Y4 Inventors Day

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Throughout our latest unit, students have been inquiring into energy and thinking about what kind of attributes they would need to display in order to be inventors.  Today, the unit culminated in our Inventors Day.  Students worked in groups to invent a device that would help solve an energy issue around our community. Then they built a model of their device.

Some groups were very focussed on the environment, wanting to limit the reliance on fossil fuels, so they included aspects of renewable energy in their devices.   Others focussed on devices that would save energy so that we use less of it.  We had solar powered charging stations for our Year 4 Chromebooks and wind turbines attached to the school in many different configurations.  We even had moon panels  rather than solar panels.

No matter the ideas that were explored today, every student demonstrated the attributes of inventors an great learners.  They were:

  • being CREATIVE when coming up with ideas
  • SYNTHESIZING ideas from their group members to improve their devices
  • demonstrating GRIT when things got difficult
  • RE-DESIGNING their devices after being REFLECTIVE
  • COOPERATING and COMMUNICATING their ideas with others in their group
  • SOLVING PROBLEMS (and there were many problems) that came up through discussion and compromise
  • having FUN while learning

It was a great day and some fantastic ideas were brought to life.  Check out the photos and video below:

 

 

 

Picture Troubles and Inventing in Year 4

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Photo Apologies

Recently we have been having difficulties with the photo slideshows on our website.  I am very sorry for this and am trying to fix it.  Hopefully everything will be back up and running smoothly very soon.  Thanks for your understanding.

 

Year 4 Inventors

We have had a fabulous few weeks in Year 4 as students have been inquiring into the attributes they need to be inventors, learning about the Design Process, and also having opportunities to invent a variety of things.  They have created wind turbines, designed bridges to save their teachers, and helped animals escape from their cages with ingenious catapults.

In case you’re interested, the students have decided that some attributes inventors need are:

  • Grit
  • Creativitiy
  • The ability to synthesise
  • Cooperation
  • Enthusiasm
  • Courage
  • Willingness to share your ideas
  • Ability to be reflective

 

Here are a few photos of students in action:

Getting into Science

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Today the Year 4 students spent the morning discovering lots of new ideas about energy.  They worked in groups and rotated around 6 different stations that provoked them to think about energy, the forms of energy and how energy is transformed.  It was a lot of fun and hopefully they came away with a better understanding of some very complex concepts.

Have a look at some pictures below:

New Unit in Year 4

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It was a very busy term in Year 4 and we are really proud of all the students for their effort and positive attitude throughout.  They all deserve a break to refresh and recharge.  As hard as it is to believe, we will be moving into our last last term and your children are quickly transforming from Year 4s into Year 5s!

When we come back to school next week, we will be starting our new unit:

 

Central Idea: People have ideas for inventions in response to energy issues.

Lines of Inquiry:

  1. There are different forms of energy
  2. Energy can be transformed from one form into another
  3. Energy can be conserved and used efficiently

Throughout this unit the students will be thinking like inventors. They will be brainstorming about problems, designing solutions, building, testing and then redesigning.  Mistakes will be valued as students attempt to synthesise ideas and create solutions.  Perseverance, trial and error and having a growth mindset il all be an important part of the unit.

In the end, we will have an ‘Inventor Day’ where they will design a solution to an energy problem in their lives.  They will then build a model of their design in order to share their ideas and convince us that their design will be an effective one.

Language:

Students will be reading and synthesising information about energy throughout the unit, attempting to paraphrase their ideas.   They will also learn how to write persuasively so they are able to convince an audience that their energy conserving invention will work!

Mathematics:

In math, students will be exploring the following outcomes:

Measurement/Shape
Estimate, compare and measure: length, perimeter, area, mass, capacity and volume.
Convert between units of measurement.
Compare and classify angles using the language of right angle, acute angle and obtuse angle.
Describe, label and compare regular and irregular 2d and 3d objects using appropriate vocabulary.

 

Materials for the Unit

Throughout this unit students will be building with recyclable materials.  We ask that you send these items into school if you are able.  Please ensure they are clean before sending them in:

  • Recycled boxes and food containers
  • Toilet paper and paper towel rolls
  • Clean pieces of cardboard
  • Anything else you think would be useful for building models

Celebration of Learning

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Thank you to all the parents who were able to come today and make our Celebration of Learning such a huge success.  Your energy, enthusiasm and level of engagement with all of the students was amazing.  It was great for us to see the students communicating confidently and sharing their learning happily.  Your willingness to share your time with many different  children played a huge part in that.

 

For those that were unable to make it today, the introductory slideshow is below.  As well as that, we have included a slideshow of photos.

 

Home Learning

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Dear Year Four Parents,

In light of the announced closure of schools from tomorrow until the end of the Chinese New Year Holiday, the Year Four team will be setting appropriate work for students to complete over the next week, as highlighted in the overview below.

