This term we have started novel study groups! So instead of just reading the book we are discovering the book and researching it to find out what the characters and convicts really went through! The books that year 4 are reading are Surviving Sydney Cove, Meet Grace And a Penny to Remember. So far I have really loved Novel Study Groups and the book I am reading. I am reading Surviving Sydney Cove. It is about a young girl named Elizabeth Harvey (she was a real convict) who was sent to Sydney when her parents died but her brother was too young to be sent so he’s still in England. This book is basically her diary which she will soon send to her brother! Year 4 are very grateful for all the mothers who are taking out part of their busy days to come and help us with our reading! We also want to say thank you to all teachers who helped organise all the novel study groups!
Last Friday in our FIT inquiry time all of year 3 and 4 took part in a series of skateboard experiments, so that we could learn more about forces. Firstly, we talked about why things with wheels move better on flat grounds.. Did you know, it’s because gravity pushes things down not up, so the wheels dig into uneven ground. If gravity pushed things up, we would be in space! We then had a race when one girl pulled one side of a rope and the other held the other side of the rope while riding on the skateboard.
Then another girl pushed someone back and then it happened all over again until every girl had a turn at pulling or pushing and a turn on a skateboard. After that and just for fun we had a game of tug of war!
On the last round we switched teams.In the end, it was really good for some people and bad for others because some girls won and some girls lost.
We all learned more about the forces of pushing and pulling and gravity.
This term and last term we have been practising a dance during school, for the musical Seussical. The song is called “Monkey Around”.We have worked hard on the dance with Miss Poppy guiding us through it. Other classes in grades Kindergarten to Year 6 have different dances, some people do “Horten hears hears a who” and “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. We can’t wait to share our musical with our families and friends. We are sure they will be amazed by our dancing and our costumes.
In Healthy Harold we learnt about drugs and if they are good for you or not. We learned about the drugs in cigarettes and how you can get addicted to them and how it‘s very hard to stop smoking because of the nicotine. Libby split use into groups and we had to complete a puzzle in a certain amount of time. Year 4 also played a fun game when there was a brain and angel, the angel would say ow and we were all veins and we had to send a message to the brain.
I think we can all say we had such a fun time and learnt so much about how not to take drugs.
In Creative Arts we created a piece of work that a particular religion believed in. We had to do some hard steps to complete this remarkable piece of work. We used copper and black ink to make this artwork complete. We first had to draw what we wanted the Aztec sun to look like. Then we had to draw the same thing on a piece of tracing paper then pressed it down hard on the copper and it showed on the other side. We rubbed in the black ink lightly or heavily we could chose to make the copper look ancient and old.
This year on the 4th of May there was a studio concert. This was held for years 4, 5, 6 and some middle to senior school girls. They were singing many different songs. Year 4 and 5 sang songs from Oliver the Musical. The songs the girls sang included, Food Glorious Food, Where Is Love, Pick A Pocket, I’d Do Anything, Who Will Buy and Ompapa.
We all had lots of fun. Finally our hard work had paid off with a thunderous applause and some even shouting at us as our fabulous singing was rewarded. I loved being part of such a great event.
This year in the Junior School two clever girls in Year 5 and 6 have decided to make a Junior School magazine which girls from all years can contribute to. They have called it ‘A pocket full of Rosies’. Everyone in Year 6 gets a job of running a segment of the magazine. One of the segments in the magazine is Art, this is where you’d send a picture of your artwork to one of the year six leaders, running the art part of the magazine. We can’t wait to contribute to this new magazine.
During Term 2 Year 4 are learning about where we are in place and time. We learned about the convict times and how life was back then.
We each received an identification card and the majority of us were convicts. Did you know how to most people money was very scarce? All the convicts in Year 4 were treated unfairly, just like the life back then. The others, unlike the convicts had a wonderful opportunity to create cartoons on the computer – how lucky!
We noticed how most convicts had done small crimes and had serious consequences. Our convicts were even asked to clean up the playground and lockers!
This was a great ( and torturing ) experience to Year 4 to learn about convict times.
In PE this week we started the fitness unit. We did a number of tests such as the beep test.The beep test is when year 3-6 have to run 20m in a limited amount of time and there is a beep and if you do not get to the other side in time then you’re out. Sophie H got the top score in Year 4 as 8.1 and Ashley got the second top score as 8.0. Lily E got the third top score as 7.5 they ran really well! Of course everyone else was really good and tried there best.
There were some other tests such as aiming accuracy, sit up challenge sprinting and touch-your-toes. For the aiming accuracy there were some red dots about a size of a dinner plate. We had to throw a soft cricket ball at it and see how many times we could hit it. The sit up challenge was when we had to do as many sit ups as we could in 30 seconds.
The sprinting challenge was when we had to sprint as fast as we could. Most people got around 6.40 seconds.
The touch-your-toes challenge is when we had to put our toes on a box. The box had a sort of ruler attached to it and we had to reach as far as we could.