Today we began our unit on early Australian history by looking at some Dreamtime stories.
We learnt The Dreaming often translate as – ‘see and understand the law‘.
The Dreamtime explains the Aboriginal understanding of the world. It shares stories of the world’s creation, and it’s earliest stories. They explain the beginning of knowledge which became the laws of the land. In various ways they stress the importance of relationships between the land, animals and people.
Dreaming stories pass on important knowledge, cultural values and belief systems from generation to generation. This is done through song, dance, painting and storytelling.
In this term’s science unit the class has been learning about heat.
They have investigated how heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another, the connection between the gain or loss of heat by an object and change in the temperature, and how heat can be transferred through direct contact or from a distance.
The have also explored the difference between heat and temperature, how a thermometer works and what is an insulator.
They have created PowerPoints containing much of what they have learnt. These can be found on the grade 4 blogs. Below are two examples made by teams of grade 3 students.
Below I’ve listed some sites which might help with your PowerPoint. Beneath that are several heat and energy experiments you might be interested in doing during the holidays. Remember to always check with a parent before carrying out any experiments.
For the last two weeks of term we will be working on writing a short story that demonstrates all the skills and understandings we have worked on this term. We will be spending a full hour on each stage of crafting the story. Below I’ve listed the steps plus an example of the elements to include. It is also an example of planning for writing. We will spend a whole lesson on developing our plans before starting to write.
(1) The Beginning
Eric is a woodcutter
Tall, handsome, dark hair, deep brown eyes
Kind man, looks after his dad
Lives in a forest – light twinkling through trees, birds twittering, leaves rustling
(2) The Build Up
Villagers hear noises at night
Some trees have been burnt down
Ways to describe feelings – the hairs stood up on the back of Eric’s neck and a cold bead of sweat trickled down his back
(3) The Problem
Night time – Eric sleeping
Suddenly hears shouting
Rushes outside – sees a dragon swooping off
King is upset/sad – Princess Isabelle has been taken
A reward (her hand in marriage) is offered to whoever rescues her
(4) The Resolution
Eric takes father’s sword
Dragon’s lair is up a steep narrow path, prickly bushes