There are currently 24 students in 4/5. Students are lucky enough to have two energetic and enthusiastic teachers this year. Mrs Briggs will be working on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Mrs Upeski will be on class Thursdays and Fridays.
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.
As an additional incentive for students to be working hard to receive points, 4/5 will create a Class Dojo rewards list where they are able to select a rewards such as teachers assistant, visit another classroom or pick a P.E game of their choice, using their points they have earned.
4/5 will begin the year working with informative texts. During term 1, we will be studying persuasive and narrative text types and be creating our own texts using the Seven Steps to Writing program.
Writing continues to be a focus for students at Lake Heights Public School during 2019, with particular focus being placed on spelling and grammar. We have begun a new school-wide writing program, as well as new spelling program that has a hands on approach, allowing students to interact with spelling words and patterns.
We will commence the year focusing on whole numbers and working on students’ understanding of place value and number facts. During term 1, Mrs Briggs will be teaching whole number and number and algebra and Mrs Upeski will be teaching measurement and geometry as well as statistics and probability.
In 2019, 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. Mrs Nicastri will be teaching the health and education component, while Mrs Briggs and Mrs Upeski will be teaching the practical lessons throughout the week. During PE lessons, Mrs Briggs and Mrs Upeski will be developing students’ fundamental movement skills, values and attitudes towards sport, spatial awareness and competitive strategies.
This year, students in 4/5 will use a wide range of materials and techniques to create a range of artworks for a variety of purposes. We will study the elements of line, space and form, as well as conduct in-depth artist studies including artists such as Kandinsky and Henri Matisse. 4/5 will also participate in a range of drama, music and dance programs. Keep an eye on our classroom walls and adjoining corridor, for displays of student’s artworks.
This year we are excited to be using a new History and Geography program called, ‘Inquisitive’. It is an interactive research based program, which support student to conduct guided investigations. Students in 4/5 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.
Student in 4/5 are lucky enough to have access to a class set of Chromebooks. Students have dedicated time each Tuesday 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 Kahoots, Epic and Studyladder. With many aspects of Naplan becoming online in 2019, 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 grid to complete and return to school each Friday. There will be a mixture of set work and a variety of tasks where students can choose which ones they would like to complete. We would greatly appreciated if parents/ caregivers could sign each activity to confirm they have been completed.
Most students in Year 4 and 5 don’t have set home readers. However, we encourage students continue to read for at least 10-15 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 teachers 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 come and chat if necessary.
We look forward to a wonderful 2019 in 4/5 🙂