Welcome to Year four!
I hope you have had a wonderful summer and are all ready for an amazing school year.
Over the coming year we will all be working hard to embrace challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning.
We have been busy these past few days getting to know each other and celebrating our talents. Importantly we have begun our passion for reading. It goes without saying that most children talk all the time. But research shows that if we share richer language, children’s vocabulary increases dramatically. Try using alternative words for the same thing – instead of saying ‘It’s hot’ say ‘It’s scorching’ or ‘It’s blistering’ or ‘It’s sizzling’. Challenge each other to come up with an unusual alternative.
Create an excitement about discovering new words.
Talk about their book together – ask your child what they liked or didn’t like about a story. What was their favourite bit? How do they think a character felt at a certain point in the story? Try asking them to retell the story using their own words (listen out for powerful word choices).
The paper Lego Challenge
gives groups an opportunity to experience what it's like to build together.
Teams compete to build the tallest freestanding structure following these rules:
▪ Build the tallest freestanding structure as measured from the table surface to the top of the character given. The structure may not be suspended from another structure (like a chair, the ceiling, or a chandelier!).
▪ The entire character must be on top of the structure.
▪ Use as many or as few of the supplies as your team chooses
▪ Teams may break or fold the paper and cut the tape and string as needed to create the structure.
▪ Complete the challenge in 18 minutes. Teams may not hold the structure in place when the time stops. Touching or supporting the structure at the end of the exercise disqualifies the team.
Questions we were able to answer
Why is teamwork important?
▪ When more points of view are considered, it results in a complete final product because we have considered all our ideas and followed the best or incorporated several bits from different ideas.
▪ It is a supported way of working because team members can depend on one another.
How did the team function?
▪ What were your team’s strengths?
▪ What were your team’s frustrations?
▪ How can you apply what you learned from this challenge to your daily learning opportunities?
Final thoughts: A well-functioning team requires communication. Effective teamwork is essential.