Our Grade 4 Blog

May 3, 2018
by katemarshall

3D Printing

This week, many Year 4, 5 & 6 students came along to the first 3D Printing Club. This is held in Mr Herreen’s room every Wednesday morning in Term 2 from 7.45-8.45.

At Laburnum, we are extremely lucky to have four 3D printers and you could have the opportunity to join the 3D Printing Club at Laburnum.
To participate in this club, please return the signed form to Mr Herreen (room 29 – 4H) and come along to the first session on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 7.45am – 8.45am. Students should bring their laptop, however, if they are a school user, some laptops will be available to use.

Students will work in small groups or as individuals to design items using the 3D software program called TinkerCAD. TinkerCAD is a program designed to assist students and teachers in designing 3D objects and caters for beginners and beyond. Students will be able to follow tutorials to assist in their designs. Follow the link below to see for yourselves. In the first few sessions, students will be shown how to create their account. Students already have a department of education email address, this will be used to help create their TinkerCAD account. This will then allow them to access the Laburnum TinkerCAD invitation code.


After students have become more familiar with the software and its capabilities, students will look to design and eventually print a project piece. This project piece will be utilising the skills developed from using TinkerCAD and in the 3D Printing Club.

There are still places available, so collect a notice from the office or Mr Herreen and come along if students can fully commit.

Mr Herreen

May 2, 2018
by katemarshall

Morning Science Club is back!

Our morning Science Club is starting up on Tuesday the 8th of May.
The Science Club begins at 8:15am and is located in the Science Room (opposite OSCH). You will need to sign your child in on arrival. The students will be participating in a science based activity lead by one of our school parents. I will be overseeing the session. The students will be dismissed at 8:50am. A teacher will be on yard duty from 8:45am to supervise all students.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs Trend


Date Year Level
8th May 4
15th May 3
22nd May 2
29th May 1
5th June Prep

April 26, 2018
by katemarshall

Incursions-Term 1

At the end of term one, Year 4 had two wonderful incursions that we were lucky enough to attend. During our art lessons the amazing artist Rhonda Nadesdy came to teach us how to create a ceramic sculpture. We used a variety of different tools to sculpt a building out of clay. We can’t wait for them to be fired in the kiln so that we can add our colourful finishing touches! As part of music we also attended a performance by a group named Arcadia Winds. They played wind instruments such as the flute and bass clarinet. It was fantastic to hear the range of sounds that can be made just by using your lungs!


March 22, 2018
by katemarshall

National Day of Action Against Bullying

Last Friday was ‘National Day of Action against Bullying’ and to create awareness of this day, the Year 4’s tuned into a Webinar. The Webinar taught us how to:
• Identify when upsetting and annoying behaviour becomes cyberbullying,
• Recognize the emotions that appear when they or a friend is having a bad online experience,
• Deal with cyberbullying and seek support when it is serious and;
• Use respectful chat online.
The whole school received anti-bullying bracelets to create awareness and completed some anti-bullying exercises in class. The Year 4’s focused on the idea of ‘A World without Bullying’. We decided a world without bullying would feel calm, peaceful, equal and happy.

March 15, 2018
by katemarshall

Book Boxes

This week Year 4 received their Book Boxes! We keep our independent reading books in them. We have learnt how to look after them and how to choose ‘just right’ books to put in them.

They’re great because we don’t have to get up during independent reading to choose the perfect book, they’re all right there in front of us!

March 9, 2018
by katemarshall

Michael Sukkar Visit

On Tuesday, Year 4 students were visited by Michael Sukkar MP as part of our Civics and Citizenship unit. He explained the process of how government decisions are made. We learnt about the House of Representatives and the Senate and were given time to ask questions.

March 5, 2018
by katemarshall

Civics and Citizenship

As part of our Civics and Citizenship unit, ‘Why is it important to be an active and informed citizen?’, Michael Sukkar MP will be coming to talk to Year 4 students about how government decisions are made on Tuesday 6th March.

Thank you,

Year 4 Team

March 1, 2018
by blakeherreen

Week 5 – Term 1

This week, the Year 4 classes have been working hard to create their own Classroom Library! This will be an ongoing and always updating resource. There are some great fiction and non-fiction categories in each Year 4 classroom like; Technology, Science, History, Fantasy, Thriller, Adventure and many more.

 (Classroom Library in progress – awaiting baskets/containers and labels)

This will help us as we look to slowly implement Independent Reading – a program that you can find a little bit more about from the Department of Education website below.

Students will read a range of ‘just right’ texts, conference with their teacher and set reading goals around comprehension and fluency/decoding. Let’s LOVE READING!


Many thanks to all families who have helped make a positive start to Term 1!

Year 4 Team

February 22, 2018
by katemarshall

First Aid St Johns Ambulance Incursion

This week we had our First Aid incursion and learnt how to help unconscious people in an emergency situation. Neil from St Johns Ambulance came to visit us and taught us the important steps to take when someone falls unconscious. We learnt how to lay people in the recovery position and how to check if they are breathing. We now understand how important it is to know our address so when we call 000 and ask for an ambulance, they can find us. We participated in role plays with each other and with mannequins. It was a great incursion and we now know how to act quickly if we ever find ourselves or others in an emergency situation.


February 15, 2018
by katemarshall

Learning to Learn

Last week saw the end of our Learning to Learn program here at Laburnum and it’s great to see the Year 4’s settling into their new classroom routines so effortlessly. We have spent lots of time getting to know our new classmates and teachers, setting out classroom expectations and understanding our school values. This year is especially exciting for our students as by now most children have received their very own netbook devices to use as a learning tool in class. It is for this reason that we have spent a great deal of time discussing positive internet practices and cyber safety. This included taking part in an interactive webinar with HUNDREDS of other schools on Internet Safety Day. This week we settled into our official learning program and had our first real taste of life as a Year 4 student. On Monday afternoon we enjoyed Year 4 sports together, taking part in a number of different activities including relay races, obstacle courses, hand eye coordination games and soccer drills. What a week it’s been! We can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for us!

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