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Year 4

In Year 4, term 2

History: The First Fleet - What was life like in England 300 years ago and why was Australia a good choice to set up a colony? How were criminals punished in England in the 1700s? This unit examines the stories of both convicts and free settlers and the nature of contact between Indigenous and European communities. Students will create a convict profile, a fictional historical narrative and complete a test.
ScienceMaterials matter: We will discuss and find out what our students think they know about the properties and uses of materials in everyday life and ask questions about the properties of materials and how they relate to their use. Students will engage in a variety of learning experiences in order to learn about natural and synthetic materials and the properties which make them useful. They will be involved in various practical investigations to learn about the importance of conducting fair tests whilst checking materials for their insulation, decomposition, and absorbency properties. Students will discover that new materials have revolutionised the way we live as well as the impacts that certain materials have on the environment.
The Arts – Dance: Students will explore the stimulus of poetry as a way to express the art of dance symbolically. They will discover that they can express themselves through their dance compositions using poetry as the inspiration for improvisation and movement exploration. Students will also become familiar with and respond to the ways the dance elements can be used to affect expression. Students will express the intent of a poem through movements to create a dance.
English - Poetry: In this unit, we will read and listen to a range of poems by different authors. Students will identify structural features and poetic language devices in poetry. They will use this knowledge to create a portfolio, which focuses on evaluating the poems by expressing personal viewpoint using evidence from the poems. Students will then write their own limerick. We will study line length, verses (stanzas) rhyme and rhythm.