Prep | Year 4 News
In Mathematics students have been inquiring into whole numbers and how they are an integral part of everyday life. Students revised the relationship between representing numbers and their place value. In the next three weeks of term we will experiment using mental and written strategies for addition and subtraction involving two-, three-, four- and five-digit numbers. Ask your child to demonstrate strategies such as the split, jump, compensation or bridging strategy. Through employing flexible thinking and creative problem solving students are encouraged to develop their mathematical reasoning as they explain and check solutions to problems, including by using the inverse operation.
Sizzling starts, tightening the tension, show don’t tell, dynamic dialogue is some of the engaging conversations taking place in Year 4. We have been busy co-creating success criteria, so we become experts in how to structure a narrative to engage the reader. Through our writing, we will explore concepts on change, connection & perspective and make connections to our How We Express Ourselves Transdisciplinary Theme. We will also explore how people connect to their culture through poetry. After reading “I’m Australian” by Mem Fox, we will create poems that relate to our family, culture and beliefs.
Year Four commenced the year with an Inquiry into Who We Are. We shared perspectives and discussed how we can get to know each other as people and as learners? We established what kind of learning community we want to be and how we can ensure learning thrives in our classrooms. Over the course of the year students will inquire into the complexities of friendships, their growing responsibilities as learners and contributing to healthy, safe and active communities.
This week Year Four have begun their new inquiry into How We Express Ourselves. Within the unit, boys will be examining how society perceives culture, expresses their understanding of different cultures, and how our cultural experiences and understanding have changed over time. To begin our inquiry, we had the boys navigate their way to various corners of the room as they identified with a particular culture. Boys felt conflicted to move from their dominant culture as they began to connect with multiple cultures. The provocation led to some excellent discussions around how people formulate their cultural understanding.
In Music this year the compulsory Band Program and Strings Sight-reading classes introduces boys to a range of Band Instruments that will inspire them to strive to learn the skills associated with their chosen instrument under the tutelage of Cross-Campus Instrumental Music Staff. Later in the term this dedication will enable them to participate in the combined Band sessions where they will develop ensemble skills. In Classroom Music the students will continue their inquiry through an Indigenous lens the Transdisciplinary relationship between Music and Visual Art.
Welcome back boys! We had a really positive start this term. In the first couple of weeks boys discussed and shared in groups the 10 learner profiles and what they would look like in Mandarin class. Based on the written record in discussions, the class Essential Agreements were made as boys’ joint effort. Then boys looked into themselves as language and culture learners, analysed their strengths, something for improvement, and established goals for Term 1 and planned out actions for reaching the goals. Towards the end of this term, boys will be invited to come back to the set-up goals and reflect on what has been achieved, what hasn’t been achieved yet and more importantly, what is next.
Starting from Week 3, class activities will be divided into 2 types: teacher-student small group learning (I am hoping to have a face-to-face session with every boy once a week) and independent learning. We will be collaborating with the UOI topic: How We Express Ourselves, with the focus on cultural elements and multiculturalism in Australian society. Meanwhile, Education Perfect (an online learning platform) activities will be assigned to boys to practise basic vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and writing in Chinese language.
I am also very excited to share that a lion dance performance will be held at school this Thursday (11th February) as our special way to celebrate Chinese New Year together. Please discuss with your sons what they like about the whole school celebration at the end of Week 3.
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