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Learning about past civilisations helps us understand the present
The Year 4 students have been busy this week undertaking research into a specific characteristic of a civilisation ( be this Government, Trade, Culture, Architecture, etc) and have inquired into how this particular characteristic may have looked at the time of an ancient civilisation. Having gathered their research from various sites including Epic, Big Universe, Newsela and BrainPop, they are tasked with comparing this characteristic of a civilisation in an ancient time to Hong Kong in this day and age. They are focusing their research and presentation therefore through the key concept lenses of change and connection. The students will be tasked with making a presentation of their findings to our Year 3 students. Consequently, the students have the ATL (Approaches to Learning) focus of self-management and research skills.
The Year 4 students have continued to read from various online resources, as well as books to gather the relevant information about an ancient civilisation. They have used the PEEK strategy to draft paragraphs and put this information into their own words.
The students have spent time working on the presentation to the Year 3 students. Based on success criteria and feedback they have become increasingly aware of what makes a good presentation, for example using Google slides with minimum of wording included in a slide, as they present this information instead in their oral script. Some other students have decided to make models topresent their summative assessments. A number of our highly technical savvy students have again developed their film making skills and put this into short presentation videos.
With the current Math focus on the strand of ‘Pattern and Function’ the students have been exploring and identifying recursive number patterns, as well as function patterns in number sequences. They have enjoyed the challenge of identifying the mystery numbers to fit within a pattern rule. This is the basis of algebra where they begin to identify a rule and apply it to a given number (the Nth term). In Math classrooms, you will see Year 4 students using with shapes and various objects in this exploration.
Continued focus on Wellbeing
The Year 4 classes continue to have a focus of wellbeing throughout the year and so have had regular morning fitness sessions. Here is a photo of students engaged in a team challenge where they had to use their cooperation skills to succeed.
Chinese Year 4:
In the Chinese classrooms, we continue to focus on the concept of wellbeing and providing different learning opportunities for children to explore their own interests and promote agentic learning.
Here is a glimpse of some of our classrooms:
Thursday 27th June – End of Year Celebration morning.
We ask that this year the students only bring their own snack to eat. This reduces both food waste and plastic waste.
Friday 28th June – Last day of the academic year. Half day.