Our Very Own Author in Year 4

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Humza, a student in 4DMI, has written and published a book called “The Ant and the Hud Hud”.  Not only is it amazing to see one of our Year 4s  becoming a published author, but he is also choosing to sell his books to raise money for charity.

All proceeds from the sale of his books go towards The White Helmets.  Click here for more information on The White Helmets and their bravery.

You can contact Humza’s father to purchase a book using the email address in the picture below

Congrations and well done, Humza!

Year 4 at the DC Sports Day

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We had a great time at the DC Sports Day.  Thank you to all the parents who came and cheered us on.  If you weren’t able to make, the talented  Mr Macheski put together a great video specifically for Year 4.  Enjoy!

Year 4 Energy Experts

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The Year 4s had a great morning learning about energy as they took part in a number of different demonstrations and activities all focussed on helping them to understand the various forms of energy.

Check out the photos below:

Inventors in Year 4

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We are beginning our new unit this week in year 4.  This is a really exciting unit in which the students learn about energy and invent ways to conserve energy at DC.  Here are the details:

Unit of Inquiry

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

Lines of Inquiry: We are inquiring into…

  1. Different forms of energy
  2. How energy is transferred from one form into another
  3. How energy can be conserved and used efficiently

Skills and Attitudes:

Synthesis

Self Management

Enthusiasm

Creativity

Besides learning about the different forms of energy, students will have the opportunity to focus on electricity especially while inquiring into how circuits work.  We have a wonderful supply of equipment that they will be tinkering with to create different kinds of circuits.

 

Language

Students will be learning to write and speak persuasively in this unit.  They will be attempting to convince others to conserve energy and that their invention could help the school to be more energy efficient.

We will be focussed primarily on two main reading comprehension strategies: synthesis and summarising.  They will be reading a lot of nonfiction texts about energy and learning how these strategies can help them better understand and respond to what they read.

 

Mathematics

In math we will be moving into our unit about fractions.  See below for the specific outcomes we will cover:

 

 

Exciting Things in Year 4

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It’s been an exciting couple of weeks in Year 4 as we’ve started two new programs for some of our students.

First of all, a small group of students have been learning to code using Scratch, an online application.  One of our students is a bit of an expert and, with the help of Mr Leithhead, she has started helping others learn the basics of coding.

 

As well as that, we have some Year 4 mathematicians who have begun working with a wonderful group of Year 12s.  This has been a great chance for the year fours to interact with different students, and an opportunity for them to extend their mathematical thinking.

 

 

In the future, we are hoping to extend programs like these to provide our students with an even greater variety of opportunities for learning.

New Class Captains in Year 4

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With the third term fast approaching, elections have been held for the new class captains.   Students who want to be a class captain speak to their classes about why they would be the best choice, then all the students in their class vote for one female and one male captain.

Congratulations to the following students for being chosen:

KSE – Jarvis and Amaya

LWE – Luke and Emma

ASF – Elisa, Jon and Emma

DMI – Caleb and Akane

 

And here they are…

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class captain ASF lwe class captains

 

 

4ASF Leads a Fabulous Year 4 Meeting

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Thank you to 4ASF for organising and leading our latest Year 4 meeting.  These get-togethers give the students an opportunity to see the great things their peers are doing.  Here is a look at some of the students in action:

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Check out the slideshow and videos they prepared for us:

 

New Units in Year 4

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Now that the Celebration of Learning is over, we will be starting a different unit of inquiry as well as different units in mathematics and language.

Unit of Inquiry

As you already know, our next unit focusses on migration.  Here are the details:

Central Idea: Human migration involves challenges, risk, opportunities and change.

We will be inquiring into:

  • reasons for migration
  • the benefits and challenges experienced by migrants
  • the effects of migration

Throughout the unit we will be discussing the concept of change and causation.  As well as these, we will have a particular emphasis on students understanding the perspectives of different people involved in migration.

Language

In writing we will be writing poems.  The focus is not so much on the format of the poem (like haiku or cinquain) but rather on the language the students use to try and create imagery.  They will also be inquiring into similes and metaphors in this unit.

While reading poems as well as stories about migration, students will be learning to make inferences.  Throughout each unit we have a different reading comprehension emphasis and we find making inferences is often challenging for students as it requires them to look for answers that aren’t obviously in the written words.

Mathematics

Although we are still finishing up our pattern and function unit, we will soon be moving on to shape and measurement.  Here are the areas we will be focused on:

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Y4 Celebration of Learning

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We Need Your Help!

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Our next unit will be beginning soon after Chinese New Year and we need your help!  The unit focusses on migration and the students will be inquiring into:

  • The causes of migration (positive reasons that PULL you to a country, and negative reasons that PUSH you out of a country
  • The changes involved with migration (the benefits and challenges)
  • The effects of migration (from different viewpoints)

 

One of the challenges we face with this unit is that the students often want to associate migration with war, whereas we want them to think about migration from as many different perspectives as possible

So…here’s where you come in:

We want to compile a video montage of parents, grandparents and helpers (and anyone else) speaking about their migration experience.  This would be a 1 – 2 minute video describing your migration experience.  It would be helpful if you talked about the reasons for leaving, the challenges and benefits of migrating, as well any different perspectives you discovered along the way.

After some experimenting, there a couple of options for sending us the videos:

  1. If you take the video on your phone, you can send it via WhatsApp.  The number to use is: 5660-9382.  Add this number to your the contacts on your phone and it will automatically be added to your WhatsApp contacts.
  2. If you are using your computer to record the video, please transfer it to a memory stick and send the memory stick to school with your family name on it

Thank you for your help.  We’re really looking forward to seeing as many different videos as possible.

 

Thank you,

The Year 4 Team