Parent Information Year 4 2018

We are excited by the year ahead and are looking forward to the opportunity of working with you and your children.  We all believe in a firm but fair school environment in which children are encouraged to participate and progress to the best of their ability. Working as a team and combining our experience, we are able to best meet the needs of each student.

We meet weekly to discuss issues regarding the Year 4 students as well as to plan and prepare our learning programs and assessments. During our meetings, we have prepared Maths, English (Reading, Writing, Grammar, Spelling), Science, History, Geography and Health programs. These programs continue to be adjusted according to class and individual student needs. We have individual teaching styles but will all be assessing and reporting on the same outcomes. Moderation of assessment will also take place throughout the year.

Daily Routine

We encourage prompt attendance to start the day at 8:30am with morning work. During this time, students will have the opportunity to independently organise, prepare and ‘warm up’ their minds for the day ahead.

Crunch and Sip encourages students to bring a fresh piece of fruit/vegetable in the classroom to eat between recess and lunch. Students are to have water  bottles in classrooms.

Mobile Phones and Valuables

Atwell PS asks students with mobiles or valuables to submit them to their class teacher at the beginning of the day and collect them at the end. We ask that other valuables be kept safely at home as we cannot guarantee their total safety during the day. Please phone the office if you need to contact your child during the day and a message will be passed to the respective teacher.

Homework, Diary & Appointments

Students are encouraged to complete homework daily, in line with Atwell Primary policy.  Please refer to the information in your child’s homework book.

If you wish to meet to discuss your child’s learning progress, please write a request in the student diary, see us in person or send an email. If any issues arise in class, we will contact you.

Timetable

Year 4 students attend Sport, Music, Art and Italian lessons with specialist teachers. Students require appropriate footwear, Atwell hat and a water bottle for Sport. Choir is scheduled on Mondays at 2:40-3:20pm and open to any interested Year 4 student.

Your child should already be aware of their timetable and library borrowing days.  If you are unsure, please see your class teacher. All students are asked to bring a library bag when exchanging their library books. They are encouraged to take one fiction, one non-fiction and one home reading book suited to their reading level.

Scripture will be timetabled soon and begin in week 5.

Behaviour Management

Each Year 4 class has discussed their rights and responsibilities and agreed on a set of class rules.  We believe in praise and positive reinforcement of behaviour and classes will each have incentives and rewards to encourage effort and to celebrate excellence.

Consequences for rule infringement and misbehaviour have been explained to all students and follow the Atwell Primary Behaviour Management Policy:

            1. Low Key Responses                2. Recorded Warning                3. Isolation in class

            4. Isolation in another class     5. Visit to Deputy Principal

If a student reaches Step 3 or above they will be required to fill in a ‘Think Sheet’. A letter will be sent home if a student reaches Step 5; this will outline their behaviour and the subsequent consequence.  We ask your support in returning the form to acknowledge that you have been made aware of the situation.  Atwell PS encourages its students to show exemplary behaviour at all times in the classroom and around the school.

Bullying and Cyber Bullying

Atwell PS has a policy of No Put Downs and will not tolerate bullying in any form.  If your child is repeatedly and deliberately involved in bullying behaviours please make your child’s class teacher aware so it can be addressed.

Students have also been made aware of the definition of bullying and the importance of telling the class teacher if they are being repeatedly and deliberately bullied. Latest statistics show that cyber-bullying is prevalent among Year 4 children. Cyber safety lessons are embedded in our Health program. Please be vigilant in your child’s use of technology to prevent instances of cyber bullying.

General

  • Notes for absences need to be written on paper for collection.  If taking your child early, please obtain a release slip from the office before collection. For late arrival, students can be signed in at the office.
  • Please keep the school office updated on medical and contact information.

Events in Year 4

PEAC testing occurs across the cohort usually during Term 3. There are two tests to be completed and results are emailed to the school mid Term 4. Students who have achieved the 99th percentile in either test will receive a letter home for optional PEAC classes during Year 5.

ICAS

ICAS is a skill-based assessment that is completed independently. Testing occurs in Term 2 and 3 and will be based on the areas of English, Mathematics and Science. It is a non-compulsory assessment and is up to the discretion of the parents if their child participates. A note will be sent home in Term 1 which will provide more information on the assessment and how to sign your child up.

Musical Instrumental Testing

At Atwell PS we have the fantastic opportunity for students to participate in the Instrumental Music School Service (IMSS) Program funded by the government.  As there are only 20 spots on offer to Year 4 students within this program, we wanted to make parents aware of the process.

Each year in Term 3 all Year 4 students are given an IMSS aptitude test that consists of three parts; pitch, rhythm and tunes. Students are then ranked from the outcome of this test.  From this ranking, other factors are considered (taken directly from the Instrumental Music Services to Schools handbook pg 10):

• Appropriate physical characteristics (for example, length of arms for trombone)
• Willingness to participate in the instrumental program
• Enthusiasm and aptitude for music as demonstrated through participation in the classroom music program
• Adequate parent support
• Ability to meet the requirements of the program (students have to come out of other classes for their instrumental lessons and must be prepared to do a min. of 30 mins daily practice)

Like NAPLAN, the test cannot be given out before hand, however, students have been preparing within music lessons in other ways.  The tuition begins in Year 5 and they are expected to continue and commit to the program until they leave in Year 6.

If your child is being considered for this program an Expression of Interest (EOI) form will be sent home to selected students in the middle of Term 4.  Upon return of all EOIs, should your student be offered a firm position in the program a Letter of Offers will ONLY be sent to those selected to be in the program.

Useful Apps and Websites

www.ixl.com  Maths activities

www.thinkingblocks.com  Uses the Singapore Maths strategy to show how a worded problem can be represented.

www.atwellps.wa.edu.au

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Thank you for your time and assistance. We all look forward to working together with you and your children to achieve the best outcomes for all this year.

The Year 4 Team