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! 🙂
During our Mathematics lessons we have been focusing on time related concepts for the first three weeks of this term.
We started by learning how to tell the time using words for five-minute intervals past the hour. For example:
And we also learned to tell the time using words for five-minute intervals to the hour. For example:
Our class then practised reading a clock face and recording the time in digital form. For example:
We had great fun practising our skills by playing a game of ‘Time Memory’ and by using the ipad app ‘Telling Time’.
As a class we then ordered lengths of time from the shortest to the longest time period and brainstormed and discussed activities that could be completed within each time period.
Length of Time
||Length of Time
- Write your name
- Addition sum
- Star jump
- Eat an apple
- Draw a picture
- Brush your teeth
- Charge ipod
- Write a narrative
- Drive down south
- School term
- Building a model car
Once we had an understanding of different units of time and how to read a clock using words and in digital form, we then learned how to convert between different units of time.
Finally, to conclude our work on time our class learned how to calculate elapsed time.
As part of our integrated studies unit of work on ‘Necessity’ we are focusing on the Habit of Mind of ‘Finding humour’. We have learned that people with a sense of humour are more likely to develop resilience as well as creative problem solving skills. Having a sense of humour will also help us cope when our needs are not being met.
We had a go at developing our sense of humour by trying to make up punchlines to given jokes. Our class was presented with the following joke:
Why did the teacher wear dark glasses?
Working in groups we had to come up with a possible punchline. Some of our ideas were:
- Because the kids had such bright ideas they blew the roof off!
- Because the kids were too bright!
- Because she was a detective!
- Because she had black fungus eyes!
- Because she is from the dark side!
- Because she didn’t have an eyeballs!
The given punchline was, “Because the class was so bright!”
We were then placed into pairs and each pair was allocated a joke to come up with a punchline that we then had to share with the class. We hope you enjoy some of our efforts!
Why don’t bananas like getting sun burnt? Because the banana will split! (Joshua and Natalie)
What did one math book say to the other math book? I’m one and your one and we equal two! (Matilda and Christian)
What do monsters like eating most in restaurants? A headburger! (Jarrad and Juliana)
When we reflected on the lesson at the end we realised that to generate a joke or think of a punchline we had to use creative thinking and see things from a different and unusual perspective.
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!
On Wednesday 13th August 2014 the Year Fours were lucky enough to visit the Amherst Village Library to meet local author, Raewyn Caisley.
Raewyn is a children’s author who lives close by in Fremantle. She has worked as a primary school teacher and has always had a lot of fun with her class during writing time! Raewyn has met a lot of great characters in her life, some of whom are the inspiration for her books.
During our visit, Raewyn explained that she uses her ‘real life’ experiences and feelings to create stories and this helps her to bring her stories to life! She shared with us some personal stories that meant a lot to her, as well as some of the inspiration she has used from her personal life for ideas to write her stories.
During our visit Raewyn gave us some fantastic ideas and tips to help us make our writing “sparkle”. Some of her tips were:
• You need to “hug a fat secret”
• Keep it simple
• Use your own words
• Choose the right details
• Keep it real
• Show, don’t tell
• Include real feelings
The Year Fours are now looking forward to applying Raewyn’s advice to their own narrative writing. We hope to share some of our creative stories with you soon.
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Year Four Gold began the term by celebrating National Diabetes Week. To learn more about diabetes we watched two ‘Behind the News’ stories and then participated in a variety of integrated literacy tasks. The topic was also picked up in the student’s Health Lesson with Mr Davis. Later we also worked collaboratively in small groups and used a simple and familiar tune to create a song about diabetes, that will hopefully help to educate others about this serious health issue. We are currently adding the final finishing touches to our songs and look forward to sharing them at our 3-way interviews.
Congratulations to all our House Cross Country winners for 2014 – a fabulous effort! Congratulations also to all students who gave it their very best and finished off their race, earning valuable points for their House team.
The Interschool Team will head off next Thursday to compete between our regional Catholic Primary schools at Tomato Lake. Please make sure your child’s Bus Permission Slip is signed and returned ASAP, thank you.
A special thank you to Mr Davis for organising Cross Country training over the last number of weeks – very generous use of your free time and greatly appreciated in our lead up to the event.
1st Gannon – 139 points
2nd Mazenod – 129 points
3rd De Vialar – 121 points
4th Mackillop – 91 points
In the next few weeks staff will be inserviced regarding placing posts on the school website.
We will let you know when these are up and running so stay tuned!