Student blogs, assembly and other fun learning

It’s been a short but intensely busy fortnight back!  Students reflected on their approaches to learning and set SMART goals which they shared in their 3 way conferences.  It was a challenging and in-depth process but the students persevered and were very principled about how they see themselves as learners and the areas that they wanted to improve in.  Thank you for attending the conferences and being a part of the support to help the students achieve their goals.

Students have been busy planning which learning engagements to share for their walkabout assembly. They practiced and spoke confidently to a broad audience consisting of peers and adults.  Here are some photos from the Assembly:

The students shave been working on planning, drafting, revising, editing and posting  on our class blog .  They also responded to posts from their classmates.  This was part of the How We Express Ourselves summative assessment task (making quality posts and responding appropriately to another post).   Please spend some time looking at the students’ posts and discuss the learning with your child.

In Math we have started to look at addition and subtraction strategies.  Students completed a pre-assessment task showing their prior knowledge.  In the weeks coming we will learn and practice the following – compensating, split and jump strategy.  More about this in an upcoming blogpost.

Visual Arts: Digital Citizenship

In visual arts class, students art inquiring into the same central idea as in their homeroom class: digital communication changes the way in which people interact with each other. Students are being assessed on the visual arts learning outcomes: responding (phase 3) recognize that different audiences respond in different ways to artworks and creating (phase 2) identify the formal art elements of an artwork.

For this project, students will be creating their own public Instagram account. Students are inquiring into the elements of art using photography.

Students reviewed and inquired into the elements of art: line, color, shape, form, texture, value, and space. They took pictures of the elements of art using a composition paper frame and then completed a photography scavenger hunt with a partner:

Students are now developing their own Instagram agreements. They are thinking about at the lines of inquiry: our roles and responsibility in virtual environments and how digital communication tools increase our opportunities to connect with others. Here are the agreements they decided on to keep themselves and each other safe:

Currently, students are learning tips and tricks of photography. They are following their Instagram agreements and taking picture around the campus. Soon they will sort through their pictures, edit them using the Photos app, develop captions for the pictures, and their photos will be posted to a Year 4 Instagram account.

Digital Citizenship and Poetry

We are learning about our roles and responsibilities in a virtual environment – we looked at ways in which we can have a positive digital footprint.  We also  discussed the similarities and differences between a physical and virtual environment,  using Venn diagrams to organise our thinking.

As part of our How We Express Ourselves unit, year 4 students have  started exploring different poetry genres this week. We started the week looking at a senses poem.  We chose an emotion and compared this emotion to the five senses.   First we examined the language features and the structure of an example of a senses poem and made a checklist.  Then we planned, drafted, revised, edited and published our own senses poem.  Some examples of our poems can be found HERE.

Students also analysed simile poems and noticed that  these poems described something or someone by comparing it to another thing (as noisy as a monkey, it had teeth like daggers). Together we planned a simile  poem all about us!

As we continue our learning in this unit the students will be exposed to more genres of poetry, including cinquain and kenning. Please feel free to share some of your favourite poems by commenting on this post.

 

 

 

How We Express Ourselves

This week year 4 students began inquiring into our second unit of inquiry for the year.  You will find the learning outcomes for this unit here –  How We Express Ourselves.

Here are some of our provocations and tuning-in engagements for this unit –

Students will develop their knowledge and understandings of digital communication tools and their roles and responsibilities as digital citizens. We have planned in collaboration with Ms Hannah to ensure the students develop an understanding of responsible and safe digital communication and expression through the Arts.  We collaborated with our information technology specialists, Mr Oscar and Mr Brian and introduced our students to setting up their own student blogs.    Some students have already posted on the blog, others are still editing an revising their posts. With our students we looked at what makes a quality blogpost, and what is appropriate and responsible use of the  blog as a communication tool.  

Our language links will include gaining knowledge of writing different types of poetry.  Students will develop their knowledge of the elements of poetry, the use of figurative language and poetic devices. 

In mathematics, all year 4 classes have been introduced to the online Mathletics program in class lessons.  Students have their passwords and are able to work on tasks at home.  We have started to tune into and develop the student’s conceptual understanding of place value, (see details in our place value blog post).  This week we also used data collected from surveys about communication tools and represented our findings on bar graphs, which we then interpreted and used to further our thinking.  

We look forward to hearing about any action the children may take as a result of the learning in this unit.