This week in Year 4

 It is our second week back and the majority of our students and families have now safely returned to school and are settling back into class and school routines.
The children seem well rested, refreshed and happy to see each other and their teachers again. We have revisited the on-going Year 4 expectations of responsibility, commitment and independence and discussed the importance of supporting each other as we learn and grow together.  Sharing time with our younger year level buddies this week also added to our gratitude to our return to our LIS community.  
For our How We Organize Ourselves unit we had more guest-speakers, Ms Avin who spoke of the work being done by the FOLSCO organization (Friends of Luanda Street Children and Orphans) and Ms Georgina who shared her volunteer work experience with the Lighthouse Relief Organization, which helps refugee/resident communities in Greece prepare for taking up residence in countries throughout Europe.  Our students have been making connections to our lines of inquiry as well as developing their listening and questioning skills and extending their vocabulary knowledge to find out the definitions for key words relevant to their inquiry.
For Math we are continuing to look at multiplication and division strategies.  With students building their understanding of how these operations work, how they are connected to each other (inverse operation, fact families, equal groupings) and how they can be used to find the answer to unknown facts and every day related number word problems.
In Language we have reviewed the structure of a narrative text in both reading and writing lessons, looking at text features of characters, setting, plot development, problem and solution, sequencing and vocabulary choice.  Using the writing process students are developing narrative and persuasive texts to share and read aloud.

How We Organise Ourselves

Happy new year and welcome back!

This week year 4 students began inquiring into our fourth unit for the year.  You will find the learning outcomes for this unit here: HOW WE ORGANISE OURSELVES.

We are working on finding definitions and examples of some key vocabulary – organization, service, impact, cooperation, respect and responsibility.  We have also invited guest speakers to talk  to the classes about the organizations that they work with to tune students in to the unit.

For Math, within the unit, we will revisit data handling – more specifically writing survey questions.  In the standalone unit, we are introducing the concept of multiplication and its inverse operation of division.  Later we will  move on to various strategies to understand and solve multiplication and division problems.

For language within this unit, we will learn about persuasive writing – students will look at exemplars of this text type and analyze the language features and the structure of persuasive writing and write their own pieces.  More about this in a later blog post.