18th November 2015
It is hard to believe that we are quickly approaching the end of the term! This means that it is time for the students to begin preparing their EduDance costumes. Fortunately, the costumes for this year are simple. The Year Four students will be required to dress in beach or Hawaiian style clothes. This will mean that students need to wear board shorts or colourful shorts and a rash/sun shirt or a bright t-shirt. (No bathers or bikini tops)There will be no need for accessories such as sunglasses or hats, as these will only get In the way of the performance.
Students will be required to wear normal sport shoes for the concert.
We are letting you know about this now, as you may like to start organising these items.
We thank you in anticipation and we look forward to seeing you at the concert on 4th December at 2pm.
Daniela Walker and Jodie Ryan
Year Four Teachers
Please find below the Year Four ‘Purposeful Practice Grid’ for Term Four – Weeks Four and Five.
Welcome back to what we anticipate will be a very productive final term of Year Four. The students have begun the teaching and learning program with enthusiasm and a hard working attitude, which is great to see.
In Maths we are learning about graphs and how to conduct effective surveys by creating quality questions and then collecting data. We are discovering how graphs make it easy for us to interpret data visually. The students created survey questions then asked other class members what their favourite takeaway foods were. Next we recorded this data using tallies and then interpreted the results.
Please find below the Year Four ‘Purposeful Practice Grid’ for Term Four – Weeks Two and Three.
As part of our ‘Book Week’ celebrations the Year Fours visited the Amherst Village library on Monday 24th August 2015 where we were privileged enough to meet the author Deb Fitzpatrick.
Deb is an author who lives and works in Fremantle. Her inspiration for the stories she writes comes from stories she sees on the news blended with her own experiences. She is the author of The Amazing Spencer Gray (2013) – a novel for younger readers. Her two novels for young adults – 90 Packets of Instant Noodles (2010) and Have You Seen Ally Queen? (2011) were both awarded Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Deb has also written The Break (2014) – a book for adult readers.
During our visit Deb explained what a book trailer is. She told us it is exactly the same as a movie trailer, it is a short video that tells you what the book is about but it doesn’t give everything away. We viewed the book trailer for The Amazing Spencer Gray.
After viewing the book trailer Deb asked us to share what we think the story might be about based on what we had just viewed. Some of our answers were:
I think it is about a 12 year old boy that is allowed to finally fly the glider with his Dad but it crashes and he has to get help. (Paige)
I think the story is about a boy who is now old enough to join his Dad in the glider but it crashes and his Dad dies and he has to find his way through the bush and then wolves come. (Kelly)
I think it is about a boy who was flying the glider with his Dad and it crashed into the bush and he has to get free. (Nicholas B)
Deb then shared with us how she got the idea for the book The Amazing Spencer Gray. She said one day she was on the way to collect her kids from school when she heard a story about a man that lost his life on a glider. Her imagination began to wonder and over the next few days she read everything she could find about the tragedy. This got Deb to thinking about many years ago when she visited the Stirling Ranges. She said eight experienced bush walkers got very lost. They had to go bush bashing (pushing things out the way), it started to rain, it was cold and the light was fading. She said she was so scared she started to cry but eventually they found their way to the road.
Hearing the story about the glider who lost his life reminded Deb of this experience of being lost in the Stirling Ranges. She had a KAPOW moment and realised she could blend this news story with her own experience to create a factual fiction story.
Deb didn’t know much about gliding before writing the story so she had to do research. She got in touch with the Western Australian gliding club and they provided her with lots of information and she acknowledged them in her book for their help and contributions. Deb started writing and realised her story was lacking something. She hadn’t been up in a glider and so decided she should go up in one because you can’t write a story about gliding if you haven’t done it before. So off Deb went to Narrogin and there she went up in a glider.
After the experience of being in the glider Deb returned to her writing with renewed confidence.
Deb then shared with us the blurb of her newest story At My Door.
We thought it sounded like a book we would like to read.
Our time at the library ended with Deb giving us the opportunity to ask her questions. Some of our questions were:
Q: Did you write any book as a child?
A: I wrote really bad poetry.
Q: Do you have a favourite story?
A: Trying to pick a favourite story would be like parents trying to pick their favourite child. Parents don’t have favourites and I can’t pick favourites with the stories I have written.
Q: Why do you like writing?
A: I like writing because it helps me understand the world around me and it helps me to explore people’s responses to the world.
Q: If a director asked you to turn your book into a movie what would you say?
A: Absolutely yes! The Amazing Spencer Gray is being released in the United States next year and it is being considered as a possible movie for the future.
We loved the opportunity to meet such an amazing author and we are inspired by her talents and really excited to read some of her stories!
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.