English Language

  

i) Verbal communication

Students will be able to:

  • appreciate the power of oral language
  • use speech with increasing responsibility
  • participate appropriately in discussions
  • talk about a wide range of topics
  • use increasingly complex language confidently and creatively
  • use language with increasing accuracy, detail and range of vocabulary
  • use oral language to articulate, organize and reflect on learning
  • begin to communicate in more than one language.

 

iii) Visual communication

Students will be able to:

  • experience a wide variety of visual media
  • respond to viewing experiences orally and in writing
  • recognize the power of visual media to influence thinking and behaviour
  • begin to make informed choices in their personal viewing experiences
  • use a variety of media to plan and create projects
  • use electronic media to find information.

lii) Written communication

 
A. Reading

Students will be able to:

  • read a variety of fiction and nonfiction books with confidence, fluency and independence
  • select books appropriate to their reading level and for a specific purpose
  • be interested in/show appreciation of a variety of literary styles
  • understand and respond to ideas, feelings and attitudes expressed in reading materials
  • use reference materials including information technology independently
  • read daily and for sustained periods
 
B. Writing

Students will be able to:

  • write independently, with confidence and fluency
  • use a wide and vivid vocabulary
  • understand different structures in writing
  • write for a range of purposes, both creative and informational
  • plan, edit and review their own writing
  • spell high-frequency words accurately and use a range of strategies to spell complex words
  • write in a consistent, legible style. 

Mathematics

Specific Expectations:
  • Use symbols correctly, including less than (<), greater than (>), equals (=).
  • Round any positive integer less than 1000 to the nearest 10 or 100.
  • Recognise simple fractions that are several parts of a whole, and mixed numbers; recognize the equivalence of simple fractions.
  • Use known number facts and place value to add or subtract mentally, including any pair or two-digit whole numbers.
  • Carry out column addition and subtraction of two integers less than 1000, and column addition of more than two such integers.
  • Know by heart facts for the 2,3,4,5 and 10 multiplication tables.
  • Derive quickly division facts corresponding to the 2,3,4,5 and 10 multiplication tables.
  • Find remainders after division.
  • Know and use the relationship between familiar units of length, mass and capacity.
  • Classify polygons, using criteria such as number of right angles, whether or not they are regular, symmetry properties.
  • Choose and use appropriate number operations and ways of calculating (mental, mental with jottings, pencil and paper) to solve problems.

Science

Overall Expectations

Students will develop their observational skills by using their senses and selected observational tools. They will gather and record observed information in a number of ways, and reflect on these findings to identify patterns or connections, make predictions, and test and refine their ideas with increasing accuracy. Students will explore the way objects and phenomena function, identify parts of a system and gain an understanding of increasingly complex cause and effect relationships.

Students will examine change over time and recognize that change may be affected by one or more variables. They will be aware of different perspectives or ways of organizing the world, and will be able to consider how these views and customs may have been formulated. Students will use their learning in science to plan positive and realistic action to improve their welfare and that of other living things and the environment. Students will communicate their ideas or provide explanations using their own scientific experience, and that of others.

Students will have the opportunity to identify and reflect upon "big ideas" by making connections between the questions asked and the concepts which should be driving the inquiry. These concepts define the specific expectations within each content strand. The students will become aware of the relevance these concepts have to all of their learning.

Information Technology

Course overview

Fourth grade students identify and discuss the elements in a multimedia presentation and how to become effective communicators of ideas, thoughts and knowledge. The exploration of multimedia tools to express personal and academic ideas and concepts is expanded and explored. We strive to teach students to understand the ethical, moral and social implications of the growing use of technology.

Students will conduct research and present information on how different media have developed to meet human needs. Expansion of research and presentation skills includes the production of in-depth research projects and multimedia presentations. The students are expected to conduct research responsibly from electronic resources, to follow guidelines as well as copyright regulations. The students will continue to creatively use graphics and drawing programs to appropriately illustrate subject matter. They will plan and produce multimedia presentations using HyperStudio, PowerPoint or other multimedia editing programs, including video production programs.

These integrated curriculum projects incorporate skills such as the creation of original text using a word processor, illustrations created in a paint program. They will learn to import, resize and edit images from the internet and other electronic information sources, adding music and the recording of their own voice narration. They should be able to select and import appropriate pictures and graphics from a variety of sources.

Fourth Graders create web pages as a presentation tool within the curricular framework of their units of inquiry. They will use industry standard software (Macromedia Dreamweaver) for web page creation as well as scan and manipulate photos and illustrations with Adobe Photoshop. They will also be introduced to video production and video editing in connection with curricular projects.

Physical Education

Overall expectations

Students will discover the capabilities of their bodies and the variety of ways in which they are able to use their bodies to solve problems, address physical challenges, function as part of a group, manipulate equipment or apparatus, and express themselves kinesthetically in a range of situations. Students will be exposed to a number of activities that will develop motor skills that may later be applied in various sports. They will become aware of a number of positive leisure time pursuits. Students will be introduced to a healthy and active lifestyle and ways to exercise for fitness.

Music

Overall expectations

Students will be able to experience and perform songs from a wide range of material, using 2 part harmony in some cases. They will perform with sensitivity and accuracy. They will be able to create and perform their own music and be competent with their recorder playing, and where possible other instruments too. They will be able to read music and have a sound understanding of notation.

They will be able to identify and reflect upon 'big ideas' by making connections between questions asked and the concepts driving the enquiry. They will be aware of the relevance these concepts have to all their learning.

Spanish

Overall expectations

Students will engage in simple conversations using greetings and courtesy expressions. They will understand and respond to basic classroom commands. Students will understand and use basic expressions related to school. They will engage in simple conversations and provide and obtain personal information. Students will understand and use basic expressions related to body parts and health. They will engage in simple conversations related to clothes.

Students will understand and exchange information related to their family. They will understand and express likes and dislikes related to various foods. Students will engage in simple conversations related to likes and dislikes, leisure activities, sports and hobbies. Students will understand and use basic expressions related to the calendar. Students will understand and express numbers from 0 - 1000. Students will use numbers to express his/her age, date of birth, telephone number, address, date and time of various events.

Art

Overall expectations

The students will continue to develop the skills of observation and will seek out a variety of resources. They will be confident in the everyday use of sketchbooks for recording observations, ideas, pattern and color. They will choose the appropriate materials for the task and will build on previous skills and experiences in using a variety of materials. They will develop the skill of looking at artworks and artifacts of different periods and will be able to draw conclusions and make predictions about their function. The students will work well both alone and in groups and will be sensitive to the work of others, suggesting modifications and discussing reactions constructively. They will become aware of the elements of design and will develop a more critical stance to their own environment.

  

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