Dear Parents, welcome back to Term Two! I hope you found the time to relax and to spend some quality moments with your families over Easter and the holidays. We are looking forward to embracing an interesting and productive term.
The guided inquiry integrated focus for Term Two is concerned with Sustainability and our unit is titled, “Wow! Look what we’ve Got!” During this unit of work the students will be thinking about the importance of acting responsibly in our world and being prepared to play an active part in helping to solve some of the issues we all face.
A quick reminder: Please return any overdue library books from last term and encourage your child to remember to bring in their library bags on Wednesday mornings for borrowing between 8.30 and 8.50 am. It is difficult to organise the borrowing of library books other than this time so anything you can do at home to remind your son or daughter to remember their bag is appreciated.
I am looking forward to seeing the students back at school on Monday and hearing all about the exciting stories from their holidays!
Year Four Blue Teacher.
Open Night was a huge success with many parents and families coming along to see the results of the students’ hard work throughout the term. It was really lovely to see families spending quality time together. Thanks so much Mums and Dads for making the time to come along – it really means a lot to your children!
Last week we had the pleasure of inviting Mr Greg Mitchell into our school and into our classroom. Greg gave us some really effective and interesting strategies that we can now apply and use in our classroom. It was a really insightful and educational visit for both students and teachers and we were reminded about these important social skills:
No put downs
Be your best self
A terrific day for all!
We have had a very productive start to the term and the students have shown themselves to be hardworking and enthusiastic learners.
Here are some of the things we have discovered as well as what we like about being in Year Four Blue:
- We have enjoyed learning about what life was like for early Aboriginal people and the ways they used the land so effectively.
- We are looking forward to building our own Aboriginal shelters.
- We have tested our mental maths skills in games of ‘Addition Bingo.’
- We are thrilled to have our new iPads! We have spent time exploring some great maths applications and sharpening our numeracy skills.
We are looking forward to a great term ahead!
Addition Bingo – fun and challenging!
This term, as part of our ‘Necessity’ unit of work, the students have been learning about the difference between a ‘need’ and a ‘want’. To begin, everyone in the class was asked to fill out a ‘Christmas Wishlist’. The class then debated about and brainstormed different needs and wants. Here are some of our ideas:
- Beats headphones
- Private jet
We then came up with our own definition of what a ‘need’ and a ‘want’ are. Our definitions were:
- A need is something that you can’t live without and it helps you to survive.
- A want is something that is enjoyable to have but you don’t need it to survive.
Each person was then required to review the items on their ‘Christmas Wishlist’ and classify them as a ‘need’ or a ‘want’.
The students have also been learning about the necessity of budgeting. They have learned what the word ‘budget’ means in the context of our daily lives.
The students were then provided with the opportunity to plan and manage their own classroom budget to help them consolidate and apply their understanding of wants, needs and budgeting. Everyone enjoyed this task, however, some of us found out about the harsh realities of life such as the infringements you are forced to pay when you break the rules. On the flip side, many of us were able to enjoy some special treats! 🙂
This week in Four Blue we have begun learning more about the wonderful world of measurement. The students will have multiple opportunities to use scaled instruments to compare objects and use familiar metric units to measure and compare lengths. We have already measured and compared parts of our bodies with a lot more measuring ahead!
On Wednesday 10th September we attended an Agrifoods Incursion in our school hall. This incursion is part of a national education programme that aims to raise the awareness of the Australian agriculture industry with teachers and students – in particular, the food supply chain.
Adrienne Richardson presented a range of agrifood topics linked directly to the Australian Curriculum. The presentation was an interactive workshop where the students had the opportunity to create food and share their experiences at the the end. Some of the foods the students created were; turning cream into butter, crushing grains to make flour, making fresh orange juice, looking at types of sugar and working out if an egg is fresh or rotten. Overall it was an interactive and engaging way to see how different foods are produced and then arrive on our plates!
Where does our food come from?
Grinding grains to make flour.
Year Four celebrated National Science Week with a visit to Scitech. We began our learning adventure with a visit to the Planetarium. While there we viewed ‘To Space and Back’ which helped us to discover the huge impact that space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having on our daily lives. We learned how it is affecting us every day through technology such as satellites, mobile phones, and even saving lives.
Our next stop was ‘Carnival of Science’. Here we uncovered the science behind our favourite sideshow attractions and investigated the physics, psychology and mathematics of this weird and wacky world.
The highlight of our excursion was when we saw the show ‘Ignite Your Curiosity’. We discovered the wonders of chemistry in the world around us through bubbling beakers, exciting explosions and fantastic fireballs.
Finally, our afternoon was spent exploring the different exhibitions that Scitech has to offer. Overall it was an action packed enjoyable day that left us wanting to learn more about scientific curiosities in our world!