Sovereign Hill Excursion

Sovereign Hill
The weather was perfectly matched to experience Sovereign Hill as the diggers, soldiers and townfolk would have in the 1850’s. Drizzle and grey skies made for muddy roads and cold water but the intrepid Year 4 students took it in their stride in order to experience life as it would have been. They learned how school and life was like for children in the goldfields, dressed in the uncomfortable clothes of the era and wrote with quills and ink.

Gold panning was an activity the students embraced with a lucky few finding the elusive alluvial. On to a self-guided underground tour of a mine shaft complete with a holographic Richard Jeffrey discovering the Welcome Nugget. It was a dim, damp, musty space and rather claustrophobic which gave the students a true understanding of life underground.
At 1:30pm four Redcoats and their sergeant marched through town to the beat of the drum, firing their rifles in loud succession, startling babies, students and locals alike. Other discoveries around the town were formal gardens and orchards bearing fruit and nut trees from Britain; a wagon wheel factory and wagons in various locations including a richly decorated black hearse; a candle-making factory where many students learned the art of candle dipping; the Gold Commissioners tents housing beds, trunks, desks, chairs and chamber pots and the basic miners shacks all of which provided an insight to life on the goldfields.

As the rain began to fall a couple of lucky groups sat entranced while Andrew explained the process of extracting gold from quartz and melting the gold at an extreme temperature to remove impurities before pouring the gold into a bar mould and cooling it with water enough so it could be held. Oscar and Tate from 4C were lucky enough to hold a 3kg bar of gold bullion worth $160 000!!!!

The visit wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the old-fashioned lolly shop for a few jars of boiled sweets and a lollipop or two and then tired but informed, Year 4 jumped on the bus for the trip home. 

Thanks must go to the 8 parents who assisted on the day, driving themselves all the way to Ballarat and then helping out.  Your assistance, as always, is truly appreciated.

What's on in Term 4?

What’s On in Grade Four - Term 4

During Term 4 Grade Four is undertaking the following units of study.

English :

In English the writing emphasis will be on narrative and persuasive writing. Particular emphasis will be placed on sentence structure, punctuation and editing.  Spelling and grammar will continue to play an important role this term with a major emphasis on proof reading and editing all written work.  Our reading skills will continue to develop through the CAFÉ Reading program.

Mathematics :

In Mathematics we will be working on fractions and decimals, revision of the four operations including related problem solving activities involving money. Students will be involved in developing strategies to pose and answer challenging questions. Measurement will include aspects of capacity, volume and time, all of which will contain a large element of hands on activities. We will continue to work on our times tables. Mental maths will form a major component of this area of the curriculum in preparation for Grade Five.

Integrated Studies :
Our Integrated Unit this term is entitled ‘Australia in the 1800s’. The key understandings are:
Ø  Many events over time have shaped the country we live in.

Ø  People explored Australia in its development for a variety of reasons.

Ø  Migration to Australia was for a variety of reasons.

Ø  The period of the gold rush changed Australia at the time and today.
Our focus questions for this unit are:
Ø  What were the significant events of the period 1788-1901?

Ø  Who were some of the main explorers of Australia?

Ø  Why do people explore?

Ø  Why did people migrate to Australia?

Ø  What was the impact of the Gold Rush on Australia?

Ø  How have these events shaped Australia today?

This unit will involve a lot of research, videos, reading of data and diary entries for us to gather a better understanding of life in the 1800s and why people chose/came to Australia. There are also 2 excursions booked to help us develop our knowledge of these times.

At the end of the unit the children will present their learning in a Year 4 expo to other students and the wider Gardenvale Community.

It is quite amazing how quickly the last term in the school year goes. The children will  be preparing for their transition to Grade Five. As always, the Grade Four teachers will ensure that the students have an extremely rewarding and productive term to finish off a fantastic year.

