reflect on their learning Summative assessment History and Geography Inquiry Based Learning Starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios—rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. The teacher is a facilitator. Example: You have been commissioned by National Geographic to plot a route from England to Australia. You need to be able to justify why your route is most effective. History History – “First Footprints” Focus on Indigenous Culture and Traditions Investigation into the types of traditional tools and weapons that indigenous people used and why they were needed. Leading into: First Fleet Life in 16th and 17th century Britain. Why was Australia chosen as a penal colony? Life after Settlement Cause and effect of British settlement on indigenous culture and people. Early Explorers – Columbus, Marco Polo, Ferdinand Magellan Reasons behind early exploration. Geography Geography – Focus on Mapping conventions: legends, scale, north point etc Investigation into the relative location of Africa and South America in relation to Australia. Leading Into: World Biomes (global climates and vegetation) How do people and environments interconnect? Environmental adaptations. Energy Sustainability How much energy is wasted on a local, national and global scale. How can we save energy in our homes and school? Waste Management How much waste do we actually waste? Waste Management plan for St Patrick’s school? School Website Library Times Borrowing and research – 1 hour per week 4M - Monday 4I - Thursday 4H - Monday Computer Lab – 45 minutes per week Educational Viewing – 30 minutes per week Bookwork Expectations Year 4 Book Work Guidelines for St Patrick’s • • • • • • • Place the date at the beginning of each day’s work. Put a title for new work. Underline the title. Use pencil to complete work. Keep work neat and tidy. Cursive writing is encouraged and preferred. In Mathematics, the page is divided in half lengthwise for operations and number work. Support Personnel Learning Support Teacher – Mrs Donna Clarke ESL – Mrs Liz McDine Teacher Assistants work with classroom teachers to provide support for children in the classroom learning environment. School Counsellor – Miss Paula Scanlan Library Coordinator – Mrs Shelly Baker Specialist Teachers • Physical Education – Mr Russell Smith • Music – Miss Stephanie Quinlan Parent/ Teacher Interviews and Report Cards Report Cards are written in Term 2 and Term 4. Focus on Results, Attitudes and Behaviour Parent Teacher Interviews – Beginning of Term 2. Student Folios – Collection of assessment and reporting documents. Thank you We would like to thank you for taking the time tonight to join us and we look forward to a successful 2015 with your children. You are welcome to come to your child’s classroom and meet with us.