Middle School

TERM 4 UPDATE

 

Welcome to Term 4! We have been so proud of our Middle students, the work that they have produced and their persistence to their learning during remote learning. We are so excited to have them back in our classroom for term four and for them to be immersed into their learning and of course have meaningful interactions with their peers. 

 

ENGLISH

 

For writing in term four, our focus will be on continuing to perfect the skills to write: Narrative, Persuasive, Procedure and Information reports with a focus on editing and improving writing and sentence structure. Students will be exposed to and experiment with writing a range of poetry: Haiku, Cinquain, Palindrome, Limerick, Diamante and Free Verse, using a variety of appropriate and interesting adverbs and adjectives.  They will continue developing their skills in fluent handwriting and building stamina for sustained writing. Students will write simple, compound and complex sentences, including linking ideas using connectives, openers and appropriate tense. Punctuation will continue to be explored throughout the term and students will build upon their knowledge of word origins, technical words and contractions through their weekly focus in SMART Spelling.  

This term in reading, students will continue with 20-30 minutes of silent sustained reading daily, during which they will continue to build their skills and knowledge of within, beyond and about the text reading comprehension strategies. They will continue to understand how figurative language such as: alliteration, metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia and spoonerisms, are used by author’s to hold the reader's interest and engage the reader. Students will use digital technologies such as Book Creator to generate a portfolio of poetry they have written. They will also read, rehearse and perform to their peers, through various types of Readers Theatre. 

 

MATHEMATICS

 

NUMBER: 

For number in term four, students will continue to explore and learn fractions. They will explore dividing shapes, lengths and collections into equal groups to show a variety of fractions. They will show fractions on a number line by ordering and comparing fractions and demonstrate their understanding of the parts of a fraction. Year four students will also use a fraction wall to compare equivalent fractions. They will identify and describe 'mixed numbers' as having a whole-number part and a fractional part. Students will also recognise and apply decimal notation to express whole numbers, tenths and hundredths as decimals, as well as their connection to fractions. They will learn how to count to the nearest five cents and calculate change to the nearest five cents. Students will explore different the currency of countries and how to calculate amounts. Revision of addition and subtraction basics will aid consolidation and give support for currency calculations, in addition to building further knowledge of renaming and regrouping to solve problems.

MEASUREMENT

In term four, students will investigate capacity and mass, using metric units to measure and compare objects. They will work on telling time by intervals up to the minute, to understand the relationship between, seconds, minutes, hours and days. They will work on converting between different units of time and calculating the duration of time between two intervals. The students will make models of 3D shapes, in order to describe the key features and combine and split 2D shapes to create new ones, both with and without the use of digital technologies. They will identify symmetry in the environment and create symmetrical patterns, pictures and shapes.

STATISTICS & PROBABILITY

In statistics and probability, the students will be encouraged to create a survey and choose the most effective way to collect the data. They will have opportunities to collect, organise and represent data using lists and tables. Students will read, compare and describe the similarities and differences within data displays and describe, interpret and answer questions in relation to those displays. They will predict and record the outcomes of chance experiments and use chance vocabulary to describe the possibility of everyday events occurring, from least to most likely.  They will identify everyday events where one cannot happen if the other happens and identify events where the chance of one will not be affected by the occurrence of the other.


I CAN STATEMENTS

 

English

Spelling

Yr 3:

  • I can use letter-sound relationships (eg. st, bl, squ): less common letter blends (eg. dge) and spelling rules to spell words.
  • I can use contractions in my writing and understand that the apostrophe replaces missing letters

Yr 4

  •  I can recognise words that sound the same but are spelt differently and use them correctly.
  •  I can understand how to use spelling patterns, syllables, letter combinations and word families.


Reading

Year 3

  • I can understand how different types of texts vary in use depending on their purpose, audience and context, including tense and types of sentences.
  • I can discuss how language is used to describe the settings in texts, and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood.
  • I can identify and explore figurative language (similes and onomatopoeia) to enhance meaning and shape the reader's reaction.
  • I can show my comprehension by using 'beyond the text' strategies such as, predicting, synthesising, inferring and visualising.

Year 4 

  • I can identify purpose, features, structure and the intended audience of informative texts including online texts.
  • I can discuss how authors and illustrators hold a readers' interest.
  • I can understand word play including figurative language such as, alliteration, metaphors and spoonerisms.
  • I can read and compare older and contemporary texts.

Writing

Year 3

  • I can reread and edit my own work to improve sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • I can use verbs to describe actions, thoughts and feelings.
  • I can use contractions in my writing and understand that the apostrophe replaces missing letters.
  • I can improve my writing by using appropriate and interesting adjectives and adverbs. (Grade 3 and 4)
  • I can create imaginative texts that include writing and images using characters, settings and events.

Year 4

  • I can edit and revise my texts for spelling and grammar to improve the connection between my ideas.
  • I can link my ideas by using connectives and openers to enhance my writing. 
  • I can improve my writing by using appropriate and interesting adjectives and adverbs.
  • I can recognise and experiment with the use of quotation marks in my writing
  • I can create imaginative texts by developing storylines, characters and settings using my own imagination and experiences.
  • I can improve my writing by using appropriate and interesting adjectives and adverbs. 

Mathematics

Yr 3: 

  • I can show money values in different ways and count to the nearest five cents. 
  • I can recognise that different countries use different currencies and denominations.
  • I can model, draw and show fractions including halves, quarters, thirds, fifths and their multiples.
  • I can tell time to the minute and understand the relationship between, seconds, minutes, hours and days. 
  • I can make models of 3D objects and describe key features including prisms and pyramids. 
  • I can predict and record the outcomes of chance experiments. 

Yr 4:

  • I can carry out calculations in another currency as well as in dollars and cents and identify  both as decimal systems. 
  • I can count by quarters, halves and thirds, including with mixed numerals and locate and show them on a number line.
  • I can convert between different units of time. 
  • I can combine and split 2D shapes to create new ones with and without the use of digital technologies.
  • I can describe possible everyday events and order their chances of occurring from least likely to most likely.

              

M1 Ms O’Reilly
M2 Ms Maini & Mrs Gilbert 
M3 Mr Galante
M4 Mrs Cameron
M5 Mrs Heeley

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