Welcome back to school. We hope the holidays gave your family some quality time together.
Our school wide theme this term has a global focus. We are calling our unit “Where in the World is?” To start the term the children will be finding out about a country. This will involve mapping, research and sharing their discoveries. Midway through the term we will be having a visit from the Life Education caravan.
Our writing will involve Recounts, Arguments, Reports, Descriptive writing and Narratives. Where appropriate this will be in connection with our theme.
In maths the focus will be consolidation and development of addition subtraction, multiplication and division strategies with additional work on fractions and aspects of geometry.
Dance
This starts in Week 2 and is a great opportunity to have some tuition in both hip hop and traditional styles taught by professionals. The cost for eight lessons is $24.

Events this term
4th-7th September Art Festival
6th September Sharing the Learning

Homework
Homework is given out on Fridays, and children will be expected to complete what they can do and hand it in each Thursday.
Regular (nightly) reading is a very important part of the homework. Children in Year 4 are expected to be able to use their reading skills across the curriculum to find information, and to answer questions etc. Reading at home may be independent, reading to you or listening to you read. Asking questions and talking about the book is important too.
The children should also be spending time each day on Mathletics and Reading Eggs.
Quick recall of basic facts is an important part of maths knowledge. It is expected that by the end of Year 4, children should know complete families of facts for 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 6x and 9x tables.
By this stage of the year, students should know all spelling words on lists 1-4 and most of the words in lists 5 and 6.
Becoming good or improving at something requires that significant time is spent on it.
Please ensure that your child has the following as a basic set of equipment for school. Pencils and sharpener, blue pen, red pen, ruler, rubber, refill pad, glue stick…etc.

The children are now half way through Year 4. Expectations with regard to independence and self-management are increasing accordingly and we appreciate your help here too.

Lyn Peters, Brian Halkyard, Mary Harrison, Tracey Poulter