2021 is going to be an exciting year for the students of 4/5H and I am really looking forward to the year ahead. My name is Mr Hurd and I can’t wait to get to know all of my students (most of them, again).
As a parent, you can use Class Dojo to connect to classroom activities and track your child’s behaviour. The application also provides a platform to receive reminders or get in touch with teachers, which is great for parents who can’t make it into the classroom as regularly. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play.
During term 1, we will be studying persuasive and narrative text types and be creating our own texts using ideas from the Seven Steps to Writing program and Accelerated Literacy pedagogies.
Writing continues to be a focus for students at Lake Heights Public School during 2021, with particular focus being placed on spelling and grammar. Spelling will be conducted using word sort activities.
4/5 will commence the year focusing on whole numbers and working on students’ understanding of place value and number facts. I will be using a wide range of real world examples to help develop mathematical concepts will using technology to help foster basic arithmetic and a an assessment tool.
In 2021, physical development, health and education will be delivering high quality lessons that focus on student well-being, healthy lifestyle habits, and how to improve one’s social, emotional, physical and mental health. These lessons will be each morning during our “Morning Meeting”.
During PE lessons, we will be developing students’ fundamental movement skills, values and attitudes towards sport, spatial awareness and competitive strategies. It is compulsory that all students participate in PE and Friday sports. PSSA sport takes place in terms 2 and 3. PSSA is optional but is an excellent platform to play organised sport, challenge your skills, make new friends and be part of a team.
This year, students in 4/5H will use a wide range of materials and techniques to create a range of artworks for a variety of purposes. 4/5H will participate in a range of drama, music and dance programs. Many of our artworks will be aligned with concepts and topics covered in History, Geography and PDH.
This year we are excited to be continuing to use the History and Geography program called, ‘Inquisitive’. It is an interactive research based program, which support student to conduct guided investigations. Students in 4/5H will be starting the year learning mapping skills based on a mini unit of work called, ‘Australia’. We will then move on to studying local and international celebrations and commemorations, and their significance to a range of cultures and countries. We will also be learning about how people and environments influence one another, and natural disasters.
Students in 4/5H have access to a class set of Chromebooks. Students have dedicated time each week to improve their skills in their use of technology and research skills, which are an important life-long skills . We will also use iPads and other technologies to access a range of rich learning programs and apps such as Epic, Mathletics and Studyladder. With many aspects of Naplan being online, students will also be given opportunities to practise and improve their typing and word processing skills.
Homework will commence in Week 3. Students will have a homework contract to complete and return to school each Friday. There will be research projects throughout the year. Students will also be given a list of words to learn for our “Spelling Bee” which is to be held at the end of Term 1.
We encourage students to read for at least 15 -20 minutes each night and this will be included as a homework task. Students are also welcome to bring books from home to read during class quiet reading time.
During terms 1 and 3, there will be an opportunity for a scheduled chat with your child’s teacher to track your child’s progress and address any concerns. However, you do not need to wait until parent teacher conversations to address any issues or concerns. Please feel free to contact me through dojo or the front office for an appointment, if necessary.