Welcome to Year 4, Term 4 2018

Welcome to Year Four. My name is Mrs Jennifer Arnold; I’m a mum to two boys (William is almost fourteen and Jake is eleven) and I’ve lived in Bathurst for most of my life. My husband, Josh, and I spent 12 years in Sydney studying, travelling and working before returning to Bathurst in 2009 when William was preparing to start school. I love to read and look forward to sharing many books with your children this year. I’m also a very keen long-distance runner and am training to run a marathon this year amongst a few other races. I’m a volunteer Event Director at Bathurst parkrun and organised the Mount Panorama Punish. I believe that giving back to our wonderful community and providing opportunities for others enriches our life. I hope to support your children to develop their skills and interests to their fullest potential while finding the joy in learning and helping others. In English, we will be immersing ourselves in the picture book, 'Fire' by renowned Australian author Jackie French. It is inspired by the bushfires that have affected many Australians; Fire is a moving and sensitive story of a natural disaster as seen through the eyes of a cockatoo. The fire mercilessly engulfs homes and land, leaving a devastating path of destruction. It explores the concepts of community and relationships and courage and hope. We will also enjoy reading the book 'Bungawitta' by another prominent Australian author, Emily Rodda. Bungawitta is a funny yet thought-provoking book about living in a drought-affected area of Australia. In Science, Year 4 will be studying a unit called 'Melting Moments' (Primary Connections). The Melting Moments unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. Some questions that we will be discussed include: how is heat produced? What happens when heat is applied to different materials? What are the variables which affect how quickly different materials will melt? Through hands-on activities we will identify how quickly different materials melt and freeze under different conditions. In Geography our unit 'The Earth’s Environment', will see students examine the natural and human features of our earth. They will also do a case study on Kosciuszko National Park. In Creative Arts the students will be exploring a range of techniques including, drawing, painting, animation and photography to enable us to create a range of eye-catching artworks that we will link to our Science unit. Finally, I would like to say thank you to those people who are able to help with Before School Reading on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Your assistance is vital to the efficacy of the program and is greatly appreciated. Once again I extend a very big welcome to all of our Year 4 students and their families. I look forward to getting to know you all and helping the students to reach their fullest potential.



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