Below are some dates to keep in mind for Term Four

October 9th - First day of Term 4
October 26th – Spelling Bee
October 26th – Family Maths Night
November 2nd – Sovereign Hill Excursion (Long Day)

November 7th  - Melbourne Cup Day – Public Holiday
November 8th to 17th – Senior School Swimming Program
November 21st or 23rd – Immigration Museum Excursion
December 13th – School Concert 7pm
December 18th – Year 4 End of Unit Expo 2-3pm
December 19th - Final Team Building Day 
December 20th  – Reports Home
December 22nd - Last day of Term 4 1.30pm dismissal

Tinkering and Building Teams

Team Building Day
On Thursday 14th September the Year 4s had their 3rd team building day.  In keeping with our unit of study it was a scientific/technology based day.
Here are some of the thoughts of the children:
My first activity was the Marble Run, our team used some sticks and boxes for the run.  Our group didn’t get any time because our marble got stuck in the tube!  In our groups we had to have someone from every different class. – Sammy
After lunch we did the tinkering workshop.  There were lots of parts of tinkering.  Taking apart the machines, solar light, using some little clips to make sound or something to spin using batteries to make things work Eva
In 4D we got batteries, alligator clips and light bulbs, we made electric circuits.  At the start we made one light bulb glow, then two and then we made a switch to flick the light on and off. – Hannah

Marble run was my favourite beside you and your team had to make the marble slow down, you had one minute. - Benji 

What's been happening?

Year 4 Happenings!

A very excited Year 4 cohort set off with the Year 5 and 6’s to the Sandringham Athletic track on a cool but dry morning in August. The students were divided into groups according to their age groups and proceeded to compete in their first annual House Athletic competition. Some jumped higher, ran faster, and threw longer than they ever had before while others hopped in sacks, balanced eggs on spoons and cheered their peers and house mates on.
Twenty two students qualified for the next round of competition but due to their positive attitudes, enthusiasm and effort – everyone was a winner on the day. Especially Thomas who took home the winning house trophy.

Wacky Wednesday
On Wednesday August 28, Gardenvale Primary School came together for Wacky Wednesday – the culmination of Terms 3’s focus on all things Dr.Seuss!
The students had discovered magical worlds of crazy cats and coloured fish, sneetches and lorax’s, and all kinds of talking creatures throughout the term both in class and with their buddies. Year 4’s in hats, and as Things 1 & 2 decorated classrooms and hallways, as did memorable messages all influenced by the Dr.’s wise words.
Wacky Wednesday started with a parade full of Grinches and Things and Cats in Hats and reversed inside clothing and pyjamas and wigs – pretty much all things wacky! The classes buddied up and found their rooms had gone wacky – shoes on walls, clotheslines in the classroom, plates on the bookshelves, plants on the projectors!

After lunch it was a Dr.Seuss movie afternoon with most classrooms screening either The Lorax, The Grinch, Horton Hears a Who or the Cat in the Hat. The cinemas were readied with rows of seats, cushions and beanbags together with snacks all round to finish off a wonderful wacky Wednesday! 

Term 3

What’s on in Term 3?
Grade 4

During Term 3, the Grade 4 area is undertaking the following units of study.

In Language, we will start the term off with a look at the author Dr Seuss.  The whole school will be celebrating this author during Book Week in week 6. The writing emphasis will be on recounts , procedures and introducing new styles of poetry. Particular emphasis will be placed on sentence structure, punctuation and editing. Grammar focuses will include synonyms, antonyms and the use of prefixes and suffixes. Reading will include continued development of comprehension, fluency, accuracy and expanded vocabulary (CAFÉ)  reading skills.  Students will continue to develop their spelling skills with the SMART Spelling program.

In Mathematics, students will be undertaking work on multiplication, division, angles and data/statistics. As always mental maths activities will play an important role and we will continue to encourage and motivate our students to learn their times tables.

Our Inquiry Unit this term is entitled ‘The Science of Energy’. The key understandings are:
  • Heat is produced many ways and moves from one object to another.
  • Changes in temperature are related to the gain or loss of heat.
  • Changes in state occur with the adding or removing of heat.
  • Electrical circuits allow energy to be transformed.
Hands on science experiments will enhance this unit of work to maximize learning and enjoyment. We hope that these understandings will generate lively and interesting discussions at home.

We look forward to a stimulating and fun-filled term.

Julie, Tanya, Victoria & Peter.

