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Term 3, Weeks 1 – 3 Highlights

Hi parents,

Here’s some highlights from the term thus far…

New Students

At the start of Term 3, we had two young men join us: Konstantin and Ollie. Three weeks in, they’re part of the team, and it’s easy to forget that they’re new.

Konstantin and Ollie. Both always early for school because they don’t have to
waste time styling their hair.

 

Art

Early this term we finished our self portraits. They are hanging in the school hallway for you to check out, next time you are in.

Oscar in the early stages of a skin-graft

 

Daniel animated in more ways than one.

 

Topic

For topic, we’re taking a look at history. We’ll begin to focus on the 1920’s: the period of our upcoming school production.

Matching his place on the timeline, Tiger adopts the pose of a reclining Roman emperor

 

Science

We’ve been focusing on the properties and behaviour of magnets.


Ollie finds his bones and sinews are no match for magnetic force.

 

Konstantin gets a trail of magnets going

 

Harper made this himself at home: a magnetic contraption that causes two coins to stand upright.

 

Oscar uses magnets to become a hipster. Now he just needs skinny jeans.

 

Reading

We’ve been learning to participate in “Literacy Circles”. The students are in groups of 5, with each group reading the same novel. They have different roles to fulfil, such as “Discussion Director”, “Passage Picker”, “Word Master” etc. Every 3 days they have a discussion day where they discuss and share what they have prepared.

Claire ponders the far-reaching implications of Poppy’s statement. Or, she just wishes it was
her turn. Can’t remember which.

 

The boys are turning pages. An important skill to master when you are reading.

 

Ethan seems to literally have his nose in a book.

 

Luke and Dylan with their best “show me how much you love learning” faces

 

Cross Country

On Friday 10th August, we had our annual cross country event. An all around good effort and attitude from the Year 4’s. No tears, just flushed faces!

The Sienna-strut

 

The Aston-Martin, firing on all cylinders

 

The Jack-Be-Nimble, Jack-Be-Quick

Term 2: Weeks 4 – 7 Highlights

Maths

The last couple of weeks have seen us focusing on fractions. For instance, “which fractions are equivalent to three quarters?”, or “how many more thirds to make one whole?”

Ethan wonders why Maths worksheets always seem to include cartoon fish

 

Sienna wonders what fraction of $10 she is entitled to if she allows images of herself to be used on our Blog.

 

Wacky Wraps

Earlier in the term, we enjoyed making Beeswax wraps with Mrs McLeish. It was fascinating to watch the beeswax pellets melting in the oven and forming a protective layer around our cloths. It was also a great application of our learning in science around liquids and solids.

Beeswax wraps: the hottest trend in winter fashion.

 

Jack shows us all how it’s done. I bet he makes a great lasagna as well.

 

Music Festival

We had a great time performing our items for the Music Festival. The thrill of an evening performance was great for the kids, and there’s no question that we were justified in having our own performance, separate from the College.

The hardest thing about being a dog is the fleas you attract..

 

Despite being nocturnal, possums love the limelight.

 

Claire exaggerates the the size of the last fish she caught.

 

Stardome Visit

Our visit to the Stardome Observatory, stimulated a lot of good learning. In class, we followed up the visit by looking further into some of the questions that arose such as, “what causes the seasons?”, and “how many different sorts of constellations are there”?

Oscar is pointing to something, which means he must be learning.

 

The students worried at first that this was some sort of sneaky dental examination.

 

Chelsea is concerned that such a large web must be the work of a very large spider.

 

Breakers Basketball Sessions

Class Korora have very much enjoyed the basketball sessions we’ve had the last couple of weeks, led by Coach C. Before the sessions many of the students thought dribbling was something you only did with a mouthful of saliva, but are now much more adept at basketball skills.

Ethan is impressed with Couch C’s Black Swan impression.

 

Term 2, Weeks 1-3 Highlights

Hi parents,

Here’s a couple of highlights from Term 2 so far…

Maths
In our first week back we continued to explore measurement and how it connects to decimal numbers.

Thomas measures the width of his belly button?

Harper and Tiger try to wrangle an unruly tape measure

Oscar realises that letting go of the tape measure measures gravity, not height.

Science
For science, we’ve been looking at states of matter (solids, liquids and gases). In Week 3, we looked at how chocolate can melt when it’s sitting on a plate placed on top of a bowl of heated water.

In groups, the students planned and conducted an experiment in which they changed one factor e.g. “will the chocolate melt faster if it’s cut into smaller pieces?”

Luke and Daniel exploring how different liquids melt at different rates

 Ethan, Sienna and Luke wishing the experiment was “how much chocolate can I fit in my mouth?”

Ethan wishing the experiment was “how many marbles can I fit in my mouth?”

Poppy worries about the experiment’s effect on her last manicure.

Writing
For the last three weeks we’ve exploring the conventions of effective storybooks, and using what we’ve learned to plan our own.
It’s required our full creative powers to come up with good ideas that are original and entertaining. The students have been sharing their ideas with the class, getting feedback, and improving their ideas where necessary.

Most of us are now at the stage where we are ready to start the first draft of our story.

Aston ponders the metaphysical themes in the great literary piece: “I Want My Potty”.

