YEAR FOUR NEWS
In Year Four children are preparing to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The Religious Education program guides the children to discover more about themselves and their personal relationship with God.
During English, children will further develop their Reading, Writing and Word Study skills. The text types we will be focusing on are Narratives and Persuasive texts. In order to consolidate what is being taught during Reading time in class, the children have been given a grid of 20 reading challenges. The children must complete one activity per week about their reading book as part of their homework.
In Mathematics, consolidation of Times Tables is ongoing. Our focus this term is Place Value; how to read and interpret numbers to the tens of thousands and the properties of odd and even numbers. Another area of focus is chance and probability and how to read and interpret graduated scales on a range of measuring instruments.
The Humanities and Social Sciences program (History, Geography and Civics and Citizenship) this term covers Aboriginal connection to place and country prior to colonisation. Miss Phoebe will help us with our Humanities program as she teaches us technologies and how best to present the information we have gathered. In Science, the children will develop an understanding of life cycles and will have a go at growing beans. Mrs Jenkins has so far been helping the children understand the purpose of exercise and diet and how this can help us live long, healthy lives.
Every week the children participate in a sport session as part of the Physical Education Program and they have shown much enthusiasm and excitement! Each week the children try a new activity, which promotes fitness and fundamental movement skills. On Fridays, the children have a sport session with their class teachers and will also participate in morning fitness on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The children have again taken very quickly to the use of one-to-one iPads in the classroom. They have also been very responsible when using the iPads and are aware of the iPad expectations that are in place at the school. We congratulate the children on their application to learning with the technology devices. Please ensure that your child’s iPad is up to date with the apps required. The app list can be found on the school website under the heading ‘Curriculum’.
YEAR FOUR EXCURSION
On Monday 27 February, the Year Four children went to Fremantle on an excursion to learn about the culture of Indigenous Australia. We had great fun learning about the tools that were used, listening to stories from our tour guide Greg and getting to see inside the Round House! The children will put this information to good use this term in the documentaries they are creating on Indigenous Australia. We even got to sneak a peek at some sculptures which were on display around Bathers Beach! Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers who joined us and were very helpful in ensuring the children’s’ safety.
PRE PRIMARY PMP
Perceptual-Motor Program: Pre-Primary
This term our Pre-Primary children will be commencing a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) two mornings a week. Perceptual deals with obtaining information and motor refers to the outcome of movement. Thus, perceptual-motor activities require children to use their brain and body together to accomplish tasks—for example, walking on a balance beam while reciting the alphabet.
Participation in perceptual-motor activities enables children to develop greater levels of body control and encourages greater effort in all areas of the school curriculum. Research has shown young children who possess adequate perceptual-motor skills enjoy better coordination, greater body awareness, stronger intellectual skills, and a more positive self-image.
The key areas of development through PMP are:
Gross motor skills: The acquisition of large scale movements e.g. walking, running, jumping, skipping, climbing and moving in and out of positions.
Fine motor skills: The acquisition of small scale movements e.g. performing building tasks and isolating various fingers.
Crossing the midline of the body (laterality): Children who fail to develop this skill are at risk of changing hands at the midline when performing tasks involving movement on a horizontal place. Eyes must also learn to track across the body midline to avoid potential difficulties with reading.
Balance: Closely associated with the development of gross motor skills.
Body and space awareness: Spatial concepts such as behind, between, backwards, forwards and up/down.
Visual and spatial skills: Students are helped to track objects in all directions, match shapes and copy patterns.
Rhythm sequence, memory and listening: Activities such as clapping to rhythms, fast vs slow movements, counting claps, steps and jumps.
The program will be running on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning for a half hour session
(8:45am-9:15am). To run this important program, we need the assistance of 10 parents each morning. We are hoping to start Week 6 so we ask that if you are available to help on any morning to speak to the Pre-Primary staff or Mrs Jenkins.
Sport Specialist (Pre-Primary and Year 1)
SWIMMING LESSONS Yrs 4, 5, 6
Over the last two weeks our Year 4, 5 and 6 children have been attending Bayswater Waves for Swimming Lessons. These lessons have been a huge success with the children improving their swimming skills as well as having a lot of fun. The instructors have been wonderful and I would like to thank Bayswater Waves for accommodating us. One instructor came up to me at the end of a lesson and said the Infant Jesus children are her favourite to teach. This shows that our children are living out our school values and I thank them for that.
Next week a note will be coming home regarding our Swimming Carnival. If you, along with your child, could please choose the events they would like to compete in that would be great. Please consider their ability in the water and if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to ask.
Faction Swimming Carnival
Friday 31 March 2017
Bayswater Waves (Outdoor Pool)