Prep | Year 4 News
The current focus for the Year 4 boys in Mathematics has been measurement. Specifically, they have been studying Mass, Volume, Capacity and Temperature. They have been developing an understanding of the scales, abbreviations, terms and strategies used for measurement in different settings. They have worked through a variety of activities which has included problem solving, reasoning, estimation, justification and reflection.
The main focus for English over the past few weeks has been Informative writing and the key comprehension focus has been making connections. The boys have written several information reports which are integrated with their current Unit of inquiry. They have written reports on heat, light, electrical and wind energy, with more to be produced in the coming weeks. They have also written procedures on experiments involving heat transfer and solar panels. Their comprehension focus of making connections has allowed them to read texts and look at specific connected areas, such as Text to Text, Text to Self, and Text to World.
As the boys are digging deeper into their current Unit of inquiry, they are developing a greater understanding and awareness of the Central Idea, Scientific innovation impacts the environment. They have participated in a range of tasks involving key questions, research, observations and reflection. They have begun to realise the different forms of energy we use on a daily basis, how that energy is created, stored and transferred, as well as the impact these different forms of energy can have on the environment. In the coming weeks the boys will be working groups and identifying, researching and presenting their findings on renewable energy and its impact for future generations.
Parents Supporting Units of Inquiry
We are fortunate at Trinity Prep to have parents that work in a wide variety of industries and professions. In the past, Units of Inquiry have been enriched by having parents come in to speak to the boys or provide learning experiences that relate to their area of expertise.
If you are interested in adding your name to a list for the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 teachers to access during the planning phase of each unit, and contact you to see if you’re available to share your expertise with the boys, please complete this form.
Thank you for your continued support in enriching the learning opportunities for our students.
Mrs K Hitz-Morton | Director of Early Learning and Primary Curriculum
The Stand-Alone Music Unit is called Band/STOMP with a Central Idea of musical forms and patterns are central to all creative systems is driving our Inquiry this term. The Concepts are Form, Change, Function with Related Concepts of Structure, Pattern, communication, role, sequence. After viewing the United Kingdom based group STOMP, through the use of placing rhythms with body percussion techniques, the students were able to recall and notate and perform rhythms more accurately. By their continual involvement in the Band Program, which will include opportunities to play altogether, they are learning ensemble, self discipline, self management and muscle memory skills.
In the first week of Term 2, all boys reflected on their Term 1 Mandarin goals and established their Term 2 goals involving Learning Profiles and Approach to Learning Skills.
This term’s unit is a collaborative unit linking to the UOI: How We Organise Ourselves. Boys have been looking at the digital world and its features by brainstorming all the technology and digital products they and their families use regularly, and the benefits of using them and the problems of being addicted to them. Here we used a Thinking Routine: Think, Pair and Share for the boys to use Communication Skills, Thinking Skills, Research Skills and Social Skills.
Boys have been learning some digital world vocabularies such as shǒu jī/mobile phone and diàn zǐ yóu jiàn/email. They also have been using the new words in different activities such as Quizlet and guess the riddle listening & speaking activity.
Canvas activities have been used by students to reflect and share their learning. They think about the language they have learned and practised, as well as the Learning Profiles and Approach to Learning Skills they have applied in learning.
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