From the Teachers
In Year 4, the Home Extended Learning Portal websites have been selected to complement learning taking place in classrooms. The websites are focused primarily on numeracy and literacy tasks. Students are encouraged to participate in conversations around other learning areas, which may form interesting starting points to research with the support of their families. A reminder that work completed through the Home Extended Learning Portal will not be assessed by teachers and therefore does not need to be sent into school.
At Garran Primary school we believe that literacy learning should feature in all learning areas of the curriculum and be interwoven through everything we do. Literacy is the means by which we communicate, whether by comprehending the thoughts, ideas and intentions of others, or in communicating our own thoughts, ideas and intentions. With this in mind we must build receptive skills (listening, reading and viewing) and expressive skills (speaking, writing, visually representing), as outlined in the Australian Curriculum.
At Garran Primary School we believe that learning Mathematics creates opportunities for, and enriches the lives of, our students. We believe that having a sound understanding of Mathematics is essential for our students to make sense of the world around them, enabling them to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently. We nurture our students to see themselves as capable mathematical thinkers, who can apply mathematical reasoning skills and understanding in their everyday lives.
A strong sense of wellbeing provides children with self-confidence and optimism which can maximise learning potential. It includes feelings of life satisfaction, happiness, and social adaptability as well as good physical health. A strong sense of wellbeing encourages children to explore their environment, interact positively with others and can create a sense of agency in students.
Receptive modes (listening, reading and viewing)
By the end of Year 4, students understand that texts have different text structures depending on purpose and context. They explain how language features, images and vocabulary are used to engage the interest of audiences. They describe literal and implied meaning connecting ideas in different texts. They fluently read texts that include varied sentence structures, unfamiliar vocabulary including multisyllabic words. They express preferences for particular types of texts, and respond to others’ viewpoints. They listen for and share key points in discussions.
Productive modes (speaking, writing and creating)
Students use language features to create coherence and add detail to their texts. They understand how to express an opinion based on information in a text. They create texts that show understanding of how images and detail can be used to extend key ideas. Students create structured texts to explain ideas for different audiences. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, varying language according to context. They demonstrate understanding of grammar, select vocabulary from a range of resources and use accurate spelling and punctuation, re-reading and editing their work to improve meaning.
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TypingClub is a free web-based software designed to teach typing to students of all ages.
Britannica is an online encyclopedia resource for kids in grades K-12 with safe, fact-checked, age-appropriate content for homework help and learning. In Year 4 classrooms, students use the dictionary section to explore words during Word Work time.
Into the book
Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for elementary students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing. Try the online interactive activities, or click below to find out how to get our engaging 15-minute video programs.
By the end of Year 4, students choose appropriate strategies for calculations involving multiplication and division. They recognise common equivalent fractions in familiar contexts and make connections between fraction and decimal notations up to two decimal places. Students solve simple purchasing problems. They identify and explain strategies for finding unknown quantities in number sentences. They describe number patterns resulting from multiplication.
Students compare areas of regular and irregular shapes using informal units. They solve problems involving time duration. They interpret information contained in maps. Students identify dependent and independent events. They describe different methods for data collection and representation, and evaluate their effectiveness. Students use the properties of odd and even numbers. They recall multiplication facts to 10 x 10 and related division facts. Students locate familiar fractions on a number line. They continue number sequences involving multiples of single-digit numbers.
Students use scaled instruments to measure temperatures, lengths, shapes and objects. They convert between units of time. Students create symmetrical shapes and patterns. They classify angles in relation to a right angle. Students list the probabilities of everyday events. They construct data displays from given or collected data.
Mathletics can provide valuable maths learning for students throughout their entire school journey, from the start of primary school to the end of secondary. As students mature, so does the program, providing updated visuals, challenges, and activities that will keep them captivated with maths. Every Student at Garran Primary has an account with Mathletics
Children will enjoy practicing maths at home while they explore a fantasy world packed with action and adventure. Prodigy Math Game’s adaptive algorithm matches children’s learning style and grade level. Contact your child’s teacher for the class code.
Education.com provides a large database of printable worksheets and activities for students covering many curriculum areas.
Daily 10 is a primary maths resource which covers addition, subtraction, ordering, partitioning, digit values (place value), rounding, multiplication, division, doubles, halves and fractions.
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything! Students will have to create a login to access the app.
NRICH is an innovative collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge which focuses on problem solving and on creating opportunities for students to learn mathematics through exploration and discussion. NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18, covering all stages of early years, primary and secondary school education - completely free and available to all.
At Garran Primary School we strongly believe that the best learning takes place when student's have a chance to not only focus on curriculum but also on their own personal wellbeing. This may include getting a good nights sleep, eating healthy food, exercising, having time to decompress and debrief at the end of the day and spending quality time with family, carer's and friends. Looking after ones wellbeing will look different for everyone.