Grandparents Day

On Friday of Week 3, we had our annual Grandparents Day. We performed some songs and dances as a whole school and then went back to our class for some learning about the past. The year 4’s asked the grandparents about what school was like in their day. Using that information we compared and contrasted using Venn diagrams.

Amongst other things, the students were fascinated to learn that left-handed students were punished if they didn’t use the “correct” hand!


Term 2, Weeks 1 – 3 Highlights

Hi parents,

Here’s a couple of highlights from Term 2 so far…

Maths


In our first week back we continued to explore measurement and how it connects to decimal numbers

Thomas measures the width of his belly button?

 


Harper and Tiger try to wrangle an unruly tape measure

 

Oscar realises that letting go of the tape measure measures gravity, not height.

 

Science

For science, we’ve been looking at states of matter (solids, liquids and gases). In Week 3, we looked at how chocolate can melt when it’s sitting on a plate placed on top of a bowl of heated water.
In groups, the students planned and conducted an experiment in which they changed one factor e.g. “will the chocolate melt faster if it’s cut into smaller pieces?”

Luke and Daniel exploring how different liquids melt at different rates

 

Ethan, Sienna and Luke wishing the experiment was “how much chocolate can I fit in my mouth?”

 

Ethan wishing the experiment was “how many marbles can I fit in my mouth?”

 

Poppy worries about the experiment’s effect on her last pedicure.

 

Writing

For the last three weeks we’ve exploring the conventions of effective storybooks, and using what we’ve learned to plan our own.

It’s required our full creative powers to come up with good ideas that are original and entertaining. The students have been sharing their ideas with the class, getting feedback, and improving their ideas where necessary.

Most of us are now at the stage where we are ready to start the first draft of our story.

Aston ponders the metaphysical themes in the great literary piece: “I Want My Potty”

 

Grandparents Day

On Friday of Week 3, we had our annual Grandparents Day. We performed some songs and dances as a whole school and then went back to our class for some learning about the past. The year 4’s asked the grandparents about what school was like in their day. Using that information we compared and contrasted using Venn diagrams.

Amongst other things, the students were fascinated to learn that left-handed students were punished if they didn’t use the “correct” hand!

Special Events in Term 1

Hi parents,

 

I thought I’d take a moment to share with you some of the special events we had in Term 1.

 

ASB Get Wise Session

 

In early March we had a representative of the ASB Get Wise programme, Jadyn, take the years 3 and 4’s for a session.
The objective of the session was to improve the student’s financial understanding i.e. how money works, real money vs digital funds etc.

It was an upbeat, engaging lesson that the students learned a lot from. I wouldn’t trust them with your credit cards just yet though… ; )


Reptile Park Visit

 

On March 15th, Wentworth Primary visited the Reptile Park at Ti Point, Leigh.

 

For many of us it was our first visit. It certainly was for me, and I was impressed with the place. The students were able to get up close and personal with a number of reptiles (though we did keep a healthy distance from the alligator).



Teddy Bear’s Picnic
On March 23rd we had our Teddy Bear’s Picnic. It was great to see the splashes of colour and the variety of stuffed toys. I didn’t bring my teddy bear to school because he suffers from social anxiety ; )
The picnic was a fundraiser for the Kiwis for Kiwi charity and $240.00 was raised.

Year 4 – 6 Camp

The major event of this Term! It may have been at the regional park, but it was certainly no walk in the park: running, sliding, swimming, diving, shooting, flaming, climbing, kicking…all the intense verbs!

 

The Year 4’s coped with it all admirably. I’m sure it stretched them all in one capacity or another, and I’m sure they won’t forget it in a hurry.

 

Welcome

Hello!

Welcome to Class Korora’s (Year 4’s) blog, and it’s first post. Let’s all ignore the fact that it’s 7 weeks into Term 1. Mercy for the new guy, and all that!

I’m pleased to share with you some of the things that we’ve been doing…



Reading
We’ve been looking at Aesop’s fables. Pulling them apart to learn their narrative structure as well as how different language features are used to make the stories more engaging.


Writing
Any language features we learn in reading we try to immediately use in our writing. One thing we are clear on now is that our narratives need to have a good problem and resolution. To add interest, we are learning to add description using adjectives, verbs, and adverbs.


Science
After a fantastic introduction from our Life Education lessons, we’ve been continuing to learn about the digestive system.
In pairs we are studying a different part of the digestive system and will soon be presenting back to the class.


P.E.
The students are enjoying their lessons with Mrs Sancto. They particularly like an outdoor game named Coco, which uses strategy.

Music
The students are enjoying their lessons with Mrs Poppe. They have been listening to pieces of music from The Carnival of the Animals.



Phonics
We have been using song-writing to strengthen our understanding of phonics and how words can rhyme together based on common vowel sounds.
We are pleased with the two songs we have written together as a class so far: “I Can’t Stand the Heat” and “Dylan and the Possum” (based on Dylan’s unusual experience, waking up next to a possum in his bed!).
You can hear us singing “Dylan and the Possum” below:
Art
Recently we completed some coloured-paper art. This was an application of the drawing skills we have been working on. You can see them hanging in the hallway outside our classrooms.



Topic
We’ve been looking at the Commonwealth Games. As part of that, we are looking closer at the globe and how the countries are arranged in continents.

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