6 Oct 2015

Year 4 Update Wk 8

  • School Photos – Week of 12th October
  • Camp Information Evening – Tuesday 13th October, 6pm in the hall
  • World Maths Day – Wednesday 14th October
  • Break Up Half Term – Friday 16th October, 3pm
  • School Reopens – Monday 26th October
  • Mandarin Parent Consultations – 10th, 12th, 16th and 18th November
  • Year 4 Camp – Wednesday 11th November – Friday 13th November


  • School photos: 4W Monday 12th October at 11.15am, 4J Monday 12th October at 12.15pm, 4M Tuesday 13th October at 1.30pm. All children must come to school in their school uniform on their photo day. On Tuesday 13th October, 4M children will need to come to school in their PE uniform and their school uniform in their school bag to change into for their photographs later. A reminder if you would like to be included in the siblings photos on Friday 16th October, please sign up.
  • Camp Information Evening is next Tuesday 13th October at 6pm in the main hall. You will receive an information pack containing all the relevant information.
  • Beacon Hill School will be celebrating World Maths Day on Wednesday 14th October and will be participating in World Education Games (WEG) on Mathletics. The WEG has partnered up with UNICEF and will be collecting donations for their “School-in-a-Box” programme. Please have your child/ren bring in $10 on the day to support that.
  • ISA data will be released around Early December and they will be uploaded to Gateway.  Ms Susan Chung will send a note to parents when they become available.
  • We will send out new letters regarding the LEAP trip once a date has been confirmed.

This week students reflected on their learning in Year 4 so far and have set two goals for themselves.

Teachers have also been completing Probe reading assessments so children may be changing colours for home readers.

We have now wrapped up our Sharing Unit and will be getting back into our regular schedules.


Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: People’s behaviour impact on the habitats of other living things

Lines of Inquiry

  1. Different habitats/ biomes and the living things found there
  2. Impact of behaviour on habitats/ biomes
  3. Human responsibility to habitats/ biomes

Concepts: Form, causation and responsibility

Learner Profile: Caring, principled

Attitudes: Appreciation

Pre-assessment: Children will pick from a selection of infographics and complete a graffiti wall.

In this unit the children will be inquiring into what biomes are found on earth, what causes changes to biomes and what can they/others do to protect habitats/biomes.

A Maths unit on Data Handling is connected to this UOI.

Place Value

Central Idea (Number)- Base 10 place value systems can be extended to represent any size

Lines of Inquiry

  • Using the language of number
  • Reading, writing and ordering numbers
  • Relationships between number within the place value system

Pre-assessment: Concepts within place value

The children will be:

  • Expanding out a five digit number and beyond using ten thousands, thousands, hundreds, tens, units
  • Partitioning numbers up to 99 999 into place value (TH, T, H, T, U)
  • Identifying the value of a digit within numbers to 99 999 (24 300; 3 = 300)
  • Regrouping/trading numbers up to 99 999
  • Renaming numbers up to 99 999


Data Handling

Central Idea (Strand)- Different graph forms highlight different aspects of data more efficiently

Lines of Inquiry

  • How people collect and display data
  • How data is interpreted

The children will be:

  • Collecting, organizing and representing data (including bar and line graphs, 3-ring Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams) where one object or symbol can represent many data values



To entertain, create, stimulate emotions, motivate, guide and teach.

Elements of narrative include:

  •           Opening/orientation that usually includes a setting and introduces characters
  •           A series of events that build up
  •           Complication(s)
  •           Resulting events
  •           Resolution and ending

Pre-assessment: Writing a narrative

Home Reading
Continue with Reading Eggspress and school texts when possible.  Children are to complete the quizzes at the end of the  text.
20 mins per night
Week 9 – Maths: Rounding

Children are encouraged to bring in fruit and vegetable sticks on Fridays to support BHS’s Fruit Fridays.

Remember to give your child a healthy start to the day with breakfast and a nutritious snack to ensure sustained energy levels.

Please remember to sign your child’s home reading journal so that they are able to borrow a new book. A kind reminder that students are expected to read Reading Eggspress twice a week.