Beaumaris North PS

02 August 2017
Year Four Curriculum News - 2017
Term 1, 2017 
Term 2, 2017
Term 3, 2017
Beaumaris North Primary School
(03) 9589 5449
Wood Street
Beaumaris, Victoria, 3193
AU

Term 1, 2017 

It has been a busy term…we all loved our Rights/Responsibilities unit and are now in the midst of our ‘Survivor’ unit where the students are discovering the importance of working together in a community.

 

Wellbeing continues to be a priority in Year 4. The students have welcomed our new Resilience program with much excitement. We are encouraging students to reflect on what they are grateful for each day. We encourage students to continue reading at home and work on their times tables.

Literacy

Reading

Emphasis on the use of expression and punctuation to guide fluency with oral reading. Students have been encouraged to read in a variety of ways, paired reading (where students read to one another), individual reading and whole class reading. We encourage students to read at home on a regular basis. To support this habit, students are required to write what they are reading in their Year 4 diaries and have this signed by both parent and teacher at the end of each week.

 

Writing

Students have explored a variety of writing genres. The focus for Term 1 has been exploring narrative and recount structures in writing.  Students have learnt about both noun and verb groups and how these can be used to enhance writing.

 

Spelling

Students have practised their individual spelling words each week as well as focus on our word wall with current Inquiry topic words.

Numeracy

Place Value: The value of a digit depending on its place in a number using knowledge of ones, tens, hundreds and thousands.

Vertical addition: With regrouping of up to five digit numbers.

Skip counting: Exploring number patterns of whole and fractional numbers.

Multiplication: Times tables (2s, 5s, 10s), arrays and lattice multiplication.

 

Early Morning Maths is held on Wednesday mornings from 8.30 – 9am in the 4C & 4D classrooms.

Units of Inquiry

SHARING THE PLANET

All children have rights regardless of who they are

 

Lines of inquiry:

  • The rights that all children should have
  • The similarities and differences between a right and a responsibility
  • Whether these rights differ throughout the world.

 

HOW WE ORGANISE OURSELVES

Communities evolve in response to many factors

 

Lines of inquiry:

  • Specific needs of individuals in order to survive
  • Specific skills individuals need to survive
  • Differences between needs and wants
  • The roles of individuals in a community

Speaking & Listening

Students have experienced a variety of listening and speaking opportunities sharing in whole class and group work.

Whole-school Focus on PYP Attitudes

February: Respect

March: Enthusiasm

 

 

Term 2, 2017

Literacy

Grammar

We will be focusing on proof reading, in particular, speech marks and other forms of punctuation.

 

Directed Writing

Students will explore a variety of writing genres as they investigate Australian history. Students will focus on informative writing.

 

Spelling

Students will continue to focus on individual spelling words each week as well as words associated with our Units of Inquiry.

 

Reading

Students completed an oral book report to their class in week three. Students are encouraged to participate in the Premiers Reading Challenge. Guided, shared and individual reading will continue in our afternoon sessions this term. There is a continued expectation that the students read regularly at home, a minimum of three nights. This needs to be recorded in student diaries and signed by parents. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Numeracy

Number and Algebra

  • Automatic response of numbers up to 30 using all four operations.
  • Vertical subtraction (with regrouping).
  • Multiplication and division of numbers to 999 by single and multiple digits.
  • Planning and using different methods to solve worded problems using all four processes.

Measurement and Geometry

Students will focus on timelines through their Unit of Inquiry on Australia: ‘Where We Are in Place and Time.’

 

Statistics and Probability

Students will be able to explore and choose appropriate graphical displays to represent data found through a wellbeing activity, reflecting on findings and ways to effectively share information.

 

Early Morning Maths will continue to be held every Wednesday morning at 8.30am. This is an enjoyable and valuable experience for all.

Units of Inquiry

WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME

Exploration leads to discoveries and opportunities

 

Lines of inquiry:

  • Sequences and stages of human movement to new countries
  • Reasons for and consequences of exploration
  • New opportunities, issues and problems that arise

Speaking and Listening

Students have completed an oral presentation sharing their research based on Australian history, providing them with another opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills.

Whole-school Focus on PYP Attitudes

May: Empathy and Tolerance

June: Integrity

Special Events

  • Open Classrooms - Monday 29 May (9.10 - 9.50am)
  • Queen’s Birthday Holiday- Monday 12 June
  • Last Day of Term 2 - Friday 30 June (early dismissal at 2.30pm)

 

 

Term 3, 2017

Literacy

Reading and Viewing

Students will be reading information and interpreting meaning while exploring their Unit of Inquiry about the body.

 

Directed Writing

Students will be developing their skills in both creative and informative text.

 

Grammar

Students will apply their knowledge of spelling and grammar rules to enhance their writing, applying connectives, noun and verb groups to extend their work. There will be continued emphasis on the use of all punctuation including quotation marks, full stops, commas and question marks.

 

Spelling

Students will continue to focus on individual spelling words each week as well as words associated with our Units of Inquiry

Numeracy

Number and Algebra

Students will begin to explore fractions and decimals. Continued emphasis on both multiplication and division facts.

 

Measurement and Geometry

Students will focus on telling the time and the use of am and pm notation to solve time problems. They will look at 12 and 24 hour time. Students will also be investigating Mass and Capacity. They will study various aspects of Length, Perimeter and Area. They will use this knowledge to solve problems.

 

Early Morning Maths will continue to be held every Wednesday morning at 8.30am. This is an enjoyable morning and a great opportunity for all students.

Units of Inquiry

HOW THE WORLD WORKS

The body is a machine made up  of different systems that need to be maintained in order to stay healthy

 

Lines of inquiry:

  • The body systems and their components

  • The way they work together

  • The way we keep ourselves

Speaking & Listening

This Term we are focusing on listening carefully and with respect when teachers and other students are speaking. A big focus for Term 3 is the Year 4 Exhibition built around their Unit of Inquiry 'How the World Works'. Students will be required to choose a body system or organ to investigate and present their projects to peers and the wider school community.

Whole-school Focus on PYP Attitudes

July: Confidence

August: Creativity

September: Commitment

Special Events

  • Drama Toolbox Incursion - Monday 7 August

  • Open Classrooms - Tuesday 15 August (2.40 - 3.20pm)

  • Student Led Conferences - Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 August
  • House Athletics Carnival - Wednesday 23 August
  • Curriculum Days - Thursday 24 & Friday 25 August
  • Father’s Day Stall - Thursday 31  August
  • Book Week Parade - Thursday 31  August
  • Jump Rope for Heart 'Jump Off' - Friday 1 September (3.00pm)
  • Choir Soiree - Thursday 7 September (6.30pm)
  • Student Disco - Friday 15 September
  • Last Day of Term 3 - Friday 22 September (early dismissal at 2.30pm)