In Math, Year 4 have started a unit on place value.
An understanding of place value helps develop good number sense.
We are exploring this through:
• Modelling numbers using the base 10 value system (Key concept – form)
• Reading, writing, comparing and ordering numbers (Key concept – function and connection)
• The use of place value in everyday life (Key concept – connection)
After drawing symbols in their process portfolios, students selected the symbol(s) that represented them best and created stamps using recycled materials.
This week, students experimented using their stamps with ink pads and their choice of art materials. Next week, they will use their stamps to create their adinkra fabric.
In Maths this week, children in Year 4 came together on a collaborative mission. Their goal was to create 2-D geometrical shapes by cutting them out of a folded piece of paper with just one cut. It began with an inspiring video, Brains Grow and Change, that voiced the message that that there is no such thing as a math brain or a math person! Any-one can learn any level of math with hard work and effort!
This was an individual task but students had to work together and share ideas and strategies as well as celebrate their mistakes. The children began by drawing a scalene triangle in the centre of the paper and made multiple folds before trying to cut it out with just one straight cut. They explored the task, and made lots of conjectures. There was a lot of frustration and emotions of wanting to give up but they were continually encouraged to keep exploring. With no luck of finding that one cut, this lesson was revisited during the course of the week with different shapes and a lot more success was achieved.
Over the next few weeks students will be watching videos and practicing a range of problem solving strategies which are geared towards building a growth mindset in Maths as well as and laying the mathematical foundation for the rest of the year.
Here are some photos of Year 4 students collaborating on THIS problem.
All of the Year 4 teachers completed an online course ‘How to learn math’ from Stanford University. Some of you may know a little about Jo Boaler, who is a maths professor at Stanford and has completed many research projects on how students learn best. Please follow THIS LINK to see a handout from Jo Boaler about the best ways to support your child with maths at home. As a school we are working hard to ensure your children receive the best possible maths learning. Furthermore students are being registered with www.mathletics.com again. User names and passwords will be distributed to students when the registration is completed.
Some of our thoughts about Maths…
Dear Parents, Carers and Students of Year 4.2,
Welcome back to our returning families and welcome to our new families!
My name is Annabelle Mambwe Ngulube and I am very excited to start a new academic year with you all. I have been teaching here in Angola for the last four years and I am happy to be a part of this wonderfully diverse and vibrant LIS school community. I am from Zambia and I am a proud mother of two daughters who are 22 and 17 years old respectively. I am looking forward to experiencing a dynamic year with the children and I will be happy for them to call me Ms. Bella.
Please be aware that our class blog will be the main source of information this academic year. The purpose of our blog will be to communicate, share and inform you all of the learning that will be happening in Year 4.2. Either myself or the students will be posting photos and explanations of our learning and we welcome you to comment and engage with our class. We will also share recent articles and items of interest about learning, and some ideas of how best to support your child’s learning at home. Please subscribe to the blog at blogs.lisluanda.com/4point2/ and you will receive a weekly update every Friday with all the posts from the week.
Here is the Yr4.2 Specialist Timetable 2017
Our first unit of inquiry will be under the transdisciplinary theme of Who We Are. Further details and information about this will be posted on our blog next week.
A couple of things to share with you as we start our new year. You will receive a hard copy of our single subject timetable today, please support your child in being independent and prepared for his/her various lessons.
We look forward to our first Parent Connection Meeting on Friday 1st September and our Year level ‘Back to school’ evening presentation, on Tuesday 5th September. Further information of these events will be communicated in due course.
Ms. Arishana Riek will be teaching Year 4.1 and Ms. Whetu Wilson will be in Year 4.3. Our Year 4 teaching assistant is Ms. Vera. If you have any questions or queries about anything please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking forward to a fantastic year of learning,
Ms. Annabelle Mambwe Ngulube