Please find below the Year Four ‘Purposeful Practice Grid’ for Term Three – Weeks Four and Five.
In year Four Blue we have the pleasure of welcoming Miss Gabrielle Mifsud into our class. Gabrielle will be completing her final teaching internship at St Emilie’s and we are grateful to have such a warm and friendly teacher to assist us with the Year Four teaching and learning programme.
We have made a great start to the term with our literacy and math groups underway. The students enjoy working with other students and the benefit of these groups are numerous: Students are encouraged to become active rather than passive learners by developing collaborative and co-operative skills, critical thinking skills and lifelong learning skills. Students are learning to create an environment of mutual support, and trust and they have the opportunity to learn from and to teach each other.
This term we are excited to study and learn about the incredible diversity and richness of India.
We have planned a term full of creative and though provoking learning with a focus on cultural similarities and differences, social Justice issues in India, as well as fascinating festivals, traditional dress, history and of course…Food!!!!
This learning will culminate on our Open Night in Week 9 where all the children’s hard work and progress will be on display!
This fortnight the children have had a great time learning about where India is exactly, as well as its neighbours, and the meaning behind the national flag, as well as looking at some entertaining you-tube clips of Bollywood dancing and discovering some famous Indians!
LISTEN TO A SNIPPET HERE!
A much appreciated parent email… feedback is motivating and appreciated!
A note of thanks for organising the St Emilie’s Band to play this morning at the Catholic Performing Arts Concert. My son was so excited to be part of the band this year and he loved getting the opportunity to play in the concert. He was so nervous and excited this morning getting ready for school! I thought the band did a wonderful performance and really showed their diversity of skills in playing different instruments. The kids all looked so confident and happy to be involved. Thank you for all the additional work that goes into organising such an event, it was lovely to watch and be a part of.
(Parent Name withheld)
For those who missed the performance, the band will play again on Friday, Week 4 14th August at the Year Two Assembly 8.45am – 9.30am.
Please read the following note which asks each family to give some thought to how you might be able to support us in the lead up to the St Emilie’s Inaugural School Fete to be held in Term 1 next year on Sunday 13th March.
In addition to ideas for stalls and a commitment by families to the date, we also are really needing SPONSORS (more information to follow) and DONATIONS that can be used as prizes. So please make some time to fill out the form and return it by Friday week, 12th August.
CLICK HERE: P&F Fete Planning Stall Ideas – form
Year Four Gold have been busy learning how to use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps. We started by learning about grids and co-ordinates (the horizontal axis being named before the vertical one). We had a go using co-ordinates in a fun way by playing a variety of games such as ‘Battleships, ‘Co-ordinate Dice’ and ‘Dingo’s Lair’. We also worked as secret agents and used co-ordinates to crack code.
As a class, we brainstormed the different language that is used when giving directions or describing position. The language we came up with was:
- Right / left
- Forwards / backwards
- Turn / quarter turn / half turn
- Before / after
- Next to / beside
- North, south, east, west
- North-east, north-west, south-east, south-west
- Straight ahead
We then completed tasks that provided us with the opportunity to have-a-go at giving and following directions. During one task we worked with a partner and we had to take turns to direct each other to designated positions around the school. We discovered that giving accurate directions and listening carefully is very important.
Our class then moved onto investigating the features of maps and plans. Some of our discoveries were:
- Maps and plans have coordinates / grid references
- Measurements of the size of rooms or the distance between points are included
- Maps and plans are labelled
- A legend / key is often included
- Most maps and plans are detailed
- A compass is generally included on a map
- Commonly maps and plans include a scale
We then learned about ‘scale’. Scales are used on maps so that areas can be reduced to fit on a piece of paper.
Compass directions were revised. We used the rhyme ‘Never eat soggy weet-bix’ to help us remember the different points on a compass.
Each of us then completed a variety of activities that provided us with the opportunity to use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps.
We did a great job and learnt a lot!
Please find below the Year Four ‘Purposeful Practice Grid’ for Term Three – Weeks Two and Three.
Please click here Parent Letter Term 3 2015 Yr 4B
Please read our class newsletter to find out what we are learning about in Year Four Gold during Term Three.
The following information was emailed to all Year 4 families from St Emilie’s on 2 July 2015
As you will read in the note from Lyn Harkins, the Parish Sacramental Co-ordinator, the sign-up sheets for the First Eucharist masses will be available in the church foyer from Saturday 4 July. The masses are due to be held on the following dates and the number of candidates at each mass will be limited to 14! If you have particular dates, times that are best for your family, I suggest you go to the church before 6.30pm mass on Saturday to ensure you have the date you require.
Saturday, August 15th at 6.30pm Mass Sunday, August 16th at 9.00am Mass
Saturday, August 22nd at 6.30pm Mass Sunday, August 23rd at 9.00am Mass
Saturday, August 29th at 6.30pm Mass Sunday, August 30th at 9.00am Mass
Saturday, September 5th at 6.30pm Mass
Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Please click on the link below to view the letter from Lyn Harkins, Parish Sacramental Co-Ordinator