Our Year 4 Blog

November 18, 2015
by peterhardiman

Market Week – 24th to 27th November

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Next week is Market Week at LPS! The Year 6s have been learning about Economics and have worked hard to create stalls selling many goods and services. Some of the exciting games on offer include pro mini-hoop basketball, ping pong games, throwing water balloons into cups, bucket toss and paper plane throwing competitions. Some of the fabulous products on offer include popcorn, jelly, cookie decorating, cold rock ice-cream and lucky jars. Prices range from 50c to $2 per activity/product. Most children do like to buy something, but if you do not want your child to buy anything do not send any money. We do talk about families being different and people having different treats. Please make sure money is in a named purse or bag, (ziplock is fine), as change is easy to lose and this causes distress.

Teachers will work with students that have allergies to ensure they do not purchase food that they cannot eat. The Grade 6 students will also ask the students before they give them any food if they have any allergies.

The stalls will be held during lunchtimes next week and each Year level has a roster of when they can attend.

Prep – Tuesday 24th Nov

Year 1 &2 – Wednesday 25th Nov

Year 3 & 4 – Thursday 26th Nov

Year 5 – Friday 27th Nov

The money raised from the stalls will contribute to the end of year graduation celebrations for the Year 6s. We look forward to seeing the students there!

Jenni de Villa and the Year 6 students

November 17, 2015
by peterhardiman

History unit – term 4


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HISTORY – Why Explore? Why Settle?

What are the grade 4 students investigating in term 4:

Content Descriptions from the Australia Curriculum are:

  • The diversity of Australia’s first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/ Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives
  • The journey(s) of AT LEAST ONE world navigator, explorer or trader up to the late eighteenth century, including their contacts with other societies and any impacts.
  • Stories of the First Fleet, including reasons for the journey, who travelled to Australia, and their experiences following arrival
  • The nature of contact between Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders Peoples and others, for example, the Macassans and the Europeans, and the effects of these interactions on, for example families and the environment

The building of knowledge and skills is front and foremost in all learning. Through the inquiry process the students have explored Australia’s early history so that the Content Descriptions are no longer just statements but are understood by the students.

October 13, 2015
by peterhardiman

Grade 4 Camp – Important Information

YEAR 4 CAMP 2015 

Wednesday 14th October 2015

-Students to arrive at LPS 7:20am

-Buses departing at 7:45am 

Friday 16th October 2015

-We will return to LPS at approximately 5:00pm 

Camp Contact Information

The Old Priory8 Priory Lane, Beechworth 3747, Vic

PHONE (03) 5728 1024      FAX (03) 5728 2035


October 7, 2015
by peterhardiman

Grade 4 – Term 4

Welcome back to the final term for 2015. It is hard to believe that your son or daughter is nearing the end of another year of their learning journey. The first three weeks of Term 4 includes a range of formal testing that enables us, as educators, to gather another layer of data to support teacher assessment of student learning and achievement. Learning occurs at different times and at different rates for individual students and what teachers are looking for is evidence of growth in a student’s learning. Your children work hard each and every day in the classroom and as teachers we are very proud of their efforts and focus.

There are two units planned for Term 4. The first unit has a History focus and is called Why Explore? Why Settle? This unit looks at the journeys of early navigators such as Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo, leading into Captain Cook’s discovery of Australia and The First Fleet.

The second unit has an Earth/Space Science focus. The unit will commence in Week 7. In this unit students will investigate the Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity

Next week is camp and we are all looking forward to our stay at Beechworth. As Team Leader I would like to thank the team for all the time that they have put into the organisation of this event whilst I was on Long Service Leave! It promises to be a wonderful experience for the children and one which will enhance and deepen their understanding of Australian History whilst providing an opportunity to enjoy the company and friendship of their peers and teachers in another setting other than the classroom.

Helen Stafford


July 24, 2015
by peterhardiman

Grade 4 Hoop Time (Wow what a day!!)

On Tuesday 21st July, 16 Grade Four students made their way to Nunawading Basketball Stadium to participate in Hoop Time whilst the remainder of the grade 4 students remained at school to participate in a basketball round-robin tournament throughout the day (thanks to John Hazlett for all his organising). All students improved their skills and most importantly had fun.

The girls started the day off the day at Nunawading with a 20-0 win where all eight players scored a goal… talk about teamwork! As there were only two teams in the “All Stars Girls”, they went straight through to the Grand Final which unfortunately they lost by just one point. As the loss was less than four points, the girls have successfully made it through to the next round of Hoop Time. Congratulations!

The boys had some tough competition throughout the day, but their tight defence helped them to secure two wins leading in to the finals. Unfortunately, they lost the grand final by just five points. The boy’s efforts were sensational and they fought until the final siren. Thank you to Michael Collings for coaching the team and sharing your expertise with the boys.



June 26, 2015
by peterhardiman

Grade 4 Excursion Levy Term 3 Costing:

• Italian Festa 10-14th August $20.00
• House Athletics 13th August $14.00
• CSIRO Incursion August 14th FREE
• Scienceworks Excursion $20.00
• African Beat Drumming Incursion 27th August $5.50
• Library Incursion 7th September $7.00

May 28, 2015
by peterhardiman

How do Living Things Survive?

The power of collaborative work was very evident last week as all the Year 4 students met to discuss the introduction to, and begin their thinking about, their personal inquiries. With the ‘mission’ to select a major environmental issue, its impact and the action we (self, families, communities, governments) can take, the students set about working in small groups, using a lotus diagram to brainstorm some ideas.

The students engaged in rich discussions, identifying possible impacts on elements in the environment, such as water, land, air, etc. Armed with their completed lotus diagrams, the students have now selected one issue and begun their research; identifying key impacts, finding and justifying possible actions that could be taken. The Year 4 team looks forward to the students’ oral presentations!

LOTUS diagram work              Lotus headings

April 17, 2015
by peterhardiman

Term 2, 2015 – Overview

Learning Areas: Geography / Biological Science

Unit: How Do Living Things Survive?

In Term 2, Geography and Science are the Learning Areas across all levels of the school. In Geography the students will explore the main characteristics of Australia, including types of natural vegetation and native animals. This focus will extend to major countries of both Africa and South America. Students will look at the importance of sustainability and how environments and natural resources are important to people and animals. The unit will also focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and their ‘custodial responsibility’ for the land and its resources.

In Year 4 we are looking at Biological Science which looks at life cycles and how animals and plants depend on each other. This provides a natural link to the content outlined in Geography.

Geographical and Science Inquiry skills will provide a framework for student learning. Students will have opportunities to pose questions, observe, make predictions and communicate their findings through graphs and tables. Our excursion to CERES will be a great shared experience for students to ‘find out’ together and investigate the concept of sustainability.

We look forward to a fun and enriching Term ahead.

Kind Regards,

The Grade 4 Teachers

March 5, 2015
by peterhardiman

Inquiry Expo and DEA Badge presentation – Term 1

Hi Parents,

During Term 1, Grade 4 students have been investigating ‘Healthy Lifestyles in our Community’ as part of their Inquiry studies.  As a celebration of their work,  students will be presenting an Expo to parents in their respective classrooms on Wednesday, 25th March from 2:00pm to 2:45pm.  Following this, students (and parents) will then move to the staffroom to attend the Digital Excellence Awards (DEA) ceremony on “Laptops” from 3:00pm to 3:30pm.

 We hope you will be able to join us for these two important celebrations.

 Kind Regards,

The Grade 4 Teachers

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