Our Learning in Term Four

Below is a quick summary of what will be explored in each year level across Term Four.

  Inquiry Investigation English Maths
Prep How Things Work


  • How do toys move?
  • How does the material of the toy influence its movement?
  • What changes the way a toy moves?
  • Can a toy move in more than one way?
  • What do you have to do to make a toy move? (forces and motion)
  • What happens if you use too much force?


Taskforce Incursion

  • Exploring different sounds in words.
  • Writing simple recounts (texts of events that have happened).
  • Writing lists, questions and answers.
  • Using different reading strategies such as ‘Understanding Unicorn’, ‘Jabber the Reteller’ and ‘Spinner the Spider’.
  • Listening attentively and sharing ideas with the class.
  • Recognising and counting with teen numbers.
  • Identifying numbers that come before and after.
  • Represent and solve simple addition problems.
  • Order events using ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd…)
  • Recognise and order the days of the week
  • Use simple displays (such as a picture graph) to show the answers to simple questions.
Grade 1 Celebrations


  • What and how do we celebrate?
  • What does it mean to celebrate?
  • Why do we celebrate some things but not others?
  • What do people in our class celebrate?
  • What celebrations do we have at Berwick Fields?
  • Understanding the structure of a narrative (fictional stories) and exploring how we both read and write them.
  • Writing letters and information reports about our celebrations
  • Using capital letters and full stops correctly in sentences, and introducing question and exclamation marks.
  • Skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s to and from 100
  • Recognising and ordering numbers up to 100.
  • Solving simple addition and subtraction problems.
  • Recognising one half as two equal pieces
  • Measuring and comparing objects using informal units (such as hands or Lego)
Grade 2 Landmarks


  • How are we connected to places?
  • How does the world fit together?
  • What aspects of the past can you see today?
  • What landmarks are important to the local community and why?
  • What do landmarks reveal about our past?

Sleepover; City Excursion

  • Reading and writing narrative texts (fictional stories).
  • Understanding the key features of a persuasive text.
  • Reading and exploring persuasive texts including brochures and advertisements.
  • Using capital letters and commas correctly.
  • Editing and ‘uplevelling’ our work using our VCOP strategies.
  • Building our vocabulary.
  • Identify multiplication as groups of or repeated addition.
  • Recognise arrays for solving addition (rectangular numbers)
  • Solve simple problems using division to share and find groups of.
  • Develop strategies to solve problems written in words.
  • Using maps and giving directions using the key features of the map.
  • Exploring mass and how it is not always linked to size.
Grade 3 What is life like around the world?


  • What is the difference between developing and developed countries?
  • How do other people see things differently to me?
  • Why has Melbourne been voted the most liveable city in the world?
  • What are the basic needs of people around the world?
  • Reading and writing narrative texts (fictional stories), including detail and description.
  • Reading and writing poetry and traditional tales from countries explored in Inquiry.
  • Develop an understanding of the difference between fact and opinion.
  • Building our confidence when presenting in front of the class.
  • Investigate number patterns including describing, creating and continuing patterns.
  • Recognising analogue and digital times to the minute.
  • Check estimations and answers with a calculator.
  • Build on place value work from first term, extending to numbers up to 1000.
  • Describe and read calendars and temperature.
Grade 4 Forces and Movement


  • What influences movement in our daily lives?
  • How do forces affect the way we live?
  • What makes objects move the way they do?
  • How do we observe in a scientific way?
  • What forces can change the motion and speed of an object.
  • Reading and writing procedural texts, including scientific reports.
  • Use specific vocabulary to make our texts more informative.
  • Research and summarise information and record observations about experiments
  • Inferring while reading
  • Investigate equivalent fractions and their uses.
  • Count by 12/s, 1/4s and 1/3s.
  • Explore decimals, including the value of tenths and hundredths (ie, 0.78 is 7 tenths and 8 hundredths).
  • Compare and measure length, mass and volume.
  • Identify the chance of everyday events occurring.
Grade 5 Design and Technology


  • How do we identify the needs of a community?
  • How do we respond to natural disasters?
  • What systems are in place to respond to natural disasters?
  • What are the steps in the design process? How important is feedback in design?
  • Reading and creating information reports
  • Creating persuasive texts that engage with an audience and use emotive language.
  • Creating ‘Sizzling Starts’ for persuasive writing.
  • Using evidence to make our writing believable.
  • Working on Team Captain and Leadership speeches for Year Six.
  • Comparing and ordering decimals into the hundredths (such as 35.82).
  • Finding unknown quantities using equivalent number sentences (ie, 3×9=27, therefore when a÷3=9, a=27)
  • Comparing and converting between 12 and 24 hour times
  • Create simple financial plans.
  • Recognising probabilities on a scale between 0 and 1.
  • Estimate and measure angles, and construct angles with a protractor.
Grade 6 Transition


  • What skills and knowledge will we need for a successful transition to secondary school?
  • Who are we as individuals?
  • What is my place in the world?
  • How can you be the best you next year?