Below are some dates to keep in mind for Term 3:

First day of Term 3: 17th July
Swinburne University Science Incursion: 1st August
House Athletics: 11th August
80s Parents Disco: 12th August
Crazy Hair Day charity fundraiser: August 18th
Book Week: August 21st
Wacky Wednesday Dress Up: August 23rd
Magical Science In-visit: August 31st
District Athletics: 25th August
Fathers’ Day Breakfast: 1st September (TBC)

Last day of Term 3: 22nd September (Footy Fever Day 2.30 dismissal)

Inquiry Expo

Year 4 “Where in the World” Exposition
June 27th, 2017

After a frantic morning of cleaning the MPC, moving tables, and plugging in laptops, coupled with four weeks of intense research, planning and creating, the Year 4’s were ready to present their learning to their peers, other year levels and also to the wider community.

Most groups were made up of two or more students who had worked collaboratively with students from another class. Each group or individual decided on a topic of their choice together with the means of presentation reflecting the learning they had accomplished over the term. The central idea for the whole year level was:  ‘Australia and its neighbouring countries, and the impact both humans and nature have on the resources of the world.’
These learnings were displayed in numerous ways covering subjects such as invasive animals, the Tropic of Capricorn, plant medicines, the Sahara Desert, Toucans, edible plants of South America and many more. PowerPoints were watched, posters displayed and models came in all shapes and sizes.
The day began with visits from other year levels and the students soon noticed the difference in presenting to the various levels and adapted their presentations accordingly. They were busy reading to the preps and showing them which buttons to push then fielding higher order questions asked by the Year 6 classes while explaining to the Year 3’s that this would be them next year!
The afternoon arrived with plenty of eager family members lined up to come in as soon as the doors opened. For the next hour the students were challenged yet again and stood up to the challenge admirably. They were polite, knowledgeable and justifiably proud of their efforts and their work which was on display for all to see.
The Year 4 teachers could not have asked for a better culmination of a terms learning and we thank you all for attending.
Julie, Victoria, Tanya and Peter – the Year 4 Team

Term 2

What’s On - Term Two  

 Term Two is just around the corner and we have many exciting learning activities to look forward to in the weeks that lie ahead.

In English this term, the students will continue with their spelling, grammar and the Café Reading Program. During literacy activities, the emphasis will be placed on comprehension and identifying main ideas in a text. In writing, aspects to be covered will include narratives (fairy tales), reports and poetry.

In Mathematics, the students will be learning about addition and subtraction. They will also gain an insight into fractions, length and time. Students will work developing a thorough understanding of each topic and the importance of relating mathematics to everyday life. Hands-on activities play an important part in our daily program, as do problem solving strategies and mathematical games.

Our Integrated Unit this term is entitled ‘The World Around Us’. The key understandings are:
  • Asia is a diverse continent that is a neighbour to Australia.

  • There are similarities and differences between climates of the worlds.

  • Vegetation is significant to animals and people and needs to be protected.

  • Human activity and natural processes have changed the Earth’s surface.

  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive.

This unit will involve us looking at countries around the world, comparing them to Australia, and looking at the impact both humans and nature has on the world.
  We will spend a day at Werribee Zoo looking at the environment the animals need to live successfully and the impact that occurs when this is changed.
At the end of the unit the children will present their learning in a Year 4 expo to other students and the wider Gardenvale Community.
Dates to Note This Term  (all dates are subject to change)
Term 2 commences – 18 th April
Anzac Day- Tuesday 25th April
Curriculum day - 28th  April
Werribee Zoo Excursion – 4th May
School Cross Country– 5th  May
Resilience Program beings – 8th May
Big Blue Bash Bush Dance – 16th May
District Cross Country – 23rd May
The Resilience Project Parent Session 7pm – June 1st
Queen’s Birthday Holiday - 12th June
Ban the Bully Week – 13th – 16th June
The Human Race Incursion – 15th June
Team Building Day – 22nd June
Year 4 End of Unit Expo – 27th June
Opera Australia Invisit – 29th June
Term 2 concludes - 30th June 1.30 dismissal