4E Explorer Project

During the last few weeks the Year 4’s have been learning about world explorers. Last week 4E work in pairs to complete a Google slide on an explorer. It was great to see children working collaboratively, researching and collectively sorting through information to complete a small detailed report with pictures and a map. This week they have presented their slide to the class.

I hope you enjoy getting your child to share his/her knowledge about their explorer.

Mrs P

Term 3 Excursions

Hi all

I can’t believe how fast the time has flown this term. I have been back for nearly two weeks and it feels like my trip to Canada and Alaska is now a distant memory! The children in 4E were terrific when I was away and EJ gave such a glowing report about our class and their wonderful work ethic and ability to get along.

Over the next few weeks, there are two excursions where I need parent helpers.

The first is to Mornington Secondary College next Thursday 16th August. Buses will leave the school at 9 am and return by 3 pm

Then on Monday the 20th August, the Year 4’s will be leaving early to go the Melbourne Museum. Buses will leave the school at 8 am and return by 3:30 pm – 4 pm.

If you are able to help on any of these excursions. Please let me know ASAP.

Mrs P.

Term 2!!!

Hi all

Once more we come to the end of a very busy but successful term. It was wonderful seeing students articulate their learning at Student Led Conferences. It was also lovely to see them talk with such knowledge and passion about their chosen work.

Mrs O’Connor and I have had a few parents asking about books for kids in Year 4. It seems to be a real turning period for most readers. An important thing to consider is the age of the main character in the books your child reads. To engage them at this age they need to really connect to the characters. The best way to do this is to read books where the main character is the same age as your child. Here are a few good websites that will help in your search for good books they will fall into.

Book Trust – Books specifically for children

DOGO – Book Reviews for kids by kids

Mornington Peninsula Library – What to read??

Hope you all have a safe and relaxing holiday!

Mrs P

Persuasive Writing



Hi all

Hopefully, you are have all been discussing persuasive texts at home as we have moved through this unit of work. 4E have had fun stating their opinions on different topics and engaging in activities and a debate where they had to provide their reason and evidence to the class. Students have then written on whether or not they believed students should go to year 4 camp or not. Then they had to come up with their own topic. The children are now in the process of proof reading, editing and up leveling their writing while I conference and give feedback to them.
To make it clearer for parents, I am sharing the outline we have been using at school so that you understand what is expected at this level. Remember that these texts are written to convince someone of your own opinion whether it is for or against a particular topic. In outlining an argument a writer must give evidence or reasons to support their claims, these can be factual, experience and belief/emotion based (it is important to note that this is where our students are falling down the most). A persuasive text will be emotive and biased, so we need strong language! Use this structure to inform your discussion with your child.
The following structure was written by Merryn Whitfield for Blake Education.
– include a statement to give the author’s opinion
– preview important arguments (state your ideas/arguments briefly)
– engage the reader’s attention
– include a series of paragraphs (one for each idea/argument)
– give a new idea or argument with reasons and examples to support it in each paragraph
– use persuasive language
– use quoted or reported speech
– use cohesive language to link ideas between paragraphs
– restate the position of the writer
– sum up the main arguments
– include a request for action to be taken by the reader (optional)
– do NOT give any new information

Year 4 Camp

Hi all

If you child is to have medication at camp could you please bring it into school this Thursday or Friday in a snap-lock bag with dosage and time it needs to be taken. Parents are required to sign the medication sheet in Mr Hamaline’s room. Otherwise you will need to sign and hand over medication to either Mr Hamarline or Mrs Paterson on Monday morning from 7:30am-7:45am in Area C.

Just a reminder that the Year 4’s will need to be at school next Monday at 7:30am so we can leave for camp at 8am. Your child can leave their bags in Area C behind the markers for their class. Please ensure your child has packed their snack, lunch and drink bottle in a separate bag or small backpack and not in their luggage.

Don’t forget to pack a waterproof jacket, beanie and ugg boots or slippers( to wear in the cabins and in the dining room)…..and their teddy and a book to read!

A tennis court is available for children to use in their free time so they can bring along a tennis racket and some tennis balls if they fancy a hit with Mrs P!

Looking forward to a having a fantastic time with your children.

Mrs P

Drain Walk Excursion

Just a reminder that 4E will be leaving school at 11am tomorrow to have a look at the impact that the local streams and drains have had on the environment in Mt Martha.

We will be returning by 1pm.

If you can come along and help with supervision it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Dhana (Asha’s mum) for already offering to help with our walk.

Mrs P

Just One day!

What a day! Year 4. With only a piece of fruit and a cup of rice, many students found the going tough. Carrying water to their village, playing games with minimal resources, learning about the difference between themselves and those less fortunate there was a lot to take in!

A massive thank you to Jules K (Bailey’s mum) for her work in the kitchen. Single-handedly she prepped and served 115 hungry faces who were asking for more! Then she cleaned up! Thanks Jules!

Here is a snapshot of the water carrying activity. They had to think about what it may be like to collect and transport water on their own to their village. They were surprised how heavy 3L of water became. They walked for 30min. Some walking up to 4km, how’s that for grit!

Don’t forget to send a gold coin donation to help support children received the education they need in developing countries!

Mrs P

Inquiry Projects

Hi all

4E have been busily researching their countries and will be beginning the process of putting all their information and pictures on posters, booklets or completing their Power Points tomorrow. If you are able to assist them at home with any more  research or printing out pictures that would be a great help.

Next Wednesday afternoon, the 28th March  from 2:15pm to 3:15pm the Year 4’s will be presenting their projects in their classrooms to their Prep Buddies, parents, and other students. If you are able to make it during this time the children in Year 4 will astound with their knowledge and expertise!

Hope to see you there!

Mrs P

Make Up Beach Day

Hi all

Next Friday, 23rd March 4E will be going to Mt Martha Beach to make up for the session they missed a few weeks ago.

The class will be leaving school at 11:30am and returning at 2:30pm. If you could assist in walking the class to and from the beach or meeting us there and helping with the activities could you please let me know.

All helpers need to have a current Working With Children Check.

Looking forward to another great time at the beach!

Mrs P


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