Graduation and Big Day Out

  • Conduct an author study exploring the way one author shares their message in different ways.
  • Study the film Paper Planes, including the way film techniques influence a story and the way the message links to transition.
  • Explore music and song lyrics to develop comprehension skills including inferring and evaluating.
  • Including detail to enhance the quality of narrative writing.
  • Using and converting between different units of measurement such as cm, m and km.
  • Reading and using maps and timetables for a variety of purposes and of a variety of formats.
  • Exploring probability and describing chance using fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • Using graphs to represent different sets of data.
  • Calculating percentage discounts (such as 25% of $40).




Physical Education

  • Preps will continue to engage in activities to promote their development of fundamental movement skills, with a particular focus on catching and throwing, striking the ball and skipping with a rope.
  • Grade 1s and 2s will be engaging in modified games planned to develop their fundamental movement skills and decision making ability. With a particular focus on the skills of throwing and catching, striking a ball and skipping with a rope.
  • Grade 3s, 4s, 5s and 6s will be further developing the fundamental movement skills and decision making ability needed to engage in striking and fielding games and invasion games.
    • Striking and Fielding Games – The striking tea tries to hit or strike an object into a specified open area then runs to designated areas while the fielding team tries to catch the object of get it to a designated area.
    • Invasion games – Players aim to control an object, keep it away from opponents and moving it into a scoring position.

Visual Arts



  • Preps will be creating artworks using ‘forces’, linking in with their inquiry topic. They will use toys to make artwork – such as using marbles and toy cars to create prints, and use forces, such as ink blowing.
  • Grade 1s will be exploring cultural artworks, linking in with Celebrations. They will use pattern, colour and shape, through various mediums including textiles, paint and paper sculpting.
  • Grade 2s will be learning about landmarks in Australia. They will use various mediums and art elements to explore ways of representing Australia though the visual arts.
  • Grade 3s will be exploring cultural differences and learning to appreciate art from various cultures including – India, New Zealand, China, Africa and Central America. This links to their inquiry unit about cultural differences and empathy.
  • Grade 6s will be exploring perspective in visual arts. They will look at both the technical and personal meanings of the word ‘perspective’ and the link between these – how they can use technical perspective (one point, two point, 3 point, aerial, ground up etc) to communicate their own perspective of the world.
  • Grade 4s will continue developing their independent recipe reading skills, teamwork and understanding of hygienic practices in the kitchen. There will be an increased focus on developing knife skills further this term and extending the measuring skills gained during Term 3.
  • Grade 5s will further extend their understanding of more complex recipes with multiple steps in preparation involved within the teams. There will be an increased focus on developing a better understanding of fractions within recipes this term and the continued development of the role of seasonal availability in our menu sessions.





  • In the garden grade 4 and 5 students will look at seeds, the way they adapt to their environment and companion plants within the garden. They will be applying their writing and speaking and listening skills to create garden tours and finding out more about the chickens in the garden.

Performing Arts


English as an Additional Language (ESL)

  • Preps will focus on beat and tempo in music and dance.
  • Grade 1s will be exploring beat and rhythm alongside music and dance.
  • Grade 3s will be rehearsing for their production items, then focusing on singing and percussion.
  • Grade 6 students will be working on production acts for their buddies, then exploring percussion and dance movements.
  • In Prep/1/2 students will continue to develop their oral language, listening, reading and writing skills through targeted games, songs, rich texts and language experience.
  • Grade three and four students will continue to develop their oral language, listening, reading and writing skills through targeted games focusing on grammar and vocabulary, rich texts, comprehension and grammar tasks and language experience.
  • Grade Five and Six students will continue to develop their oral language, listening, reading and writing skills through targeted games focusing on grammar and vocabulary, rich texts, comprehension and grammar tasks and various writing tasks.
Environmental Education   LOTE (Japanese)
  • Preps – Weather – Students will be learning how daily and seasonal changes in our environment, including the weather, affect everyday life.
  • Ones – Animal Defences– Students are learning that living things have a variety of external features and the purpose of these includes their defence and survival.
  • Twos – Investigating our wetlands – Students will be exploring our wetlands and comparing it to other water environments and the animals that live there.
  • Prep students will be learning to follow simple instructions in Japanese such as stand up and sit down.  They will further extend introductions to include asking people how they are feeling and how to respond. The students will continue to learn more about Japanese culture including Maneki Neko and the sport of Sumo Wrestling.  We will finish the year learning a Christmas song in Japanese.



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