Year level teams will communicate your child’s learning through this blog over the next week. The tasks set are ones that can be meaningfully carried out in the home environment and will include Mathematics, Language and Unit of Inquiry activities.

The work provided is intended to maintain your child’s learning during this unexpected break. Teachers will be in work as normal should you need to email them for additional information.

 

Daily Learning Tasks

Date

Tasks

Thursday 8 February

1 – Thursday 8 February Home Learning (1)

Y4 Drama Home Learning

Friday 9 February

 2 – Friday 9 February Home Learning

Monday 12 February

 3 – Monday 12 February Home Learning

Tuesday 13 February

 4 – Tuesday 13 February Home Learning

Wednesday 14 February

 5 – Wednesday 14 February Home Learning

Thursday 15 February

6 – Thursday 15 February Home Learning

 

Chinese Home Learning:
 
All Chinese home learning can be found on Ding! under the Chinese subject tab, then Year level and then by clicking the Chinese class teacher individual page. Please go to this page to see the learning expectations, as per normal Chinese homework. 

What’s Happening in Year 4

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The Year 4 students have come back from the Christmas holiday rested and ready to learn!  We have been really pleased with the level of engagement, the interest shown in our current unit and how enthusiastic everyone is, in general.

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend and take part in the Three Way Conferences yesterday.  We had a great time and hope you not only enjoyed yourself but also learned a lot about your child.

 

What else has been happening?

We have started our fractions unit in earnest now.  Students have been using a variety of equipment to grow their understanding of fractions, and to investigate about improper fractions, mixed numbers and equivalent fractions.

Aside from that, we are primarily  focussed on our unit of inquiry and getting ready for the Celebration of Learning which will take place on Thursday 8 February.  Students have been researching about ailments, learning to determine importance when  researching, and practicing for their final written report.  They have also been unpacking science experiments and how to ensure they are kept ‘fair’.

Please keep Thursday 8 February free so you are able to attend our celebration of learning.  We should be starting at approximately 10.40am, but  we will confirm the exact time at a later date.


 

What’s Happening in Term 2

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It has been a wonderful term for all of Year 4, and the students definitely deserve a break.  When we return in January, we will be continuing with our focus on the Body Systems in preparation for our Celebration of Learning on Thursday 8 February.  That is when all parents will be invited in to see our learning from this unit.

As well as the body systems, we will be focussed on collecting and displaying data, researching for information using a variety of sources, and writing an information report.  We will also be starting our unit on Fractions.  Below are the outcomes we will be focussed on:

Have a wonderful holiday.  See you in January!

 

From

Kris Stanhope .    Sarah McDavid .    Mark Steed .    Anna Sherriff

 

 

Year 4 Science Stations

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This morning Year 4 students took part in a variety of activities aimed at provoking their interest in our new unit, and to get them wondering about the systems of the body.  They measured their heart rate, counted taste buds, looked in microscopes and completed a number of different experiments dealing with their bodies.  The students had a great time and are now very excited for the upcoming unit.

A special thank you to all those parents who were able to come in and help us out.

Take a look at some of the action from today:

Year 4 Body Systems Unit

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The Year 4 students are working hard this week to prepare their food system presentations and finish their explanations.  It has been a great unit with lots of learning happening.  In particular, students have done a great job in their first unit of the year that required them to research.  Next week we will begin our new unit focussed on the systems of our body.

The Unit

Central Idea: Our bodies are made up of interdependent systems, which need to be maintained for healthy functioning.

Lines of Inquiry: 

  • The systems of the body and how they function 
  • Ways in which these body systems are interdependent 
  • How to maintain healthy body systems 

Concepts: Function, Connection, Responsibility

Math: Throughout this new unit students will be completing a number of experiments connected to the body.  From these experiments they will be collecting data and learning to interpret it.  They will be inquiring into the best ways to represent the data which will include bar graphs, line graphs, tally charts, pie charts and pictographs.

Language:  Students will continue with their focus on research as they inquire into the systems of the body, how the systems are connected, and how they can be responsible for maintaining them.  Students will be using teacher-selected websites and non-fiction books for their research, while learning to ask effective questions and determine importance while they are researching.   This research will culminate in action as students aim to educate others about how to maintain healthy body systems.  This action will require them to write an information report.

Celebration of Learning

At the end of this unit parents will get the opportunity to come in and see all that their children have been doing.  You can look forward to taking part in science experiments, learning about body ailments and how they are connected to the body systems, and participating in physical exercises designed by the students to support healthy body systems.

This celebration of learning has been tentatively booked for Thursday 8 February from 10.30am – 12.30pm.  More information will be provided in January.