Monthly Archives: April 2018

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