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Grade 4

What’s happening in Term 4 

Reading

In term four, students will start their reading program by reviewing reading strategies previously taught in the year such as; literal and inferential questions; clarifying vocabulary; making connections; and identifying the main idea and summarising. In guided reading groups, students will learn to analyse authors’ craft and their purpose. They will analyse why and how authors use vocabulary, text structure and images to convey their message or deepen their plot or ideas. Students will also explore how authors develop characters and ideas across texts.  Throughout the term teachers will support students to articulate their ideas and respond to each other’s questions, opinions and reflections.

Writing

This term students are revisiting descriptive writing and  narratives. They will develop their understanding of figurative language such as, personification, alliteration, similes and metaphors, and  learn how to include these in their writing to engage the audience. They will begin to include mature themes in their stories and learn how to develop an idea and characters across the orientation, build-up, problem, resolution and ending.

During the second half of the term, we will be writing information reports again with a focus on writing an introduction and conclusion that suits the genre and purpose.  Students will have the opportunity to research information on a range of topics including energy sources and sustainability. They will be supported in organising the information in sections that make it easy for the reader to understand and follow through the use of sub-headings, topic sentences organised facts and diagrams that match the main idea.

Science

This term in inquiry, grade four students will be learning about science. We will be exploring how to identify the three main states of matter, solids, liquids and gas. Students will expand their knowledge of matter through making hypothesise, conducting experiments, recording observations and drawing conclusions. We will also be focusing on the 21CLD skills of collaboration and self-regulation. They will achieve this through independent and small group projects and investigations.

Maths

In term four, students will begin by revising multiplication, applying the most effective strategies and using regions of arrays to solve equations and worded problems. Students will then move into division where they will be able to apply their multiplication knowledge to support their understanding of equal parts. During the multiplication and division units of learning students will have opportunities to solve problems with decimals, making connections to fractions as parts of a whole. This will link in with their next part of learning where students will work with fractions with a strong focus on partitioning areas, lengths and collections, locating fractions on a number line and working with halves, thirds, quarters and fifths. At the end of the term, students will focus on financial maths, working with decimal numbers in worded problems. Throughout their learning students will be supported to share their mathematical thinking and show their working out.

 

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