Year 4 Area 12 & Area 16 Showcase

Area 12 Mrs Worth & Miss McNeill

Area 12 has been learning about volume in Maths. Students needed to estimate how many blocks it would take to build a model from a picture and then build it to get the actual answer.

We have also been learning about fractions. We used play dough to show different fractions.

In Statistics and Probability we made spinners to look at chance outcomes.

In Writing, Area 12 students have been learning about the writing process for narrative, persuasive and informational texts. One of the most important parts of the process is editing. The students read their work to share their ideas and help to improve their writing.

In Reading, the students completed a book review and shared with their group.

In Technology, the students have been looking at the design process to plan, make and appraise different projects. One of the projects was rubber band racers. One of the most important skills the students learn is to work collaboratively to problem solve and think creatively.

We also designed and made houses for our critters.

In STEM, the students are investigating digital technology using Edison Robots.

Area 16 Mrs Hendriks & Mrs Onn

In Mental Maths we are practicing our tables by playing dice games. We roll two 10 sided dice and multiple the numbers to get our answer. The quicker the better.

Tessellating is when you make a pattern with shapes and there are no spaces. Some shapes that are good to tessellate are squares, triangles, rectangles and hexagons. Shapes that don’t tessellate are circles, ovals and odd shapes.

Area 16 have been working on STEM projects like an Aragog Spider web and an Astronomy balloon tower. We needed to work through the process of finding out why we needed to build these things and how we were going to do it. At the end of our project we needed to evaluate the work we’d done. It was much harder than we thought and there were a lot of things we would change.

This was the process we used

1. Inquire

Why are balloons a good material to use to build a tower?

2. Ideate

How do people construct towers using balloons?

3. Plan

Plan the features of your balloon tower and how to make it.

4. Create

Safely create your tower according to plan

5. Evaluate 

Evaluate and make improvements to your tower.

6.Share Share how you created your tower and record your feedback for future project

This term we will be researching/learning about African and European countries. All Area 16 students had been assigned on an African or European country to study. These countries include: Congo, Zimbabwe, Switzerland, Ireland and France. We will present our report to our classmates. By the end of this term we will (probably) be able to name famous artefacts and facts about our countries.

We learnt about measurements and how to use scales. We learnt about litres, millilitres, how to measure liquids and that all measurements have to be exact. For example, if you want to make a 500ml smoothie add 150ml of milk, 100ml of blended strawberries, 150 ml of blended frozen berries and 100ml of blended bananas. Here are some of our potions.

In Art we traced an owl body template and then use pain, oil pastels and water pencils to create the feathers. We cut out and glued the feathers onto our template. We’ re in the draft phase and will finish them this term

In First Semester we designed houses, our dream bedrooms and created outdoor spaces such as playgrounds and carparks, which we joined together to form community spaces. We used a design process to research what our communities needed, and in collaborative groups, we planned and created our projects using a variety of equipment and supplies we’d collected from home.

Each morning before the school day begins we join our friends to draw, build domino runs and card houses, play chess and connect four while some of us try to keep our Jenga  tower from tumbling down.